Not only does this strength help cultivate overall fitness, it can help in recovery from unrelated physical setbacks. “A lot of older people have problems with their knees, backs, and hips, oftentimes requiring surgery,’’ Shocket said. “If you’re able to train and work around the problem—I call that pre-hab—surgery will go better, and you’ll heal more quickly.’’
He would know. After two recent hip replacements, Shocket is back training for his next World Power Lifting competition.
Tips before taking up new and more advanced exercise regimes
• Have your blood pressure and hypertension checked regularly, and get a stress test from your doctor.
• For weight lifting, consult a trainer to plan the work load and for alternative exercises to avoid injury
• Before trying a Pilates Reformer machine, see a trained instructor who can show you through it and adjust the machine to your alignment