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Strength & Muscle Mass

My framework for exercise is built upon four pillars: stability, strength, aerobic efficiency, and anaerobic performance. Strength may be the most intimidating of the four, especially for people who aren’t accustomed to strength training.

In its simplest form, strength means utilizing muscle to generate force. And if you are interested in living a long and healthy life and playing with your great-grandkids someday, then muscle mass should be a priority. Never in the history of human civilization has a 90-year-old said, “I wish I had less muscle.”

Below are a compilation of clips, podcasts, and articles specifically discussing the longevity benefits from greater muscle mass and strength, as well as tactics for preserving muscle mass.

Strength & Muscle Mass

Peter Attia on the importance of preserving strength and muscle mass as we age

“If you have the aspiration of kicking ass when you’re 85, you can’t afford to be average when you’re 50.” —Peter Attia

Muscle Mass and Cognitive Function

A recent narrative review hypothesizes a key role for myokine disruption caused by physical inactivity.

#217 ‒ Exercise, VO2 max, and longevity | Mike Joyner, M.D.

The idea is to live a long time and then die quickly with minimal disability.” —Mike Joyner

Avoiding Injury Part II: Grip Strength

Not enough can be said about the importance of grip strength as you age. It’s one of the strongest physical associations with longer life.

Avoiding Injury Part I: Eccentric Strength

Accidental injury is among the leading causes of death in the developed world, and even when an injury itself is not directly responsible for ending one’s life, the associated debilitation can hasten the onset and progression of other health concerns.

Exercises After Shoulder Surgery (Post-Op Week 9)

As many of you know, I had shoulder surgery in March 2022. I was recently given clearance to expand my…

Why do we lose muscle strength with age?

Researchers have explored numerous contributors to loss of muscle strength with age, and it appears to boil down to two major factors: muscle quality and neuromuscular innervation.

The metabolic benefits of exercise & muscle mass

This video clip is from episode #205 – Energy balance, nutrition, & building muscle with Layne Norton, Ph.D. (Pt.2), originally released…

Strength and stability are essential for longevity

Envision yourself at 90 years old. What do you want to be able to do, physically? Perhaps it’s as simple…

The difference between maximum aerobic capacity and efficiency

This video clip is from #151 – Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D.: Translating the science of endurance and extreme human performance, originally…

Breaking down VO2 max: Definition, history, why it plateaus, and whether it really matters

This video clip is from #151 – Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D.: Translating the science of endurance and extreme human performance, originally…

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