The man in this photo is doing squats, standing from a chair with good form and – most importantly – no difficulty. He is 87-years old and does his squats regularly, with the mobility of a much younger person. He even trains with weighted squats. Wouldn’t you like to be able to move like that at 87-years old? Well you can. It just takes a bit of effort, and not everyone is willing to make that effort.
Why is the old man squatting?
When you reach old age, the strength of your knees is going to make a lot of difference to how you live. You might not realise it until it’s too late, but correct form plays a huge role in the lasting health of your knees. This old man can do effective squats because he understands the value of everyday mobility. He put in the effort to train with me, to make life easier for himself. I showed him how to do the exercises, and advised him on corrections, but he put in all the real work himself. He can squat because he was willing to try.
If you want to see him in action, check out the video here.
How did he reach this stage?
He only needed two things to be able to squat properly (and ultimately to move freely again):
- A working knowledge of how the body should move.
- The dedication to train his body to move properly.
I gave him the first knowledge, but you don’t need to hear it from me. It’s all available online, in books, anywhere you can find it, as long as you have the dedication of point 2. You can start with my video guide, you can read detailed books, you can study with a personal trainer, these are just details. The most important thing is that you do it. Act on your health concerns and actively take care of your body. Only you can ensure that you move as well as this man when you reach his age.
So how are your squats? Is your form perfect? Are you doing them regularly enough? If so, I’d like to shake your hand. If not, why not? If you ask me, there’s no excuse strong enough to justify letting your body go to waste.