A powerful “machine” has brainwashed society about aging. Government, media, and the pharmaceutical industry feed us disinformation to keep us upset and to boost their profits. Now it’s time to fight back. That’s the message of Marc Middleton – author and keynote speaker at the  Functional Aging Summit -- in his provocative new book, "Growing Bolder: Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose." The former TV journalist says it's up to each of us to seize control of our health. 'Defy the Cult of Youth' – and More The book is a great read that will inspire you and your older clients to slay the stereotypes and harmful myths about aging that have taken root in your mind. The best and most consistent predictor of how long and how well you will live is your belief system about getting older. As
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June 5th, 2019

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The Functional Aging Institute and president Dan Ritchie were featured at length in an informative, engaging feature article from MarketWatch.com about Baby Boomer fitness trends and the broader senior health market. "These 'super seniors' are living longer, healthier lives," read the headline. "Want to retire well? Your personal trainer may be as important as your financial adviser." It's worth reading (and we're not just saying that because we're in it). Baby Boomer Fitness Trends Keep Growing The article refers to the “silver tsunami” and cites statistics about the 76 million Baby Boomers. It also points out that 25 million Americans are older than the oldest Boomer. We’re living longer, and more of us want the “health dividend” fitness brings. The article quotes Dan about functional ability and why it’s important. “What if you want to get down on the floor to play with a
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June 5th, 2019

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By Cody Sipe People sometimes ask why I decided to work with older people, and I’m always happy to tell them the story. Way back when I was in middle school, our church youth group visited a nursing home to sing and cheer up the residents. I hadn’t spent much time around older people, and I didn’t know what to expect. This was an old-school nursing home. As soon as we walked in the door, that smell hit us. You know that smell. It was like antiseptic trying to cover up bodily fluids, but not working very well. We saw wheelchairs lined up down the halls. People in them were wearing bibs and drooling. Many were muttering.   Work with Older People? No Way I was shocked. I had not expected that. After we performed, I was talking with a friend when I felt
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June 5th, 2019

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By Jay Croft, Prime Fit Content Professional conferences can be a lot of fun. They can also be a bit overwhelming, with so many people to meet, speakers to enjoy, sessions to attend, and more. We want you to make the most of any gathering, like our Functional Aging Summit each year. So here’s a handy guide of good advice that applies to the FAS and any similar event you might attend. Before It Starts Make a Plan. Review the schedule, read the speakers’ bios, get familiar with the location and map in your guide. Then Be Flexible. Think of your plan as a gentle guide, not a strict schedule. If you're in a session and just not feeling it, it's OK to get up and go to another one. Pack a Day Bag. Bring a jacket or pullover in case the air conditioning
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June 5th, 2019

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By Dan Ritchie, Functional Aging Institute Thousands of athletes from around the country will be competing in June’s National Senior Games in Albuquerque, starting the same time as the Functional Aging Summit. Several have close relationships with the Functional Aging Summit. And one has just about the closest relationship possible: my father, Mark Ritchie.   His First National Senior Games Dad is 71 and was always athletic growing up, playing sports in high school in college. Even his career was physically active, in a different way. Dad worked as a commodities trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. He was a “yeller and shouter,” one of those guys you used to see in movies waving wildly and, well, yelling and shouting on the trading floor. Dad’s retired now and lives nearby in West Lafayette, Indiana. He stays active with softball and weightlifting. He enjoys
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June 5th, 2019

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mastermind business coaching is an excellent way for fitness professionals to grow their business, as people in all kinds of industries have found. FAI’s Mastermind makes it easy for you to gain the knowledge, perspective and camaraderie to bring in more prospects, turn them into clients, and keep them longer. The Mastermind is a small group of about 24 people from around the United States and Canada. And we are currently accepting new members now. Here’s some of what FAI’s Mastermind business coaching offers, plus some rave reviews from fitness pros we have helped. Mastermind Business Coaching Benefits The FAI Mastermind will help you: Avoid costly mistakes of time and money Establish you as the local authority on functional aging Grow your business faster and easier Break through plateaus and sticking points Remain accountable to meet deadlines Get motivated to take massive action that
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June 5th, 2019

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The LFP Equation Working in a gym allows me the opportunity to observe varied approaches to traditional exercises.  I have learned a few positive techniques along the way and reaffirmed how much of my approach is functionally correct.  In the upcoming columns, I will address several that have come under scrutiny.  Some aspects of what I believe may challenge conventional wisdom.  I hope to persuade using logic, explaining why certain modifications will enhance the results.  The Three Amigos Let’s start with the muscle complex known as the deltoids.  Many people know the name but you would be surprised how many are hard pressed to point them out on their body.  This is a 3 muscle grouping: front (anterior), middle (medial) and rear (posterior).  They encapsulate the shoulder.  As part of educating your client, ask them to point out the deltoids.  Then ask them how
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March 28th, 2019

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Getting older is inevitable.  The years come with a predictable regularity that can never be altered.  I’ll be older tomorrow than I am today.  But acting old, now that’s optional.  Your attitude goes a long way toward defining at what age people will perceive you.  For those of us on the other side of 70, sometimes it can seem like the best is behind us. On the flip side, there are certain advantages to having reached this milestone.  I look upon those life lessons as earned credits so we can appreciate the coming years even more. 70 and Counting You woke up today and realized “I’ve made it this far!”  Be grateful you are still standing.  Try and remember when you were in your 30s, thinking 70 was forever and a day away.  Well, here we are. I’m sure you can look back on
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January 8th, 2019

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The Humble Pushup My clients have evolved from being my students to also being my teachers, or, it might be better said, my collaborators. I have had to adapt to the issue/s each one was dealing with. While most had maybe one issue, some had several. Therefore, even though my training techniques are standardized, certain exercises needed to be modified or eliminated, depending on what the client’s body was telling them. One of the stalwarts of the fitness community is the push up. We all know what a push up is, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newbie getting into a workout protocol for the very first time. Virtually everyone has done a push up or three, especially the guys. So, if everyone knows the push up, what do I have to offer on the subject at this juncture? Saw but Did
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November 5th, 2018

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The Missing Link (part 2) All movement is contraction based.  Certain muscles have to tighten up every time you exert yourself.  The more effort, the more contraction.  Over time, if all your muscle/tendon complex does is contract, logic dictates they will get tighter and have a tendency to shorten.  If you don’t have a way to dial out this added stress on the body, long term, your odds for difficulties heighten. By introducing from the beginning the fundamentals for ROM (range of motion), you start the client off with the right mindset.  After only one or two workouts, they will begin to embrace the concept ROM is essential to the whole rational of working out.  Within a month, stretching will become a way of life, to be applied to commonplace activities as well.  I get asked on a regular basis by those I train
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August 13th, 2018

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