This February 8th, all the way from Amsterdam, The Flowing Dutchman will be putting on an 8 hour Fitness workshop on the Steel Mace and other functional movements. These types of seminars highlighting different ways to reach your fitness goals will be routinely done here at Critical Mass. You can find out more/sign up below:
More than half the emergency room visits are from falls by our elders north of 65 years old. How many people know someone who fell and then it was all down hill from there?! Balance, strength, mobility are important in determining life expectancy and enjoyment of life.
You can weight train at 90 years old and make improvements on your fitness. You can run a 5k if you wanted. You’re never too old to grow! Here is a list of benefits of exercise and some fun videos of seniors completely dominating!
Live longer. According to the World Health Organization, leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of 10 leading causes of death and disability.
More efficient absorption of nutrients. Exercise helps support healthy digestion and allow your body to absorb nutrients more effectively
Reduced risk of stroke or heart attack. Regular exercise lowers your risk of heart disease. It can also help to keep your blood pressure down. If you suffer from high blood pressure, exercise can even help to lower blood pressure.
Better bone density. Exercise, especially strength training, protects against loss of bone mass. This leads to lower risk of osteoporosis and broken bones.
Healthier Joints. Exercising can help control joint swelling and so can reduce pain caused by arthritis.
Reduced risk of developing dementia. Physical activity reduces the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression and can lead to improved moods and increased feelings of well being.
Prevent or delay disease. People who exercise regularly tend to recover more quickly from injury, illness, or surgery. That’s because a strong body is better equipped to fight infection and recuperate effectively.
So, in a Nutshell….
Truly, you are an athlete in life. You need to be aware of all that is your body. Keep it fine tuned so that you can be ready for anything! Here is some more information on senior fitness after 70! Harvard.edu
Check out CMass member Charlie Parr working on his balance.
Critical Mass will be conducting a demo class at Athleta at The Grove at Shrewsbury this Saturday July 20th 8:00am-9:00am. If you would like to register to join us then please go to Athleta’s site here: Athleta Class Registration
Its that time of the year to truly test your strength and fitness! The Tactical Strength Challenge is a competition consisting of three events: a three-attempt powerlifting deadlift, kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period and pullups for max reps. These three events test a unique trade-off between these abilities, and while larger participants may have an advantage in the deadlift, lighter participants have an advantage in pullups, and the kettlebell snatch tests all participants equally.
Where and who can Compete?
Our gym, Critical Mass Training Systems is an pre-approved testing facility for the event, which will be held on October 27th! Critical Mass staff along with members will be competing for the chance to make the leader board. This is a world event and results will be posted online. There will be three divisions being tested. If you want to see where how you would compete check out below.
Event Details By Division Women’s Novice – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Women’s Novice (16kg KB) – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell Women’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell Women’s Open (12kg KB) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Women’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 5kg of added weight (11 lbs), and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell Women’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Men’s Novice – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell Men’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell Men’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 10kg of added weight (22 lbs), and snatches with a 32kg kettlebell Men’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell
For further details on the events go to the Strongfirst website here.