Hey 40fit nation! Welcome to the 40fit blog for our community. I am a newbie at setting up this kind of stuff, so bear with me if I majorly screw up some area of technology. This first blog is going to tell you a little about me and explain why I started the facebook page, 4TFiT and why the blog. First, a little about myself. I’m 46 y/o/m, husband of 23 years and father of 3 fantastic daughters. My oldest is at OU on academic scholarship as an International Relations/Journalism major with a French minor. She is much more intelligent than I. My middle daughter is graduating high school this year and will be attending college in the fall.(undecided) My youngest is in ninth grade and home schooled but returning to school in the fall. My wife, Michele (Missy), is an educator by profession, writes our nutrition blog for Fort Worth Strength & Conditioning-CrossFit Fort Worth, and puts up with me. She has a great depth of knowledge in helping families apply practical nutritional/dietary and lifestyle habits to improve family life.
My professional background is as a Doctor of Physical Therapy of 23 years and Orthopedic Certified Specialists. I have been in private practice for the bulk of my career and treat everything from senior patients to professional athletes, CrossFitters and adaptive athletes. I also have over 20 years as a strength and conditioning coach, trainer and have been a CrossFit affiliate owner for 5 years. I have published in WODTalk magazine and have written blogs relating to fitness and health. My athletic background is in gymnastics, strength training, and endurance sports. I practice, coach, and train daily in the health and fitness arena.
Why 40fit? Several years ago I began to notice that members of our gym that were a little older had a different experience than the younger athlete. I personally experienced it and saw a huge need that no one was filling. The aging process takes its toll on the human body, and the physiological response to stimulus or training interventions for the older athlete is similar but not the same as the younger athlete. We will get into more science junk in subsequent posts. So, I decided to create a place where 40+ athletes could have access to information and a forum for discussion.
Who is 40fit? 40fit is you, me or any other athlete that is a little (emphasis here) older than the 20 something athlete. The 40 age level was chosen due to the overwhelming evidence of what aging can do to the body around 40 years of age and older. This is not to say that the 30 something athlete can’t be a part of our community, in fact they need to hear this information as much as we do! 40fit is supported by not some feeling that we’re older, but by science, anecdotal , and observational evidence that the older athlete should consider training and other lifestyle habits from a different perspective than the younger athlete. Having three kids and experiencing lots of teachable moments, my personal perspective is that you can tell a younger person this stuff all day long, but there is something about the human experience of aging and life that gives you a greater perspective and openness to learn. Hopefully, this information will also trickle into the hands of younger athletes and help them gain a greater perspective.
What is 40fit? 40fit is my attempt at gathering a collective resource for 40+ athletes and provide information that will impact our fitness, community and lifestyles. The facebook page was the first step to test the water and climate for developing this community. The blog will give us an open forum for discussion of all things fitness and etc… I will also be releasing Masters Programming on this blog. Who knows where it will go from here….