Archive for April, 2009

Baby Boomer 1 Leg Squats

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on April 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

The video below shows one of my clients doing what we refer to as a static unsupported one leg squat. The client pictured is 61 years old. I love to show theses videos to demonstrate what great shape people can get in. Yes, I know that depth and back position could be a little better but, when you see this degree of strength and stability in an older client it is encouraging. All too often we set the bar way too low for our clients. I am conservative in my exercise choices and loads but, will progress a client when I think it is safe and beneficial. The external load is 30 lbs. consisting of a 20 lb weight vest and 5 lb dumbbells. The dumbbells act as a counterbalance to allow the client to sit back and also also encourage some thoracic extension. 

Training the Baby Boomer

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on April 2, 2009 by mboyle1959

Training the members of the baby boomer generation represents some unique challenges. Many in this age bracket are fit and want to be challenged by a workout. As a result many are drawn to excessive routines like CrossFit  or to endurance training like triathlons. Our job as trainers is to challenge the baby boomers while we respect what might be politely called high mileage bodies. Much like a great car that will continue to run, the baby boomer can continue to exercise if a smart program is employed. Just remember, smart has nothing to do with machines. We need to challenge but ,not injure. My analogy is the classic car. It looks great, and runs great but, probably would not make it through the Indy 500.

This is a great video of one of my clients performing a feet elevated push-up on a BOSU, with a 2o lb weight vest. The client is 61 years old and is an excellent example of how far you can push a baby boomer.