Me at 60, sans steroids… [aka., testosterone, anabolic steroids, Human Growth Hormone, et al…]
I’m a sort of freak where fitness is concerned.
I train with guys half my age are usually dead, metaphorically speaking.
But this does require a bit more qualification: No one who is “all natural” can keep up with me.
In gym parlance, “all natural” means that the individual in question does not take pharmaceutical grade testosterone and/or anabolic steroids.
Men my age who do take Testosterone and/or anabolic steroids have an edge over me in both recovery and endurance.
Their recovery is twice as fast and their raw strength is well above 30% of what it would be without the needles, and I use that percentage conservatively.
With this as a snapshot of human life in the fast lane, understand that the pressure capitulate to what’s become the status quo is tougher than ever before.
Why the popularity of drug use?
1] We’re older, and thus, have less time to enjoy the time we have left.
2] We have the funds necessary to afford the drugs.
3] We’re vain.
4] We’re easily addicted. The concept of life outside the gym is about as ridiculous as trying to convince a junkie that lemon juice and water is a healthier alternative to heroin and vodka.
So everyone’s a “lifer.”
Is there hope?
My generation will continue to buy and promote drug use because it’s faster and easier than spending 5 hours in the gym – and still walking away with a distended midsection.
It all gets down to what’s quick, easy and purchasable under the law.
I get it.
But like everything else in life that makes – and to some extent – delivers on great promises, there is a darker side.
But what the hell … live for the moment, die the next…it’s all good.
Fading away just isn’t an option.
In my case, I have to work harder, take more time to recover, eat perfectly...and most importantly, have a full life outside the gym.
I realize my priorities are warped, particularly the last one.