I am 45.
And I like to drink beer.
Many of my beer-belly brothers packed into Coors Field Tuesday in Denver to watch pitcher Jamie Moyer of the Colorado Rockies defeat the San Diego Padres, 5.3. Instead of watching him, however, we should all emulate Moyer, who, at 49 years and 152 days, became the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win a game.
So what does a guy who broke into the big leagues in 1986, before 263 major-league players last year were even born, do to keep himself fit enough to play at an age when most guys have long since moved to watching from the bleachers and drinking beer?
In the off season, according to the Denver Post, Moyer ran stairs at the beach in La Jolla, Calif. He also lifts light weights to strengthen his shoulders and take pressure off his elbow. And he took up yoga last summer on the advice of former pitcher Trevor Hoffman.
In other words, his workouts sound a lot like what I’ve been trying to do at Warrior Crossfit Muscatine, where today we:
Warmed up by doing three rounds of five kipping pullups/muscle ups,10 pushups, 15 air squats, worked on foam rolls and did the elevated pigeon pose. I couldn’t actually do the pullups, but maybe I’ll get there someday.
For the actual workout, I did 1,600 meters on the rowing machine and then four rounds of25 kettlebell swings, 25 Sumo dead lift high pulls (for both exercises, I used a 35-pound kettlebell), and 25 step ups on to a 24-inch box. I finished with another 1,600 meters on the rowing machine.
I think it took me 37 minutes to complete the actual workout, but I’m not sure because I was too wiped to notice and make a mental note.
As I write this, it’s approaching five hours since I finished that workout. If you want to get rid of your beer belly, my obliques and abdominal muscles already have this to say: Do not buy the exercise equipment advertised on late-night TV infomercials. You know, the stuff you see on TV when you can’t sleep late at night and you’re sitting on the couch with a bag of chips.
Instead, you should buy a kettlebell and get a wooden box. And then swing the weight 100 times and step up on the box 100 times.
After the soreness subsides, your abs and obliques will thank you.