Dr. Sullivan gives an hour lecture with some Q&A for the remainder of the video. I apologize for the audio quality, but there are subtitles. Aging is something that everyone does, some better than others. How well we age is determined by what we do in our youth, much like retirement. Unlike retirement though, if you are at the age of retirement and start training now, you will see the benefits in a very short period of time. This video begins with some basic definitions including what he has coined the Sick Aging Phenotype and then proceeds through a wealth of information and studies. Dr. Sullivan relates aging to a type of competition and I am inclined to agree. Aging takes everyone out. The question is will you anguish for years depending on others to move you; taking several pills to counter the side effect of those as you waste away…or will you be independent and capable of enjoying life?
AJ has been training specifically training for strength for a year now. Here are his words and his numbers illustrating what can happen with dedication and a well thought out and executed training program. You did the work man
“Today marks a year of strength training/powerlifting! There is no secret, and I didn’t use anything fancy besides the regular ol’ “brotein” and creatine(which I just started in October). It just took time, dedicated coaching, twinkies, and the actual lifting of a barbell; adding a little more weight every week. I never thought this journey would be so successful and didn’t even dream that I’d be working with some of the greatest powerlifters in the world. A year later I have the best(and most lethal) coaching staff, four great sponsors, and of course…only the best most supportive people behind me. This all wouldn’t be possible if Adam Lauritzen didn’t send me the Dropbox which had the “Texas Method.” Thank you for everything you do, especially when you spend four hours every Friday night coaching me, making sure I don’t die. No one has ever said “I lost because I was too strong.” On a side note, my current numbers are pretty outdated, I should be PRing soon though!”
Staci has made quite a fitness odyssey, beginning at age 25 weighing 170 lbs, a year later at 117 lbs, and the following year weighed 140 lbs, but deadlifting 315 lbs (2 1/4 times her body weight). The article is quite thorough not only telling the story but gives an example of her diet and discusses tracking her progress to ensure she was getting results she wanted. My favorite part is her ditching the scale and realizing weight (meaning mass) doesn’t mean all that much if your body composition is where you want it. The article also does a good job of showing the evolution of Staci in an aesthetic sense, there are comparative pictures throughout.
One of Silverback’s clients was featured in this week’s Starting Strength Report. I am taking this opportunity to share some of Brenda’s story. Brenda was referred by a family member late last year. When she walked in for her first workout Brenda was unable to air squat below parallel without losing her balance. The work sets that first day were sitting on a box below parallel and standing back up for three sets of ten, pressing an empty youth bar, and deadlift about 55 pounds for a set of five. The first three workouts were similar, with the addition of the bench press, but her journey had begun and she didn’t quit and doesn’t intend on it either. Her program was the standard Starting Strength Linear Progression, adding a little bit of weight each workout. She began feeling more confident, feeling better, and hasn’t looked back. Now she squats 170 pounds below parallel for a set of five, has pressed 70 pounds for a set of three, benched 97.5 pounds for a set of five, and for her 57th birthday last week she deadlifted 225 pounds for an easy set of five.
Brenda’s experience is an inspiration to other clients already training and to everyone that is intimidated by lifting weights. She has shown what can be accomplished through dedication and hard work. Some other things about her story that are relevant, she never got hurt, the program was simple and she had a coach that coached. Currently, about a year later, she is happy with her strength levels and still adds a little weight when she feels froggy. Great work Brenda!
Click the link below to see a PDF of the Starting Strength Report mentioned above.