Sussex Performance Centre

People Over 30 Need To Get Real About Training

You may have gone through your training life without any injuries. That’s fantastic, but don’t get cocky.

It’s time to acknowledge that when training in goal orientated, fun, structured and periodised; it becomes an enjoyable experience. However, you need to have some form of compromise with your training as you become older to continue in this way of thinking.

If we really want to be health and active when we’re 70, we’ve got to acknowledge some painful realities and make a few changes.

Trying to break records every time you set foot in the gym is counterproductive

We can play the denial card all we want and act like we’re the stand-alone example of the 30-plus person who’s “different,” but that’s just silly. If you have been training for a while, or even through life itself, your body will have plenty pf wear and tear that has slowly built up.

We need to use being over 30 as a way to train smarter to set us up for good things over the long term

No, you shouldn’t ditch resistance training, take up knitting, and check into a home the day after your 30th birthday. We even explain exactly why you shouldn’t here

You still need to do plenty of hard work, and you have decades left in your training journey. Sure, despite training like an animal, you could be lucky enough to escape injury. But whether you know it or not, your escape margin is much more narrow than it was ten years ago, good form aside.

We can’t change the fact that at this point in life, we’re reaching the apex of our physiology, and yet to come is a slow and steady decline in our metabolism, our testosterone levels, and our recovery capacity. It’s just the way it is. Among all the steps we take to combat this, we have to recognise that training as hard as we can, month in and month out, isn’t going to do us good in the long term.

We need to pick and choose the times when we train hard, like during a group training or personal training session, and those times should be much fewer and further between than they used to be in your early twenties.

Training should always focus on technique, structure, the appropriate intensity and long term progression

However, getting older does not mean you don’t train hard. It just means you know your body and you are looking at long term improvement, not just seeing an instant improvement session by session.

It’s time to apply some wisdom, train smart and follow these basic steps:

  • Listen to your body.
  • Train intuitively.
  • Respect your body.
  • Leave the highlight reels for the young ones.
  • Focus on personal progress and your own gains instead.

Most of our members have been with us for 3 years and continue to see the value we provide to their everyday life through hard but structured training as they all get older.

We don’t judge. We don’t assume. We take our time to understand your life and what helps or hinders you in reaching your health and fitness goals. We encourage our members to join our community on our event days (such as quiz nights, fitness challenges and nights out etc) to make every one of you feel valued. Most importantly, we leave no stone unturned in helping you achieve the results you truly want whilst staying pain free.

See how SPC Client Marc found a love for training after years of going through the motionsĀ 

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