Episode #214: How Fit Can You Get If You Start Training When You’re Over 40?

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Oct 24, 2012 free podcast: How Fit Can You Get If You Start Training When You're Over 40? Also: should hot and cold adaptation be seasonal, which gelatine is the healthiest, ZMA effects and side effects, ski workouts that double as off-season triathlon workouts, can improved running form lower your heart rate, and is oxygen therapy while exercising beneficial?

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Audio Question from Boštjan @ 00:14:50
Can you gain speed (cycling and running) if you start training at 40 years old and haven't been training before that?

~ In my response, I mention the Joe Bonness interview at Endurance Planet.

Audio Question from Craig @ 00:19:40
Would it be beneficial to do cold and hot adaptation in a particular corresponding season (cold in winter and hot in summer)?

Audio Question from Gelatine @ 025:36
What are the health benefits of gelatine and does a commercially produced gelatine (such as Knox) have the same benefits?

~ In my response, I recommend Bernard Jensen gelatin  and Great Lakes gelatin.

Audio Question from James @ 00:31:23
He has been taking ZMA sporadically and has noticed that he is sleeping better. Can there be any adverse side effects from taking this product?

~ In my response I mention ZMK from millenniumsport.net, and use code MSTBG09 to get free samples of it.

Audio Question from Jim @ 00:36:01
Do you have any good ski workouts that would also double as good off-season triathlon workouts?

~ In my response, I mention my high-intensity circuit training for triathletes book and also this Total Skiing Fitness program.

Audio Question from Jorge @ 00:41:30
He recently learned to improve his running form and posture from youtube videos (forward lean and higher cadence) and noticed that he is now running faster with a lower heart rate. Could the changes he has made have lowered his heart rate?

~ In my response, I mention the running drills videos in the post Why Running Drills Are Bad For You.

Audio Question from Kelcey @ 00:44:16
What is your opinion of exercising with oxygen therapy?

~ In my response to Kelcey, I reference this video on oxidative therapy.

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10 thoughts on “Episode #214: How Fit Can You Get If You Start Training When You’re Over 40?

  1. Dan Lombardi says:

    I have been using NOW Foods Beef Gelatin for over a year, on and off… and have not noticed any itching, tingling, or pins and needles on my skin as I do with other non-organic proteins.

  2. Tim Skafidas says:

    Ben- I live in Crested Butte Colorado and do much endurance racing and training between 9,000 ft and 14,000. I use a hyperbaric chamber, and supplemental oxygen to load before a training session or a workout. I also use a infrared sauna to help with toxins and plasma levels. I use a gps and track most of my sessions. After a day at the spa loading with oxygen, my bike rides and runs are about 20-35% higher ( vertical ft climbed ) on the same trail runs and rides. So with oxygen therapy – if you are training at super high elevations do you consider this method of recovery useful? I am a personal trainer and can see the difference in my training. Is this because I live and train so high?

  3. Kim says:


    I'm a vegetarian and I have read for many years about the cognitive benefits of creatine for vegetarians, however, I am conerned about water weight gain. Is this a legitimate concern?

    1. Not really. Especially if you go with something like Kreaceps or Kre-Alkalyn. I found those forms don't have those kind of issues compared to basic creatine monohydrate. But SOME people seem to be hyper responders to creatine and swell up no matter what!

  4. ReneeAnn says:

    You mentioned in this podcast that you convert videos to mp3s so that you can listen to them on the run. That is exactly why I don’t watch/listen to many videos… I need them on my iPod! May I ask what program you use to do this conversion?

    Also, on the last podcast you mentioned a free body scan mp3. Do you have the link for that?

    Thanks!! :)

  5. Jordano8 says:

    Time to do a little more fact checking, VO2 max does decrease with age (ofcourse?) and so does lactate threshold, endurance and just about every other performance factor after age 30. Max HR doesn't even have a predictable statistical relationship with age. It generally decreases, but by hugely variable amounts. In any case MHR isn't the key component in endurance decline and you should probably consider a correction.

    1. What I was saying was that stroke volume or the ability of muscles to extract O2 from blood does not affect your performance as you age, especially related to age related decline in max HR. Here's a article on age related decline in max HR on this for you:

      1. Jordano8 says:

        Here's an article showing that stroke volume does decrease with age and that peak exercise capacity reduction is due to a combination of SV and HR decrease : http://eurjhf.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/4/427….

        1. Yes, you can see a significant decrease in SV in UNTRAINED aging individuals, but training attenuates that loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22409154/

  6. Funny Brock chose that photo. That guy (Joe Bonness) passed me like I was standing still at Ironman Hawaii a couple years ago!

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