Fitness for the Middle-Aged Alpha Male

#6: Rest

Perhaps even more important than what you do is how much time you give your body to heal. Older bodies need more rest, not less; that means tough workouts require days off. The impulse to do more will often result in overtraining and, ultimately, injury. Konstantin constantly asks me to rate my energy level from 1 to 10. When in doubt, we do less. He asks me about my weekly plan for workouts on my bike and in the pool, insisting that I take days off even when that is not my original plan.

If you can afford it, massage is a great way to restore your body’s muscle tissue. Just good old sleep is equally important. Go to bed early and stay there. Look forward to big workouts, but if you feel run-down, cut back and wait to do them when you can complete the job without risking your overall progress.

Next: When It Comes to Food, Not Less But More

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About Tom Matlack

Thomas Matlack is a venture capitalist.


  1. 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.
    breeches and lets not forget the thinner fabriced but similiarly styled Feminalia of the roman man
    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

  2. 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.

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