Transcript of the Sled Dragging for fat loss and Type II Diabetes: Older, ageing/aging, and Better on iTunes


Hi there, guys and girls and welcome to the Performant @ 50+ podcast and it’s Mel Drego here, and welcome, welcome, welcome, guys and girls. Thank you very much for listening, and I hope that I am bringing value to you guys. And if I am not, if I’m wasting your time, can I, can I suggest to you that you provide some feedback, say: “Hey, we would like to have a little less of your personal life, or a little less of what you are doing, or a little more of X,y,z, so that I can I can have a better quality of life.”

So, sometimes it is good for you, I think, good to I’m trying to understand where I’m coming from and to know that I’m just a normal person. I don’t take any drugs. I don’t take any steroids, I don’t take human growth hormone. I have nothing, nothing, nothing that is that is not what I recommend. You know that is not going to help me (and help you) have a healthy, strong, great life. So I’m, I’m a person who’s just me. I’m eating very very normal things. Maybe I do select the kinds of foods that I want. For example, I want you guys to eat more protein and that’s what I do. I eat a lot more protein and sorry than, than the normal person does and… but I think I should be having much more protein, because I find sometimes that I feel that I’m not getting as much benefit from the workout to that I’m doing.

So so what I’m trying to say, is that you know I am a very, everyday man, that I am normal, normal person. The only difference between you and me, perhaps is that I work out, and exercise, and do more (or less) the right things… more of the right things and less of the wrong things to promote a greater quality of life, while I go forward into my older years. Now I am getting into my sixties. There are a few, a couple of years left to turn 60, you know, I’ve got to be more careful. I’m going to be more considerate of the fact that I am very possibly losing… going downhill… I don’t know, Maybe I am, because I’ve not hit that 180 kgs squat that I was aiming for! Maybe I am. I hope not. And that’s why I keep working, working hard and keep working at the right things.
So just yesterday, I did pulls from the pins. And I don’t know if you know what that is, but it is, basically, how do I explain it. For those of us who know what I’m talking about, have done big Olympic bar and from both sides you can keep on adding more and more weight in the form of plates.
And as you put the weight on your back, yeah, as you shoulder the weight, and you step backwards, on that part there are what you call pins. They have these adjustable bars so you can adjust the height of certain bars, and these bars will prevent (you from falling/collapsing).
Suppose you were to take
And this has happened before
Suppose I were to take a 180 kg or 190 kg on my back. I step backward, and there’s somebody spotting me, usually my training partner, Brendan. So there’s somebody, to just give me a nudge, maybe 5 to 10 kgs, you know, just in case I get stuck. But sometimes, if the weight is too heavy, say I’ve shouldered a 190 kg weight, and Brendan, from his position behind me, is only able to give me an assist of 20 kgs, I have to be able to lift a 170 kgs. So suppose I do a couple of repetitions, and then my legs start losing strength, they start losing the ability to lift that weight. They don’t lose strength per se, but the lactic acid buildup and all those things, reduce the capability of your muscles to do further weight, perform further lifting, so that is what is called tiredness in practical terms, so the muscles get tired, and at the third repetition I can only liftaround 70 kilos and Brendan, say, is able to only left 15 kilos, so that’s 5 kilos which is over and above what I can lift, it causes me to go down. And if these bars were not there, that weight could come crashing down on me. But in a squat rack, you have got these safety bars, or pins, and they prevent you from falling apart. So down comes that Olympic bar, but it stopped by these pins.

I hope you get what I mean but I will put a picture of squatting in a squat rack and then you will understand what I mean by this.
So if you adjust a weight in this pins, you are able to lift from the pins. So yesterday Brendan and myself, we deadlifted we did deadlifts from the pins, so those pins keep the bar quite high above the ground, and you only have to lift from just below your knees, rather than from the from the floor. This kind of exercise hits your lower back and your glutes and the backs of your legs sow what are called the hamstrings.

(It’s funny but I’ve lost track of where I’m going, where I was and what I’m talking about, having been so engrossed in trying to explain what a squat rack is like, and what the pins were like!)
So yesterday I took a few photos and I’m so embarrassed because I’m not as lean as I would like, (and it’s good now and then to take photos of yourself). And actually, I have suggested that you look in the mirror. Now and then I feel… and I look quite strong and look OK in the mirror, a photo is good because a photo gets you off balance, when you’re not ready for it, or when you’re not tensed up so you can actually see yourself as you are: relaxed, or a little more casual than in a formal photo session.

So guys and girls, I’m a very very ordinary person, I am doing the right things, but I’m trying to be a lighthouse on the hill for you guys and girls, so that you can lift your game. The fact is that in our demographic, the baby boomers and the Gen X, unfortunately, too few of us are looking after ourselves. As we go forward. Yeah, we’re not doing the right things by ourselves, and that’s a fact.

So that is what I’m trying to prompt you and everybody else, I’m trying to prompt, the whole world. Guys and girls, that’s the reason I want you to spread the word. It’s not only for me, for you and the whole world, its for a lot of other people, who this message will benefit.

So please please, be very eager to spread the word that I am spreading: that you need to take care, that you need to lift your game, and I hope, as you go forward, there will be more and more people doing freakish things.

And so, what I did was, I phoned a friend of ours, Steve, who owns a tyre shop. And at the back of his shop he has a whole stack of tyres, and I got a couple of tyres. So right now, while I am driving (and podcasting!) I have two large tyres, in my car. They are… they’re not very heavy, heavy enough for some people, but not very heavy. So what I’m going to do (and this is the intention, and Tanya said: Oh, I don’t want you walking up and down the street, you’re going to look stupid) and when I told Steve what I was going to do with the tyres, he said: “Oh, yeah, that’s a great idea. I’ve seen that on the Biggest Loser”. I didn’t pick it up from the Biggest Loser, as I don’t watch the Biggest Loser, but, yeah, if theyre doing it on the Biggest Loser, that’s great.

So this is what I have read, that it reconditions your body, so that you start losing fat and gaining muscle. Right? So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put a piece of plywood in the middle: fit a large circular piece of plywood, or a square piece of plywood in the middle. and weigh the thing down with rocks and then I’m going to attach some nylon rope to this tyre and the other end of the nylon straps or ropes are going to fit onto a belt.

So depending on where you want the tension to be more, you can either have the belt around your shoulders, around your waist, or even around your knees. So you could have two belts on each of your knees and you walk forward so that it provides tension at different parts of your body. My intention is to have have this have the nylon strap attach to my wais so that I can work my quads on days that I don’t go to the gym.

All I’ve got to do is walk up and down 60 metres with the weighted the tyre behind me and then I stop. I have a bit of a rest for one or two minutes. And then I walk up and down for another 60 metres. Stop. Then have a rest for another couple of minutes and then another 60. And so on.
That’s it. 4 up and down (sets) and that’s it.

Guys and girls, if you can do that kind of thing, get a large tyre, make a couple of holes in the tyre, and pass some nylon straps through, and the other end you tie to a big, broad belt, and walk. If it is too light, if by 60 metres , if you have not felt it (if you know what I mean), chuck a couple of stones inside (the tyre), and keep on adding more and more (stones). Put those kettle bells that I’ve asked you to buy, and weigh the tyre down, until it starts challenging you.

Guys and girls, this is going to change your body composition, and I also want to talk to you today about this kind of thing (activity) will change your type 2 diabetes. If you are on the verge of type II diabetes, or if you have got type II diabetes, do this every day, 4 or 5 times, for 60 metres, up and down, up and down, take a bit of a rest, for 2 or 3 minutes, and then again, and again, and again. Do that 5 to 6 times a week and see yourself change, yeah, become strong.

Guys and girls, we want a tough, strong, massively strong demographic (Baby Boomers and Gen X) I want you becoming a strong, strong demographic, a strong group, and then you are going to teach other people what this Revolution in Ageing/Aging is about.

So lots of love guys and girls, take care, I want you to start changing, to start turning things around, turning your life around so that you can become the best generation that ever aged. So far we are among the worst generation, and this is the way, this is one of the ways in which you can start changing your life.

So if you need help, guys and girls, you know where to go, to, go there sign up, and make a difference to your life.

That’s it guys and girls and I will talk to you next time.

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