Vanessa, as someone who has lifted for more than 45 years, this is so fucking true. I’m tall and lean, and for me to get size, god DAMN man. I train for strength and endurance. The rest is just sweet. At 66, these days what I have gleaned are:

Most folks use the weak excuse that they don’t want to build huge muscles for not slinging iron. As you said. What a fucking ridiculous argument. You and I put in the time and the sweat, and it takes goddamned YEARS. So kindly, put a cork in it, folks. You want a better body, better bones, lift. You want muscles, shut up and work.

But if your gym is like mine, Vanessa, folks like you and me are in there on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and Black Friday and all the other holidays, balancing out the bounty. It. Takes. Work. That means not just showing up in January after resolutions, but hanging out the whole year. Year after year after year.

And it’s worth it. You get to my age and have a 36"–25"–35" body that is mostly muscle after being obese with 54 inch hips at 31?

Yah. It’s worth it.

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