Luis Camacho – His Aging Youthful Secrets

Every day I meet and read about people defying their age and doing some amazing things people decades younger would have a hard time to match. When Mark and I lived in Florida, one of the favorite people we met, albeit briefly, was Luis Camacho. At a time when many people his age are sitting in rocking chairs doing crossword puzzles, Luis was opening a boxing gym.

At the young age of 77 Luis Camacho was opening a boxing gym

As a former Golden Gloves Boxer himself, Mark came with me when I went to the Grand Opening as a Chamber Ambassador. When we met Luis, we immediately fell in love with his infectious smile and charming personality. We were impressed when we saw him in the ring, holding the mitts for a couple of young boxers putting on an exhibition.  When one of his pro fighters stepped in the ring with him we were in awe! Luis was as light on his feet as the boxer he was training and taking the knockout hits with his hands like it was nothing!

Underneath that serious coaches face, is one of the kindest, hardest-working 80 year olds I know!

After the exhibition was done, we hung around afterward and knew we just had to meet him. We both just about fell on the floor when we found out Luis was 77 years old! Um yeah, 77! When I came up with the idea of the “Six Questions” others who are aging youthful, Luis was the first person I wanted to feature! While Luis is pretty succinct in his answers, I believe you can get a feel for his awesome, positive personality through his answers and that winning smile in his photos!

Luis Camacho still training boxers at 80!

Name: Luis Camacho
Age: 79 (His 80th birthday is in July!).
Location: Ocala, Florida

Were you always active?

I ran the mile in high school and Cross Country in the Air Force.

Did/do you still participate in sports?

Still training boxers at Camacho Boxing Gym

Luis in his early days...this coach had more hair back then, but he's just as fit today

Do you watch what you eat and do you supplement?

I take my daily vitamins, drink home made herb tea and eat balanced meals.

What are your favorite activities?

Dancing salsa, sleeping 8 hours and chasing young ladies keeps me in shape (hahaha) and drinking a lot of water from my well.

Luis Camacho, Dancing Salsa and chasing young ladies keeps him young!

What is YOUR secret to staying young?

I run 1-3 miles, depending on the day and the weather, but I prefer running on the beach!  Gardening is one of my favorite ways to stay fit! I do most everyday, cutting trees, digging ditches, transplanting, etc.

Gardening is one of the things that keep Luis Camacho young!

What do you say to people who tell you you’re too old to do something?

Ha ha I laugh and tell them “just try to do what I do and I will buy you lunch…if you can’t, you owe me lunch.”

Luis Camacho...just keep punching

If I followed Luis around for a week, I’d be buying a week’s worth of lunches. Just keep punching Luis!

Only You Should Define You; The Aging Youthful Dude’s View

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog, and I thought I would share my thoughts on how I let others define me for too long. What do I mean by this? Don’t let what others think, say or do determine what YOU do, or who you are!! Be strong, and do what you want. Set your sights on your vision, and don’t let others sway you. Let me share a little about my growing up.

What got me thinking along these lines is a while back, I made contact with a girl on Facebook who was an older sister to a friend of mine in school. She was a year older, and let me just say she was HOT??? She was one of the best looking girls in the school. Great looking, popular, lots of friends!!! I remember one time at my friend’s house, and as we walked in the backyard, there she was, laying out in the sun, in a bikini that was pretty dang small and didn’t hide much!! That vision stayed with me for a very long time. So, back to present, and she and I were messaging back and forth, she says that I was her dream date back in high school. Well, back in high school I didn’t feel I was much to look at, was not all that as you would say, not the best athlete, although I tried hard. I wasn’t popular and I wasn’t in any one clique. I was kind of a mix of jock, burnout and nerd. Anyway, to have one of the hottest girls in my school say that was pretty eye opening. I let people put me down a lot back then, was bullied pretty bad physically for a time, and just never seemed to fit in. I didn’t think much of myself because I listened and believed what others said or acted to me.

Boxing was my answer to being bullied when I was younger, to get my frustration out in a controlled way.
My answer to being bullied when I was younger. Boxing, to get out the frustration in a controlled, healthy way.

On top of that, sports, which I loved, were never performed good enough. I always got “you should have done this”, or you “should have done it that way”.  NEVER did I hear “good game” or  “way to go”. Whatever I did I was told it was just never good enough.

Another oldie but goodie...circa 1980?

Because I let others define who I was, I never was the person I could have been. Jump ahead 25 years: I raced sled dogs for 35 years, and set as one of my goals to win the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. I ran my first BG Marathon in 1985, not really knowing what the heck I was doing. After that, due to some changes in my life, I was out of the sport until 1990, when I ran the 6 dog Beargrease and a couple other smaller races. After that, I started racing the Marathon again in 1992, and ran it every year until 2010, except for 2002, when I was up in Alaska at the Iditarod, 2004, when Mary ran the Marathon, and 2009, when Mary and Michelle Ethun ran our dogs in the BG mid distance race.

I ran the marathon 16 times, never finishing out of the top ten, but having to scratch a few times. Mary ran in 2004 and the following year, I took back the reins and drove the team to victory!! I finally won the race I tried and dreamed of winning for so many years. MY joy and happiness was to be short lived. I listened to one musher, (sorry, but kind of an asshole) tell others “Big deal, he won the race, who was in it anyway”. Then, a couple days after the race, I get a letter from a family member pretty much taking what was left  of my joy and wind out of my sails!  I let these two people take away one of the biggest moments of my life.

Mark Black: Who Says a big guy can't win the Beargrease Marathon
My icy smile after winning the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in 2005. It was short-lived because I let the words of others affect me.

Since then, I still have a hard time not listening to the naysayer, but I’m working on not letting it affect me. It’s hard to do sometimes, but we just have to let them say and do what they want and try not to let it affect us. WE are not their problem. THEY are their problem. It is pretty easy to look back and see so many times I let others define me, or change the outcome of something happening in my life. It still happens today, doing the Strongman competitions and all the heavy lifting. There are those who say I’m too old, or don’t have the right build, or “I just don’t like you lifting all that heavy stuff”. What I’m learning to do is say to myself “Sorry, but it ain’t your decision, and it ain’t your life”. I ain’t gonna let what others think and sway me from what I want to do anymore. When people say things against what I am doing, it makes me want to do more, lift harder and heavier. I am going through a few health issues right now that are affecting my workouts, but I will not let that, or the naysayers define me. I will keep on keeping on, keep after my goals, even if I run into a road block, I will become the road crew, get it fixed and keep going.

No one else...only you should define YOU!

Oh yeah, and I’ll keep remembering that hot big sister in the bikini!

Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week?

The headline “Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week” is not just one to capture your attention. As a fitness instructor and someone who doesn’t have the time  or likes to spend hours in the gym, I am always on the lookout for fast, effective workouts.

A Killer Workout in Four Minutes

When I first heard of the Tabata protocol, I thought to myself “yeah, whatever, how can a four-minute workout a couple days a week get someone fit?” One thing I’ve learned in my 50 rides around the sun, keeping an open mind is a way to learn new things to make life easier!

The History of Tabata

According to Active.com;

Dr. Izumi Tabata developed the High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, exercise regimen known as the Tabata Protocol while serving as head coach for the Japanese speed skating team.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).

The results; Group 1 had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group 2 showed much more increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

What is a Tabata?

As mentioned earlier, a Tabata is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout four minutes long. Yes, four minutes. F – O – U – R. You read that right. When done right, four minutes is all you need. As the Active.com site states in the article referenced above “it will be the longest four minutes of your life.”

Group Fitness

I love using Tabatas the fitness classes I teach! The workout portion of my classes are usually around 30 minutes, with a minimum of a five minute warmup and cool down. One of the favorites I’m teaching right now is Monday Mix, 30 minutes of bodyweight HIIT intervals and/or Tabatas sandwiched between 15 minutes of a yoga-inspired warmup and cool-down stretch, including a long lavender-scented facial towel savasana. (I wish someone else would teach a class like this so I could take it!).

An Aging Youthful Tabata

Here is Tabata anyone of any fitness level can do. However, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are fit for excercise. Also, be sure to do a proper warmup before and cool down/stretch afterward. Give this little gem a go 3 times in a week, just be sure to have at least one (if not two) days in-between to give your body a chance to recover. Then come back and leave a comment or comment on the linked post on our Facebook or Instagram pages and tell us what you think.

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Aging Youthful Back Online

Back Online

Mark and I are back online writing for Aging Youthful! I guess we haven’t really been off-line, Mark and I just set our writing aside for a while we were super busy working and training. In December I added teaching three more fitness classes to my schedule and Mark was trying to be busy training for a Strongman competition the end of January. However, the crud circulating around the world, knocked him down for most of December so we decided to take a little time off to get through the holidays, get him healthy and me get a little rest.

Not Writing But Not Resting

Despite his sickness, he had a great competition at The Frozen Northside Competition the end of January and proud to report he won his division once again! While he still didn’t feel 100% at the competition, as usual he gave it his all, set a couple of personal records (including the deadlift photo below from Teresa Sadler!) and qualified for US Strongman Nationals in June in Detroit! We have hired local strength and conditioning coach, Matthew Sadler to train him for the event, so we are hoping he gets over his most recent setback soon!

We are back online writing for you!

And Some More Sickness

On Saturday, Mark got violently sick and I ended up taking him to the emergency room. We are still waiting for the official results of the testing, but it is believed to be bad gut bacteria gone wild after a round of antibiotics for walking pneumonia at the end of the year. We are hoping for a speedy recovery so he can get back to training ASAP!

We’d love to hear from you to learn what you’d like to hear about. We are lining up a few awesome interviews of people who are living the Aging Youthful lifestyle by not letting their age define them and are doing some amazing things DESPITE their ages. Stay tuned as we come back online once a week with fun, engaging, entertaining, informative and inspiring stories!

Feeding The Dude: What I Eat In a Day

We all have super busy lives and feeding the dude is no different. How do I stay strong, happy, healthy and Aging Youthful?  First, I have to MAKE time for myself to be healthy, happy and aging youthful.  If I’m not happy, I won’t be healthy; if I’m not healthy, I won’t be happy…with myself or anyone else. How do I make time? I schedule it! I have  a calendar and pencil in the gym and other things I want to get done. (Mary will share more about list/goal setting in a future post). This week I’m going to talk about how I make time to prepare what I eat to fuel muscle growth for Strongman training, how I stay on track AND get enough food to eat while working shift-work. Like the above, feeding the dude all about making time to make sure I have what I need ready to go.

feedthedude

Food Prep Is King For Feeding The Dude

Mary and I prep a bunch of our meals a couple times a week so we can grab and go when we are in a hurry at home, and we pack our lunches the night before and have lined up in the fridge. Mine on one side, hers on the other. If we wake up late, all we have to do is throw in a bag and go.  We usually spend Sunday’s pre-cooking a bunch of food for the upcoming week and maybe one other time during the week.  We also use our Isagenix meal replacement and protein shakes to fill in some of the gaps and to spend less time prepping four extra meals for each day; two for me, two for Mary. Here are some feeding the dude food prep favorites:

  • A dozen (or more) grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • A couple pounds of grilled burgers
  • A crock pot of chili or stew
  • A big pot of gluten-free pasta with beef or chicken
  • Chopped or sliced veggies in baggies or containers
  • Brown and/or wild rice mix cooked
  • Oatmeal (Yes, you CAN pre-cook)

We don’t do all of the above all the time, just what we think we will need to get through 3-4 days. We also have in the fridge a large container of thawed Organic frozen blueberries. Fresh fruit can be very expensive in Alaska and it’s usually at least a week older than the lower 48 by the time it reaches our shelves. We do the best we can by using frozen berries for our oatmeal and Greek yogurt.

On work days, I spend 12 hours in this bad boy. I tfood to keep me fueled

Proteins, Carbs and Fats; It’s What Fuels The Dude

Keep in mind, if I’m working, I usually don’t workout. I work 12-hour shift and with drive time, that takes up about 14 hours a day, and I need my beauty sleep! (Watch for a post on sleep in the future). I try to get in 300 plus grams of protein per day, a minimum of one gram of protein for each pound of body weight. I adjust my carbs depending on how I feel and what my belly looks like. If I start getting run down and tired, my carbs are too low and I add more.  If I am putting extra girth around the midsection, it’s time to back off the carbs a bit. (I’ll talk about carbs in a future post too). I also make sure to get enough healthy fats: avocado, coconut oil or nuts and seeds. Fats don’t make you fat, sugar makes you fat. (Mary is making me stop right here as I could do on and on about this one, and I will in another future post). The photo below is what fills my lunch box on a work day.

The dude's lunch box essentials. Pre-prepped and packed meals, protein packets, water, greens and Ionix Supreme.

A Day in the Life of Feeding The Dude

Here is an example of what I eat looks like on a day off from work. I like to workout mid-afternoon around 2 o’clock.

  • As soon as I get out of bed I have half of a fresh-squeezed lemon with Apple Cider Vinegar and Ionix Supreme.
  • About 15 minutes later I have a super shake with IsaLean Pro, IsaPro, and IsaGreens.
  • About an hour after that I will usually have 5-6 of organic eggs, with onion and cheese, sometimes topped with sour cream and salsa.  Along with it I have some sort of complex carb like oatmeal with berries or a banana.  It all depends on how hungry I am and what type of workout I have planned.
  • An hour and a half to two hours before I hit the gym I have some Greek yogurt with blueberries and a IsaPro shake.
  • On my way to the gym, I drink my Amped Power with a little Amped Hydrate.
  • Just before I get to the gym, I slam an e+ shot!
  • My workouts are usually 1.5 to 2 hours and during my workout I am sipping on Amped Hydrate and will have a couple Amped Fuel packets if needed.
  • Right after my workout, another super shake with IsaLean Pro, IsaPro, Greens, Ionix, Amped Recover and a little Power.
  • When I get home, I’ll have some kind of a meal with around a 40/40/20 split of protein, carbs and fat.
  • I usually have another meal or two like this before bed.
  • Just before bed, I will have another shake, with IsaLean Pro and IsaPro.

That’s on a workout day, a day I’m NOT working.  On days that I work, I have the dash of my haul truck full of food to snack on and have a full meal at 11 and 3! All these foods are the ones Mary and I prepped and have in square containers to make it easy to grab quick while I’m waiting for my truck to get loaded. I’ll also use the IsaLean Protein bars to satisfy my sweet tooth and to get in super-easy nutrition on extra busy days. (My favorite is Chocolate Decadence…it’s like a chocolate rice krispie bar with fudge on top).

Snacks and Water on the dash of my haul truck at work keeps me fueled

Getting Enough Food To Fuel The Dude

One of my biggest downfalls I have is not eating enough sometimes. I must be doing something right though because all my clothes are getting tight, or I can’t fit in them anymore!   I am 6’6″ tall, and yesterday at the gym, I weighed 310 pounds.  I am getting real close to two of my goals: A bicep measurement of 20 inches, and my bench press, squat and deadlift to 400, 500, and 600 pounds respectively. In order to get there I have to eat enough to fuel my workouts and build muscle!  I also do enjoy treats a couple times a week; pizza, wine or beer or ice cream. OK maybe the ice cream is more than a couple times a week…but I’m not training to be a ripped bodybuilder. I try to follow the 80/20 rule; eat right 80% of the time and let yourself have treats 20% of the time.

Even this dude allows for some treats. This is my current favorite ice cream!

There you have it; a day in the life of feeding The Dude. It’s a lot, but I’m a big guy lifting big weights. If you need help figuring out what to eat for your goals, contact us. Mary and I love to help teach peeps how to keep movin’, keep liftin’, keep eatin’ clean and supplementin’ right.

“LIFT TO LIVE! LIVE TO LIFT”

The Aging Youthful Dude

Note: This post contains links to many of the Isagenix products. If you click on one and decide to place and order, Mary and I will receive a commission. As with any of the products we promote, we use them and believe in them, whether we receive a referral/commission or not. We are not pushing products on anyone and we want to be sure we have integrity in our business and let you know it is one of our income streams. That being said, for best results, we like to chat with the people we work with and coach on product use, to make sure they get the right products for their goals. Not everyone wants to be a Strongman competitor and what someone else consumes in a day is going to look a LOT different than the above.