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How We Train Now

Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime: How We Train Now 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 isnt a poor me attitude that these contributors focus on as theres 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 theyve 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 theres no hope, read through these pages, knowing that no matter what, strength and fitness can and should be for a lifetime! - Fred Fornicola

CONTRIBUTORS

Victoria Albano, Clarence Bass, Liam TAKU Bauer, Jim Bryan, Matt Brzycki, Mike Buckley, Glenn Citerony
Mark Collins, Michael Conway, Charles Davall, Theresa Deckebach, Bill DeSimone, Fred Fornicola
Logan Franklin, Jeff Holt, Dan John, Sunir Jossan, Hank Kearns, Tom Kelso, Jim Kielbaso, Kristopher Kotch
Michael Lucchino, Tom Mantos, Jim Mardis, Dan Martin, Vicki Masterson, Keoni Ronald May
Steve McKinney, John Mikula, Andy Mitchell, Tom Mitchell, Bill Wicked Willie Peel, Bill Piche
Rick Rignell, Dan Riley, Dennis Rogers, Doug Scott, Bob Sikora, Peter Soderman, Janice Vale
Wayne Westcott, Brian Wilt, Dwayne Wimmer, Richard Winett

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"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

I love to strength train.  It has been a part of my life for over 40 years.  To keep at it, though, adjustments have been required to account for the inevitable aging process and to avoid injuries.  Having tried so many programs over the years (training for sports, Olympic & Power lifting, pseudo-bodybuilding) and numerous exercise and overload protocols (high/low-volume, percentage system, H.I.T., varied repetition cadences, circuit training, intensity-enhancing techniques, etc.), I believe I have dabbled in about everything at one point or another (heck, I even tried Yoga and Pilates).

All that stated, I felt it was important that I participate in Strength and Fitness for a Lifetime to offer another voice and resource for "keeping it going"... first past the 40 yard-line and now past the 50 yard-line. Sharing experiences and ideas with other "older" trainees is both an education and a way to give something back: I hope to learn something myself and I might just have something to offer someone else. - Tom Kelso, the "Middle Finger" of Strength & Conditioning

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