Age is Just a Number

I am just finished Dara Torres book Age is Just a Number. It has been a great look into one of the most amazing female athletes of our time. A world record at 15 and an Olympic Medal at 41 in the same event? It is truly amazing. What is more amazing is Torres’ frank discussion of her eating disorder and training mistakes. Former Florida Panthers S+C Coach Andy O”Brien figures prominently in the book as do many other coaches. Torres’ embracing the latest training techniques and admitting her mistakes is also refreshing. Torres touts the value of proper stretching ( by the way, who else has been taling about stretching lately), massage, an up to date strength program and the value of doing less when all around you are doing more.

I actually got to spend a few hours with Dara Torres about 15 years ago when she was doing media work during one of her many retirements.  She probably doesn’t remember me but, I remember her. I actually tried to pull out the old VHS tape but, it had dried up in storage. We filmed an episode of a show called Cross Training with the Pros with NHL Hall of Famer Cam Neely. Unfortunately, the show had a short cable life. Too bad, I think the idea was ahead of its time. In any case, the book is a great honest read. Pick up a copy. 

PS- I feel like Oprah. My last two recommendations Outliers and Born to Run were 1-2 on the New York Times non-fiction best seller list last time I checked..

5 Responses to “Age is Just a Number”

  1. Mike,
    Thanks for the reccomendation regarding the book Ultra Prevention by Mark Hyman.
    Its contents tie in nicely with your “Age is just a number” commentary. I enjoyed how it explained in detail the way food interacts with our body.
    Great read.

  2. I’ve read Oultiers as well and I’d be curious to hear what others have learned and how they can apply it to the world of athletic preparation and/or the business of personal training.

  3. Daniel Martinez Says:

    Great book. I loved where she is joining up at her local swim club and is asked to list her experience/accomplishments. Very intelligent athlete and candid about her experiences.

  4. Mike, your like the Siskel and Ebert of the sports/training books. Reading Outliers right now.

  5. I read Outliers thanks to you coach Boyle. You recommended it to those of us at Fast Tracks to Fitness Millions and it was an outstanding read! Those who haven’t read it you must.

    Looks like I have to pick up two more books to read.

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