Book review: The Barbell Prescription

Did you know that adults who do not engage in regular strength training lose up to 1 pound (0.45 kg) of muscle per year after 40? This is just one of numerous items of information in a comprehensive new book, The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40, by Jonathon Sullivan and Andy Baker. Jonathon Sullivan is doctor who has been working in Emergency Medicine in Detroit for 20 years. He is also a Starting Strength Coach who owns and runs a gym devoted to barbell-based strength training for people in their 40s and beyond, Greysteel Strength and Conditioning. Andy Baker is also a Starting Strength Coach and owner of a barbell training facility. The foreword is by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (of Black Swan fame). Continue reading “Book review: The Barbell Prescription”

Run for your life?

Human beings need to move. Just about everybody, except perhaps the dedicated couch potato, would agree to that statement. However, what is the best kind of exercise? Should we be devoted joggers, running every morning before our day begins and signing up for marathons? Is walking the dog a couple of times a day good enough? What about joining the bodybuilders at the local gym (if we’re not too intimidated by the tattoos and grunts)? How about yoga or Pilates, or an aerobics class? Continue reading “Run for your life?”