Sunday, July 29, 2012


Hello and welcome everyone...every once in awhile I like to mentally take a drive down a side road until I reach my youth.
I'm an 'ol farm boy and think back at how I would run around the
entire farm. Racing through the fresh cut hayfields, jumping over
each row of hay. For me, I felt refreshed...invigorated. And now,
when I think back at days past, I get that same feeling. Capturing
my youth via replay gives me "a rush." I often remind men and
women in my fitness classes to think about their youth when
training and workouts. It was fun then and should be fun now.
Replay that scene over and over works. Your youth
can serve you now.

Have a meaningful life everyone! JimmyO

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Hello and welcome everyone...the heat is on. Received nunerous
comments re last weeks blog. And many questions re my workouts.
Questions pertaining to the what, why and how. I will list my workout drills in next weeks blog. So, let me preface my next blog
with the following: all drills are progressive in nature thereby
creating a "rhythm  sequence" in movement. Not jerky! Think BALLET! Training/workouts must be seamless. I write out my
routines on a 3x5 card...and stick to it. Don't ever start your routine
and be thinking about what you are going to do next. I call that
"brain confusion." After my workouts, I want my tail to be dragging. And I know I could have given even more. I want to feel
getting tired  in my training. Good prep for my competitive events.

Have a meaningful life everyone. JimmyO

Sunday, July 15, 2012

30% LOSS

Hello and welcome everyone...can you feel the heat. Take your mind off the in on your workout and what you want to accomplish. In this hot weather, stretch more, not less. Humid
weather can cause as much as 30% loss in muscle power and
schrinkage. Water alone is not enough. Your body needs electrolytes, nutrients and potassium and salt. Try quart of water,  1/2 teas. of salt, 1/2 teas. of baking soda and 3 tesa. of sugar...add a little of your favorite juice or a little lemon juice if
you need flavoring. After your workout, drink a glass of skim or
1% choc. milk or almond or coconut choc. milk. Recover faster.
All of the above will help eliminate or greatly reduce cramping.
Stay will be glad you did.

Have a meaningful life everyone...Jimmy O

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Hello and welcome everyone...July is the beginning of my ten month training journey. be in the best physical and mental
condition of my life. Staying focused and intense will be the ultimate challenge. Two hours a day in training, six days a week. Plus conducting 15 classes a week...8 fitness and 7 pickleball. I will actually be exercising four hours a day. I just turned 74. I will update you every two weeks. Core exercises, sprinting up hills and steps, forward, sideways and backwards. Plyometrics will be a
mainstay. Isometrics will be added in the 8th month. Will attain 7%
body fat. I want to achieve explosiveness, more speed and power,
endurance, more height and distance in my jumps, quicker reaction
time. This will be my "ultimate makeover."

Have a meaningfull life everyone...JimmyO

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Hello and welcome everyone...well, last Sunday I was still competing in track and field and pickleball at the Meijer State
Games. On 6/21 I was going through my final tune up, coming
out of the blocks and pulled my left groin. Did this two years ago, coming out of the blocks in the Senior Olympics. So, on
Sat. before the events, I went to our on site physical therapist and received some stretching exercises that helped. I wrapped
my left leg. I was able to win the 50M and 200M. The pain was
getting worse, so I withdrew from the 100M, LJ and HJ. Injury
is the competitor's number one enemy. I am analysing my entire training program...warmup, stretching, conditioning and
cool down. 2013 will be a big year for me. My training starts
today. Have a great 4th of it safe.

Have a meaningfull life everyone. Jimmy O