Your body is a fascinating machine, capable of many wondrous things, yet you park it behind a desk and allow it to slowly rust into oblivion.
The sign of youth is the ability to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn with ease.
All things I know a great many adults have already lost.
Now these are not even older adults either, they’re people in their 30’s, this is truly shocking.
To grow old chronologically is inevitable.
To grow old physically is optional.
You have the choice to train in such a way that keeps you not only feeling younger, moving like you did in your 20’s or perhaps even when you were a sprightly 18year old again, it can also knock 10 years of your physical appearance (often more).
How can you achieve this with Odd Training?
Easy, all you need to do is to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn daily.
The gym is a temple to me, I love it and all things training related on a deeply personal level, however I’m not so blind as to see it’s limitations and dogma.
Much like the narrow minded view of the Jedi.
All of your training doesn’t need to be body building, or powerlifting, or weightlifting, or CrossFit, or Endurance Races and all other ilk that is just ‘common’ gym practice.
While they are all great tools, they’re just tools.
Plus they can become very dull very quickly.
Taking the above in hand here is an example of the Odd Training touched on, this is a 3 day apr week protocol –
Day 1 –
A1 – Sprint 200-400m (vary distance & RAMP pace) x20min
^ Include drills like leg skips, clawing the floor etc.
B1 – Kettlebell Singel Arm Swing x10
B2 – Tame the Arc Clean x5
B3 – Kettlebell Shot-put Throw x1
^ Rest 60sec, alternate arms each set for 20min
C1 – Movement Patterns – Crawling x20min
Day 2 –
A1 – Wall/Bound/Step Jumps (single or double leg) x20min
^ Start off with short distances, stick the landings and jump in multiple directions.
B1 – Sandbag Clean & Throw Over Shoulder x10 (5L/R)
B2 – Sandbag TGU x1 (L/R sides)
B3 – Rolling Pistol Squat x20 (10L/R)
^ Rest 2-3min, repeat for 20min
C1 – Climbing (anything you can find) x20min
Day 3 –
A1 – Hammer/Discus Throw x20min
^ Use a light load half turn/step, alternatively use a small plate, KB, med-ball etc, just keep it light (less than 4kg)
B1 – Clean x1
B2 – Push Press x3-5
B3 – Squat (front, back or overhead) x3-5
^ Keep rest to a minimum, use any kit you like (bar, KB, DB, sandbag, a person, etc), repeat for 20min
C1 – Tumbling x20min
^ Driving forward rolls, teddybear rolls, backward rolls, basically play like a child does, just take it easy and only do that which your body allows you, over time you can take this up a notch.
Looking at the above, how much of it do you do?
This training is not that which you’ll often see because people are scared of it because they’ve grown old mentally.
Think of it this way, if you can reach 70 years young and have absolutely no fear of falling over because it’s something you CHOOSE to do 2-3 days per week you’ll never be one of those people who says –
“I’ve had a fall.”
Dare to be different, age is as much a state of mind as it is degradation of your body, however it can only happen if you allow it.
Time to decide what is more important.
The Longevity & Health of the Young, or sitting on your ass growing old, weak and round.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
In the end though the choice is yours, just remember whatever you do choose to do start off slow with thing and build up over time.