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Here’s what’s happening in the world of TMA:
The Importance of Intensity Training for Masters Athletes is the upshot of Andrew’s profile of 66-year-old cycling coach and world-class rider Gary Hoffman. If you think you’re too old to train intensely, you’ll rethink that after reading this.

Convinced by our recent stories on sarcopenia that you’re a candidate for resistance training? Our experts certainly convinced Bob, who’s starting to flex some muscles with resistance bands. Yes, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but for a gym-phobe like Bob, The World’s Simplest Resistance Band Workout is just the ticket.
When All Else Fails, Be Kind to Your Unmotivated Self is great advice from Joe Friel, the inspirational cycling coach, who spoke to Andrew recently. It’s a great read for reinvigorating your New Year’s best intentions. Friel is the author of the brilliant Fast After 50.
Are you prone to monkey mind? So was ABC News correspondent Dan Harris. In Teaching an Old-ish Mind New Meditation, we crack open the pages of Harris’s fun and useful book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10 Percent Happier How-to Book.
As always, we have our radar trained on the entire world of masters fitness. A few stories we’re tracking:
The amazing Dana Torres, the swimmer who won 12 medals while competing in five Olympics—including the Beijing Games at age 41 (!), is profiled in Haute Living. Is she still fit? Guess.
How much rest do older cyclists need? The question caught our eye in Velo News, and it was deftly answered by Lennard Zinn, the nearly-60 technical editor of the publication. The question took on extra dimension, because the questioner has atrial fibrillation—and Lennard is co-author of the book The Haywire Heart.
Who could resist a headline like A Strange Diet Is Designed to Slow Aging by Mimicking Fasting—But You Can Eat Normally Most of the Time? Some clinical trials have pointed to the life-extending possibility of calorie restriction, and this piece makes the process sound downright palatable.
We’re big fans of the National Senior Games, where many or most competitors are lifelong athletes. But 52-year-old triathlete Mike Stacks, profiled on the NSGA website, is a different story. His win in the 2017 Games was a mighty impressive feat considering he was a smoker and a heavy drinker right on into his 40s. His goal now? To live to 100.

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Bob and Andrew

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