Age is a matter of attitude

Jan 24, 2014

When we spoke with him, Peter was just heading out to a two-week training camp in British Columbia. In 2012, he was named athlete of the year by the International Masters Academy. Over the past few years, he has placed first or second in his age category in both the Ontario and Canadian championships.

That’s not to say he isn’t feeling his years, but it’s a matter of attitude.

He doesn’t run anymore, and has taken up doubles tennis as part of a seniors league in place of playing singles tennis.

“There are things I used to do that I don’t do,” he said. “I don’t focus on what I cannot do, I focus on what I can still do.”

As with any competitive sport, training and conditioning is crucial. Peter first came to FFF several years ago to ensure he was ready for a training camp.

“Being in shape lets me get the most out of it,” he said. “You can’t sit around drinking pop and eating potato chips then get up and race.”

Founded in 1988, Kunstadt Sports is a family business that involves Peter, his two sons and his daughter. FFF was of course founded by Jean-Luc and Chelsea Boissonneault and also involves Jean-Luc’s sister, Ashley.

That family business dynamic was a big part of what drew Peter to FFF.

“I saw a family running a new fitness business and I was happy to help them out and be part of it,” he said. “I could relate to their business model and style.”

Jean-Luc took advantage of the opportunity to work with Peter and develop a training program specifically for skiers.

“I was very impressed with how they do things,” Peter said. “Jean-Luc studied very carefully the requirements for skiers.”

Despite his life-long devotion to physical activity and his obvious self-discipline, Peter found at FFF that he is still limiting himself.

“They take your training one notch further than you can do yourself,” he said. “These guys are good, their style suits me perfectly. If I go to a gym on my own, it is never as intense … it’s that commitment, that one-on-one commitment. You don’t want to disappoint your trainer or yourself.”

The advantages of remaining fit and active have been well-documented. A recent study by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging concluded that weight training, aerobic activities, and good dietary protein can help slow age-related declines in muscle mass and strength, at any age.

“I have the feeling that I have to keep going,” Peter said. “Because if I slow down, I will never catch up again. Young people train to get better. I train very hard just to stay as good as I used to be.”

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