Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weightlifting for Masters

Matt Foreman's new book.
Master's weightlifting in the United States of American refers to lifting for those who are past their physical prime. It is one of the largest demographic groups in USA Weightlifting.  In the U.S. you can officially enter Master's competitions when you are in the 35th anniversary of your birth. There are categories for every 5 year increment, 35-40,40-45,45-50....etc. The competitors are a mixed bag. Some are lifters who just got old and want to continue to compete despite the fact that there abilities are deteriorating. The fun of training, competing, and being around the sport is rewarding enough for them.
 Another group are those who were athletes in some form and discovered the fun of competitive lifting later in life. Yet another group is people who were never very athletic, but started lifting for exercise and were drawn to the sport, often discovering talents they never knew that they had.
Matt does a great job of giving information and guidance to all of the above in his humorous and straight forward way. Matt's years of experience as a high level competitor along with his excellent writing skills make this book invaluable reading for any aging athlete.
I loved his first training book, Bones of Iron, which we featured in an earlier post. This is a great companion to that book, even if you are not in the Masters age category yet. One fact that none of us can escape, is that time passes and if we are tough enough, smart enough , and lucky enough, we will get older until we pass our physical prime.  The reality is that there is only one alternative to getting older. So, unless you are ready to be the guest of honor at a funeral, it is best to enjoy journey.
As I am entering my 60's this year, and have trained consistently since I was 12 years old, I can concur with Matt's advice. (although I have not always been smart enough to follow it) I enjoy training so much that I tend to over do it. As the years pass, less becomes more. "Progress" becomes slowing the decline rather than setting new PRs. Training still enriches my life and allows me to live better.
I highly recommend Matt's book to anyone who plans to train for the long haul.

Matt Foreman Snatching

Clean at Catalyst
Matt doing cleans.

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