Weight training is a relatively new phenomenon as the physical culture revolution started in the late 1800’s and took hold in the early 1900’s.
The introduction of ‘fitness clubs’ and structured weekly weight workouts isn’t more than 100 years old.
As of the day I’m writing this post the first generation of people who followed structured workouts has passed and the second generation (Arnold, Lou, Franco and the gang) are reaching their golden years.
This is an interesting time because we have very little historic data to look at when it comes to weight training. Very few people workout with weights, and of those, even fewer stick with it for a lifetime.
The first two generations had very few adopters and I believe that my generation (gen x) is the first with true mass adoption of a lifestyle that includes weight training. And even my generation has very few people who actually do weight training on a consistent basis. (for example I have been training with weights for the past 15 years and have never missed more than 2-3 weeks in a row)
Even the most famous of famous people who worked out seem to have discarded the practice in their later years.
This is despite a growing body of research that indicates working out with weights is probably the single best thing you can do for your overall health into your advanced years.
I personally will never stop. As long as I can still drag myself out of bed in the morning I will always lift weights.
It’s one of the only things that seems to help keep us ‘young’.
So if you currently lift weights, will you ever stop?