Here is a super common mistake I see men and women over the age of 50 make with their training:
They just pick workouts they like, or want to do, or that think correlate with their goals…
…and they simply modify them to fit their current fitness level or needs.
Here is an example kettlebell workout I found with a quick internet search:
3 Rounds for Time:
21 American Kettlebell Swings
15 Push Ups
So let’s say you’re going to give this workout a try.
But you have some knee issues.
So instead of running, you pick a lower impact cardio move, like marching in place.
And let’s say you also have some back issues.
So instead of the swings, you do deadlifts, or maybe KB squats on to a box, instead.
And then let’s also say you have some shoulder issues.
So you have to modify the push ups too, by maybe elevating your hands on a box.
Now this is okay, and I’m not saying it’s necessarily wrong. You will get a fine workout. You’ll elevate your heart rate. You’ll get some resistance training in. Overall much better than doing nothing!
BUT, you could do a lot BETTER, if you had a workout that was more SPECIFIC to your exact fitness level and goals.
You would be much BETTER off to adress things like:
- Flexiblity / mobility / improved movement – could be inserted in your warm up / movement prep, at the end of the workout, or even inside the workout itself. NOT done in the example workout above.
- Balance – could be inserted in your warm up / movement prep, at the end of the workout, or even inside the workout itself. NOT done in the example workout above.
- Direct core strength work – could be inserted in your warm up / movement prep, at the end of the workout, or even inside the workout itself. NOT done in the example workout above.
If you are a man or woman over the age of 50 and you want a kettlebell-focused program that is more specifically built around your needs, I recommend you check out my Lifetime Kettlebell Fitness program.
It does NOT just modify regular kettlebell workouts and make them easier; it addresses the goals listed above that are specific to the 50+ kettlebell athlete.
You can see this program, as well as the rest of my products and services that are on my “Better Than Black Friday Sale” through tomorrow night, at the link below:
To your continued success!
Master of Science, Human Movement
Certified Kettlebell Instructor
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