Bill is an interesting guy. The photo accompanying this post is a picture of him taken around the time he won the Mr. Illinois bodybuilding competition a couple of years ago. He was the first person over the age of 50 to ever win the Mr. Illinois title. He beat out dozens of other superbly conditioned athletes in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, all the while carrying an AARP card! It was an amazing accomplishment. He has since gone on to compete very successfully in competitions at the national and worldwide level.
I’ll give you a taste of Bill’s schedule. He‘s up at 5AM and to the gym by 6 to personal train a couple of clients. He gets to his full-time job by 8:30, where he is a supervisor at my previous company, Applied Systems. After work, he’s back to the gym at 6PM to train several other clients. By around 9, he finally has time to do his own workout, which is a 1 ½ hour, competition-level weight training routine. And you think you are busy!
This guy is a worker. This guy is a beast.
When people tell me they are too old, or too busy, or just too damn tired to get in shape, I usually just nod my head in sympathy. I’m not one much to judge or tell people what to do—it’s not my style. But I also consider my friend Bill, and think to myself that what they are really saying is that they don’t want to get in shape, not that they can’t get in shape.
Bill is living proof that if you are motivated enough, you can pretty much do anything if you want it badly enough. Take it from a champion like him.