Hey guys, it’s May 8th and I just launched a new website!
I thought I’d kick things off with an inaugural post just explaining just a little bit about me, this website, and how all of that might relate to you and your goals.
I’ve been in the fitness industry as a coach, author, presenter, and consultant for about 30 years now. From what I’m told, my story is unique in two different ways:
First, I am not nor have I ever been a “natural” at this stuff. At 18, I weighed 135 pounds at my present height of 6’2”, and believe it or not I wasn’t remotely lean even at that bodyweight. Nor was I strong or athletic in any sense of the word, despite having a passionate interest in all things physical.
Thankfully, I seem to have blacked out most of the humiliating incidents that took place in my early athletic endeavors, but I do remember things like getting pinned under a 95 pound bench press, and also being decisively submitted by my friends sister in a backyard wrestling match – that was after about six years of martial arts training by the way. So long story short, my athletic beginnings were humble to say the least (More about my personal history HERE).
The second thing that makes me a bit unusual is that today, at age 57, I’m literally in better shape than at any previous point in my life – in the past 12 months for example, I have deadlifted over 500 pounds, done 17 consecutive chin-ups, squatted 400 pounds, and I am leaner and more muscular than I’ve ever been in my life. In good bathroom lighting, I actually have abs:
Oh, and I should also mention that I have no injuries to speak of. I don’t hurt anywhere, and with any luck it will stay that way.
Where I’m going with all this is that I’ve managed to learn quite a bit over my 30+ years in the fitness world, both in terms of my own training, and the work I’ve done with my clients, most of whom are over 40 by the way. Over that time, I have consolidated everything I’ve learned into a series of habits and practices that I call the “Staley Strategies.” Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll cover topics like:
- Do older guys need more protein than younger guys?
- Is occlusion training really a thing, and should we be using it?
- Are heavy deadlifts and squats advisable over the age of 50?
- What proportion of strength VS hypertrophy training should I be doing?
- Should I be running/jogging, and if so, how will that affect my strength levels?
- Should I consider testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
- What’s the best approach to mobility development?
- Is ketogenic dieting a valid approach to fat loss?
- Can I/should I continue to train on a knee replacement, and if so, how?
- Am I too old to do my first powerlifting meet?
- And much, much more
Now needless to say, I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t expect to be. So if you happen to be a 60 year old guy who can deadlift 600 for 10 reps and you are 265 pounds at 8% body fat, you probably won’t find me terribly inspiring (incidentally, if that’s you, I find YOU terribly inspiring so please send me a note so I can learn from you!). But, if you’re a guy in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or beyond, and you’ve struggled with developing the physical traits and fitness levels that you’ve always wanted, I know you’ll find Staley Strategies a valuable community to be a part of.
What’s The Next Step?
The first thing to do is sign up to our email list (it’s at the upper right-hand part of this page) so that you don’t miss any new content or announcements (later this year, one of those announcements will be about my new book that I’m currently working on).
Secondly, we all learn from each other in this game, and so while I might be the figurehead of this gig, all of you have enormously valuable insights and experiences to share. As we go forward, I want to hear from you – your victories, your struggles, all of it.
Lastly, if you find value from this website, I hope you’ll share it with your friends and colleagues through your social media outlets. I’ve long wanted to spearhead a community of older guys who are passionate about their physicality
Thanks so much for your interest, and if you’ve got questions, comments, or suggestions, I’m all ears — please leave your feedback below.