A LIFELONG athlete and a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer for over five years now, Jerry Diaz says one’s fitness training approach must evolve as we age.
Individual cells age, he added. They function differently and slower overtime. Ultimately, old cells must die, and that’s a normal part of the body's functions.
Diaz said the first signs of aging usually involve the musculoskeletal system.
Obvious changes begin early in mid-life, and most internal functions decline with aging.
Our bodily functions usually peak right before the of age 30. This will be followed by a process of overall gradual decline. Our bones become less dense. Ligaments and tendons are more prone to tearing and slower to heal.
Diaz said strength and conditioning training at a young adult age should result in a healthy physique.
However, he added, the amount of lean muscle mass and muscle strength will soon decline.
Still, most older people can maintain adequate muscle mass and strength for daily functional tasks. Many of them may even continue to compete in sports and experience intense physical activities.
But again, even the fittest individual can observe a decline in her/his performance as s/he ages. And this is also the main reason why we need to maintain an active lifestyle, Diaz said.
“There is no ‘one’ fitness nutrition approach that fits everyone,” he added. “This is the very reason I carefully match a fitness training program to an individual’s fitness goals.”
His clients include those who want to enhance their sports performance, lose weight, get ripped, return from an injury or prepare themselves for physical development.
Diaz said it is his responsibility to prepare, mix and match training approaches.
He has trained young men and women who want to improve their coordination and movements.
He has also trained MMA fighters, basketball players, soccer players and marathon runners.
“I also train those who are sedentary but who want to live the best version of themselves,” Diaz said.