Mindset

He who has always spared himself much will in the end become sickly of so much consideration. Praised be what hardens! – Nietzsche

Meet Sonny (Sam Bryant, Jr.), a 70-year old body builder who says he’s never going to stop weightlifting, never going to retire from the sport. Sonny started at age 44, didn’t know a thing about weights, and never looked back. This guy looks damned good, too.

That shows the power of mindset. Most older men could be following the same path as Sonny, feeling and looking fantastic, not to mention the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that you get from working out; but they don’t, preferring to wallow in their creature comforts, watching their bellies grow, their powers wane, feeling depressed, wondering all the while when cancer or a heart attack will catch up with them. That is no way to live.

All around you, you see men wandering through what I would consider a living death. Maybe they don’t consider it that, maybe they’re just comfortable and see nothing wrong with developing a swollen belly. Maybe they’ll get to the point that their blood sugar won’t stay down and then they gladly start shooting the insulin that their doctors eagerly prescribe them.

It doesn’t have to be this way. What I truly don’t understand is the emphasis on luxury, on soft living, which have been recognized from the dawn of time as leading to a downfall, whether social or personal. Putting pressure on yourself, making yourself work hard, and yes, sometimes denying yourself, leads to a much better life, in my humble opinion.

Barring a calamity, I’ll be going to the gym until I no longer can. I’ll be reading, learning, and writing until I no longer can. Those are my particular goals and avocations; for other men, the goals and avocations may be different. But what becomes of a man when he gives up, or gives in? When that happens, it’s over.

Thanks to Mike Cernovich and Steve Parker for posting this video on Twitter.

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Shawn says January 31, 2015

This guy has a great attitude. I like that he will never give up. He’s also genetically blessed (as in higher than the top .5% or so for his age group).

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    chia says February 2, 2015

    Basically this.

    The majority of men would not be able to reach that size even if they started training at 16 years old.

    Sure most men can benefit themselves to some extent.

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      Shawn says February 3, 2015

      Yes, I am 32, 6’1,”ectomorphic, and have been into weightlifting and fitness in general since age 15, training regularly. I find that if I stop training I feel weak and smaller, so this guy is encouraging, but I’m no where near that guy’s size and proportions, no matter how hard I try. I just don’t have his skeletal structure.

      I sometimes see homeless guys pulling trash out of dumpsters, who I know don’t work out, with better bodies than 95% of men. They disproportionately black.

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chia says February 2, 2015

Another thing is that learning to weight lift at an advanced age poses problems with respect to technique. Guys who have never lifted weights then start at an advanced age have absolutely no clue how to “use” their bodies.

Learning how to use your limbs and torso to properly leverage weight will pose problems for many. Even guys who have been lifting weights in say a bodybuilding type style then try to learn highly technical lifts such as the olympic lifts at 40+ will struggle.

A lot of what is written with respect to older men is wishful thinking. Most will have to have put in time in their younger years in order to reap benefits in older ages.

No different than in the PUA/manosphere – if you’ve been married for decades, get divorced and think you’ll suddenly be able to date women in their 20’s when you’re 40+ when you have been your wife’s housepet for decades straight you’re in for a rude awakening.

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Tuba says November 25, 2015

You wrote: “not to mention the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that you get from working out…” I never have that. Never. I hate every second spent in the gym. Today was leg day. I don’t skimp but I can’t wait to leave the place. Exercise is an ugly chore, not a pleasing activity. To me it is not an accomplishment. It is a result. Do I like being in shape? Sure. Are people flabbergasted to learn I am 20 years older than I look? Sure, and hitting the gym is part of that. It is good for me. But I hate it. Not too fond of the gym-going population, either. The truth is none of this anti-aging stuff is enjoyable. I do fast but it ain’t fun. It isn’t hard either but I’m not going to write gushy poetry about it. The only aspect that holds some interest is supplementation: What, when and how much. Where I find satisfaction is truly helping a friend turn their health around, getting off doctors and prescriptions. Then we also have friends who are totally fooling themselves. Can’t do much about them, have to let them die their own way.

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Sonny B. says January 20, 2016

Thank you for this post about me. I am finding that more and more companies are using my pictures and videos without my permission. If you would like an actual interview, you can contact me through my website and we will discuss.

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