Work in progress

by Hugh
(Palmer Alaska )

63 years old and living in Alaska so I have to stay at least in good enough shape to shovel snow. Seems like I've been doing something physical all my life. I was motivated by Charles Atlas comic book ads as a kid. Later got to meet Paul Wrenn the powerlifter, Butch Fairchild who was a former Mr America , Bruce Randall who was a former Mr Universe,and in Alaska became friends with Harriet Hall who set numerous world powerlifting records and is in the powerlifting hall of fame.

Also have had the privilege to meet many of the Iditarod winners over the course of years. I've had the good fortune to be surrounded by athletic people who act as encouragement for me to continue an active lifestyle. Currently I'm working on dips, and goblet squats with a kettle bell.

My home gym consists of an old total gym, a barbell, dumbbells, several different sized kettle bells, parallettts, an old chest expander ,an old soloflex machine, a set of elastic cables, and a set of heavy hands.

As I get a little older I find that I don't have as much fun with with the heavy weights as I do with the body weight exercises and the elastic cables.

I would say that the biggest thing that I have learned over time is that it's all about consistency not going to failure, finding something that you enjoy, and get up and keep moving. If you're like me and can't stick with any one thing that's okay but be consistent about doing something.

Diet-wise, I try to stay with one ingredient whole foods. I do like ice cream and I drink too much coffee but I doubt I'll stop having them.

I've found 3 sources of information that have helped shape my philosophy on fitness lately. The first is this website, second is a small book called The Effortless Exercise System For Men, by Rich Bryda, and the third is the works of the Kavadlo brothers.

It's easy eat reasonable and keep moving.

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