NAME: Larry Orr
CITY: Palo Alto
MY FAVORITE WORKOUT: My motto is "Do whatever Ashley says." Ashley Selman is the owner of Evolution Trainers in Mountain View. I trust her expertise and she knows my body, temperament and limits. I do many different activities to develop strength, mobility, power and cardio fitness. We establish personal goals each quarter in three to four "events," such as running, rowing, pull-ups, push-ups, etc. It becomes more difficult to achieve a personal record each time. But I don't believe in "maintenance mode." There is always room for actual improvement. I pay no attention to my 27-year-old daughter, who says "Fifty-seven-year-old men shouldn't be sprinting!"
HOW OFTEN I EXERCISE: Two personal training sessions at Evolution Trainers and two interval sessions at home on the elliptical and spinning bike.
WHAT MOTIVATES ME: After doing personal training twice a week for many years, I reached a point where I was in the doldrums. I weighed too much, my kids were grown and out of the house, and I felt kind of aimless and mildly depressed. My true wake-up call was in January 2011 when I went in for my annual physical and tipped the scales at 190! (I am 5 feet 9 inches.) I dove into learning about nutrition and metabolism, revamped my diet and lost 22 pounds. I started doing interval training at home and directed my personal training toward specific quarterly objectives. I kept the weight off and built more upper body muscle than I ever had when I was younger. I feel like I am training with more purpose, as real athletes do, and feel a sense of victory when I achieve a new personal record.
THE HARDEST PART: Pushing myself to bust hump on intervals when my trainer is not watching.
WHAT IT TEACHES ME: It is possible to kick things up a couple of gears even if you are over 50, if you put your mind to it.
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