Random Thoughts – 50 Is The New 30 Plus What Bodylastics Suck For and a Kick Ass Tuna Salad

50 is the New 30

So Tom Venuto thinks that “50 is the New 30.”  No that is not deluding yourself into thinking at a 50 inch waistline is actually 30 inches.

Just to digress for a moment, have you seen that absurd TV infomercial where that get these gals with 50 or 60 inch bellies to put on a high tech girdle and “transform” or “reduce” their waist to a svelte 40 or 45 inches.  And they are so happy!

Kinda sad.

This isn’t it.

This is 50 year old folks understanding that mid-life doesn’t equal end of life.  Or end of the “good old days.”  There’s no turning time back, but that doesn’t mean we have resign ourselves to old age.

Scott Holmes turned 50 recently and man does he look great.  I turn 51 in a few weeks.  I look nowhere near as good as Scott – definitely nothing worth writing home about – still at 5’8″ and 180 lbs., I feel I’m only 10 lbs. away from being pretty decent – for my age.

By the way, among the 15 tips that Scott lists, I really like this one on training:

12. Superset training is fantastic. Supersets get you done faster. Supersets are also great because they can help relieve joint stress. I had rotator cuff surgery just months before the Burn the Fat Challenge, but I was able to work around it and rehab it, because with supersets you don’t need so much weight to get a great workout. It gets you done faster too.

I know all about shoulder injury and Scott nails with this tip.  Supersets let you jack up the intensity and sweat factor while keeping the actual weight load “light.”  That’s key.

And the rest of his tips are pretty good.  You can read the rest of the article on Scott here.

Other articles I’ve written about training over 50

Bodylastics Suck For…

Okay, I’m a big fan of Bodylastics Resistance Bands.  But being a fan doesn’t make me blind to it’s limitations.  And the one thing it cannot do is build strength and muscle density.

Well, back that up…

You can clearly get stronger with Bodylastics.  A steady, incremental increase to where you start with 13 lbs. strap and move on to 26 lbs. strap a few months later is a big jump in the strength category.  But that’s from a general progressive resistance viewpoint.

But to build strength…

In phase I of Visual Impact Muscle Building, Rusty has everyone doing what I think of as being high volume workout with reps that mostly in the 12 rep range.  A set or 2 down to 6 to 8 and a couple more above 12, but mostly it’s in that 10 to 12 range.  This is to encourage muscle growth that comes from increasing the fluid within the muscle cell.  It is the pump.

Rusty makes no illusions about his Phase I being anything but showy muscle building.  His approach is actually pretty controversial.  Most trainers and experts would disagree – to put it mildly.

But in phase II…

He begins the transition to muscle strength and muscle density.  And he becomes a bit more conventional – not entirely but kinda, sorta like…

In short strength and density happen in the 1 to 6 rep range.

You want to get strong, just strong – then you probably ought to stick with rep ranges that go no higher than 3 or 4.  Look at Olympic and Power Lifters – all there reps are low, low, low with high volume of sets.  Like 8 sets of 2 reps.  Definitely no reps higher than 5 – I would think.

That is never going to happen with Bodylastics strap.

You will never be able to configure the straps to give you enough resistance to where you can only to 4 or 5 reps – and do it correctly.

I put all the straps (5 of them) on the grip handles to do my squats.  After about 4 reps, the strain on my wrist to keep those handles are shoulder level (actually above it) is insane.  When the pain in the wrist becomes the only thought, then the exercise becomes worthless.

I don’t see how you can keep your upper body stable long enough to do 3 good reps on any chest press variations.  The bands will pull you back as much as you can push it forward.

Jason Ferruggia has a program that in many ways is diametrically opposite of Rusty Moore’s VI program.   Now Jason has a good program that works for a lot of folks; but the fact is, I dont’ think I would bother with his program if I only had Bodylastics bands.  If I was at a gym, different story.  Because Jason is basically a heavy duty kinda guy along the lines of Dorian Yates.

And you know I think Dorian is the monster of all freaks – I remember seeing pictures of them back in the mid 90′s that literally struck me in speechless.  You can’t go wrong with Dorian as an example if being freaky massive is your goal.

Jason kinda goes along those lines.  But again, it’s reps down in the 5 to 6 range – not gonna happen with Bodylastics.

On a side note – a great gym opened up a few minutes from my house.  Might join.  Haven’t been in a gym – in what – 10 years.

Working out at home and at the park is good with a lot of advantges but a great gym is a great gym…

All that said, Bodylastics bands are perfect for reps in the 8 to 15 range.

Of course that begs the question, it is as good for building muscle as free weights – given that the rep range is perfect for muscle growth.

No.

Don’t care what the experts say – like this guy does here – resistance bands ain’t weights.

A good supplement perhaps…

A good substiture depending one’s situation like mine…

But never a cold, hard straight up replacement…

My Kick Ass Tuna Salad

  • 1 can of Tuna
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of good, real mayo (or a little more)
  • 2 turns of good, extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 turn of balsamic vinegar (really not too much – just enough for that sweet, woody taste)
  • 1 small stick of carrot (or half of large) – chopped
  • 1 slice of onions (chopped to make 2 tablespoons) – chopped
  • Enough slice jalapenos to make 1 tablespoon – finely chopped
  • Pinch of fresh, ground black pepper
  • Quick shake of crushed red pepper
  • About teaspoon or so of Kirkland Garlic & Herb Mix

Mix it all together.  You’ll love it.  Protein, fiber, veggies, taste – it’s got it all going.

Try it and let me know what you think.

Who says tuna has to be boring…

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