Chisel Industries // 2010 // 75 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // June 19th, 2010
He wants to help you stay forever young.
John Humble is an old grizzled veteran of the fitness industry who is now in his sixties living in scenic Montana. The Humble Fitness: Forever Young DVD is something he produced to outline advice he would give to people over fifty years old, and it contains a lot of basic simple guidance about preventative measures of getting and staying fit. It's all based on four principles including: resistance training with weights, cardio, smart nutrition, and "love and laughter." Most of the feature is John golfing, fishing, rock climbing, and working out in his gym while he discusses how to stay "forever young" with his friends and family. There is a medical doctor included in the conversation, but mostly this is all meant to inspire you to adopt a lifestyle that includes all of what John Humble stands for as a gym trainer. We get to see a lot of vibrant seniors who train with Humble, and they endorse his program during the "talking heads" segments.
I'm a bit of a workout nut, so I was curious to see if the DVD offered anything new for somebody over fifty. The best thing in here is a weightlifting routine that could work for either a man or woman looking for a basic gym session to emulate. John takes you through a dozen basic moves that could function as a full body workout for somebody two or three times a week to start off. It's nothing revolutionary, but he does emphasize some tips for older people on how to prevent themselves from risking injury or straining too hard. It is the most solid part of the feature, and the part I would recommend the most.
Where the DVD could use more fleshing out are in the cardio and nutrition sections. John suggests at least thirty minutes of cardio which seems to be simply walking as outlined here. There's no guidance as to how to design a good solid heart healthy session outside of using a simple heart rate range formula. Then when they get to nutrition, it seems that John's only catch phrase is "eat like you are living on a tropical island." He means only natural food and a lot of fruit and fish, but it's not clear what rules he is following on portion sizes or frequency.
I found the DVD was both an advertisement for Montana tourism and a lot of painful self-promotion for John Humble. The whole thing feels a bit like a vanity project seeking to justify John's life. He keeps showing his wife who is half his age as well as his small children who are less than ten. It's a bit strange to see him with a little girl that he is promising he will stay "forever young" for. You realize he'll be pushing eighty by the time he has to walk her down the aisle, and his trophy wife may not even be close to sixty by then. He certainly looks good for his age, but you'll notice he needs to take off at least ten pounds himself in the midsection. He waves this away saying it is important not to be "too lean," but you'll notice the camera avoids showing him from the front when he is shirtless. Mr. Humble doesn't look as remarkably young, as he'd like you to think, and he has that all-too-predictable gut many power lifters seem to carry. A couple of his clients look like they might be in better shape than he is.
Despite massive ego stroking, bless Mr. Humble for telling people exactly what they should know about fitness. Resistance training, cardio, and smart nutrition have all been shown to make people live longer and in better health. There has even been scientific proof that following this kind of regimen releases certain hormones and endorphins that prevent aging and even reverse some of it. There's a reason celebrities like Madonna are so obsessed with fitness, and it isn't because it makes them feel great. The message behind Humble Fitness: Forever Young is good strong advice. I'd say definitely look at the weights section, take the cardio for what it is worth, and follow the nutrition advice along with some extra planning and timing.
Guilty of being a massive ego stroke for a guy named Humble, but it provides some good basic information about fitness.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Chisel Industries
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Humble Fitness