Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rest Day

Anyone who knows me through CFP knows my admiration & passion for the Masters. This not only extends to CrossFit & the intro from CFHQ last year to formally start up the Masters Catergory (50+) in competition.

My interest in getting people active in the 50+ age range has been a mission of mine for some years now. Any CFP regular knows Margaret & she is without doubt my greatest success story, whilst she was very active when I met her, she had a frozen shoulder & was advized that it may not ever improve. She thrived since starting a "Seniors Strength & Conditioning" program that i kicked of a few years back when I was working in the land of Globo. In the last 12 months she has moved on to CrossFit as her primary source of Strength & Conditioning.

It seems that more and more evidence is accumulating regarding the benefits of high-intensity (or at least higher-intensity) exercise well into the golden years of life. It appears that a fairly strong case can be made for exercise improving one's quality of life, and there may even be a case mounting for high-intensity exercise extending your life (although certainly not as strong a case at this point, since studies on the interaction of exercise and life extension are still a fairly new area for examination).

I was put on to a recent NY Times article "The Incredible Flying Nonagenarian" (see link at end of post), Olga Kotelko is profiled. Olga, a masters track athlete who currently holds 23 world records, 17 of them in her current age category (90-94 years old), doesn't show any signs of slowing down.

The article is a fascinating portrait of Olga, but is also a nice discussion of high-intensity exercise and its benefits, as well as some discussion of what's going on at a cellular level when it comes to aging. The author of the article even points out that some scientists now view aging as a mitochondrial disease.

My favorite tangential excerpt had to do with a researcher's findings on NASA and its astronauts, their loss of muscle while in space (a well-documented occurrence in space travel), and their suboptimal exercise program. They were using a program centered around treadmills, a stationary bike, and a resistance machine.

The researcher's recommendation: "Trappe concluded the regime wasn’t nearly hard-core enough. His prescription for NASA: heavier loads and explosive movements. 'It’s pretty clear that intensity wins up there,' he says."

The article is a great read, albeit a long one, so grab a cup of coffee and your bifocals and read up:


  1. Great Article HC Gracias. Even though my Mum has always been healthy (thank God) and been active its not until the last twelve months that I have seen a big improvement in My Mums ability especially in strength . I thank Glenn for helping her constantly and also for introducing Courtney Jordan a and I into Crossfit at earlier ages so we can really reap the rewards of a healthier life in our years ahead. ...... and by the way That looks like my Mum doing the long jump . Adios Amigo

  2. Hell is Olga coming to Top Dog TOO! HC has been known to get on the internet and make friends with oseas folk.

    WOW roll on 90 hey Margaret you and me together.

    NO really big thank you Glenn & Jody for being able to see beyond the wrinkles.

  3. Holy crap Lynne, you have the whole generational thing going on with your family; so well done.
    Glen; congrats on the job with us old folks. I'd love to chat with you some day about this as I have a senior mens group at Little Bay. Obviously wit Margaret you have a great role model but if you ever need someone to talk bloke speak to some fat old fella's give me a shout; be happy to contribute.
    Well done.

    Graeme Beath

  4. Thanks Graeme. You are a great advocate yourself .... keepup the great work and looking forward to seeing you at Top Dog