Following my last entry, I’ve seen comments from men and women of all ages and abilities who were amazed at the strength and endurance displayed by Crystal West. Her accomplishments are amazing for anyone, but the fact that she is a 44 year old woman make it that much more impressive.
Fortunately, Crystal isn’t alone. As seen throughout the age-related category, age is often just a number. Below is another 40+ year old female example. Within the video, you will see Tara Scott demonstrate several challenging pushup exercises.
Her Youtube channel is filled with many more low-tech workout ideas (often outdoors). She mixes bodyweight exercise with weights, odd objects, and more. You can certainly find some interesting ideas within her channel.
There is more to learn from Tara than the mere exercise examples however. In a past blog entry from her, I read where she had trained 766 consecutive days. Yes, that is right, not one day off. She may have even surpassed this number. I happened to read an entry on the day she hit 766.
How does she do it? What does she do for programming? Periodization? She must have a complex plan, right?
Wrong…Â In her own words,
“Some days I go light, others heavy, and then others somewhere in between.”
She goes on to say,
“There are two fundamental ideas that I am aware of as I approach my playout. First, make sure that I am having fun. As my teacher says, ‘Fun is Fundamental.’ Secondly listen to my body that day and let it tell me what is right for me.”
I like her use of the word playout as opposed to workout. When you enjoy what you are doing, you tend to be much more passionate about the work. I also like the fact that she (like many) has gone against the grain in terms of what is considered proper by many of the conventional training groups. She’s exercised her body every day for more than 2 consecutive years. In some ways, her story reminds me of Mark Covert’s running streak (he’s run every day for over 40 years).
There are athletes and trainers out there who wouldn’t believe it was possible. Ironically, many from this crowd are the same people who are unable to match the performance of those they criticize.
So often, we are told what we cannot do or shouldn’t do. I don’t believe in this approach. No one knows the potential of another man or woman. It’s up to the individual to decide. When you enjoy what you are doing and are passionate about your work (or play), the possibilities are literally endless.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Dr. Howard Thurman