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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #365. A Senior Workout Sampler
February 01, 2024

A Senior
Workout Sampler

After my last newsletter, several subscribers asked what exercises I do with resistance bands and how many sets and reps. Here are my answers, but first let me say that the number of sets and reps may not apply to you, in particular. The numbers must take into account your age and experience and so forth.

Someone in his or her fifties may scoff at the low volume I am doing to keep in shape in my very senior years. I understand. I was young once and pumping "Big Iron."

In general, as you age, you should gradually back off in the resistance applied and maybe the number of sets per exercise. Mostly, I advise using less resistance but perhaps doing more repetitions. Pushing one’s limits with all-out low-rep efforts is not good for aging tendons and ligaments and can lead to trouble. There are exceptions to these guidelines, of course, but mostly they hold true.

On thing is certain. If you are not well rested after and good night’s sleep, or you are frequently feeling achy and fatigued, you are doing too much and you should back off.

The above precautions are important.

That said, here is what one 87-year-old (me) does currently.

To begin with, I walk for 30 to 40 minutes daily. Only extreme weather keeps me in. In addition, two or three days per week I do the following resistance band exercises. (Practically any free weight movement can be duplicated using bands.)

  • Gentle warmup
  • Two Arms Rowing
  • Chest Press, incline
  • Crunches, with band resistance
  • Flyes
  • Overhead Press
  • Two Arms Rowing
  • Two Arm Curl
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Squats
  • Alternate Wrist Curls (with a dumbbell)

I do only one set of each exercise and 15 reps. If I feel especially energetic, I may jump to 20 reps on a particular movement. My routine is simply a rough guideline for seniors. Tailor your workouts based on age and experience. I hope this is helpful.

Stay healthy. Stay fit.


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Logan Franklin
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