Over the years, many non-athletes have contacted me with the same type of injury that athletes have, and while the performance need is not so high, health and strength is needed by everyone. As young people move into their late 20s and early 30s, the body can start to slow down, and injuries occur. This is because of either 1) wrong physical fitness/gym programs; or 2) combination of wrong food, lack of movement and lack of knowledge.
My belief is that neither diet nor physical activity on their own can solve health problems or injuries. Healing or rehabilitation only occurs when there is a combination of these two factors as well as:
1) an understanding of how to rest and recover from physical exercise;
2) and an understanding of how to restore your body with the right food at the right time.
If my system works for high performance athletes, it is much easier to apply to non-competitors– people who love to be healthy and fit but who do not dedicate their life for sporting results.
One day we were having dinner with friends – one of whom was about to turn 60 and had a few months before the big day. During dinner and after a few glasses of wine he asked me a simple question – “Is it possible to do something with my body to make me feel and look better?” I said, “I don’t know – let’s try”.
We started training a few times a week and created some tests so that we could evaluate the improvement. He had never done much sport in his life and he was in a corporate role, so his lifestyle was not very physical yetmentally stressful.
The first few training sessions we did together were the hardest for him, but he was very motivated, diligent and smart. He approached the sessions with real persistence. He didn’t understand everything that I asked of him, but he diligently complied with everything I did ask of him.
One of the considerations when training non-athletes or older people is that their bodies are very limited with the volume of exercise (even light exercises) and you need to take extreme care not to overload their body, especially the ligaments and muscles.
We started with a combination of static and dynamic exercises (yoga and dynamic flexibility) and then added light weight training sessions. After about 5 weeks his physical body started to change; he could cope with more volume in the training session and had much more pleasure in the process.
After a few weeks, he started to do one training session a week by himself with weights. I set up the technique of movement and made sure that he copied the correct movement precisely – he was very accurate.
On his 60th birthday he was very proud to show the result of his efforts. As one example, of many, he could do 30 proper push-ups (started with 5) and wore a suit that he hadn’t worn for about 25 years. It was great for me to see the changes.