Getting old is not exactly the dream. Most people start being conscious of their age quite early – sometimes even 20 year olds seem scared of that “2” in front of their live stats.
Question is, why? Age is not something you can control. Therefore, it’s like being ashamed that it’s snowing outside. Natural law is omnipresent and 100% unbreakable, at least by humans.
The truth is that what really scares most people is not exactly age, but the fear that you are missing something. The fear that you’re not doing what you are supposed to be doing. This often results in self-hatred that can be simply summarized as the “I am just not good enough.” feeling.
The fear of aging can also be considered as a positive phenomenon since it makes you question your choices and gives you the urge to live a better life. The fact that you’re older means that death is closer and sometimes that’s the best wake up call one can receive.
One of the negative sides effect of aging is that little by little sport opportunities are starting to fade away.
You turn 5 and you already too old for professional figure ice skating.
You turn 8 and you’re already too old for gymnastics.
You turn 15 and you are already too old for acrobatics.
The good news is that lifting allows people to lift well into old age. The main reason is that exercising resides in an incredibly well controlled environment. Injuries occur, but it’s still one of the most predictable sports that can be practiced.
People usually have a planned routine that they follow and what hurts is eliminated or modified. Weightlifting is a solo sport and there aren’t opponents trying to tackle you and get your barbell. The possibility of someone punching you in the balls while you’re deadlifting exists but is at least small.
You can get into weightlifting when you are 40 or 50 and still acquire tremendous strength – even as a natural. Weightlifting is definitely an activity that can truly be done for as long as you are alive.
Of course, age is still a factor and if you start weightlifting at 50, you won’t be a world record holder unless you compete in the so-called “masters” which are designed for older people.
Question is, how many people truly care about being record world holders? The true winners are those who adopt the training lifestyle in order to better themselves on spiritual and physical level. Will breaking a world record help? Probably, but it’s definitely not a requirement.
Are the older lifters using anabolic steroids?
Yes, many are using steroids. Over the last decades the so-called Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) has gained tremendous amount of popularity. Many of the crazy ripped granddaddies are juicing their brains out.
Related article: Is TRT The Good Side Of Steroids?
However, progress can be achieved even when you’re natural. In the video below you can hear the story of a “grandma” that can deadlift 215 lbs at 105 lbs bodyweight. That’s over two times her bodyweight.
That’s why people should never be afraid of weightlifting. There are many negative aspects of the training world that we talk about every day, but without a doubt one of the most positive qualities of the exercise game is that it can always be modified according to your needs and help you feel more alive.
With that being said we will never be perfect. We are sinners born as slaves to time and space which are the rulers of this world and no amount of weightlifting will ever turn this one around. It can, however, act as a mild anesthesia while we are still here, on Earth.