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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.

May 11, 2018

At some point we've all desired to become more flexible and more mobile, but do we know why? In short, we really only need as much mobility as our lifestyle - and maybe our sport or recreational activities - demand. If you are a gymnast, then you will need a high degree of mobility. If your goal is simply to be generally healthy, then trying to attain the mobility of a gymnast is unnecessary, but also a waste of valuable training resources.


Drawing on his nearly three decades of PT experience, Coach D breaks down how much mobility you really need, and shows you the best way to obtain it.


40fit Pearls 

  1. Flexibility and mobility are not the same thing. Flexibility is the normal range of motion a joint should move through. Mobility is the functional use of your flexibility; it is both range of motion in the joint and strength throughout that range of motion. It is possible to be flexible but lack the strength to support yourself in that range of motion. So, strength is a very important ingredient in mobility.
  2. Mobility should support function, and be outcomes driven. Too much mobility is bad, as is too little. Your need for mobility - and thus your choices when working mobility into your training program - should be based on the demands of your life and your sport.
  3. Tissue fibers become less elastic, and more plastic as we age. So, Masters athletes will be less mobile than younger athletes.
  4. Don't perform static stretching before strength workouts. Use dynamic movements to warm up.
  5. The best ways to stretch are dynamic stretches (movements under load), contract/relax techniques, and isometric stretching under load. Duration of 30s to 1 minute is the sweet spot. These are more effective than static stretching.
  6. Yoga, tai chi, and other practices can be good ways to gain mobility, but don't neglect your strength.
  7. Strength trumps mobility.


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