The Queen Mother

Mom, can I say your age in my next blog? I requested tentatively.

Don’t you dare! she warned, pointing her finger at me.

At this stage in life who cares, I argued. What does it really matter? You’ll

My Mom This Past Weekend On Her Pedal Bike
My Mom This Past Weekend On Her Pedal Bike

be an inspiration.

Why should I announce my age just so you can sell personal training?

…Mom, are you ever going to become one of those sweet little old ladies?

Never!

So I can’t actually say her age but do the math. I’m of the original Astra Zeneca demographic, the youngest of three, throw in a decade or two, and you’ve just about got it. My mother gives the Queen of England a run for her money.

I started training my mother long before the occupation “personal trainer” existed. She’s always been vigilant in the application of my workout programs. Lately she’s been getting great benefit from chair-yoga but missing the cardiovascular component. The beauty of this practical little space-saving peddle-gizmo is she doesn’t have to leave the house.

Before opening STUDIO 2388 I trained out of gyms. I was always given the older clients as well as men and women of every age category. Probably because I was the oldest trainer. Most of the young jockish trainers exhibited a monistic style likely to kill anyone over 50. Or piss them off. My skill-set was more diversified. And I was aware through experience how delicate the elderly can be, and how you must be super-careful spotting them.

There was a nursing home above the gym. I trained one client to 96 years old. He told me I was the only thing keeping him going. Eventually his dementia got the better of him and he couldn’t remember his appointments. And, believe it or not, I trained someone with a very cogent mind to the ripe old age of 104. He told me he loved his workouts. And wished he discovered working out 60 years ago.

This niche I’m particularly qualified to talk about. I’ve gotten innumerable people off high blood-pressure pills, cholesterol pills, rehabilitated many many knees and hips and spines, kept people alive and, in many cases, dramatically improved the quality of their lives. As long  the mind remains clear the body is capable of regenerating itself to a remarkable extent.

IMG-1104Eating well, and that hour workout almost every morning, is a life-long habit very few of her fellow seniors share. The results speak for themself. The older we get the more vital our physical activities are for decelerating aging. Adapt but don’t ever stop.  Even in hard-times my mother loves life. She makes good decisions when it’s icy, touch wood, patting down a pathway with her boots and tossing out the salt. 

If you’re old, young, or in the middle, let me know when you feel comfortable starting back up again. Let’s enjoy the process. I’ve been vaccinated. I have my mask at the ready. I’m a lean mean cleaning machine. 

Ciao, Pietro

 

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YOU’RE FAT!!!

That’s right, I said it. You heard me. Don’t kid yourself. While Covid is devastating the obese you’ve been packing on the pounds. Now’s the time to do something about it.fat belly

Some count calories. Some go back to a diet that worked in the past, and tweak it. Others may find themself drawn to a tailor-made dietary program.

The best dieting option will attract you. You have to want to do it. You know when you see it, if you’re looking. Here’s mine. l love this method of accelerating my internal engine because it enhances my enjoyment of life rather than diminishing it. It’s incredibly effective for weight-loss. And profoundly bolstering to your general health.

My approach is based on momentum. Which means you have to do at least as well as you did yesterday. You can do better if you feel like it, and eventually you definitely will feel like it. Just as you do with your workout, you have to commit to the discipline of a minimum requirement.intermittent fasting

You postpone breakfast until noon, for starters. And cap your eating at 7 pm.  I like to start with a 7 hour eating window, for me. That’s leaves a 17 hour fast, transitioning at your own pace to 18 hours. You might want to do a little more or less. You’ll never loose weight if you’re always eating copiously before bed.

You get a cheat night.  A few glasses of wine, perhaps,  followed by an amazing late night snack. But you make up for it the next day. And  since you only get to do this once, maybe twice:) a week, you make sure it’s worth every calorie. I’m not suggesting Kraft Dinner here. You make something delicious that’s not fattening at all. And savour every sip of your favourite imbibement on an empty stomach.

Your morning coffee is sacrosanct. But it’s the only spec of food that crosses your lips until noon.  You may find yourself standing in the kitchen staring at the clock, waiting until the minute hand strikes 12… then is the time to make wise decisions.

Break the fast by going light. Like a smoothie or healthy-type cereal. The best time to workout is at your hungriest, remember, to capitalize on your body’s production of Human Growth Hormone. Your main well-balanced meal of the day is around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, ideally, depending on your schedule. Another smaller meal before the 7 pm cutoff, perhaps.

You become aware throughout the day you’re in calorie-burning mode.  Whenever that happens embrace these bouts and navigate them by slowing them down and speeding them up according to your needs, and achieve true mastery  over your body fat composition. And even, I believe, enhancing longevity by tapping into the life-prolonging mysteries of fasting without the risks.

This is not for everyone. Often people think they can’t do it when in fact they can. I’m a big believer in upping the percentage of raw food during the eating period, especially fruit. And simply getting my head around the idea of going hungry now and then. In fact revelling in the sensation instead of fearing it and avoiding it. Until hunger doesn’t even really feel like hunger any more.

Fasting, however intermittently, detoxes the body, lowers blood pressure, balances blood sugars. It alleviates sluggishness. The results in terms of weight-loss are almost instantaneous, if you’re doing it right. Dramatic weight-loss through dieting alone is dangerous, in my opinion. It must be combined with a sensible and effective exercise program.

Don’t be a statistic: suffering through a massive loss of weight only to drop dead of a heart attack. Do both.

Ciao, Pietro

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