Paul Holbrook

Paul Holbrook

About Paul Holbrook

Paul has a Masters degree in Gerontology from the Fischer Institute for Wellness at Ball State University. He worked as an intern at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University under the direction of Dr. Maria Fiatarone and Dr. Miriam Nelson. In addition, Paul also studied the social and psychological aspects on aging in relation to health. He was involved in increasing muscle strength and mass through resistance training in older adults at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, in Boston, MA.

Paul is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked as a personal trainer for over 20 years with over 40,000 personal training hours. He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen. Paul is also on the advisory board for the Functional Aging Institute. Paul has been a Zen practitioner for 20 years and is currently working toward his Big Mind Zen certification from Zen Master Genpo Roshi.

In 2005, Paul founded Age Performance which is a human performance training center for adults 50 plus where he develops comprehensive strength training programs to improve their physical function and human performance. Paul gives frequent seminars and workshops on older adult physical performance at fitness centers and senior housing developments. He currently competes in Master Track and Field meets participating sprints. He won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Intermountain Masters Track and Field meet in Colorado in 2008. He currently medals in the Huntsman World Senior Games in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m track events.

I Feel the Need - The Need for Speed!

Speed may be as important, if not more important, than strength as we get older. We'll look at why we have been stuck in using the traditional slow methods of training that only exacerbates the use of Type I muscle fibers and virtually ignores training the more powerful Type II muscle fibers which are preferentially lost during the aging process. A brief descripton of the latest research on the matter will be given with a focus on several key studies. A majority of the time will be spent conducting "sprint drills" such as A skips, B skips, Primetimes, Arm Swings, Standing and Sitting Starts, and others. Why sprint drills? Almost everyone can do them and they are highly effective at improving movement speed.. We will discuss where speed training fits in programming, how quality is better than quantity and how strength is also gained as a result.


1. Describe the importance of and potential benefits of speed training as a component of functional training for older adults.

2. Perform sprint drills correctly and use effective cueing methods to teach the drills to older clients who are at different functional levels.

3. Identify how to integrate speed training into your current programming


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