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Life Lessons From Arnie, Get Old, Not Obsolete

Ageing is inevitable. Getting old is a choice. Becoming obsolete is avoidable

I love sharing videos of older folk getting after it, I recently shared this video of two old lads in China practicing Kung Fu with their walking canes.

But over the weekend, down in South Africa, Arnold Schwarzenegger was at his Arnold Sports event watching the varied athletes perform around 90 different sports.

And then while he’s videoing an event on his Snapchat he is assaulted, a person takes a flying leap and lands a two footed kick into Arnie’s back, here’s Arnies Tweet featuring the video:

And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight. By the way… block or charge? — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) 18 May 2019

Watch Arnie. Watch how he is off guard, he’s leaning forward to take a video, he is comfortable and relaxed when he takes the impact.

Bear in mind he is also a man in his 70’s

See how he responds to the impact?

He moves with it, he turns to face, he is balanced and poised.

At 70+ years old, Arnie is still the goddam Terminator!

He is a product of a lifetime of disciplined training. He has worked hard to keep strong and maintain muscle mass as he’s gotten older. And it shows here.

He said afterwards that he “thought he was being jostled by the crowd” not being kung fu kicked.

If ever there was an advertisement for lifting weights into old age, this is it.

Now it also helps that Arnie has trained since his youth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start now,

It doesn’t mean you can’t get back into it now.

A huge amount of people simply stop training in their middle years, usually due to time and family commitments. This is understandable. Some never come back because they’re not able to put in the time they used to, or they’ll never return to the competitive levels they once were at.

And I get that too.

But listen, you don’t need to be competitive. You’re life doesn’t have to revolve around the gym. But you can and should train.

You want to be the man who can shrug of a flying kick in your 70’s

You want to be vital and strong long into your twilight years.

I certainly have no intentions of letting my kids beat me in an arm wrestle at any age!

And if you don’t know where to start, drop me a line, I can help.


Dave Hedges

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