I already shared my mountain bike example of why you are not too old! (if you haven’t read that, click here) and I want to share with you yet another example I have for why your age is really not a factor at this game!
All that will lead to my mobility challenge!
“Control your body, don’t let it control you!”
I keep saying that to myself, repeatedly for the past 15 years!!
This is something I been trying to live by in every physical activity I do; moved from 2 or 3 pull-ups to 23 pull-ups, did a 100 clean push-ups in a row, learned to do a handstand, ran 10K, learned how to ride a mountain bike at the age of 27, did 100 burpees in less than 10 min (most people haven’t done a 100 burpees in their entire life!), I got two black belts – one in Krav Maga and the other in Karate.
Well, I have some things to be proud of, that I achieved through reminding myself that I control my body and not the other way around.
There is always this one thing that I could never do, I always had a problem with mobility/flexibility.
I can’t touch my toes while keeping my legs straight, I can’t sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor and I want to do a split!
I know, a lot of people can’t do that, so what? Well, if you think about it, it’s such a basic thing to do! (maybe the part of doing a split is not so basic, but it’s definitely a challenge).
Just think of when I’m older, I don’t want that mobility will be what’s keeping me from doing all the things that I love!
Let me tell you a short story
I was at the climbing club one day, just having a quick workout before I got back home. They have there a Slack Line rig, great for balance practice and more than that a whole lot of fun!
I was pretty good on that, I could comfortably manage to get from side to side and back a few times in a row, but I never took it as something more than just something to do for fun.
I wanted to have a few goes before I go home but there was someone on it so I just stood there and watch him walking the line.
He stopped, got really low with his body and put his hands on the line.
I was thinking great! his about to fall and I could finally have a go, but no, from that position, he suddenly lifted his legs and performed the perfect handstand I saw to this day – ON A SLACK LINE!
well, so what?
If that is what you are thinking to yourself, I urge you to try it for yourself! You would not believe the amount of power that is needed to perform this exercise!
I didn’t care anymore to walk on the line, I just wanted to ask this guy: how the hell did he do that?!
When he got down I started the conversation, asked him how he had trained for that and a lot of technical training stuff… I got my answers, but that’s not the point, in the middle of the conversation I asked for his age?
What he had said to me go me motivated like never before!
He was 56 years old!
At that time, I think I was 24 years old, thinking that it was too late for me to do just about anything with my body, I’ve missed my train – that moment when he said the number 56 all I could think of is that I want to be like that at that age! (just to give you guys the whole picture, I thought he was no more than 30!)
Why is mobility so important for me?
I decided to take my body to the next level, well, mobility and flexibility are definitely a part of it! Just because they don’t come easy for me, doesn’t mean I can’t do them!
Today I’m 28 years old and in one year from now:
Here are pictures to let you see where I stand at the moment: