Sometimes it is all too easy to lose a little motivation as you get older because you may well find that it is a lot harder to make any new muscle gains, and significantly harder to stay slim.
However this should not be an excuse to toss away your gym membership and let yourself go because you can still stay fit and healthy and maintain a great-looking body well into your 60s, 70s and 80s.
To demonstrate this point, I thought it would be a good idea to find some bodybuilders over 70 years old who are still training regularly and still looking good.
Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr
Sam Bryant Jr started working out at when he was 44 years old and knew absolutely nothing about working out or lifting weights when he first started. 11 months later he was encouraged to enter a bodybuilding contest, and has been addicted to training and bodybuilding ever since.
“People ask me when I’m going to retire. I say ‘never’. I say ‘more people die retired than they do on the job working’. I love to work. I love to work out.”
Dr. Jeffrey Life
At 57 years old Dr. Jeffrey Life had a range of medical problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease and high inflammatory markers, but turned his life around after reading a copy of Muscle Media magazine. He got a trainer, changed his diet and not only improved his health, but developed an incredible physique in the process.
“I’m in better shape that most 23 year olds…. I get out of bed in the morning, early in the morning, and I just feel energized. My whole day is filled with energy and it’s just an amazing feeling.”
You don’t come across too many old men over the age of 70 who are still lean and ripped, but Murrell Hall is one such person who has managed to maintain an amazing physique, as you can see from this impressive bodybuilding exhibition. He has been a competitive bodybuilder for more than 30 years, winning numerous competitions during this time, and the results are clearly worth it because he looks a lot fitter and healthier than many people half his age.
Most bodybuilders started training regularly in their 20s or 30s, but Charles Eugster started taking up bodybuilding when he was 87 years old, and became a 3-time world champion in Masters Fitness events. Sadly he died on 26 April 2017, but even at the age of 97, he was still competing regularly in athletics events. A true inspiration.
“It’s not a big deal. It just requires determination, consistency and knowledge.”
Ernestine “Ernie” Shepherd
Ernestine Shepherd is famous for being the world’s oldest female bodybuilder after making it into the Guinness Book of Records. She took up bodybuilding at the age of 56 after becoming unhappy with how she looked in a bathing suit, and is still going strong at the ripe old age of 80.
“The first thing is to be determined, dedicated and disciplined in whatever you do, and that’s what I did.