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Author: Kevin English

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Our mission is to inspire men and women in their fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond to live their strongest, healthiest, most fulfilling lives. In this podcast we share stories of amazing people who are doing just that, to help motivate you to become the healthiest version of yourself, regardless of your age.
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In this week’s episode of the Coach’s Corner I start out by talking about my new Workout Anywhere program and then transition into giving you an update on my client Broc. I haven’t done an updates in a while, but Broc just gave up caffeine cold turkey last week, and the results might surprise you.  The links to all the resources we discussed in this episode are below:Download the Workout Anywhere Guide - www.silveredgefree.comMidlife Mastery Podcast –
I’ve been blessed to have some truly remarkable guest on this podcast. I’ve had authors, subject matter experts, physicians, and PhDs. I’ve also had inspirational guests who have overcome incredible obstacles and undergone amazing transformations. And I’ve loved every one of these conversations, and I’ve taken something away from each and every one of these interviews, and I hope you have as well. Today’s guest reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in interviewing an average senior fitness consumer. Someone without in-depth fitness expertise, but rather is representative of the general silver edge over 50 population… perhaps someone like you. So today I present an interview from the perspective of the average fitness consumer. But in editing this podcast it struck me… perhaps this story isn’t so “average” at all, in fact, I found it extraordinary. I struck me in listening back to this episode that those of us over 50 who are prioritizing our health and fitness aren’t average at all, but exceptional. And since you’re listening to this podcast right now, I’m guessing your story is exceptional as well.My guest today is Bernie Rhinerson. Bernie is a self-described 70-year-old average fitness consumer. Bernie was never particularly active or health conscious until he hit retirement at about 25 pounds overweight. Somehow a book founds its way into his hands that stated your new career after retirement is your health and fitness. So Bernie joined a gym, hired a trainer, and lost his excess weight and now at age 70 is as strong and as fit as he’s ever been in his life. But he’s not done yet, Bernie has plans to increase his strength and fitness, to up-level his nutrition, in order to pursue the things he’s passionate about. Join us as Bernie shares how he started his fitness journey at age 60, how he got into the best shape of his life at age 70, and where he plans on going from here.We mentioned the following resources in this episode:Bernie’s Instagram - @bernieprBernie’s Blog - – Younger Next Year -
I was born in Santa Monica, CA, but moved to rural southwestern PA when I was very young, maybe five or six. There I lived on a beef cattle farm with cows, chickens, horses, an apple orchard, and a gigantic vegetable garden. Somewhere in my mid-teens a divorce landed me in a teeny tiny ex coal mining town, where… well… let’s just say I didn’t exactly flourish. And right before my senior year of high school my mom, step-dad, and my three younger siblings moved to Wilmington, NC, which at the time was a small sleepy beach town in southern NC. I stayed in PA with family friends to finish my senior year. After finishing my senior year of high school – and I just barely managed to graduate, probably to the surprise of my friends and family – I had to move to Wilmington. But I didn’t want to. All my friends were in PA, and my only impression of NC at the time was Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show. So I came down to the beach under protest, vowing that I’d get a job, save up some money, and move back as soon as I could.But when I got here something magical happened. The ocean spoke to me in a powerful way. I had been to Virginia beach for a week on summer vacation a couple of times, but this was different. I somehow felt connected to the ocean, I found both excitement and calm when I was in or near the water. My youngest brother had taken up surfing, and my dad bought me a garage sale surfboard to get started. And I was hooked. And I mean addicted. I loved surfing and it became the center of my universe. I obsessed over it. I learned to read the weather, the tides, and the water. Make no mistake, I was still a teenage train-wreck. I drank heavily and abused pretty much any drug I could get my hands on, and in general live an unhealthy lifestyle – but when I was in the water everything was different. I lost myself, my problems and hang-ups fell away, all my angst, anger, and emotional sewage evaporated when I was in the ocean.I fell madly in love with the sea, and I never did go back to PA. I eventually found other ways to stay connected to the ocean - I fished, swam, boated, and dove. It was my passion and my therapy, my obsession. And one of my surfing heroes back then was a guy with the unlikely name of Buzzy Kerbox. Buzzy was a pro surfer and was always in the top ten surfers in the world, but I was drawn to him because of the crazy things he and his buddy Laird Hamilton were doing. They were constantly innovating and pushing boundaries. They were the first people I saw wind surfing in gigantic waves, they were towing each other into monstrous waves in a tiny boat, they were paddling ridiculous distances in very rough seas. They were redefining what’s possible.My guest today is Buzzy Kerbox. Buzzy is an author, public speaker, model, iconic waterman and big wave surfer. In today’s episode Buzzy shares how he went from an Indiana boy to one of the best surfers in the world. Along the way he shares his experiences as a professional surfer and model, and how he says in great surfing shape at age 65. Below is Buzzy’s contact information as well as links to the resources we mentioned in this episode.Website - www.buzzykerbox.comBook – Making WavesInstagram - @buzzykerboxFacebook - @bkerboxDocumentary Movie – The 100 Foot Wave -
In this week’s episode of the Coach’s Corner I start out by talking about some foods that often get marketed as healthy, but really aren’t, and I list my top 13 foods that fall into this category as well as healthier alternatives. Then I spend a few minutes pontificating on what would happen if I had a magic wand and could give everyone their perfect dream body. The links to all the resources we discussed in this episode are below:Download Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comLMNT - Power Fuel - Bars -
I used to think of health as an either/or proposition – either you’re unhealthy or you’re healthy. But I now think of health as a continuum – with extremely poor health on one end, and optimal health and vitality on the other end. And if we labeled this continuum from one to ten – with 1 being very poor health, and 10 being optimal health and vitality, I’d guess that most of us over 50 are somewhere in the sub-five category. And in most cases these people don’t realize it. Let’s say they’re a 4 – but they’ve been at a 4 for so long that it’s become their baseline. These people often don’t understand the vast improvements in quality of life available to them. This was certainly my experience in my mid-forties. It took a health scare to shake me up, to awaken me. To bring me to the realization the “not being sick” is NOT the same thing as having optimal health. As Dr. Tracy Gaping called it in the last episode, I was at a crappy health baseline, and didn’t realize it, because it was my normal state.But why is that? Why are so many of us living in states of poor health without realizing what’s available to us? For one, the deck is stacked against us. We’re told in midlife things like it’s all downhill from here, that fat gain and muscle loss are a natural part of aging, that us older people need to slow down and take it easy. Industrial food companies and big pharma certainly don’t help our cause, ultra-processed foods make us sick and pharmaceutical companies sell us their cures… except they aren’t really curing anything – they’re treating symptoms and do nothing to attack the root cause of our health issues. We’ve traded health for convenience, to the point where even the water we drink and the goods in our homes are making us sicker. It’s a bit like the movie the Matrix, where many are unaware of the reality of what’s happening. But then though some twist of fate we are given a choice – we can take the blue pill and return to our crappy baseline, or we can take the red pill and choose optimal health. Since you’re listening to this podcast right now, I’m guessing you’re a red pill person. And today’s episode is definitely a red pill episode.  My guest today is Tim James. Tim is the founder of Chemical Free Body and the host of the Health Hero Show podcast, and as you’ll soon hear, he’s very passionate about optimal health. Tim shares his wild red pill awakening moment, and in this episode he gives us some practical tips that we use to up-level our health – even when the odds are stacked against us. This was a fun and eye-opening conversation, and I know you’re going to take away a ton of valuable information.You can connect with Tim in the following ways:Website – www.chemicalfreebody.comYouTube - - - @chemicalfreebodyguyHealth Hero Show Podcast - We mentioned the following resources during this episode:Documentary Movie – Tapped - - www.mypurifiedwater.comHippocrates Health Institute -
In this week’s episode of the Coach’s Corner, I start out by talking about the importance of progressive overload and how to incorporate these principles in your exercise program. Then I talk about being a salesman, and what I’m selling and what you are buying, and I finish up discussing a few articles I read on technology and fitness. The links to all of the resources we discussed in this episode are below:Download Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comPeloton Guide News Story - News Story - News Story -
Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to speak to you ladies. This episode is as much for you as it is for the men. When today’s guest Dr. Tracy Gapin first approached me with the topic of men’s health, I was initially reluctant, mainly because according to my statistics this show’s audience is close to 50/50 men and women. But Dr. Gapin informed me that a large number of his clients are actually referred to him by their partners – most commonly their wives.  And let’s face it, us men can be pretty bull-headed when it comes to seeing a doctor, in fact many of us men do a really crappy job of self-care. I actually considered titling this episode something generic, just to trick you ladies into clicking play, but ultimately decided against that.  So again, thank you so much for tuning in, and thank you collectively for pushing us men to take better care of ourselves.OK, guys listen up. We – myself included – need to step up and take ownership for our health, and that includes our sexual health.  I know from personal experience that this can be an extremely sensitive topic – it can be embarrassing, awkward, and downright painful. So, my hope is that after listening to this episode you’ll get your hormone levels checked and then – depending on the results – take appropriate action. This was an insightful and informative conversation, so thanks for tuning in.My guest today is Dr. Tracy Gapin. Dr. Gapin is a board-certified urologist and founder of the Gapin Institute where he specializes in individualized cutting-edge health care. In this episode Dr. Gapin shares his own men’s health journey which led him to where he is today. Dr. Gapin describes the state of men’s health today – and it’s not a pretty picture – and gives us a ton of information and tips on how to improve our lifestyles to optimize our hormones. He also discusses testosterone replacement therapy – he tells us the warning signs of low testosterone and discusses exactly who is a good candidate for this treatment. Along the way we discuss cutting edge aging research, new peptide therapies, and the safety and efficacy of testosterone replacement. You can connect with Dr. Gapin in the following ways:Website – – @drtracygapinFacebook – @drtracygapinYouTube - – Male 2.0 by Dr. Tracy Gapin - – Lifespan by David Sinclair & Matthew LaPlante -
I’m traveling this week, so just a short Coach’s Corner today.  Here’s what we’re covering in today’s episode.  I start off talking about my favorite superfoods and why I try to eat them every day.  Then spend a few minutes answering the question of is it realistic to think you can get into the best shape of your life at 50 years of age.  Below are the links to the resources we discussed in this episode:Download Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comEnergy Bits Algae – – Use coupon code “silveredge” at checkout for 20% discountPodcast Interview with Catharine Arnston (Energy Bits CEO) - Interview with Shelly Stettner -
Let me ask you a personal question – are you happy?  I mean you’re listening to the Over 50 Health & Wellness podcast right now, so I’ll assume you’re at least a little bit happy right now.  But are you big-picture happy?  I suppose we should define happiness.  The dictionary states that happiness is a feeling of pleasure or contentment - or having a sense of confidence in or satisfaction with a person, arrangement, or situation.  And I suppose that definition works for us.  But we live in a time when unhappiness increasingly seems to be normalized.  The global pandemic, our current political divisiveness, and the 24/7 media and news barrage have made us fearful and anxious.  But I have to imagine that most of us want more happiness in our lives, we want pleasure and contentment, we want a sense of confidence and satisfaction.  And while we may not have much control over pandemics and politics, we do have control over how we react to these things.  Maybe what we need is a happiness warrior to help show us the way.My guest today is Eric North.  Eric, aka The Happiness Warrior – is on a mission to forge a new path in a changing and challenging world.  He wants to change the common narrative of fear, uncertainty, and unhappiness to a message of self-love and acceptance, to help lead us to living a life full of happiness.  In this episode Eric shares his personal story of becoming the Happiness Warrior and his 5 Core Happiness Warrior Values.  Below are the resources we discussed in this episode:Website – – @happinesswarrior1Facebook -  @TheHappinessWarriorYouTube - - Rejuvenation Center -
In this week’s edition of the Coach’s Corner, I start out by talking about my website getting hacked by some nasty cyber-criminals, and then talk about some Instagram posts I’ve seen recently discussing top foods for burning belly fat.  Then I talk a bit on why you should consider yourself and athlete, and that as an athlete you should focus on training instead of exercising.  Then I wrap up with a discussion on set and reps, and which are the best for the athlete of aging.  Below are the links to everything we discussed in today’s show.Time Stamps:2:32 – I’ve Been Hacked! 5:42 – Top Foods to Burn Belly Fat8:30 – You Are an Athlete of Aging13:32 – Sets & Reps Download Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comSign Up for Holiday Accountability Program – Email coach@silveredgefitness.comMore info on the Holiday Accountability Program – with Dr. Jonathon Sullivan – with Andy baker – - The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40 -
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple, of not over-complicating things.  I like to take complex concepts and study them and break them down into easy-to-understand chunks.  I remember a professor in college once telling me that if I couldn’t explain a concept to a child, that I didn’t fully understand that concept myself.  And this love for simplicity has served me well as I dive into the world of exercise and nutrition.  While nutritional science and human kinesiology can be vastly convoluted, what you should eat and how you should move isn’t – or at least it shouldn’t be.  But that’s not the message we hear.  We’re constantly bombarded with overly complicated messages on what we should eat, or what exercise program is ideal for fat loss, primarily by people trying to sell us something and preying on our instant gratification desires by promising fabulous results in an unrealistic time frame.  My guest today is basically the godfather of strength and conditioning and is a refreshing voice in today’s tangled world of fitness and diet fads.  Buckle up, we’re in for a fun ride as we explore how old-school concepts can – and should – be applied to today’s fast-paced culture.My guest today is Dan John.  Dan is a 63 year old author, speaker, coach, and strength athlete with 40 plus years of strength and conditioning experience and expertise.  In this episode Dan shares his own fitness journey as well as his thoughts on exactly how to get – and stay – strong.  He outlines high level life strategies as well as practical advice on aging well.  Connect with Dan:www.danjohn.netwww.danjohnuniversity.comPodcast - @coachdanjohnEmail questions to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comYouTube Channel - (best bet is to search these on eBay):Sears Fitness for the Whole Family by Ted WilliamsBodybuilding & Self-Defense by Myles CallumParkinson’s Law by C. Northcote ParkinsonEat and Grow Thin by Vance ThompsonWe mentioned the following resources in this episode:T Nation Interview -  12/2/043 Minute Squat test You Tube - Strength for Fat Loss YouTube -’s Books - Strength by Dan John & Pavel
In this week’s edition of the Coach’s Corner I start out by talking about the new James Bond movie and how Daniel Craig gets into such great shape for his role as 007, and then spend a couple of minutes talking about what to do when you get off track from your nutrition or exercise program.  Then I share my thoughts on diet soda and whether swapping out regular for zero calorie soda can help you lose weight, and then wrap up with a few thoughts on the benefits of pushing yourself.  Below are the links to everything we discussed in today’s show.Time Stamps:1:59 – James Bond 10:27 – How to Get Back on Track13:23 – Does Diet Soda Help You Lose Weight?18:45 – Push YourselfHoliday Accountability Program – Website Discussing Daniel Craig Training - Waterson (Daniel Craig’s Trainer) - @simonwatersonperformanceNew JAMA Diet Soda Study -
If you’ve listened to this show for any length of time you know I’m a huge proponent of being your own health advocate, of talking full responsibility and ownership for your health.  As one of my former guests Dr. Kien Vuu put it, you are your own best medicine.  I frequently rail against the common narrative of aging - that we naturally lose muscle and mobility as we age, that aches and pains come with the territory, that we can’t be strong, vital, and capable humans as we age.  But I have a confession to make.  I never once considered this philosophy when it came to my eyesight.  Somewhere in my forties I went from having 20/20 vision, to having a hard time reading the menu in dimly lit restaurants, to having to hold my paperbacks and iPhone a little further away to read.  And when the optometrist (in the mall) did my eye exam, he said, yep, time for glasses.  And when I questioned him about what happened, why I lived my entire life without glasses and now all of a sudden they were required, he sagely informed me that that’s just what happens, it’s a normal part of growing older.  And he wrote me a prescription for my first pair of progressive lenses.  And these weren’t cheap either, and by the time I got talked into sticking these progressive lenses into some fancy designer frames, I was out several hundred bucks.  Fast forward to a year or two later, and guess what?  My vision got worse, so I got a new prescription, and a new pair of glasses.  And that’s been my reality for the last 15 years or so.But here’s the thing… I never questioned it.  It never dawned on me to question that my vision – really that everyone’s vision – just naturally got worse as we age.  Until now.  Today’s guest might just turn everything you know – or thought you knew - about eyesight and aging upside down.My guest this week is Jake Steiner.  Jake is a bit of a maverick - living quasi off grid and semi-retired – he’s the creator of where he helps people reduce or even end their dependence on corrective lenses.  Jake was diagnosed with -5-diopter nearsightedness as a child (which is pretty bad), and through intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and a good bit of trial and error, he corrected his vision back to 20/20 and no longer uses corrective lenses.  This was a fun and thought-provoking conversation, and really got me questioning my own beliefs.  If you or a loved one has poor vision, wears glasses, or like me just assumed that your eyesight goes starts going bad somewhere around midlife, you don’t want to miss this episode.Join us this week as Jake shares the real causes of most common vision problems, and what you can do to correct your vision and reduce – or eliminate – your dependence on corrective lenses.You can connect with Jake in the following ways:Website – www.endmyopia.orgFacebook - - – @jakeysteiner
In this week’s edition of the Coach’s Corner I start out by discussing a few of the resources that helped me on my early fitness journey and then transition to talking about the importance of sleep for healthy weight loss and muscle building.  Below are the links to everything we discussed in today’s show.Time Stamps:1:42 – Early Fitness Resources13:15 – The Importance of SleepBelow are links to the resources we discussed in this week's episode:Download Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comSign Up for Holiday Accountability Program – Email coach@silveredgefitness.comMore info on the Holiday Accountability Program – Book - Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark RippetoeBook – Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe & Andy BakerWebsite – www.startingstrength.comStarting Strength Podcast – - Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male BodyBook - Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Advanced Guide to Building Muscle, Staying Lean, and Getting StrongBook - Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female BodyMuscle for Life Podcast - – www.bengreenfieldfitness.comBen Greenfield Fitness Podcast - Dan John Podcast – Pump Podcast – www.mindpumppodcast.comWhoop Strap –
Are you skeptical about health and nutrition claims?  You should be.  There is no single source of truth when it comes nutrition, most general practice physicians have little to no training on the subject, we’re constantly being bombarded with conflicting new-studies-show type headlines from the media, shysters and hustlers are promising amazing weight loss success if you only buy their product, and on social media there are wars being waged over the healthiest way to eat – primarily the keto and plant based camps at this point and time.  Those of us over remember when we were told not to eat fat, because – well – it would make you fat.  And then along came Dr. Adkins who told us no, the villain isn’t fat, its carbs that are making us fat.  And what about the poor egg… it’s gone from being demonized as the culprit for raising our cholesterol to being a superfood.With all this noise, all this conflicting information, it’s no wonder many of us confused.  And it’s no wonder many of us are skeptical of current – or past – health advice.  Our guest today is going to help us negotiate our way through the labyrinth of misinformation, myths, and downright nutrition lies.My guest today is Dr. Robert J. Davis.  Robert - a.k.a. The Healthy Skeptic - is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books on health, and he hosts the “Healthy Skeptic” video series, which dissects the science behind popular health claims. His most recent book is titled Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works, and in this episode Robert guides us through the murky waters of nutritional myths, fallacies, misconceptions and outright lies.  Join us this week as Robert dispels some of the most common nutrition myths and then tells us what really works.You can connect with Robert here:Instagram - @healthyskeptFacebook - @RobertDavisHealthySkepticWe mentioned the following resources during the show:Website - www.healthyskeptic.comBook – Supersized Lies: How Myths About Weight Loss Are Keeping Us Fat – and the Truth About What Really Works Website - The Harvard Nutrition SourceWebsite - Nutrition Action
Here’s what we’re covering in today’s episode.  I start off talking about my new Holiday Accountability offer that I’m launching today, and then I share a couple of news stories I read this week that I found interesting.  Next I discuss what’s more important for weight loss – how much you eat versus what you eat (believe it or not there’s actually a war being waged on social media over this right now).  Then I discuss the role of supplementation for folks over 50, including my current supplementation routine, and I wrap up by sharing my thoughts on why I’m so passionate about fitness. LinksDownload Free Mini-Guides - www.silveredgefree.comSign Up for Holiday Accountability Program – Email coach@silveredgefitness.comLobster Lady News Story HERENever Do These Exercises News Story HERENPR Strength Training News Story HEREDr. Morgan Nolte Podcast Interview (Low Insulin Lifestyle) - Feast Whey Isolate Protein Powder HEREBulk Supplements Creatine Powder HEREEnergy Bits Algae – – Use coupon code “silveredge” at checkout for 20% discountPodcast Interview with Catharine Arnston (Energy Bits CEO) - Post on My Testosterone Story HERE
A year or so ago I was sitting on the beach with half a dozen or so people.  And at age 56 at the time, I was the oldest in the group by at least a decade.  And somehow the conversation turned to - at what age did you peak?  And these folks – most of them in their late thirties or early forties – went around describing when they think they peaked.  The responses varied – some stating right before their first child, or when they were in college.  I can’t recall all of the responses, but I distinctly remember all of them were in the past.  And when it came my turn I remember telling them that I felt like I was peaking right now, and that I wasn’t sure that the best wasn’t still in front of me.  My guest today is Dr. Ellen Albertson.  Dr. Ellen – aka the Midlife Whisperer – is a midlife coach, speaker, author, and – in her own words – has more degrees than a thermometer, including a Masters in Nutrition and a PhD in Psychology.  In addition, she is a board certified health and wellness coach and Reiki Master.  Her mission is to help empower people at midlife to get unstuck and find the energy, confidence, and clarity to make their next chapter their best chapter.  In today’s episode we discuss the seven steps to rocking your midlife from Dr. Ellen’s upcoming book titled Rock Your Midlife: 7 Steps to Transform Yourself and Make Your Next Chapter Your Best Chapter, which will be available November ninth. You can connect with Dr. Ellen in the following ways:Dr. Ellen on Instagram – @the_midlife_whispererDr. Ellen’s Mastermind Facebook Group - Ellen’s Website –
In this episode of the Coach’s Corner, I cover several topics.  We start out with some breaking news regarding this podcast, and then I answer the age-old question – what’s better for fat loss: cardio of strength training?  After that I talk about the seven primal human movements and discuss ways we can improve these, and then give an update on my client Broc’s progress.  I do a quick book review of Diet for Great Sex by Christine DeLozier, and finish with a recap of my main takeaways from some of my recent podcast guests.  Below are the time stamps for each section in case you want to jump ahead: 1:59 – Breaking Podcast News3:10 – Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Burning Fat?11:07 – 7 Primal Movement Patterns17:34 – Broc Coaching Update22:58 – My Guilty Pleasure – Magic Spoon Cereal28:42 – Book Review – Diet for Great Sex by Christine DeLozier32:22 – Podcast Guest Recap I mentioned a bunch of resources in this episode – below are links to everything we talked about: Mind Pump WebsiteMind Pump PodcastMagic SpoonMidlife Mastery WebsiteDr. Gabriel Lyon Podcast EpisodeDr. Gabrielle Lyon’s WebsiteBook - Diet for Great Sex: Food for Male and Female Sexual Health by Christine DeLozierChristine DeLozier Podcast EpisodeDr. Stefan Zavalin Podcast EpisodeShelly Stettner Podcast EpisodeDr. Alyssa Kuhn Podcast Episode
When’s the last time you had an adventure?  When is the last time you did something challenging and exciting?  When is the last time that you went exploring?  When’s the last time you took a risk, or did something bold?  Many of us lose our sense of adventure as we grow older.  Perhaps we have aches and pains that we didn’t have as a younger person, which inhibits us from adventuring.  My guest today is fond of saying that adventure has no age limit and has dedicated her life to helping older men and women overcome aches and pains associated with arthritis, so they can live the adventurous lives of their dreams.My guest today is Dr. Alyssa Kuhn.  Alyssa is a physical therapist, author, arthritis specialist, and founder of Keep the Adventure Alive, where her mission is to educate people that adventure is still possible with arthritis and that surgery is not inevitable! She is revolutionizing the way people think and feel about osteoarthritis.  In this episode Alyssa discusses the different types of arthritis and their causes, as well as the “conventional wisdom” that suggests people with arthritis need to give up movement and resign themselves to a sedentary lifetime of managing pain through medication and potential surgeries.  Alyssa then shares how there is hope for arthritis sufferers, and that adventure is not only possible, but recommended.You can connect with Alyssa in the following ways:Instagram – @adventurealiveYouTube Chanel - - Move Well Age Well: How to Rock the Later Years with Fitness and MindsetFacebook Group - – www.keeptheadventurealive.comEmail -
If I say to you, “She’s a strong woman,” what comes to mind?  Maybe your first thought is that she’s emotionally strong, or mentally tough.  What if I say, “She’s a strong 70 year old woman?”  Now what comes to mind?  You’re probably not thinking of physical strength.  That simply doesn’t fit the common narrative for 70 year olds in our culture.  But what if I told you that this woman can squat 250 pounds and deadlift 320 pounds and recently set 12 American powerlifting records?  And then what if I went on to tell you that she’s just getting started, that she is in fact as strong and as energetic as she’s ever been in her entire life?   My guest today is Shelly Stettner.  Shelly is 70 year old national powerlifting champion.  But she wasn’t always strong, or even particularly fit.  She spent 30-ish years as a smoker, and occasionally hopped on and off the latest diet and exercise fads of the day.  But then one day shortly before her 65th birthday she caught a look at herself in the mirror, and for the first time saw herself as a frail old lady.  Through a fortunate series of events, she ended up in a gym that specializes in helping aging men and women get and stay strong.  She learned to squat, deadlift and press, and over time she grew stronger… and fell in love with the process and the results, which eventually resulted in her entering – and dominating – powerlifting competitions.   You can connect with Shelly on Instagram @shelly_ann_28We discussed the following resources during this episode: Starting Strength WebsiteStarting Strength: Basic Barbell Training BookBarbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40 BookDr. Jonathon Sullivan (Sully) Podcast EpisodeSully’s Instagram - @thebarbellprescriptionAndy Baker Podcast EpisodeAndy Baker Instagram - @bakerbarbellNathan Payton Instagram - @probodycoach 
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