Many in their 90’s are far from their glory days physically.
(And even if they reach that milestone it doesn’t mean they have quality longevity)
But not 96-year-old Charles Eugster.
He’s a bodybuilder and champion sprinter. Some would assume he must have been a bodybuilder and sprinter all his life. But that’s not the case. Eugster stayed fit with rowing until one day he felt his body was breaking down:
“At 87 I began to notice that in spite of rowing six days a week that my body was deteriorating, and being an extremely vain person I didn’t like the way that I looked and I needed more muscle.”
So he started pumping iron with a former Mr. Universe which helped him pack on muscle and lose 24 pounds. But he did not start seriously lifting weight until he was 87-years-young. And he didn’t start running until he was 95!
Eugster has smashed expectations for what’s possible in fitness – and how late to the game you can be. In fact, he believes you can never be too old to get fit. And that life can get even better as you age.
But what’s his secret?
How has he sculpted a body closer to a 30-year-old?
In an interview with Today, he shared 6 tips for getting into the best shape of your life – even if you are starting late.
#1: Do HIIT Training: This time efficient training strengthens the heart and boosts your metabolism. Start slow but you’ll be amazed at how your stamina goes to the next level.
#2: Train less frequently if you have an intense routine. Eugster went from rowing 6 days per week to 3 days per week to allow his muscles to rebuild and get stronger on the recovery days.
#3: Drop fat around the waist. “It’s the visceral fat that engulfs your organs, and that is the fat that is extremely dangerous especially in old age because it causes inflammation. It’s one of the first stages of chronic disease.”- Charles Eugster
#4: Find something new: A new sport challenges your body in a new way. But more than that, it challenges your mind in a new way as well, which builds new neural pathways.
#5: Use protein supplements: Eugster is a huge proponent of protein supplements and believes they’ve been essential for him to pack on muscle – especially in old age. He recommends whey protein.
#6: Nutrition plan with variety: He doesn’t think a rigid diet is the route to go. Instead he believes adding enough variety and making sure to consume healthy fats and protein.
No matter where you are at in the game – we can all refine one or many of these tips and get ourselves closer to an uncommon level of fitness.
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