Most people become conscious of their age very early – sometimes even 20-year-olds cry on their birthdays and feel shame when asked how old they are.
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 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 a positive phenomenon since it makes you question your choices and gives you an urge to live a better life. The fact that you’re older means that death is closer. There isn’t a better wake up call.
One of the negative side effects of aging is that little by little sports opportunities begin to evaporate. Once your childhood is over, most doors are closed. The one of the iron room, however, is not one of them.
There are two main reasons for that:
1.Lifting is not a ballistic activity for the most part. The lifts are slow and don’t stress the joints as much.
2.Lifting is encapsulated in a controlled environment. Weightlifting is a solo sport. 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 thankfully small.
You can get into weightlifting when you are 40 or 50 and still acquire tremendous strength even as a natural. Of course, age is still a factor. If you start weightlifting at 50, you won’t be a world record holder unless you compete in the so-called “masters divisions” which are designed for older people.
Are the older lifters using anabolic steroids?
Yes. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is very popular. Many of the ripped granddaddies are juicing their brains out.
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 215lbs at 105lbs bodyweight. That’s over two times her bodyweight.
Having said that, we will never be perfect. We are sinners born as slaves to time and space – the rulers of this world. No amount of weightlifting will ever turn this around. Lifting can, however, act as a mild anesthesia while we are still here, on Earth.