Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I got an email the other day from
a 38-year old Dino.
He's already worried about hitting
the big 4-0.
Specifically, he's worried that his
best lifting days are behind him.
I have a birthday coming up -- I'll
be 56 in real years. (I've been 56
in lifting years since January 1.)
And I thought, "Wow -- 38's just a
kid. He's got the best years of his
life in front of him."
Of course, he has to train right --
hard, heavy and serious -- and not
get side-tracked on the silly stuff --
but he ought to be having some great
workouts and making some great gains
in the next couple of years. Which
means he'll be better than ever at
It reminds me of a time I was in the
school weight room back when I was in
law school. One of the undergraduates
was working out. He was a pretty strong
kid. Obviously serious about his
One of the other undergrads asked him --
and I kid you not, this really happened --
"What could you lift when you were
in your prime?"
"I don't know," said the other kid. "I'm
not there yet."
It was a good answer. Whatever your age,
you might want to file it away for
Age 19 -- like those kids in the college
weight room -- don't sweat it, just train
hard (but smart) and enjoy the gains.
Age 38 -- don't sweat it, just train hard
(but smart) and enjoy the gains,.
Ag 56 -- don't sweat it, just train hard
(but smart) and enjoy the gains.
Age whatever -- same advice.
By the way, I hit an age 56 and 2013 PR
in the clean and jerk yesterday. The
train hard (but smart) stuff really
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it
a good one.
Yours in strength,
P.S. Here's the ultimate guide to Train
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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "That stuff to
knock the gray out of your hair is fine, but
regular hard training is what keeps you
young." -- Brooks Kubik