This is where we'll talk about workouts we're doing and the food we're eating. Please add your comments below. Ask questions, tell us what you're doing, make it a conversation.


More on Nutrient Density. See some examples using the Cronometer and find out one super food you should add to your diet to increase nutrient density. Got questions or topics you'd like to discuss? Drop your comments below (scroll to the bottom).


First leg workout. Body Weight Squats 4x10; Lunge 3x10; Bulgarian Split Squat 3x10; Farmers Walk 3x max time. Got questions or topics you'd like to discuss? Drop your comments below (scroll to the bottom).


My workout plan for the first 5 or 6 weeks. Trail running and hiking T-Th-Sa and lifting M-W-F. Drop your comments below.


How to look at nutrition and getting nutrients while managing overall calories.. Drop your comments below.


Just a little on strategy of training. Drop your comments below.

About the Author Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 63 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they live rewarding, fun lives using his signature Spartan Method training system.

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  • Saul says:

    Good luck training for the death march. (sounds like a killer ) but fun.

    • Mark Fickler says:

      Thx man. Come along

  • Tim says:

    I spent 10 years in the 82nd airborne and off and on continued humping after I got out. I’m 56 now, you probably know all these basics but… Get good gear! something with a waistband and a chest band, you want the weight on your hips not your shoulders. And if you’re going to have good equipment you might as well prep and not just have weight in there but actually useful items in case you get jammed up on a hike, tunica water medical kit way to start a fire basic tools etc. start light, work your way up, unless you’re on the street just doing one or two mile speed walk there’s never a reason to go more than 35 lb and shoes shoes shoes! You can of course in a great PT with it on squats push-ups excetera. I don’t know your politics or your local laws but I like to incorporate pistol shooting, like at the end of a long hump or a 50-foot jog and then shoot, that kind of thing.

    • Tim says:

      That should have read food and, not tunica. I need spell check or more coffee

    • Mark Fickler says:

      good info Tim. Why don’t you join us on the hike? I’ve got a few guys thinking about it.

  • Saul says:

    Nice job on the leg workout!

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