Training & Diet Protocols for the Aging Athlete w/Scott Mendelson


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As we age and our bodies change, the ways we eat and train have to change, too. How do you encourage advanced hypertrophy, and how often should you be switching up your exercises and movements? Why do food intolerances become more of an issue as we age, and how can we combat this? On this episode, I’m joined by Infinity Fitness founder Scott Mendelsohn to talk about the factors that impede progress in muscle growth for older athletes and how to avoid them.

You have to shift from doing a lot of volume to higher intensity and less volume. -Scott Mendelsohn

Three Takeaways

People who are advanced in their training require fresh stimuli because their muscle memory is so much higher.

You should be switching up your movements and even overhauling your exercises every 6 weeks, but also changing things like timing of reps, tempo, rest periods more regularly.

Eating clean is not enough to maximize muscle growth and quality of life. You also need to rotate foods, and macro-nutrient cycles

At the start of the show, we talked about advanced hypertrophy and training protocols for aging lifters. Next, we talked about the importance of switching things up in your workouts, how to actually do it and how often. We talked about what causes people not to focus on a workout program and whether this is a genetic trait. Scott also shared on the necessity of switching up your macro-nutrient cycles.

We also discussed:

  • Why aging athletes need regular fresh stimuli
  • Why overtraining is more psychological than physiological
  • Nutritional sensitivity tests and why they are so important

If you’ve been training for decades, it’s critical that you constantly supply your body with fresh training stimuli through new exercises and routines within your day-to-day workouts. It isn’t just about changing things up in the gym though. It’s also important to think about what’s on your plate. A lot of health issues stem from food intolerances and allergies brought on by eating the same things over and over again. Even if you’re eating clean, you still may not get the results you want. Learn to change the amounts of carbs, dietary fats, and proteins on certain days, and invest in eating plans that rotate foods. Whether it’s training or diet, the methods you employ should give you a return on your investment, and give you the confidence that you are doing your very best to take care of your body.

Guest Bio-

Scott is the author of the 100% Fitness Solution eBook and Director of Infinity Fitness. He is a highly regarded performance nutrition and training specialist. In addition to designing customized programs for his celebrity, weekend warrior and executive clients, Scott works daily with professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA. Scott has built an excellent reputation providing effective supplements, cutting-edge information and unmatched service to thousands of clients worldwide since 1999. Go to for more information.

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