Gregg Hoffman and his brother, Andy clowning around after a workout.
Gregg is 53 years old and Andy is 50 years old.
Sharon Oh-Willeke is 46 years old and is an avid athlete.
She came to Urban Pump to learn the Hystrength Training program, which helps her stay strong and injury free for her sport.
Anti-Aging and Longevity
You would think that health, fitness and anti-aging/longevity would go hand in hand, right? This is not necessarily so. Sometimes they go hand in hand, other times not so much. Let me give you an example. There is something called the M-tor pathway. It has many functions, but one of the main things it does is act as a nutrient sensor to the body, specifically how much protein intake one has. If protein intake is plentiful, the M-tor pathway tells the body to grow, create protein synthesis and so on. Good for muscle building, right?
Ironically, the longevity researchers are finding out that if the M-tor pathway is always “on” (expressed), it speeds up the aging process of the body…and can cause cancer. The general recommendation from longevity experts is to keep protein intake low chronically…and yet they also mention the concern about sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass due to aging…a biggie as far as I am concerned), to the point that one longevity expert recommends that the older population should up protein intake a little bit. This was very confusing to one of my clients who read about it. What gives? Well, that is one of the things we do. We weigh the science…and the goals of both health and longevity and create a plan that does a good job of both. Hint: It’s a good idea to oscillate between expressing and inhibiting the M-tor pathway.
This applies not only to diet, but sun exposure, stress management, and yes, even the exercise program too. Too much exercise can speed up the aging process. The volume, intensity, and frequency needs to be in proper doses.
To sum it all up, we take into consideration not only what you can do to be healthy, but also what you can do to slow down the aging process as well as stave off lifestyle and age related diseases and assist you in navigating these variables.