Archive for the ‘aging well’ Category

20161230_092718People have all kinds of body issues–





However, there is always a way to train safely!

  • The “one size fits all” mentality does not apply.

People are all different and need to be coach based on their individual needs and goals.



Non-gym training with Adex mace from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

Unconventional warm up from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

All this month I am promoting mens health awareness through a great organization called Movember (by the way, “Mo” stands for moustache).

My hope is to encourage men to take better care of their health and to have an active lifestyle at any age.


Too many times I hear guys who are about half my age tell me why they cannot exercise, why they are overweight, why they can’t do a push up or pull up. They usually tie that in with their advanced age, which might be 35 or 40.

They have convinced themselves that they are weak and they can’t do anything about it.

The fact of the matter is, they can.

They can do a lot about it!

I know of guys who are ten or  more years older than me (I have been blessed with 66 years of life so far) who are training hard and living very active fulfilling lives.

A classic example of staying fit all your life was Jack Lalanne, exercised right up until he passed away at 96!

I have a short video of Jack below that will spur you to action.

Enjoy it!

One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground,  Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.


You don’t have to live in fear as you get older if you stay strong.

Many people start “thinking old” when they are still in their forties. Soon they convince themselves that they really are old and start acting old. This is start of the downward spiral.

I say people should age ruthlessly!

I don’t mean that in the sense that you hurt other people. I mean you don’t let our culture force you into their mold of who you should be and how you should act.

People let themselves be marginalized by society by adopting a victim mentality.

“Woe is me, every thing and everyone is against me. I can’t ever win.”

You can see it in how they carry themselves–

  • sloped shoulders
  • bad posture
  • sitting down when ever they can
  • going to the drive through window at fast food places because they are too lazy to get out of the car
  • leaning on the grocery cart instead of standing up

Everything about them shouts “I am old and useless” and the fact is, they are lying!

Lying to themselves and everyone around them; especially if they are only 40 or so.

They can live in that kind of self-imposed prison if you want to, but I refuse to go along with that!

I am going to be 66 years young in about a month (GOD willing) and I feel better know than when  I was much younger. I train hard and really enjoy the life I have been blessed with.

On my birthday, I will celebrate by competing in a PowerX strength event

I will give a 100% effort on every rep, no excuses!

After all, I have reason to celebrate.