I’ve been thinking lately about the best and worst things to do for training longevity. Like what changes are prudent as you get older and what younger guys should probably avoid now to prevent problems down the road.
Dan John mentioned some things in the “Joint Pain” thread. Anyone else have thoughts on this?
[quote]" A lot of guys younger than me (I’m 47), came up with lots of leg extensions and leg presses and their knees took a terrible sheering force that didn’t “look” bad vis-a-vis squats, but turned out to be awful long term. So, the first question…when it comes to knees…that I usually ask is “Posterior Chain?”
Maybe deadlift and deadlift variations might be a better thing for you to consider rather than what you are now doing. I know you didn’t post anything, but the idea is worthy of consideration. Next, you might have to go to my secret…make that top secret…masters training idea for legs (Deadlifts a couple days a week and hill sprints/runs ((maybe for only two or three reps)) twice a week.
As for elbows, a lot of us older guys who added chin up/pullups found that our elbows were killing us. The advice I was told was to ignore it for a while. By God…it worked. Feels fine now. Now, if we were talking about Triceps Kickbacks, again maybe the forces…the cutting forces…would be too much.
I always like to look at exercise selection first on joint pain. Now, if you were in a car accident…I can see that would be different. But, over time, exercise selection can be as big a factor as anything else.
I think there is a hit list of bad ideas for masters:
- Bench Presses
- Leg Extension and Leg Presses (Hell, even Clarence Bass doesn’t seem to do them any more!)
- Isolation or Machine exercises for the arms…too easy to do too much.
- Anything that involves a Swis Ball, a machine and spandex.
Just some random thoughts…"[/quote]