Master Training for Master Athletes - Part 2

by Juan Carlos Santana |   Date Released : 18 Sep 2003
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Juan Carlos Santana

About the author: Juan Carlos Santana

Juan Carlos Santana received his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. Carlos is the director and CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton Florida. Carlos’ professional responsibilities have included serving as the Chairman of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sport Specific Conference, the NSCA Florida State Director and as a member of the NSCA Conference Committee. He has also been involved in the certification programs for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and USA Weightlifting. Carlos has taught Sports Training Systems and Strength Training at Florida Atlantic University and is currently involved in several ongoing research projects. Carlos is currently the Sport Specific Conditioning Column editor for the NSCA Journal. He is a member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a member and a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the ACSM.

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McCall, Natalie | 18 Feb 2014, 22:17 PM

Hi Juan,
I was a gymnast since I was 3 years old and became a level 10 gymnast at the age of 10. After high school I got a full scholarship and competed for 13 weeks every year for 4 years. I competed against Olympians and placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd every competition. I am saying all this not to boast but yet to talk about how I did it. When reading your article I was convinced that eventually you would say you were doing an experiment to see how many medications and supplements you could take before you fell to the ground and had a heart attack or was sent to the emergency room due to severe liver and kidney damage. I know this is an article all about Master athletes and how you do it, but I am disappointed that you had to take all these added supplements and testosterone to achieve such an accomplishment. I placed 6th in the Nation and 3rd in my Region in the US with never taking one supplement or medication. I am different then you being that I am only 5'1" and weigh 120lbs, but if I needed to loose fat and add muscle (which I had to do constantly considering I needed to keep my physique being in a skin tight leotard everyday) I would simply eat less fat and eat more vegetables. Vegetables have more protein in 100 calories then a 1 ounce of steak does! Your joints hurt not only because of the added weight, but also because you were consuming pure processed EVERYTHING! It's scary to hear that doctors can just simply prescribe medications to fix everything and not even suggest eating better and training smarter. Don't get me wrong, I am impressed by the hard work and dedication it took to get you to Nationals, I just don't see how your body can take that type of abuse over the years. A knee replacement is one thing, a dysfunctioning liver or kidneys is another story. I also had 3 ACL surgeries due to my mild scoliosis making my hips uneven and I consistently trained smarter to make sure I could keep pushing through the rehab and get through another year to Nationals.

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tyler, shaun | 09 Nov 2010, 19:54 PM

An awersome article - believable training from a real person for real people. Love it! More of these articles please.

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