from a 70-year-old bodybuilder how to schedule your weights
Robert Drapkin, 70, a Florida-based oncology doctor, regularly
competes in competitions, recently winning second place among
men over 70 in the Masters National Bodybuilding Championship.
about staying fit, he offered one simple way to alter your
workout for the best. Alternate which body part you work out,
exercising a different muscle group once a week, he suggested.
For example, he switches up what he does every day but targets
muscle needs some exercise each week," he said.
he does pushing exercises, working his chest, triceps and
shoulders. He opts for seated chest or bench presses, but
cautioned that his workout regimen is not for everyone.
he rests. "The body needs rest in order to grow," he
he focuses on legs, which can include barbell squats or
hamstring curls, and Thursdays, he rests again.
Friday, he suggests zeroing in on the pulling muscles, like
the back and biceps. Pull-ups can work for this, or barbell
curls. All of Drapkinís exercises include a plank.
this with a diet that focuses on eating something that
"runs, swims, flies or grows in the ground" is
ideal, he added. "And thatís what Iíve been doing for
20 years," he said. Most of all, he emphasizes remaining
active ó young or old.
always starts a workout with dynamic stretching, he added,
then a plank.
people, or inactive non-exercisers, he said, lose muscle mass
and gain body fat more quickly.
have a difficult time when they donít do things," he
said. "Our body doesnít adapt to inactivity."