Last Saturday, I turned 62 years old and decided to see what new perks came with turning another year older. When I looked online, I found that I can receive 75% of my social security benefits, and get discounts to restaurants. I can stay at a Holiday Inn or Candlewood Suites for 15% off. Hyatt will give me 20-30% off for staying at their hotels. Kohl’s offers 15% off of clothing and goods.
I can get a lifetime senior pass to our National Parks for only $10. Senior living housing is also available. Most of these things I can pass on for now, although the National Parks pass looks very good.
The benefits to aging that would interest me would be to continue to be fit and healthy, have even more time with my family and friends, continue to help others on their fitness journey and pursue my personal hobbies, photography, gardening an guitar.
There are some negatives to aging as well. My eyesight and hearing keep getting worse. I wake up often in the night and there is always some slight ache or pain, I call them “dings” in my body. I do consider myself fortunate that I am healthy, have a wonderful family, have a career that I love, and can be part of my two grandchildren lives, Roz and Dalton.
Jack LaLanne, one of the best-known fitness trainers of all time would perform great feats of strength and endurance every year on his birthday. On his 70th birthday he towed 70 boats filled with 70 people for a mile while handcuffed and shackled.
Closer to home, we ask our clients to “Challenge Yourself to Excel.” Earlier this month, one of our clients, Kate Williams, challenged herself and completed six – 6K runs on her 36th Birthday.
Several other clients completed their first Spartan race. These clients motivate us on a daily basis. So, this year I decided to “Challenge Myself to Excel” and do my own birthday challenge.
My personal challenge was to complete six different exercises for 62 repetitions in 62 minutes. The exercise includes Squats with 225 pounds, Bench Press with 185 pounds, Deadlift with 225 pounds, Bent Row with 95 pounds, Pushups and Bodyweight dips.
My Grandchildren, Roz and Dalton
This Monday, July 24, 2017, after a good warmup, I started the challenge. My strategy was to knock out sets of Squats, Bench Press and Bent Rows first. The repetition range would be from 6-10 reps for each set. Knowing I would need to complete multiple sets with little rest, I pushed myself but never went to failure on any one set.
I felt good through the first 45 minutes of the workout, breathing hard between sets, but had plenty of energy to keep going. At that point the cumulative effect of the weight, sets and repetitions started to be felt. Finishing the deadlifts took some effort, but were done within the 62 minute limit. Even though I felt pretty fatigued, I decided to keep going and finish the dips and pullups. Eight minutes later, I was able to squeeze out the last pushup.
I completed all the lifts, but did not meet my time criteria. The entire workout took a little under 70 minutes instead of the predicted 62.
Although I fell short of my goal, I feel pretty good about the Challenge. Over the course of the workout I lifted more than 45,000 pounds or 22.5 tons. That equals 646 pounds per minute not counting warmups or the bodyweight exercises, (pushups and dips).
Here is a condensed video of my Birthday Challenge Workout.
My takeaways from the Birthday Challenge:
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