I’ve been throwing the steel around since Lee Haney was winning Olympia titles. I’ve never competed and never had the strong desire to actually outside of the Mirror Nationals. I did compete against my younger brother who always pushed me to get as ripped as he was back in the day, and his shape keeps me motivated even now.
Overall, the main point is that for nearly 25 years, I’ve never STOPPED lifting. I’d have to go back to a time of Tupac (likely before he even went to jail) and conscious hip-hop to recall not lifting outside of a scheduled break or an injury. Mind you, even when injured, I never missed more than two weeks, as I still trained with one arm consistently when I broke my wrist. One of the best complements I ever received was when a guy in the gym told me how much I motivated him as he had just been injured in a motorcycle accident, but came in to train “the good limb” because he saw how I kept pushing. So I’m not good with excuses when people tell me, “I don’t have time…I’m not motivated enough…I don’t have the money…etc.”.
As I push 50, I’ve learned plenty of lessons to have some longevity in the iron game. I’ve never been the strongest in the gym, but I’ve never been the weakest and always try to have proper form. If you want to know numbers, right now, I have the basic totals:
- Bench – 300+
- Squat – 400+
- Trap Bar Deadlift – 500+
Therefore, “do you lift” means more than just looking hot for your wife and truth be told, like anything else you do, she’s going to take it for granted after some time. My wife certainly has (and admitted as much when one of the hottest chicks in the gym complemented me) that perhaps she takes it for granted that I’m in great shape. That was an indication for me that she needed a bit more fear in her life (or what many call “dread”). If you want some motivation, it is good to know that if my marriage ends, getting in shape is one less area that needs attention. Women notice the same way men do, and when they hug you or grab your arm while talking to you, it can be a subtle unconscious clue given to you that she is liking what she is seeing. Of course, even though my wife takes my shape for granted, she knows that other women out on the street look at my body and if I wanted to be “out there”, I could (and would) definitly upgrade, as she is allergic to exercise.