60 Years Old, Still Going Strong

Will - The Veteran

Last month, I shared a story of an inspiring man (Anthony Alderman) who has been exercising with calisthenics for over 45 years. Today, I’ll share a story of a 60 year old man who performs a similar routine. In fact, the training style is almost identical. And like the previous entry, this man (Will) possesses the strength and ability to humble most healthy adults a fraction of his age.

Will – The Veteran

Before I explain why I’m sharing such a similar video to last month’s entry, first take a look at Will’s amazing skills. I’m not easily impressed, but Will has my attention. His abilities would be impressive for anyone, but even more so when you consider his age and injuries.

To no surprise, Will’s strength is the product of hard work and consistency. As he speaks, it becomes immediately clear that he has no secrets to share. Instead, he preaches the significance of effort, self-belief, and a willingness to change.

Different Men, Same Results

When I wrote about Anthony Alderman last month, I concluded the entry by considering a hypothetical scenario. After highlighting his relatively simple calisthenic program, I asked everyone to ponder the following:

“Imagine if everyone followed suit and began to perform similar exercises on a regular basis.”

I continued by saying that if the world followed Anthony’s example, his story wouldn’t be a story. It would just be what we’ve come to expect from adults at any age. When I made those comments, I wasn’t minimizing Anthony’s ability, but rather suggesting that it’s much more attainable than the average person believes.

Watching Will perform similar work solidifies my beliefs. Like Anthony Alderman, Will trains at a playground. Anthony trains in Harlem while Will trains in the Bronx. Two different people perform similar work in different places and have achieved similar results. Even Captain Obvious could have predicted that outcome. It is really quite simple.

Work Ethic – The Common Link

When you look at people such as Will or Anthony, the key to their success is easily recognized. It’s free to anyone who wants it. It isn’t the product of a gym membership or personal trainer, but rather their determination and work ethic. To put it bluntly, these men put in work. They embrace the grind. They take pride in their performance and are determined to do the best job possible.

Unfortunately, work ethic doesn’t get enough attention in the world of fitness. It’s much more common to see attention focused towards training programs, equipment, and supplementation. Ironically, we all know people who’ve read everything and train in world class facilities, yet struggle to gain strength or lose weight. Meanwhile, there are those such as Anthony Alderman and Will who train on playground bars and possess the strength and skill to humble the vast majority of exercise enthusiasts.

Plenty can be learned from their example. There is nothing magical about the playground bars. What’s magical is the effort that’s applied to those bars. When you put in that type of work on a consistent basis, it’s only a matter of time before results follow. The young man featured in Will’s video is a prime example. Once he saw what real work was all about, he followed suit and the rest is history.

In some ways, you could say that work ethic is contagious. When you surround yourself with people who put in real work, it’s only natural to follow along. I observe this phenomenon every day as a parent. My kids imitate what they see. With that in mind, it’s about time that we focused on what really matters. I don’t care what you are trying to develop or what equipment you use. I’m more concerned about developing the type of work ethic that will produce results wherever it is applied. Once you’ve developed a solid work ethic, you’ll do well wherever you go. You’ll have too much pride in your work to accept anything but the best.

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“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow

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7 comments:

  1. Reading your articles and watching the videos contained within are always time well spent!

    Physically, I wanna be as capable when I am his age. And, what a great backdrop to the video; Yankee Stadium.

  2. Damn! They are nailing it! I hope I won’t get lazy until I turn 60 years old, I really love to see myself maintaining a body like that. It is not easy though. My inspiration.

  3. I love this shit. It reminds me a lot of an article I just wrote about high reps and herschel walker. Once you’ve put in the hard work consistently for a long time you “get it” and understand how important those things really are. You’re the man, Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. That is hella inspiring! I’ve been getting bored at the gym, and seeking other options. What I wouldn’t give to have a playground around me like that. Kids playgrounds nowadays are too modern and innovative lol. But I make due at my work’s gym. It has all the basics. Though I consistently worry about aging and how my body will look in however/so many years… this gives me hope. I definitely put in the work, and watching him inspires me to keep it up! 😀

  5. One of the best things you have done through your website is to debunk the myth that you have to lose physical abilities as you get older. IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE! This has been proven over and over. I’m not saying you can compete with an athlete half your age but you keep yourself in great shape. I am 58 and I work out 6 days a week. This includes strength training, Cardio and Martial arts. I have no major injuries. I look forward to working out and am thankful I’m healthy enough to do so.

  6. I’m 52 years young, I hurt my shoulder almost a year ago. I haven’t given up, working on rehabbing the shoulder, after several MRI’s physical therapy session, prolo therapy sessions. the thing that seems to be work the best is just plan hanging on the pullup bar. Not giving up. On my 50th birthday, I did 10 handstand pushups. I’m hopping to get to the point I can do that gain at 55 or surpass it. It’s going to be part of me forever . My boys even tho they aren’t athletes, are now training, one with weights and the other body weight stuff. I’m proud of both of them, I must have taught them something right. Thanyou Ross for being there, your wonderful forum, and your blog. It helps alot of us, just by keeping this wonderful website available for all of us
    Thanks

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