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Achieving Fitness Goals Regardless Of Age

Sep 14, 2008
Everybody has seen them, the people at the gym who you see there day in day out, for weeks upon weeks, and year after year, but who somehow manage to look exactly the same. In some circles, these people are known as "constants". Their body has never experienced change. These people are always at the gym, and they always look the same. There is no better or worse for them. Even after years, they just look the same as when they came in.

When you see them you can't help but wonder what is wrong with their routine. Maybe they are just eating wrong between workouts, or maybe they're using weights that are too light, or maybe it's just a good old-fashioned case of laziness. No matter what it is, they still look the same way. Sometimes it can be frustrating when people are using the exact same equipment that you use but are not getting any results. But as pointless as it may seem, these people could be on to something.

Accomplishment of stated goals is the measure of success in anything worth doing. The goals of most beginning trainers most likely involve gaining lean muscle mass at the same time as cutting body fat. The idea is to achieve noticeable changes to the physique of your body over the course of months and years spent training in the gym. Growing and improving are the main goals of this time. There are excellent achievements and miserable failures, but any logical person knows to take the good with the bad.

There is usually one "constant" gym attendee that is worth taking a better look at. It's the 65-year-old man who has been coming to the same gym 5 days a week for 25 years. Everyday he does the same exercises with the same weights; he weighs the same, his body fat percentage hasn't changed, and he's in roughly the same shape. Some would say that he hasn't accomplished much in the gym, but others would say that he has defeated the aging process for the past 25 years. If you have been training the same way for 25 years and you look nearly the same at age 65 compared to age 40, then something great has been accomplished. Training in this manner can help reduce the aging process. As you age, you'll find that many of your peers see their bodies begin to deteriorate, become weaker, look worse, and overall feel worse. But if you've spent the time in between maintaining yourself, your body will last longer and you will feel better regardless of getting older.

Remember not to get frustrated the next time you are made to wait for a machine because some old man is doing his lightweight, drawn out exercise. Instead think of him as an excellent role model for you when you're that age. Once the stage of getting ripped while getting shredded is over, you too will need to set new physical goals for yourself.
About the Author
Dane Fletcher is the world-wide authority on bodybuilding and steroids. He has coached countless athletes all over the world. To read more of his work, please visit either http://www.BodybuildingToday.com or http://www.SteroidsToday.com
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