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What is 40fit?

40fit supports a community of athletes age 40+ with Fitness, Community and Lifestyle resources. The goal is to support performance, lifestyle and quality of life for 40 plus athletes. By combining the resources of evidenced based science, anecdotal experience, and the community, individuals are challenged to look at aging through a refreshing perspective and reach their maximum genetic potential.


The more I trained using various methods, the more I realized there was something missing.  I noticed that even though I was significantly more fit than most of my peers, my experience in training was not the same as the “younger crowd.” The higher my fitness level became, the more I realized the value of fitness and lifestyle factors that I paid less attention to in the past. This is true for almost any athlete seeking higher levels of performance and capacity. Any inexperienced athlete can make quick and sometimes astonishing gains.

40fit programming is based on my own personal experiences as an athlete, evidenced based science and the collective experiences of the community. The programming model is a conjugate of these inputs and represents an adaptive construct to support the maximum genetic potential of each individual athlete. There is no one system that can meet the needs of all individuals, and anyone who would tell you otherwise is selling something for the purposes of selling something. The programming in the training model will constantly change and be a work in progress. We will not follow fads or training techniques just because someone else recommends them or they have become sexy. The foundation of any training should be based on what works, not what sells. I know that puts us at a significant disadvantage to spread the word, but I hope that the results of those who engage in our training will be evidence enough.

Apr 27, 2018

Following last week's discussion about the importance of strength as the foundation of the 10 General Physical Skills, Coach Darin and Trent walk through the basics of how to train for strength, including:

  1. What a strength training program looks like (exercise selection, number of reps and sets, intensity, etc.)
  2. What kind of equipment you need
  3. How to find a coach to learn correct lifting technique, and how to identify a good coach
  4. The Novice Linear Progression as laid out by Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd Edition, suitable for all trainees who have not yet done a linear progression (even experienced athletes!).

In addition to Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, which is a must-read for all lifters, we highly recommend Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Andy Baker's book The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40. The Barbell Prescription addresses strength training specifically for the Masters lifter, and is an excellent complement to Starting Strength. Whereas Starting Strength details how to perform each of the main barbell lifts and why they should be performed that way, The Barbell Prescription details the reasons why a Masters athlete (or the "athlete of aging" as the book describes) should pursue strength training as their primary form of training, and some special programming considerations for older populations.


Finally for more information on what to do on your first day at the gym doing a strength workout, check out the podcast of our friends at Barbell Logic. Start at the very beginning and listen to the first ten episodes for excellent, detailed advice on how to get started. 


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