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Never Too Late To Change

Below is a video about a 64 year old man whose physical ability is beyond inspiring. The 22 minute documentary includes English subtitles and is well worth a look. Don’t let the language barrier cause you to miss out on a tremendous story.

I am not easily impressed but 64 year old Wang Bingrong certainly has my attention. He possesses a rare mix of strength, endurance, and coordination. The feats that Wang performs with heavy padlock weights are truly incredible.

What I enjoyed most however is the story of Wang’s transformation. It was not long ago that he suffered from severe ulcerative colitis. He nearly drank himself to the point of no return. At one point in the film, Wang discusses how he could hardly walk a flight of 36 steps. He actually had a rail installed so he could hold on and pull himself up one step at a time. He was a physical mess.

Upon hitting rock bottom, Wang realized it was time to change. He began training at a local park and alone in his basement. He slowly rebuilt his body and gradually learned several awe-inspiring feats with the stone padlocks. He now hoists considerable weights in each hand with relative ease.

As for those wondering the size of each padlock, they are labeled in jin. One jin is equivalent to approximately 1.1 pounds. In other words, Wang is not hosting around baby weights. He is moving considerable weight with incredible coordination and accuracy.

Wang’s story not only highlights human potential, but also the ability to reinvent ourselves at any time. It is safe to say that we’ve all had ups and downs at one point or another. Wang Bingrong was on the verge of drinking himself to death before deciding to change. Anyone who saw him unable to walk a flight of steps at age 50 would never believe he’s the same person at age 64. He has completely reinvented himself and he didn’t need anything fancy to do so. He worked hard in a park and alone in his basement.

There is no secret to his transformation. He decided to change and never looked back. He was diligent and consistent with his efforts. If you’ve ever doubted the potential of hard work and consistency, look no further than Wang Bingrong. As evident by his example, it is never too late to change.

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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. – Samuel Ullman

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12 Comments so far

  1. Eric April 30th, 2014 12:07 pm

    Those padlock weights look great. The guy must have the grip strength of a gorilla to twirl those things like that. I checked a website that sold padlock weights and couldn’t believe the price. They wanted 295.00 for a pr of 45lb weights. Very impressive strength and endurance by anyone regardless of age, and the guy certainly wasn’t a huge heavily muscled guy.

  2. richard May 1st, 2014 2:03 am

    i have downloaded this documentary a while back and sent it to my training partner.the locks are it would appear a sort of kettlebell or vice versa. i first saw these things years ago in martial arts magazines and was dumb ehough to question just what they would do for strength. being stuck in the barbell maze i passed on what my father told me about indian clubs(they had some small wooden ones at the base gym he took me too)peg board,climbing rope,wooden ladders and various boxing equipment lying around. thank goodness the heavy and speed bag caught my attention years later as did the kb’s, locks, pahlavani stuff. funny thing my dad had a paperback book by fallon and sanders that spoke about all this stuff but, i ignored it to concentrate on the bodybuilding type stuff! age is wasted on the young they say and as an old guy i would not trade functional style implements for anything. this chinese trainer is a true inspiration to folks who value ‘real exercise’ and not the beach muscle or strickly cosmetic approach! great stuff!! thanks…

  3. Mac May 1st, 2014 3:05 am

    great find

  4. Sven May 1st, 2014 3:48 am

    What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this.
    The guy must be strong as a horse doing all these exercises. Wow. It also shows what you can achieve with dedication and true passion – even at a riper age.
    Also it shows once again – swings with heavy waits are a simple exercise but can produce astounding results.
    Guess I will have to dust of my old KB’s. ;-)

  5. David King May 1st, 2014 4:09 am

    Look at some of the video, will watch the rest later.

    I really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting. For those interested, you juggle kettlebells in a similar manner.

  6. Eric May 1st, 2014 3:20 pm

    Why are kettlebells and padlock weights so much more expensive than dumbbells? To be honest, you could flip dumbbells in the same manner. A dumbbell is certainly no more cumbersome than padlock weights. All the swing movements, snatches, cleans, Turkish get-ups, windmills, squats, can easily be duplicated with dumbbells. I couldn’t believe the price tag on these padlock weights, and I know that kettlebells are steeply priced also. Never checked out how expensive clubs or maces are, I figure a sledgehammer could easily replace a mace if I became interested in performing those type of movements.

  7. Jeroen May 2nd, 2014 7:19 am

    I like it that they call the lifting ‘playing’. It might just be the translation. But I like the idea of exercise – even exercise this hard – being play.

  8. Ado May 2nd, 2014 3:23 pm

    In the same vein, check what this 40 something heavyweight guy can do with his body.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/MOTIONDYNAMIXMIA/videos

    The music might be cheesy but the performances are impressive…

  9. Eric May 3rd, 2014 11:55 am

    @Ado… Thanks for the link. Watched the bodyweight video about where to begin with bodyweight exercise. Big guy was using perfect form with the pullups, smooth, slow, full reps, none of that kicking and kipping bs. Very rare to see nice, smooth, full reps on pullups, especially by someone 200lbs or more. Good videos.

  10. Tom May 4th, 2014 2:42 am

    Looks like he has turned his life around. I found it hard to understand the diet he had for the ulcerative colitis (other than not drinking) but his fitness levels encourage me that I am not over the hill at 55!

  11. Ayaz Haniffa May 6th, 2014 10:32 am

    Respect brother! That is some mighty strength. Wonderful stuff Ross, thank you for sharing and what an inspiration for older guys like me!

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