Fitness over Fifty
No rocking chair workouts here, and no cookie-cutter routines either

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a retired Olympian, if you’ve passed the 50-year threshold, you probably have a lot of questions about health and fitness. And if you’re like most people you may be seeking the answers at local fitness clubs.

Fact is you’re not alone in your midlife health quest. Folks over fifty years of age currently make up the fastest growing segment of the fitness population. “For about the past 15 years, the baby boom fitness market has been slowly growing,” claims Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging. “But in the last several years it has really exploded, and it has exploded in many segments, including health club membership.”

According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, older Americans are gravitating to gyms and fitness centers at a record rate. The group reports that the number of age 55 plus health club members grew by 343 percent from 1987 to 2004.

Unfortunately, the average fitness trainer welcomes new members with a “come as you are and we’ll see what we can do” approach. Rather than taking an in-depth look at each individual to determine what vital areas they are lacking in, these wellness gurus try to mold a physically superior athlete from a physically deficient human being.

There is one local trainer, though, who is taking an entirely different approach to fitness, and it is working wonders for the baby boomer set.

John Carrido, former Mr. America contender, author, motivational speaker and successful entrepreneur, recently unveiled his latest project, Carrido Intergated Fitness total body training facility on Irvine Ave in Newport Beach. Carrido Integrated Fitness is the perfect “fit” for the quinquagenarian who insists on more than a rocking chair workout, but doesn’t want a mass marketed, cookie-cutter routine.

With his expertise in exercise physiology and his charismatic personality. He takes the guesswork out of addressing the wellness needs of each of his clients right from the get go. Prior to developing any kind of personalized health and wellness regimen, he insists on establishing each individual’s physiological deficits.

“You can’t help anyone without first determining his or her physical shortages,” says Carrido, whose prescription for wellness begins not at his facility but at the local doctor’s office. “The first thing I would get is a blood test. But not just for cholesterol, glucose, and other problem areas, I would find out what vitamins and minerals are lacking by undergoing specific tests. One might even have celiac disease, which effects the processing of gluten.”

While it may be true that, for many people, 60 has become the new fifty, fifty the new forty and so on, there is much more to maintaining a midlife physique than collecting such catchy old adages. That is not to say that one needs to dispose of the dream of reaching his or her peak fitness goal well into the golden years; in fact, just the opposite. But the road to getting there for the mid-lifer is far different than the one for a 21-year-old.

Fortunately, the Carrido Integrated Fitness training team knows the detour for getting fit for older Americans. It takes a special commitment from professionals who not only are highly trained in individual overall wellness, but also know how to address the multifaceted maintenance requirements of the aging body and soul.

Carrido, who at 54 years old is in peak condition, has some simple advice for attaining overall fitness well into ones senior years: “Live for the day, thirty minutes, low-intensity cardio walking along the beach or the woods—wherever there is not a lot of noise if possible,” says Carrido. “Laugh a lot. Watch funny movies. Listen to mellow music. Let your mind and body come as one. At the end of the journey, be happy with the path you’ve taken.”

By Jim Larkins

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