Archive for the 'Age Related' Category
It has been over three years since I mentioned Fred Peterson on this blog. At the time, I posted a video of him deadlifting over 600 pounds. Amazingly at age 75, he’s still going strong and certainly worthy of another entry. The following video was taken last month. The strength that he displays at 75 is beyond incredible.
Perhaps my favorite video of Fred Peterson comes from 2008 however. In the video below, you will not only see him in action, you’ll hear him share some words of wisdom. He begins speaking at approximately 4:35 within the video.
Fred Peterson has been lifting for over 50 years. He’s also had his share of injuries, but they’ve never held him back. He keeps on grinding.
In his words,
It’s a lot of hard work, and it doesn’t come free.
Such a simple statement is truly invaluable particularly when uttered by a man with his accomplishments. At age 75, Fred Peterson is stronger than vast majority of strength and conditioning professionals today. The difference is that he’s not trying to sell you a short term miracle plan. Instead, he reminds us that the road to the top is a long and challenging journey. It isn’t easy, and that’s exactly why it is so unusual to witness his level of strength.
Unlike many from Fred’s generation, today’s world often seeks shortcuts to challenging obstacles. An impressive work ethic stands out more today than it did many years ago. If everyone worked hard, hard work wouldn’t be mentioned. It would just be part of the daily process.
Unfortunately, hard and consistent work have become a rarity. A week does not pass without someone asking me what is the fastest way to gain strength. These people want shortcuts. They don’t to hear that it is going to take time. They don’t wish to embark on what promises to be a challenging and often painful journey.
They can’t handle the truth. As a result, it is no surprise that so many quick-fix workouts and routines are hyped to the masses. Promises of instant gratification will always be more marketable than the truth. Fortunately, there are still some like Fred Peterson who remind us that the road to the top is an arduous journey, but also one that is truly rewarding.
Real strength requires a significant investment in time. There are no shortcuts. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you wish to develop impressive strength, prepare for a journey that will last a lifetime. It won’t be easy, but there’s no other journey I’d rather take. Like Fred Peterson, I am a lifetime traveler. I’ll keep grinding until my last day.
Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.7 comments
Following a few recent posts about playground workouts, I’ve had several readers of the site pass along additional videos of impressive bodyweight displays. One of those videos was that of a 53 year old man performing muscle-ups at a park. You can see the video below.
After sharing the clip on Facebook, I received a message from someone who vehemently disputed the man’s age. In his words, there is no way a 53 year old man could perform that type of work. Rather than arguing, I thought it would be better to instead share additional examples of individuals who have stayed young despite what some would consider old age.
The videos below come from previous entries that I’ve made to the site. It took but a few minutes to gather this brief selection. There are many more that I could have shared but the following clips should be enough to remove all doubt.
As evident above, it is quite possible to perform impressive bodyweight feats at all ages. Hard and consistent work are the only true secrets to strength and fitness. If you work hard and remain consistent, it is only a matter of time before you improve. Fancy programs and equipment are not necessary.
The idea is to die young as late as possible. – Ashley Montagu10 comments
Charles Eugster lived most of his life without any athletic involvement. Fortunately, he realized that you are never too old to try something new. The 93 year old is now a regular competitor. He is a bodybuilder, a rower, a fitness decathlon champion, and a wakeboarder (just to name a few of his hobbies).
In addition to his physical pursuits, Charles is a also an entertaining speaker. In the video below, he shares some of his thoughts regarding successful aging. Based on his activity at age 93, I’d say he knows a thing or two about the subject.
Listen and learn…
Exercising is like brushing your teeth or washing. If you don’t do those things, something nasty happens. – Charles Eugster1 comment
Sy Perlis didn’t lift weights until he was 60 years old. Over twenty years later, he decided to enter his first lifting competition. That was around five years ago. He’s now 91 years old and a world record holder. Last week, he bench pressed 187.2 pounds, the most ever in the 90-and-over division.
You can see him in action at the video below.
If you ever thought you were too old to try something new, think again. Sy Perlis just shattered every possible excuse. I would have guessed him to be in his 70s. He looks incredible.
Hats off to him for the inspiration.
It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot6 comments
In less than 90 seconds, the brief video below will shatter countless excuses related to exercise and fitness. Within the clip, you will see a man work through a brief conditioning circuit. After a few rounds of the circuit, he’s able to achieve a quality, full body workout with minimal equipment. What’s even more impressive is that the man seen within was born in 1941.
In summary, here’s a man in his 70s achieving a quality workout with minimal equipment in minimal time. He doesn’t need any special equipment or routines to stay in better condition than the vast majority of adults who are half his age.
The take home message is simple. If you want to get in shape, get in shape. Consistency and discipline are far more important than any equipment or facility. Don’t be fooled by the fitness industry’s deception. There are no secrets to fat loss or fitness. You have everything that you’ll ever need to get in shape. You just need to use it.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. – Oliver Wendell Holmes8 comments