The fountain of eternal youth really does exist.
It just might not be what you think it is though.
Many picture it as some grand structure with overflowing waters that are of the purest quality.
Some see it as something small, humble and little more than a tiny water flow in something akin to a birds drinking fountain.
Both are admirable visions, however here is what it really looks like –
Your Posterior chain 🍑
Yep, all the muscles that cover the back of your body (the ones you can’t see standing head on in the mirror).
A strong posterior chain is responsible for solid structure, stability, strength power and it trained well will often covet this phrase for both ladies & gents:
“Look at that ass” 🤤🤤🤤
If you take a look at anyone in their more senior years you’ll notice that have poor posture, struggle to move quickly and pretty much everything is sagging.
Let’s be honest for a second and admit that no one wants this to happen to themselves.
It’s not shallow to value your physique, your overall health and want to retain a youthful stature well in to your 70’s.
Well maybe you do think it’s shallow however that’s your choice.
Personally I’d rather keep as much muscle (especially in my posterior chain) as I can for as long as possible, not only because of aesthetic reasons, for health and longevity reasons too.
Ask yourself, why does it change from:
“They fell over.” to “They had a fall.”
If you are weak and old then a fall can literally mean death for you, perhaps not from the fall itself, rather from your inability to recover because you’re just too weak.
This is where as strong posterior chain will help.
Think about all the muscles in the back of your body.
Lats, spinal erectors, QL, glutes, hamstrings, calves, triceps, traps, rear delts and just how having them be as strong as possible will mean good things for you.
There are plenty of movements you can use to train the PC.
My top ones for you are as follows:
– Loaded Carries (variations)
– Clean & Presses
– Snatch (variations)
– Rows, Face Pulls, etc
– Pull Ups (variations)
– Deadlifts (variations)
– Squats because they’re awesome
The list could go on, however what you’ll find is that most of the best posterior chain movements also hit many other elements/parts of the body as well.
You’d do well to have a bias towards this in your training.
Think along these lines and you’ll never go far wrong, that is if you have no ultra specific goal that you’re training for; if you do then train for that and just accept there will be a price to pay for it.
Set up your training sessions like this:
1 x anterior chain movement
2-4 x posterior chain movements
Doing 2-3 times the amount of work on your posterior chain will serve you well you might have a session like this:
A1 – Weighted Dip 6×8-10 x10RM
A2 – Rope Climb x 10-20M
B1 – Deadlift 6-4-2-6-4-2-6-4-2
C1 – Farmers Walks 10x20m
C2 – Bodyweight Skull Crusher*
*yes triceps are posterior chain and a BW-SC will force total body tension and engage your lats massively if done well.
There you have it my good people of the world.
Your fountain of youth.