Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year

During 2015, Telluride WOW popular presenter Bill Fabrocini, P.T. C.S.C.S. was working as a contributor on the “Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program,” a book by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge M.D. that further explores the concepts of movement and stability to enhance body function as we age. And now, WOW! Just in time for the New Year, “Younger Next Year” is out. And you resolve to, what?, that’s right, buy it, read it and put its principles to work for you. Oh and Bill will be returning to the 2016 Telluride WOW to check up on your progress. (WOW takes place Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12, 2o16. Register here.)

YNY Exercise Program copy

Here’s what Amazon has to say about “Younger Next Year”:

The definitive exercise book that the one-million-plus readers of the Younger Next Year® series have been waiting for—and the exercise book that takes the intimidation out of starting a workout routine. Based on the science that shows how we can turn back our biological clocks by a combination of aerobics and strength fitness, it’s a guide that will show every reader how to live with newfound vibrancy, strength, endurance, confidence, and joy—and it goes deep enough to be your exercise companion for life, even if you eventually take it to Masters levels.

Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program combines the best information from the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year with the cutting-edge knowledge and workouts from Thinner This Year. Here is the revolutionary 10-minute warm-up (critical for maintaining ankle, shoulder, and hip mobility). The five amazing things aerobic exercise will do for your body, and finding the method that works for you. How to get fit better and quicker with intervals. The importance of “whole-body” strength training and “rebooting the core.” Plus, the Twenty-Five Sacred Exercises that will be the foundation for your strength-training routine for life.

And here’s Crowley on why the guide. (Caveat emptor: Chris’ rant is self-serving, but also you-serving and hilarious):

We have some remarkably good news that will (a) save your life (b) solve some of your most vexing holiday, birthday, etc. gift problems and (c) make America a much, much better, cheaper, happier place to live.

I speak of the publication, at last, of Harry’s and my delicious, new book, YOUNGER NEXT YEAR: THE EXERCISE PROGRAM. I should say, Harry’s, mine and Bill Fabrocini’s: Bill designed the program and he is the great man in the field.

You will perhaps think that I exaggerate. Not a bit of it. This simple-sounding little book really is the cat ‘s whiskers. It’s better than that … it is the whole cat.

Let’s take these claims, one at a time:

A. Save your life

Absolutely true. It is known that working out, pretty hard (for you), six days a week for the rest of your life is the single great key to being fitter, more amusing, more energetic, more creative, sexier, and radically healthier. That was the great claim of the “Younger Next Year” books some ten years ago, and it just gets more and more obvious. Today everyone with half a brain knows it.

If that’s known, what’s so new? Well, this seductive little book will save your life by making it radically easier, more obvious and more fun to carry out that advice effectively. And doing it in-effectively can be worse than not doing it at all. Much worse.

All of us think we know how to exercise. In fact, we don’t know squat. Let me ask you some questions, to give you an idea: What is your maximum heart rate? Oops, you don’t know, do you? And you probably don’t know that an aerobic regimen that is not built on that simple knowledge is, well… stupid. Sorry. But it is bone-easy to figure out (and to stop being dumb): read the book.

Another one: Does it make sense for an old girl or an old boy like you (say, fifty or sixty) to do “intervals”? (Notice that we did not ask you, What are intervals? We are not going to treat you with contempt.). The answer is very ornate and very important. Depending on which way you go (there are two, legitimate answers), your life will be very different. Read the damn book!

And another: What is the role of those scary machines in the gym, in a well-designed strength program? That’s an important question and the answer will surprise a lot of you. Hint: there still is a place in a sane life for the machines, but it is a rather small space. And using them to the exclusion of real whole body exercise can make a hash of your body…worse than not working out at all. How come? For heaven’s sake, read the book!

Or this one: Is there an answer, as you age, to horrendous muscle loss (it’s called sarcopenia and you’ve got it bad; fail to get the book and you will lose 10% of your muscle mass every decade for the rest of your pathetic life!) Yes, my dear fellow, there certainly is an answer. Do the right stuff, and you can skip life-ruinous sarcopenia almost completely; I did and I am 117 years old. Read the book or die!

Is there an answer, as we age, to mounting arthritis pain, bad backs, and loss of range of motion and flexibility? Yes, my sweet petunia, there is… and a remarkably effective and comprehensive one at that. We all live in glass boxes, defined by range of motion, and they normally shrink over time. Until they are about the size of a coffin… one of those old wooden jobs, with no room to scratch your nose. And you go tip-toe-ing around like an old fool, bent over and tapping your cane. Amazingly, there is a near-complete answer to that in a little, ten-minute warm-up regimen that Billy and I do every single day. There is no question that you should do it too. None!

Read the damned book or shrivel away to nothing! Good grief!

This puppy is only 160 pages long. It’s an easy read. And it’s funny. You can read it in a day and enjoy it! But here’s the real miracle: despite being easy and fun, it is the best, most comprehensive and most effective exercise books ever written, especially if you are over 40. No joke. It is drop-dead smart (because of Harry and Bill); it is cutting edge (because of Bill); and you can understand it (because of me, by heaven). It is also seductive, so there’s a decent chance you’ll actually do the exercises and, you know, change your life, in the knick of time. It is so damned smart that it works for those who are just getting back into exercise and for Masters Athletes. That’s quite the little boast and absolutely true.

This is not your grandfather’s exercise book.

There has been a profound revolution in exercise – especially strength training – in recent years. What you learned twenty or thirty years ago turns out to be wrong. Dangerously wrong. Hint: the old “army sit up” is one of the worst things you can do for your back. Another hint: correct posture (which you probably don’t know about) and a strong core are the secrets of life. One more hint: the old system “trained muscles.” The new one “trains movements.” The techniques are fundamentally different. Unless you are burning to be on the cover of Muscle Bound Today, building muscles, not movements, is dangerous and foolish. And no fun.

There is a whole new way of looking at exercise. Bill Fabrocini – the brains of the critical “strength” part of the book – is almost certainly the smartest guy in the country and one of the most respected in his field. I have spent years with him and I still learn something important and new, almost every time we do a program together (we spend a lot of time together in Retreats and such). He is a genius in the field, he cares like crazy, and he has become one of the best communicators around. The program is rock-solid and inspirational, because he designed it.

Harry is the key to so much, of course. He tells you about the scientific revolution that underlies the revolution in aging and behavior. He reminds you, here, of some of the most important things you learned in Younger: remember C-6 and C-10 and the dance of life? If you’ve forgotten, you urgently need a refresher; Harry provides a beauty. Harry does his part in brief but critical clips. Easy to follow and very, very important.

My part is telling the story and showing you that it can be done by mere mortals (I am conspicuously mortal). And maybe making you laugh once or twice. Do you know how many exercise treatises will make you laugh? I know the answer to that question because I have slogged through so many of them. None, sir. Not one. Except this one. Read the damn book! It will make you laugh.

B. The Ultimate Christmas or Whatever Present

The haunting and unpleasant question rolls around every year: What to give to your father-in-law. Or your boss. Or your best friend. Wife. Girlfriend. Boyfriend. Partner. Or – if you are the leader of a company and give a damn about your executive cadre and employees – what to give to all of them. Because fitness makes you smarter, more decisive and way more effective all around. Give ‘em the book!

C. Change America!

This claim is just the least bit grandiose but it is also true. The greatest country on earth is a swamp of idleness and rotten food, and it is sapping our strength and effectiveness, as individuals and institutions. It is a miracle that we are as effective as we are, given the fact that we don’t move any more AND eat mountains of poisonous garbage. By and large, books don’t change lives. “Younger Next Year” has been a curious exception to that rule: it has changed thousands of lives. Changed ’em a lot! We’re pretty sure this one will too.

Read the book and change the country!

Thanks and have a great holiday, Chris


More about Bill Fabrocini and Telluride WOW:

On its home page, Telluride WOW describes itself as a festival for EVERYONE,“ an event with a passion to change peoples’ lives through  health and fitness – to inspire, motivate and educate.” 

Bill Fabrocini in action

Bill Fabrocini in action

The workout weekend is designed to meet attendees where they are on their journey towards wellness, inside and out.

Does WOW succeed?

In the words of WOW 2015 top presenter Bill Fabrocini PT, CSCS, of The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute, the answer is  a resounding “Yes.”

“Telluride WOW Festival is a one-of-a-kind event featuring some of the premiere professional presenters from the worlds of fitness, health, sports, and medicine,” explained Bill. “Having attended last year as a participant, I was very impressed with the variety of topics covered, lectures and exercise sessions alike. The weekend offers something for everyone regardless of where they are in terms of their own health and fitness goals and education level. I left the WOW filled with creative ideas I was able to integrate into my sports practices. Most importantly, I made many new friends and gained several opportunities for professional networking. I highly recommend attending WOW.”  

Bill Fabrocini is a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and a sports performance training coach. He has worked at the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute in various capacities since 1990, at the same time running his own training and consulting business, Bill Fabrocini LLC.   

During the course of a 25-plus year career, Bill has designed exercise programs for several prestigious institutions both in the private and public sector, including Mass General Hospital and The Aspen Ski Company.

He has also worked with a broad range of athletes including Olympic Medalists, NBA, NFL, and NHL athletes, the U.S. Ski Team, professional soccer players, Grand Slam Tennis and Golf Champions, professional ballet dancers, world-class runners, professional cyclists, soccer players, collegiate and high school athletes, corporate executives – and everyday individuals of all ages.

He also advises several youth organizations, including Team Prep U.S.A., which have produced numerous collegiate elite runners and Olympians.

Bill Fabrocini is creator of the exercise program featured in “Thinner This Year” by Chris Crowley and Jenniffer Sacheck Ph D. The book is the the sequel to the New York Times best-seller “Younger Next Year.” He also produced the accompanying DVD series that supplements the exercise portion of the book, “Thinner This Year: Preparation for Movement and The Sacred 25 and Beyond.”

And Now “Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program.”



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