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Kicking Butt After 50: Research Supports Strength Training for Boomers
Grant Davis, Westlake Village, Calif. personal trainer shares research documenting the need for baby boomers to add strength training exercise to improve overall health
By: Denise Davis
"Countless studies have been performed on the benefits of strength and resistance training for all age groups," said Davis. What is interesting is that today, respected groups like The American College of Sports Medicine recognize that resistance training is an important adjunct to cardiovascular training and have published guidelines specific to weight training for people over 50."
Davis, age 60 should know. For years a recreational fitness and strength training athlete, Davis turned his avocation into a vocation and earned his certification in personal training and nutrition coaching in 2010. He decided to train for the Reebok CrossFit Games, known as one the most advanced athletic competitions in the world and competed in 2010 and 2011 for "Fittest in the World." In 2011, Davis was ranked 21st in the world in the Master's Division.
"Most people in their 50s and beyond understand the need for regular aerobic exercise to strengthen their heart as they try to keep middle-age fat gain at bay, but this kind of exercise alone only forestalls the inevitable,"
Today, Davis trains many clients over 50 incorporating a training regimen he developed called the GMethod™, which integrates strength, aerobic and resistance training, HIIT (high intensity interval training), nutrition counseling and natural supplementation. The program is scalable to a wide range of fitness levels, but is targeted to the needs of Boomers. For more information or a copy of the ACSM guidelines, call (805) 857-2431, or email Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.