Thanks guys! It's good to hear that there are others here near my age, or older, who are in great shape. That definitely encourages me to keep after it for the long term. I don't always enjoy the individual workouts, but I do always feel better for having done them, and I'm loving the extra energy and athleticism that I'm regaining after many years of slow decline.
bklynfirefighter wrote:It's also a good time to try something new, I got my rings when I was abut 53, a few years ago I bought some folding gym mats and do tumbling on them
Tumbling is great as it helps us to learn to roll and move in ways that we don't normally do
When I lived where there was snow, I used to cross-country ski.....I would love to do that again
Sounds like we share some interests. I already have rings in my "gym", although my strength and skills are still at the novice level. I plan to do much more ring work in the coming months. Pathfighter was kind enough to send me his copy of Overcoming Gravity
, so I have an excellent source of training information. I'm slowly working on basic progressions.
I'm also exploring some basic Parkour techniques. Working on rolls, vaults, quadrupedal movement, rail walking, etc. is a fun way to do active recovery between heavy lifting sessions. I don't plan to ever run across rooftops and jump off, or do crazy flips, but the "simple" stuff is really improving my coordination and balance. And, I don't know of any other middle-aged guys in my area who can clamber over walls with any level of gracefulness, so that's a bonus.
I tried cross-country skiing for the first time last winter, loved it, and want to do a fair amount this winter. I have some old hand-me-down starter skis, and a 30-mile rail trail within a mile of my house. My gym includes an old Nordictrack ski machine, which I use frequently for quick whole-body warmups or for long, slow recovery sessions. I'm eager to get off the machine and get outside for the real thing. The forecast says 3-7 inches of snow on Thanksgiving, so hopefully very soon I'll be on the trail.