Over 40 and finished…

over 40

It’s my birthday today, Im 43!

When I was 39 I was training a friend and
client of mine in a local gym. I mentioned it
was my 40th coming up.

Another trainer close by, lifting weights,
said, “You’ll be finished by then, what will
you do when you’re over 40?”

“What do you mean?”

He replied, “Well you’ll be too old to train
people wont you?”

I laughed at him. But he was serious.

This trainer was a nice guy, all be a bit
green behind the ears. You know the type.
Eats chicken and broccoli and protein bars
all day. Lives at home with mum and dad.
Posts pictures of his own biceps on
facebook…yes…I kid you not.

So in the nicest possible way I did a quick
summary of each others careers. Mine over 25
years and his over 6 months. He soon went
quiet and then offered to buy me lunch!
Thankfully it wasn’t chicken and broccoli!

You see age is a funny thing. People like to
‘pigeon hole’ you. They even do it to
themselves.

“I’m too old for that.” “You need to slow
down.” “What are you doing that at your age
for?” “He’s having a midlife crisis.”

The list goes on!

The last few years have seen some of my best
times. English, Scottish, British Kettlebell
competitions. Medals for me and my team mates
(some of whom are over 40…shock!) Meeting
great people that have driven me on,
including my first triathlon this year.
The truth in my humble opinion is that people
say these things to others because they won’t
try new things themselves. Take a risk, a
chance. Do something thats different to
everyone else, something thats hard.

After-all no one ever got good at anything
that was easy!

I’m off to celebrate my birthday with the
family and eat my body weight in Pizza.

Have a good evening.

Russell ‘not over the hill yet’ Pearcy

ps. HIIT training moved this week to
Wednesday night…I’m having a night off!

About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.