My main focus is health and longevity so I put most of my focus on my study of the internal martial art of Taijiquan and following a nutrient dense plant-based diet. These two things have had the greatest impact on my overall health of anything I've ever done.
That being said, I still like the challenge of heavy lifting and continue to follow a powerlifting approach to training with a big focus on the deadlift. I do a lot of restoration work, GPP, and intensive qigong and meditation practice.
With all that being said, I can honestly say I am healthier and stronger at 40 years of age than I've ever been and I have no plans of slowing down anytime soon!
Here is an overview of my current "strength and health" plan:
Every day: nutrition consists of a nutrient dense, plant-based diet and while it is mostly clean, whole foods, I do enjoy some less than healthy food options, sometimes a little too much!
Five days per week I do intensive qigong practice and meditation as well as a special type of "health" massage with an iron brush.
On M/W/F I have 2 hours of formal Taijiquan practice with my teacher, and I practice on my own as much as possible.
My strength training is a 4-day per week, Westside Barbell influenced training plan.
Monday - max effort lower body with a separate upper body GPP workout.
Tuesday - max effort upper body with a separate lower body GPP workout.
Thursday - dynamic effort lower body with a separate upper body GPP workout.
Friday - dynamic effort upper body with a separate lower body GPP workout.
In addition I do a LOT of restoration work with Indian clubs, and flexibility / mobility training, particularly to support my Taijiquan practice.
I hope you enjoyed this week's episode and look into my own personal strength and health practices, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates on future episodes.
Stay Strong AND Healthy!