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Rippetoe is the pro, and I am just an educated amateur but I'd rather see this particular client engaged in a balanced fitness program along with some "nutritional" aka eating guidance. Still, the results are impressive: From Heart Patient to Lifter
But can he run (not jog) a mile? Readers know we favor a balance of HIIT Cardio (total 1/2 hr/wk), Endurance "cardio" (1 hr/wk), serious weights (2 sessions/wk), and calisthenics (2 sessions/wk) for full functional fitness. I doubt that Rippetoe would argue with that, but he is mostly a weights guy. I don't know about our readers, but I find a one-hour calisthenics class to be more challenging - and more satisfying at the end - than anything else I do. They get you jumping and moving like a 16 year-old. The endorphins make you feel like you can take on the world, but you can hardly walk or talk. That tells you that you have done something hard.
Age is no barrier to any fitness pursuit. The body is made to adapt to demands. The discipline to make those stress and dietary demands is the hardest part, but it builds character. No pain, no gain. Best not to wait until you are scared into it by a nasty problem.
I figured out a long time ago that the only reason one should ever run is "away". I found out , however, that the more weight/resistance training I do, the better I can run. A decade or so ago I started cycling for fitness eventually moving to a road bike where I rode 30 to 100 miles a week and occasionally 90 miles in a day. I found it highly rewarding and liked the feeling of hitting the wall and continuing the ride. But what
allowed me to do that was the resistance training. Lift weights and thrive.
Well, not exactly. Almost every 14 year old child in the world can run without "resistance training". If it is true that you needed resistance training in order to ride a bike or run then you were in really, really bad shape. You could have simply ridden a bike or run to get back in shape. But in your mind because of your personal experience it was the resistance training that allowed you to do what every living person can do from childhood.
It is quite remarkable what hard work and commitment can achieve. In the mid 80s I got hurt on the job, my left trapezius muscle sustained a permanent injury to the inner part of the muscle. At that time if I did 5 push-ups, prior to my injury I was doing 50/day, it took two weeks for the muscle pain to subside. Over the years I kept working at it. Although with a little pain still, no spasms, I worked back up to being able to do 50 push-ups again, I do overhead presses, farmers carry and shrugs.