Hi my name is Mark Lowe and I am based in the small town of Holly Springs, North Carolina with a tech company called Strategic Advantage.
I'm just a regular guy who caught the strength training bug late in life.
At the age of 51 to be precise.
Prior to that I had never picked up a barbell in my life and always looked at them with a total dread - after all they looked heavy, and the only people who really used them were big dudes!
So instead I went to the gym on a regular schedule but did a lot of cardio (elliptical, adaptive motion trainers, rowers etc.) as well as the myriad of machines available.
I had never been a big fan of dumbbells, but I did do something that I called a squat, which looking back on things was pretty laughable!
I was very fortunate that my gym was taken over by an accomplished powerlifter who convinced me to have a few lessons on how to use the barbells safely and correctly.
These lessons changed my life - I started my strength training by signing up for a monthly online program with him and never looked back.
One year later I did my first powerlifting meet at the age of 52 and this was a truly exhilarating experience - if someone had told me years before that I'd even be contemplating such a thing, let alone actually doing it, I'd have told them they were totally crazy.
In 2019 I decided to enroll in the six month coaching academy at Barbell Logic to increase my knowledge of the four major lifts: squat, press, bench press and deadlift.
Happily I graduated from that academy and have the knowledge to coach anybody in barbell strength training.
I have remained consistent in my own training with very little time off and my strength has gone from... well strength to strength!
I have learned a lot, particularly experiencing this first hand from a total novice to an advanced intermediate.
Many of the blogs out there are from much younger people, who will quickly gain muscle and recover quickly.
They don't suffer the aches and pains of age.
So i set out to document my journey and let the world know that the secret to aging well is to train for strength.
If i inspire just one person - regardless of age or gender - then i will know this blog has proved its worth.
Who knows maybe we can get a community of like minded people to encourage each other snub our noses at the received wisdom that aging means a steady decline.
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