Friday, December 7, 2018

76-year old gym rat’s recipe for longevity

Live Long and Master Aging: Episode 84

Royce Smith lifts weights with his gym buddies every morning at 5am. Then he goes to work - at one of two companies he runs - and puts in a full day in the office. He competes in obstacle course events like the Spartan Race, has a busy family life and at the age of 76, enjoys the best of health. What is his secret?  In many ways Royce epitomizes a lifestyle that promotes a long health span. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes the California businessman explains how he maintains his rigorous daily routine; why he keeps pushing himself to take part in obstacle course races and how he is inspired to work out alongside younger athletes.  

This is the third and final episode in our mini series at Results Fitness, featuring older athletes. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Richard Carpenter reimagines the Carpenters' greatest hits

Every now and then, doing this job, an opportunity crops up to spend some time with a living legend. Last week I went to see Richard Carpenter at his home in Thousand Oaks. Luckily he escaped the devastating fires that swept through the area - although he and his family were evacuated from their home for a few hours. 

We discussed Richard's new album, reimagining some of the Carpenters greatest hits, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a wonderfully evocative tribute to Karen and the duo's legacy. Richard shared his thoughts on the new arrangements and tinkled the ivories to create a few goose bump moments for those us looking on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Workout or die: Optimum fitness at 68

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 83

A decade ago Mark Figearo’s health was in such a perilous state that his doctors feared the worst. With a family history of heart problems the California businessman knew he had to take drastic action to reverse the inevitable decline in his health.

 Now aged 68, Mark works out five days a week and is a keen obstacle course racer. 

In this interview with LLAMA’s Peter Bowes, Mark explains his daily regime and shares the secrets behind his journey to optimum fitness and mental clarity.

This is the second in our series of interviews at Results Fitness, in Newhall, California, featuring older athletes enjoying the best health of their lives.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Obstacle race solution to mid-life fitness crisis

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 82 

Rachel Cosgrove was always the coach and mentor that everyone in the gym looked up to. Lean, strong and successful she was the model, middle-aged athlete – a go-getter fitness coach who inspired her clients. But as Rachel turned 40 she realized that the body she once had was no longer that of an elite athlete. The co-owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, was putting on weight and becoming “a statistic” in her 40s. What happened next is nothing short of remarkable.

In this LLAMA podcast interview Rachel opens up about a personal journey that grew out of an alarming realization that she was facing a mid-life fitness crisis.

This is the first of three episodes, featuring older adults (between 40 and 80), who find their form and achieve extraordinary results as obstacle course racers.