How To Work On Your Balance | Ask Erik

Ann, who is almost 70 years old, wants to know how she can work on her balance.

Erik recommends: 

1. Strength train with compound exercises
2. Specificity - work on balance exercises 2-3 times a week

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A Passion of Mine

I know you are not supposed to pick favorites…but too bad, I did! I would venture to guess that you are going to be surprised at my answer. My favorite population to work with is not athletes or weekend warriors.  The Baby Boomer generation is where it’s at for me.  These silver foxes don’t deadlift 500 lbs. nor do they run a sub four-minute mile.  But they do deadlift 65 lbs. and push the sled. Now that gets me excited!

This generation is much different than mine and younger generations.  They understand hard work better than anyone I have ever met.  There is no self-entitlement or woe is me in their vocabulary.  They have a wisdom that comes with age, they know how to deal with adversity, and most importantly they understand that there is a process, and that process does not happen overnight.  There is a lot that can be learned from the Baby Boomers. 

Why I Love Baby Boomers

The reason I love to work with this population is because I get to see their lives change more than anyone else I work with.  We are able to hold back Father Time! They get stronger, better balance, better posture, denser bones, and more confidence in their physical ability.  Instead of living life on a very narrow street, so to speak, they’re trucking down the 405 freeway doing 75 mph.

If you have kids you understand the significance of milestones and how awesome it is to see someone do something for the very first time.  The problem is, those milestones that we once took for granted start disappearing because the body is starting to break down as we age.  At least a few times a month I get to witness breakthroughs.  Skills that they thought were lost just so happen to show up again -  strength, balance, conditioning, and confidence.  This is the best part of my job! 

My Challenge To You

I am challenging you to encourage your grandparents, parents, and friends that it is never too late to pick up a weight, walk around the block, go to a yoga class, and eat healthier.  

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A Balancing Act

Karol doing her thing

Karol doing her thing

Hailing from Palos Verdes in the Super Mini Flyweight Weight Class meeeeeeet Karol! 

Karol might be petite, but let me tell you she’s mighty strong!  Karol is the sweetest, most thoughtful little lady you could ever meet and she can give any 5 Star pastry chefs a run for their money. Seriously, I've had her Yummy Coffee Cake!

Karol is a lifelong runner and had never done any weight training before I started working with her over 3 years ago.  Her balance is not something that comes naturally to her so through her dedication to single leg exercises and some good ol’ fashion squats and deadlifts she’s greatly improved her strength, balance, and posture. 

Karol you have been a pleasure to work with, the GAINZZ you have made are truly amazing! 

Mazel Tov!! 

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