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I am studying this book now and it is one of the most informative I have read in quite a while, and I read a lot of books.

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Scott Iardella shows numerous reasons why strength is so important all through life, but especially as you age. He covers some subjects in depth that many people may not have looked into before, like muscle wasting (sarcopenia).
The Edge of Strength: An Unconventional Guide To Live Your Strength And Discover Your Greatness

One thing I hate is someone trying to make me think, act, and live how they think I should at a certain age.

They first try to get to you when you turn 50 and they send you an invitation to join a very large “geezer’s” organization (it starts with the letter “A”).

Forget it! Quit calling me a Senior Citizen, I keep that I am only approaching middle-age in my mind! I refuse to think old!

I feel 1/2 my chronological age.

Each year they throw more stuff at you that they automatically “just know” you have to have (this is in addition to all the prescription medications for  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and sexual dysfunction that they have conned many people into using)

  • free dinners to discuss retirement/investment options
  • discounts on burial plots
  • discounts on cremation services

They can flush all that junk!

All of it is for their profit, not your health and well-being.

I ain’t going for any of it!

  • I will continue to lift heavy stuff and get stronger every week
  • I will stay med-free
  • I will eat clean and get enough rest
  • I will stay mentally tough
  • I will never surrender

Folks, don’t buy their lies!

Think for yourself and take action every day.

Surround yourself with strong, smart, trustworthy people and you will prove all the slick marketers wrong! You DON’T need  their junk!

 

It seems that being in terrible shape is very accepted in our current culture.

How in the world did that ever happen?

Simple, it starts in the mind. As people people renounce any notion of being responsible for their actions and play the victim card, they get weak mentally. It gets worse the more they do it.

The excuses that go along with that never really change–

  • I’m too busy to workout
  • I don’t have time to eat healthy
  • It’s too expensive to eat healthy
  • I’m too old to workout
  • I have kids
  • I can’t afford a gym membership

These are all things that lead to mental, and eventually, physical weakness.

None of these excuses are valid!

Whatever your current situation is, you can rise above it.

Stop making excuses and stop accepting excuses from others.

Get the negative people out of your life and get around some dedicated folks.

Take action!

 

 

I love to read about people who have refused to fall apart as they chronologically age.

There is so much “evidence”  that says you cannot be strong and fit your whole life.

I say flush all that garbage!

Must be that this ancient warrior never read the studies that said he couldn’t do what he did.

This man was a Hebrew warrior named Caleb (Joshuas’s side-kick) he wanted a certain portion of land that was still occupied by the enemy, and he said that he was as strong at 80 as he was at 40.

Joshua was in charge, and he told Caleb if he wanted it to go take it by force.

This mighty man fought hand-to-hand against much younger men and won!

Like the t-shirt I saw at Ranger Up the other day says, “Beware the old man in a world where men often die young!”

There are numerous other examples of people who have achieved excellence throughout their very long lives. This does not just apply to ancient history, this is true today!

Never quit! Never believe all the junk you read online about aging, just go and stay strong yourself. Find new challenges, learn new things, and prove all the critics and nay-sayers wrong again!

My buddy, Al Ernst, used to weigh almost 400lbs. As a professional comedian for a major cruise ship line, he has traveled continuously worldwide for about twenty or more years.

Needless to say, spending that much time on cruise ships is not the healthiest way to live.

Here’s a video of Al doing a skit when he was really overweight (he’s the guy wearing the ball cap)

Fast forward to now, he has lost 130lbs, and did it the right way.
He ran a 4 mile bridge run this weekend and I couldn’t be more proud of him!

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Al has worked very hard at my friend Tony Spain’s boxing gym, Absolute Boxing Fitness, as well as at my gym, the Cave.
When he is traveling he follows the workouts I post on my blog, Coach D’s dewussified training

He improvises if the exercises involve equipment that is not available wherever he is at the time. He has been very consistent with this, and it has paid off.

Here are two things that Al shared with me on the day of his race that inspire him (and me)

What inspires you to take your fitness to a higher level?
Find out what will give you the guts to do it and then attack it with 100% effort!