Fitness for the Middle-Aged Alpha Male

#5: Get Strong

Cole and I

No matter what your sport and what your goal, strength is crucial to success. It’s also crucial to your well-being as an older dude. As we age, both our muscles and our bones naturally atrophy. That leaves us more susceptible to injury and illness. To participate vigorously in any sport, it’s crucial to have a well-balanced strength-training program to supplement your practice of your activity of choice.

The training Konstantin developed for me consisted of a an hour of circuit training focused on a rotation (one per session) of Legs/Back, Shoulder/Biceps, or Chest/Triceps followed by a half hour focused exclusively on developing leg strength.

For the first hour we most often did a rotation of three exercises at a time repeated three times, including two lifting movements and one aerobic one like jumps or Konstantin’s favorite, “jump like a bunny” which means hopping across the room and back. Over time, I was able to move from one exercise to the next without more than a moment of rest and what at first was intense sporadic pain became more of an endurance test.

Konstantin saved his real creativity for the last half hour of legwork.  “We have to keep the pressure up now,” he’d tell me. Step ups on a bench with weight, hops onto a bench, heavy squats against the wall with a ball, and his favorite “rocking squat” which includes holding a heavy weight between your legs squatting and rocking forward to straight legs and then rocking back through another deep squat to straighten back up (don’t try that one at home).

Over the months of work together, my strength and condition increased dramatically over time and built the foundation for my success.

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Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.

Comments

  1. Hiram Vega says:

    Esta excelente la retórica que se asocia directamente a la catarxis aunque en apariencia pertenece al estereotipo satanizado de macho. Esta muy simpático y crea camaradería. Un abrazo.

  2. I’ve run marathons, been really into yoga for years, and tried my hand at the martial arts. But I finally settled on road bike riding because it’s easy on my old man joints, a bunch of my friends are into it, there’s plenty of gearhead stuff to think about, and it combines tough aerobic activity with a great view. I have friends who swear by tennis, swimming, and even golf.

    Regarding the skintight cycling clothing.
    It is amazing how men can now only wear such clothing if the clothing has ‘clear utility’, otherwise the clothes now are ‘only for women’ (or men like me who say,’ er, this is originally menswear. im wearing it and the women can scorn away’)
    Yet, our glorious masculine male warrior ancestors birthed and nursed these clothes into history, NOT for the female form – but for OUR male form. Note too, how it is the form of the slender male body eg. legs that is used to sell these clothes to women

    It is in sportswear we find the last remanents of the clothing of our glorious masculine male warrior ancestors. The pangentry of the vibrant colours, patterns, skintight and/ or revealing clothing (though that too in the last twenty years has been under attack with the horrific reintroduction of victorian kneelength ‘nonsporting’ shorts. how on earth can sportspeople move freely in that crap. will they start wear heavy victorian ankle length hobnail boots too?!? thankfully aussierules football has resisted such nonsense)
    I used to find it odd that men would wear replica shirts outside of matchday. But now mine eyes have been opened, and i understand it is currently the only way that most other men (over30) can peaCOCK.
    ive noticed too come Halloween in Cardiff, the number of men that dive into ‘women’s clothing’ or wear skintight clothing.
    How the peacock yearns for liberation, so it can strut with the masculine swaggerjuiccce, of its ancestors.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jakob_Seisenegger_001.jpg
    breeches and lets not forget the thinner fabriced but similiarly styled Feminalia of the roman man

    http://uploads5.wikipaintings.org/images/titian/the-miracle-of-the-newborn-child-1511.jpg
    http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/wardrobe/men/CarpaccioArrivalAmb4.jpg
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BrueghelLand_of_Cockaignedetail.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_VIII_with_Charles_Quint_and_Pope_Leon_X_circa_1520.jpg
    note the shoes. henry is wearing silk stockings or pantyhose, while charles could possibly be wearing velvet stockings or pantyhose

    Go on Tom, admit it ;-)
    A big part of you also chose cycling not just because of the low impact on the knees (my knees have gone too), but because it allowed you the freedom to wear skin tight revealing clothing in public.

    Cycling allows you to PEACOCK like a lighthouse in the darkest night

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