Younger Than Last Year is a lifestyle and community hatched from the mind of personal fitness instructor Robert Troch.
After years of training groups and individuals in different modalities, Robert noticed that there was a lack of consistent fitness and nutrition advice for those who wanted to reconnect with their younger selves.
So he decided to fill the gap – not only for his students, but also for himself, because at the time he had just entered into his early fifties.
Offline, we run a small fitness studio in Brooklyn, New York, allowing Robert to lead one-on-one and group fitness sessions out of the space.
But we’re just getting started!
At the heart of the lifestyle are the SEVEN FOUNDATIONS necessary to be younger than last year. They are the following:
Having a youthful or “growth” mindset is key. This requires that you reframe failures and frustrations as moments of learning. This way of thinking is how we all used to think when we were younger: that almost anything is possible and growth is just a matter of focused effort.
Mindset is the most important foundation because it affects everything else. With the wrong mindset, you can experience short-term gains that fall away after you face a setback. But with a positive “growth” mindset, you can experience long-term success with a focus on continual improvement.
As we age and experience more stress, most of us take shallow breaths and breathe with our chest instead of through our diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing is how babies breathe. It’s natural, deep breathing that relieves stress and has all kinds of positive effects. At Younger Than Last Year, we teach you how to breathe again, as you once did, when you were younger.
The right type of food and fluids is essential for a younger, healthier lifestyle. But you knew that already, didn’t you? The tough part is identifying what the “right” foods are, slowly incorporating them into your diet, keeping everything flavorful and fun, until pretty soon, you start to prefer this new way of fueling your body over the bad habits that you’ve acquired over the years.
4. Mobility / Flexibility
As you age, you move your joints less and become stiff. At Younger Than Last Year, we believe in moving more often, in different ways, to “oil up” your joints, allowing you to feel limber and agile, just like when you were young.
In our strength training, not only do we believe in keeping the muscles on your arms, legs, torso working well, but we also believe in increasing your cardiovascular strength, and making sure that your tendons and ligaments are strong to help with your mobility.
6. Rest and Recovery
To be younger than last year, you need to let your body rest. The better you sleep, the more your body can regenerate itself, build muscles, and positively affect your memory, judgement, and mood.
We all need some play in our lives. Some kind of hobby, side project, or interest that we pursue for hours and hours, making us lose track of time. Something that makes us feel engaged, challenged, and brings us joy. This reduces stress and can impact our mental health.
So there you have it: Younger Than Last Year.