GET IN SHAPE. EAT HEALTHIER. LIVE MORE.
Today’s society tends to marry strength training with youth. The evidence is in the fitness industry’s marketing towards young people. We are the age group most concerned with aesthetics and physical performance. We are the ones still heavily driven by ego or with little responsibility outside of our own well-being.
Unfortunately, this approach is a great disservice for us all.
We believe strength training and safe movement patterns should be a priority in life regardless of your age. That is why we are launching a new program called THRIVE, specifically geared towards individuals who are 50 years old and above.
The THRIVE program will focus on increasing bone and muscle strength, stability and range of motion, and overall aerobic and cardiovascular capacity. Throughout our six-week program, you will learn safe movements that will strengthen you to do the things you love for longer and maintain or increase quality of life. We want to help you build confidence and stability with movement, as well as connect with peers and receive accountability in health.
why is this so important to us?
At South Landing Fitness, we strive to create a diverse community of people across all life stages who pursue health as a means to live more fully. Having a diversity of life-experience in our gyms deepens our support system, and without it, we lack a crucial resource for wisdom. The most beneficial communities continue to value and include people as they age and take on new roles in life.
At South Landing, we want to support each other through the highs and lows that come with being human. Being surrounded by people in various stages of life affords us the opportunity to do that well. The young mom who is struggling to keep up with the demands of a new baby and a toddler sometimes needs an opportunity to grab coffee and laugh with her friend from the gym who is still in college. We all need each other. We are all at various stages, but each of those stages is important.
Our gym is space that doesn’t just promote intentional training as something available for a 15-year window of our lives. We cannot truly serve our community or grow ourselves without extending the benefits of strength training and general physical preparedness (GPP) beyond middle age. The proven advantages of these forms of exercise, and the community in which they exist, should be available for us throughout our entire lives.
What happens if we go without them as we age? Without regular training, we will see a decrease in functional balance, muscle mass, strength, power, and independence. We will also see an increase in fracture risk, disability, neural deterioration including sensory and motor neurons, muscular atrophy, bone-related break down such as osteoporosis (especially in post-menopausal women), and chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. Strength training reduces these risks, increases sleep quality, and reduces the onset of depression. Combined with aerobic exercise, as well as the connection, support, and accountability provided by a group workout setting (like what we offer at South Landing), the benefits are additive. They allow for vitality and quality of life that extends well past 50 years old.
If you have been hesitant to get in the gym but want to increase your bone strength, mobility, and stability, THRIVE will be great for you. Come join us on Monday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. for our “Power Hour,” an informational meeting for anyone interested in more details. You can also email email@example.com for further information.