Life Lessons from the 4 Fittest Men over 50

5 Life Lessons from the fittest men
If you’re a man over 40, then you know that aging gets a bad rap. Beer bellies, achy joints, sluggish metabolism, and slower recovery times from workouts are accepted as “the norm.”

I’m here to tell you that feeling old, and even looking old, is a SCAM.

belly no thsnksThroughout my 15 years as a men’s health trainer and doctor, I have met inspiring men first-hand who have put that theory to rest. I’m going to show you a few of those inspiring old warriors in this post.

It’s my hope that these guys will inspire you – like they do me – to get motivated and 100% back on track with healthy eating and exercise.

Here’s the interesting thing: The fitness regimens and diets of these 4 fittest men over 50 you’re about to see are all completely different.

Some of their methods could even be described as “peculiar.” But each of these powerful men have unwavering motivation that will inspire you to achieve the best body of your life. Are you ready to be inspired?

1. Herschel Walker: 55 years young

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Herschel Walker is a former professional football player, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, and (in his late 40s & 50s) a professional MMA fighter. But his athleticism doesn’t stop there.

He was an Olympic bobsledder, Taekwondo star with a 5th-degree black belt, and a dancer in the Fort Worth ballet, if you can believe it.

Still ripped at 55, Herschel is living proof that age is just a number.

In fact, Herschel still believes that he could still play professional football.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that if I played today, I could still contribute to a team.”

To our Fit Father Project Team, Herschel is the definition of a strong mind.

Herschel Walker’s Workout: extreme body weight

Surprisingly, Herschel has maintained his rock-solid physique with a body-weight only regimen workout.

Herschel claims to have done a combination of 2,000-3,000 pushups and situps every single day for 40 years. Even if the myth is 10% TRUE, that’s what I call dedication.

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Herschel Walker’s Mindset: success breeds success”

hw-b-aHerschel’s dedication is unrivaled, but his mantra is simple.

“When I feel good about myself, things start happening for myself.

When you look up, you go up.”

Herschel’s success shows us that maintaining a healthy body truly shapes your attitude, which, in turn, transforms your relationships, wealth, work, and life.

2. Sonny Bryant: 72 years young

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Answer me this: does the man pictured look a day older than 40?

That’s Sonny Bryant, a 70-year-old bodybuilder who isn’t jacked for a movie deal or for a professional football career.

Here’s what floors me: Sonny’s a “regular Joe” who didn’t start working out until he was 44 (!!).

After 11 months of working out just to relieve stress, Sonny entered in his first bodybuilding competition just for fun. He won third place in novice, fourth place in master and was hooked ever since.

Sonny’s Workout Philosophy: train with a powerful mind

s2-500Sonny’s routine is all about a powerful state of mind.

“People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s the state of mind that makes you old. If I can achieve this, then anyone can.”

He is a great of example of how the goals we set for ourselves manifest into our routines and change our lives.

Sonny’s Life Lesson: it’s never too late to start

sonny-3-350Sonny didn’t diet or work out until his mid-40s, which is the turning point when many men abandon fitness altogether.

No matter where you are in your fitness journey, you can start today and achieve greatness.

Take Sonny’s approach.

“They ask me when I’m going to retire. I say never.”

3. Frank Zane: 74 years young

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Frank Zane is a three-time Mr. Olympia champion who is admired for his muscular symmetry and proportion.

Intimidating, right?

Here’s one thing I admire most about Zane: Even though he’s a bodybuilding champ, Zane actually struggled for years to find the best routine just like the rest of us do.

Zane is constantly learning & reinventing his workout approach – even in his 70s.

Frank Zane’s Workout Philosophy: high reps with light weight

frank-17Frank began bodybuilding in an era when lifting heavy weights was considered the best way to build mass. He resisted training with heavy weights for fear of injury until a trainer convinced him otherwise.

Now at 74, he still stands with his preferred routine.

“If I could do it over again, I’d train with lighter weights, higher reps, with no sets below 10 reps to avoid injury.”

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Frank Zane’s Mindset Lesson: consistency is the secret.

One of the most amazing parts of Frank’s story is that he is still in immaculate shape at 74. His secret is consistency.

“Continuity is how you build a physique.”

We agree, Frank. We agree.

4. Jack LaLanne: 96 years of strength & inspiration

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Jack LaLanne is affectionately called the “godfather of fitness” even after his death in 2011.

The first-ever TV program dedicated to health, “The Jack LaLanne Show,” was a platform that Jack used to educate and inspire millions of Americans to live healthier for years to come.

Jack’s Workout Approach: aim for your personal best each session

Jack pursued workouts that were not recommended at the time. He preferred lifting lighter weights until he reached muscle fatigue, instead of pumping heavy weights. Each workout, Jack always tried to beat his previous best performance.

Milo-growToday, this principle of increasing your effort (weight, reps, time) at each workout is called “progressive resistance,” and modern science has validated that it’s the #1 key to building muscle.

Outside of his expert knowledge of how the body “works,” Jack is also a great example of using your OWN personal goals to motivate yourself – instead of comparing your progress to other guys.

The man you were yesterday is your only true measuring stick.

If you want to be a BETTER MAN tomorrow, then one of the easiest tweaks we can make is to help you eat healthier. We all know that a healthy diet is important for energy, fat loss, and health. The problem is that most diets flat out suck.

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Jack’s Mindset Lesson: seize the day

jack-red-350Jack’s passion for living the fullest is reflected in the body he maintained well into his 90s.

“Most people, when they reach a certain age, let down and talk about what they used to do. Well, who gives a damn about what you used to do? It’s what you’re doing now.

Every day is a gift that we can use to grow wiser, stronger, happier, and healthier. All we have to do is commit 100% to ourselves.”

How are you choosing to live out your SECOND HALF of life?

Architect-MotivationNo matter how old you are, we each have a choice of whether or not we want to continue working on improving our bodies and health, or letting ourselves slip into decline. The choice is always there.

Here’s the important question“How important is your health and body for you? What does your health enable you to do? Do you want to make some serious improvements and you’re looking for support?

Our Fit Father Project team can help. We’re the men’s health experts who have helped 22,000 busy fathers lose thousands of pounds and get back into incredible shape just like the guys who inspire us above.

Are you ready to claim your health from and live long and strong well into your 80s, 90s, and even 100s like these inspiring men?

If so, I want to invite you to start with our programs here at the Fit Father Project.

Here’s what I recommend you do next:

1. If you’re not on our private email list yet, click here to join and you’ll get a free copy of our 1-Day Fat Loss Diet Plan For Busy Fathers.

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2. To jumpstart your results, read the Fit Father 30X Program letter here. It’s where we recommend 99% of guys start.

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I hope you enjoyed this article, my friend. I can’t wait to help you get incredibly healthy well into your 50s, 60s, 70s, & beyond!

Your new friend & weight loss coach,
headshot-175-spaceDr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 22,000 fathers lose over 90,000lbs and rebuild lean muscle

*weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info.

Written by Anthony Balduzzi
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi is a nationally renown men's health doctor & weight loss expert. When he's not coaching men at Fit Father Project, he's lifting weights, spending time with his family, or enjoying good pizza.