After the recent 70+ entry, I received several emails from readers who wanted to know about older athletes that started training later in life.Â Despite the agreed upon impressiveness of the 70+ year old displays, many thought it showed nothing but the results of a lifelong dedication to exercise.Â It did little to motivate those looking to reverse several years of inactivity.
Since I do not know the background of those from the prior entry, we can instead look back to a woman I’ve discussed here before.Â When I first read of this woman (Gayle), she was 63 years old and had deadlifted 275 pounds.
Perhaps most impressive are the rapid and dramatic improvements that Gayle has made in recent years.Â She didn’t become serious about weight lifting until 2003.Â Here is a picture of her from the 1990’s.
She is now 65 years old and continues to improve. Â The Youtube clips below show her deadlifting 342 pounds and squatting 250 pounds.
It isn’t difficult to be motivated by this woman’s accomplishments.Â She has literally turned back the hands of time.Â Her physical appearance and performance are that of a well trained woman half her age.Â Â She doesn’t just look the part though, she’s an active, competitive powerlifter.Â Her Bodyspace page lists several of her accomplishments such as setting the NASA AZ state record for powerlifting. She is also listed as a top female lifter in the Arizona Senior Olympics.
Her story in many ways reinforces the power and importance of passion.Â When you are passionate about achieving specific goals, the work tends to take care of itself.Â You begin to enjoy the process, rather than laboring through activities that you despise.
Clearly, not everyone will aspire to be a competitive powerlifter at age 65, but it is nice to be reminded that the possibility does exist.Â There are competitive options for those who are interested.Â Life doesn’t end in your 20’s or 30’s.Â You can still seek out ambitious, challenging, and enjoyable goals regardless of age.
Age isn’t the crutch that many believe it to be.