Fitness Over 40 | Personal Trainer in Buffalo, NY

Personal fitness training for people over 40
who want to train at home to get fit and stay fit for life!

Working out at a gym doesn't work for everybody. (Statistically, most gym memberships go unused.) But there's a great alternative: train at home! You don't need a ton (literally) of equipment.

Basement Gym
How many pieces of equipment are here? How many cats?

There are some challenges to training at home, in particular:

  • Knowing what to do and how to do it
  • Getting going and sticking with it

StrongFast Fitness can help with personal training and coaching for you to use at home including:

  • Fully individualized training programs
  • Online progress entry and monitoring
  • Daily monitoring and feedback
  • Online personal support system—not automated messages!
  • Video chats available
  • Training/coaching sessions…your place or ours!
  • Assistance with setting up your home fitness area

StrongFast uses two-week custom training blocks called "Blitzes" and a propietary online system for programs, feedback, tracking, and more.

How do I know this system works? I use it myself! Yes, all of my training is done using Blitzes and recorded in blitzometer. And almost all of my training is done at home.

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Invest in a healthy future: Get stronger now!

Age-related strength and muscle loss (sarcopenia) isn’t just a possibility…if you’re over 40, it’s probably already started. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Grunting and groaning when standing/sitting or other everyday exertions?
  • Harder to climb stairs? (Do you need to hold the handrails more?)
  • Harder to open jars? (Grip strength is often the first ability to decline.)
  • Walking more slowly and/or carefully?
  • No longer doing physical activities you used to enjoy?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, for Medicare enrollees age 65-74 more than 12% of men and 21% of women are unable to perform at least one of these physical functions:

  • Stoop/kneel
  • Reach over head
  • Write
  • Walk 2-3 blocks
  • Lift 10 lb.
man-lift-bag-back-pain

If you're well under 65, you might be wondering what this has to do with you. Getting stronger now doesn't only help you now (in many ways), it also builds a strength base that will help you as you get older.

You’ve probably already seen the effects of aging on older loved ones: difficulty standing, walking, lifting, reaching, etc. These are all very basic physical functions. At StrongFast Fitness, we specialize in helping people who want more out of life.

  • Running and jumping and dancing and playing
  • Hiking and climbing and biking and skiing
  • Lifting TVs, air conditioners, or other heavy objects
  • Carrying bags of groceries
  • Moving furniture

strength carry
They don’t make them like this anymore!

Sprinting uphill. Must have been dinner time.
Sprinting uphill. Must have been dinner time.

Hiking in Pacifica, after the fog burned off.
Hiking in Pacifica, after the fog burned off.

Getting It Done

So what exactly is “strength training”? Any exercise intended to make you stronger with resistance. Resistance can come from bodyweight (push-ups, yoga, pilates), or external loads (barbells, kettlebells, resistance bands). Progressive resistance provides the most strength-building potential. When using bodyweight, progressions consist of doing harder variations of exercises. When using external loads, you can use exercise progressions as well or just simply increase the load.

At StrongFast Fitness, we support using various forms of resistance training including bodyweight, various weights (barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells), and resistance bands depending on your needs, preferences, and available equipment. (Note that lifting weights does not automatically make you “bulky” — especially if you’re female. It takes lots of specialized work and dietary changes to build big muscles without drugs.)

press with barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell, and band

We also include aerobic exercise in our training programs with a focus on ambulation (walking and running). In the statistics cited above regarding loss of functional abilities in people over 65, note the most commonly failed measure is the ability to walk just two or three blocks. Being able to get around quickly and safely on foot is an ability we often take for granted but is a critical factor in quality of life.

Call or text 716.425.3739 today!


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