One of the sad realities in life is that training at age 40 is just not the same as training at age 20. The sooner we accept that, the better we can plan training for experienced athletes. On this week’s episode weightlifting coach Matt Foreman joins us to discuss training as a masters athlete, his own experiences, and the mental side of staying focused as the years go by.
Notes and Quotes
Matt Foreman is a weightlifting coach and writer. His most recent project is the Coach Foreman’s Corner of coaching resources on the Iron Athlete Clinics website. As a masters athlete himself – and author of a book on the topic – he shares some ideas on training as you age, lessons he has learned, what he has seen other top athletes do, and more.
The physical side of training
- 5:00 – Learning how to train with fewer sessions. “Once you realign your goals, you often see what you used to do is no longer what you need to do to get there. “
- 11:50 – How lifting less can prove successful for younger athletes too.
- 14:45 – Does less training work because we’ve accumulated so much already? Or were we doing too much all along?
- 16:30 – Deciding what to take out of training. “As a master’s lifter or thrower the question isn’t what should I put in to make me the best, the question is what can I do to stay healthy. ” “If I’m healthy and not hurt, I’m going to perform well. Programming starts with that. “
- 20:30 – The importance of warming up for masters athletes. “Warming up starts when you get out of bed on your training day. “
The mental side of training
- 23:15 – Taking a break from the sport. “If you are going to be an athlete in a sport for decades, you are going to have to have some breaks and time away from it. “
- 29:30 – Keeping focus and interest. And why the best elite athletes do not always make the best masters athletes.
- 38:00 – Staying motivated when you know your results will decline over the long-term. “Masters athletes need to be driven by the process to succeed. ” “Don’t look back at your previous results; look at the results of the competitors in your age group. “
- 42:45 – Battling back from injury. “The voice that tells you to quit must be treated with suspicion. ” “Whatever we go through, someone else has likely gone through it and come back from it. Or gone through worse. It can be done. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The December theme on HMMR Media is rest an recovery, an important topic for masters athletes. We’ll be featuring new podcasts, articles, and videos on the topic. Become a HMMR Plus member to get access to all the content. Support the podcast and don’t miss out on all the great content we have on HMMR Media.
- Learn more from Foreman on Episode 82 of the podcast, where we discussed Olympic weightlifting.
- Foreman is a frequent contributor to the Catalyst Athletics website and you can also find him presenting Iron Athlete Clinics in the Southwestern US.
- You can join Iron Athlete’s Coach Foreman’s Corner for programs, exercises, and videos from Coach Foreman.
- He has written a few great books too: Bones of Iron: Collected Articles on the Life of the Strength Athlete and Olympic Weightlifting for Masters: Training at 30, 40, 50 & Beyond. I highly recommend Bones of Iron and you can read our review here.