Life is getting to the point where functional fitness is not what i’m looking for. I just want to look young again. While that is impossible, I can look better than I do now, and age with integrity. And that is where weightlifting comes in.
The way a real athlete gets in shape is by doing cardio and bodyweight calisthenics. But I’m retired now, and I basically just want to improve my appearance. And what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
So I’ve started to lift weights, with only two dumbbells in compound exercises like the squat, bench press, deadlift, and military press. That is all one needs initially. Compound exercises involve many different muscle groups, not just one or two, so more muscle fiber is recruited in the lift and more strength and proper proportion is built.
Remember that one shouldn’t overtrain, three times a week is enough for weightlifting, and that the low carb diet is important here. Cardio should be light and regular, but it should be for everyone anyway.
The high protein, low sugar diet is best for bodybuilding. Remember to moderate salt and fat too, and drink a lot of water. That is all.