Respect Your Elders – Especially If They’re Jacked

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The following piece is a short excerpt from the article “Respect Your Elders – Especially If They’re Jacked”, an article I wrote for my buddy, Bryan Krahn. 




I distinctly remember one particular day, sitting in the gym thinking to myself:

“Jason, what the hell are you doing here? You’ve been training three years. You’re still fat, you’re not any more muscular, and you seem to be wasting your time.”

It was extremely demoralizing.

After these thoughts swirled around my head, I looked over at a fellow gym rat. I didn’t know his name — I’d never talked to him before. He always had his headphones on and had a look that he didn’t want to be bothered.

But he was a beast. His legs were thick and when he walked, he walked with authority. His upper body seemed to be composed of dense, solid body mass — almost none of which was fat.

And he was around 50. Yes, fifty years old! Lean, fit, and muscular. He was exactly what I wanted to be, minus the extra years.

I went up and talked to him.

“Hey, man, can I ask you a question? What sort of a program do you do? I’ve been training for a while, and I’m pretty frustrated with my progress.”

And I’ll never forget his response:

Click <here> to read his response and see why YOU should always respect your elders in the weightroom.


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