Sunday, December 4, 2011

Strength Gains at Koko FitClub Even After 6 1/2 Years

My goal is to offset what the typical baby boomer sees in terms of strength losses with age. What I have been doing - in addition to following specific nutritional guidelines and staying active (i.e. wearing a pedometer and trying to a accumulate 10,000 steps a day) is to perform 3 weekly SMARTraining sessions (strength /cardio) at Koko FitClub.  After 6 1/2 years working out on the product my strength level and Q-score continue to improve. As of this morning my strength level increased another 2% and my Q-score (a way to measure how well I'm doing compared to other male Koko members age 50-59 across the country) also went up 2 points to 123.

We typically lose 0.5 to 0.8 lbs of lean muscle tissue each year starting around age 30 (give or take a few years depending on your exercise program). It may not sound like much but that is 5 to 8 lbs. of muscle each decade!) If you can continue to build strength and increase muscle mass through say your 50's and 60's and then work on preserving what you have built into your 70's and 80's then you will be doing better than the majority of people around you. If you want to be active and maintain functionality into your golden years you need to be spending some time strength training - 2 to 3 times a week. It's never to late to start!

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