Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now

I wanted to let everyone know about a very interesting e-book project, that I was recently asked to be a part of. It is called: “Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now”.

The book was compiled and edited by Fred Fornicola, and is a collection of more than 40 individuals from across the country who have shared how they have fine-tuned their strength and fitness regimen to suit their goals and needs. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is some “old farts” catalog that discusses “this injury or that one.” And it certainly isn’t a “poor me” attitude that these contributors focus on as there’s very little mentioned of what cannot be done any longer. To the contrary, this compilation has a very strong focus on what CAN be accomplished. These individuals are not to be deterred by age or contraindications as they have found and established desirable goals and have stopped trying to put the “square peg in the round hole” as they’ve grown through the years. Sharing their fitness program in these pages is, to say the least, inspiring and thought provoking. There is much to glean from these contributors and when you think there’s no hope, read through these pages, knowing that no matter what, strength and fitness can and should be for a lifetime!

“Exercise has been part of my life for more than forty-five years. It is far more important for me and all adults to participate in meaningful exercise to help maintain or possibly improve the quality of life. For some adults it is difficult to find the motivation and easy to understand evidenced based information. “Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now” should provide both the information and the inspiration to help get you started or find new ideas to add to current exercise regimen.” – Dan Riley

“We, the Baby Boomers and seniors, are the fastest growing demographic in America. Building and maintaining vibrant health and fitness benefits us individually, of course, but also collectively as a nation. “Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now” takes a look at how some of us “just do it” at any age.” – Logan Franklin

“It’s still unusual for people to be training diligently and hard in their middle to older years. So much of the available information and materials are geared toward people just starting to train or for serious, but younger people. I thought by being involved in this project I would gain a lot of understanding about how people have stayed motivated and adapted their training as they’ve become older. At the same time, I wanted to contribute my own experiences to this project because I believe they can be helpful to others”. – Richard Winett

TAKU’s NOTE:

To find out more, visit Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now or if you want to get your hands on a copy of the book A.S.A.P., email Fred Fornicola at fredfornicola@gmail.com. The cost is $10.00.

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Spotlight: Top of the line strength equipment

This week I want to highlight one of the premier strength equipment manufacturers in the USA, BLACK IRON STRENGTH. Black Iron Strength was founded by my friend Tom Grace in 2001. Read more about them below.

When Black Iron Strength was founded in the year 2001, no one in the fitness industry thought it would survive. The large companies were moving their production overseas to stay competitive on price and the fitness industry was going to rubber or urethane material for their dumbbells. The fitness industry was dictating what the manufacturers would build and at what price point. Black Iron Strength decided not to worry about what the fitness industry wanted, but to concentrate on what the athletic performance market wanted and needed for serious strength training.

A series of new products were launched to help the athletic performance market get an edge in training. Black Iron Strength started as a concept to provide the world’s best strength products and they would all be manufactured in the United States with the best materials. We would not compromise on our designs and craftsmanship. We would strive to build the best products the industry has ever seen and stand behind them with a solid warranty.

Black Iron Strength developed a design criteria that if we did not feel we could make the best product in that category in the world, then we would not produce it. No other company in the world can make a claim that they build better Thick Bars, Solid Steel Dumbbells, Solid Steel Kettlebells, Solid Steel Barbells, and Attachments than we do. We currently have six (6) patents/patent pendings and three trade marks. Our new Poles Apart technology is going in some of the top athletic programs in the world.

We offer four different handle choices for our dumbbells and we have nine different sizes of thick bars to train with. We selected Solid Steel as our material of choice to keep the dumbbells as small as possible and improve the balance and control for the trainee while lifting. We can do this because we manufacture in the United States and we build the orders as they come in. We are not worrying about ordering entire containers overseas where every product has to be the same. Our products are custom built for each order. We welcome you to our product line and we look forward to doing business with you for years to come.

TAKU’s NOTE:

Visit Black Iron Strength and check out some of their awesome products.  Their craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none. If you are a kettle bell practitioner, pick up a copy of the very well researched and well written book Kettle Bells Past Present and Future. If you decide to place an order, Tell Tom, Liam sent you.

Lower Body Blast

This week features another awesome workout from my friend, coach Tom Kelso.

Sometimes you want to get in the gym and really just crush it. The following workout will be both extremely challenging as well as highly effective. If you are looking for a tough workout, look no further. This workout features targeted lower-body exercises, combined with total body intervals.

Productive lower body workout combined with intervals:
Med. Ball squat-to-press :30 on/:30 off x 4 sets
Leg Press x 10-14
Burpees :45 on/:45 off x 3 sets
Barbell Squat x 10-14
Mountain Climbers :20 on/:20 off x 6 sets
Single-Leg Leg Press x 8-12 each leg
Versa Climber 1:00 on/:30 off x 3 sets
Stiff-Leg Dead Lift x 8-12
150 lb. dummy or other object drag/push :30 on/:30 off x 4 sets
Dumbbell Wall Sit for time
Leg Curl x 10-14
Completion time: 35:00 – 45:00
 
Do your best, and try not to get sick…
 
PAU for NOW
 
TAKU