Society conditions men to fear their 40th birthday – which is called the Big 4-0. It’s your Over the Hill birthday! Is it true that life for a man ends at 40? Is it possible to remain fit over 40?
If you don’t take care of yourself, the answer is an empathic yes. Then again, if you haven’t been taking care of yourself, your life probably ended well before your 40th birthday.
I consulted an expert panel to ask them if life ends at 40.
Instead of talking about theory, we are men of action, are we not? What do men of action have to say?
“Screw off, society!”
I am almost 37. The other two men in that picture are several years older than I am. Do they look old and decrepit to you?
If we all went to a pool party in Vegas, could you men in your 20s meet more women than these old farts? Based on what I’ve observed of men in their 20s – I think not!
Although you can stay fit over 40, the game does change.
I asked Big George a question. “What changes as you get older, and what stays the same?” If you listened to our podcast, you’ll know that his answer is thoughtful and careful.
What changes when you are over 40?
“Well, Mike, as you know from your posts on TRT and HGH, hormones change. Monitor your testosterone levels. But I suspect you want to hear about something other than that. Here are some other aspects of training and lifting weights that change as you get older.”
1. Tendon/ligament tensile strength/flexibility.
“Your ligaments are tighter and less flexible. Warming up is not an option. It’s a prerequisite. If you don’t have time to warm up, you don’t have time to train.”
“Soft tissue work is important, too. You can’t just go in the for the occasional massage. You need to learn how to massage yourself.”
“That Beastie Ball Setup you posted on Danger & Play paid for itself in the first 15 minutes I had it.”
“When I was in my 20s, I could have marathon workouts every day. Now I keep my workouts under an hour. I still train hard, but I don’t waste any time or perform any unnecessary movements.”
“Your metabolism will slow down. My days of eating pints of ice cream and still having abs are long gone.”
What stays the same?
1. Your body mechanics.
“Your body has certain biomechanics. Your leverages, arm and length length, etc., aren’t going to change when you get older.”
“If you go into the gym day in and day out, that is not going to change when you get older. You are your habits. Going to the gym is ingrained in you once you’re older. No one needs to tell you to go. You don’t need a training partner nagging you to go. You just go.
“In many ways, you become more disciplined. (See the later half of my email.)”
“I never trained just because I wanted to meet girls. I was driven to turn my body into a work of art – to achieve greatness. I have always had that motivation and always will.”
What gets better?
“It sounds cliche, but it’s true. With self-knowledge comes wisdom. My training is far more intelligent and calculated than it was during my 20s.”
“Like I said earlier, discipline is a character trait. When you get to be my age, you’re either disciplined or you are not. As you get older, you build on your habits from your younger years. Character is cumulative. I am more disciplined today than when I was a punk kid.”
3. Mental toughness and focus.
“I don’t need to be high on 75 mgs of ephedra. I get inside my own head and can be in the murder mode in seconds. I have become a master of this and have used music to program my frame of mind. I currently am 24 months without speaking a word to a single person at my gym other than person at the front desk when walking in. They don’t exist. That part about training keeps improving with practice – which in my case is 30 years.”