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Old 07-20-2007, 09:41 AM   #1
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Default Fitness Standards over 70 y.o.a.

Does anyone know of any fitness standards or comparative fitness levels for adults in their seventies and eighties? All the info I've seen ends in the sixties.

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Old 07-20-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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Staying alive....

Seriously in this day and age, if anyone is even active in their 70s and 80s they are well more advanced then the general public....
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Old 07-20-2007, 03:46 PM   #3
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I hear what you're saying Mike. Of course, try telling that to us when we're in our seventies.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:27 PM   #4
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Tough to tell. I have a former eye surgeon who is 78 and has progressed to 3 pull-ups, good DL form w/115lbsx10 and an assortment of other accomplishments.

He has always eaten kinda low carb and gravitated to the paleo stuff easily.

I have folks in their 50's who are far off his fitness...it's just a crap shoot.
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Tough to tell. I have a former eye surgeon who is 78 and has progressed to 3 pull-ups, good DL form w/115lbsx10 and an assortment of other accomplishments.

He has always eaten kinda low carb and gravitated to the paleo stuff easily.

I have folks in their 50's who are far off his fitness...it's just a crap shoot.
I'll second that. I've got a lady that just turned 70 in May (5'2", ~120). We've been working for the last 4 or 5 years to stave off a hip replacement that her doctor told her was iminent. She has problems with extreme ranges of motion, but we've almost got her doing an unassisted pullup, DLs BW+20 lb pretty easily (*if we start her 2" off the floor), and generally shows up some of my 50-ish clients.

She's been pretty active her whole life: horses and dogs, hunting, etc., and very into cooking. Kind of takes the French approach--all things in moderation. I generally pray I'm doing as well at 70.
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:06 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. Mostly this is for a client at my gym. She's about 75 and fairly competitive/analytical. Hence, she'd really like to know where she stands amongst her peers. I pointed out, as have all of you, that she's head and shoulders above most folk her age. But, dammit, she wants some hard numbers. Flipping Germans.

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Staying alive....

Indeed.
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