Workout of the Day

Not Just For Youngsters, According To Research


We’re faced often with false conventional wisdom about what is and is not safe and effective training. Often, this conventional wisdom looks to be more based on an emotional response (fear, uncertainty, etc.) rather than a rational one.

Jumping is a prime example. Conventional wisdom tells us that jumping is an activity meant for young and vigorous athletes, something that should be avoided by the elderly or by ordinary individuals interested in looking and feeling better. It’s scary, high impact (a phrase that has been wrongly equivocated with “dangerous”), and dangerous, right?

Conventional wisdom, in this case, is false.

A recent meta-analysis of nine studies examined the safety and efficacy of jump training in individuals over 50 years of age and found jump training to be both safe and highly effective for increasing muscular power in these individuals. You may recall from a post a few weeks ago that power (namely, the lack thereof) is a strong predictor of all cause mortality (read that post HERE). If jump training yields greater power in older adults, and greater power means a lower mortality rate… you can fill in the rest of that equation.

An Olympic long jumper and your grandfather may not have the same goals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t both benefit from training their bodies with functional movements in appropriate doses. Let’s not let unfounded conventional wisdom dictate our training practices into inefficacy.

You can read more about the meta-analysis HERE.

- PS


  • “Diane”

  • For time, 21-15-9 reps of:

    • Deadlifts (225/155)

    • Handstand push-ups