As we get older we inevitably get slower. We get aches and pains that we never remember having before. Training sessions seem harder and recovery is always longer than expected. You might start withering like Keith Richards or turn opaque like Lindsay Lohan, but aging isn't all negative. With age comes great knowledge and experience.
Today's inspiration comes from two older gentlemen that put most of us to shame. First is 74 year old James Terlecki of Next Level Martial Arts Academy in Ohio. He recently received his Black Belt and hits the mats with his son (also a BJJ Black Belt) every evening. Our second example of aging with grace is BJJ powerhouse and strength and conditioning guru Steve Maxwell (father of Zack Maxwell). He gives new meaning to keep it playful*, with his spontaneous workouts in hotel rooms and on Russian playgrounds.Watch the videos below, have them inspire you and think of these two gentlemen next time you complain about your mat burn from the one hour of work your putting in at the gym.
*We hope we don't get sued for using that line or have Royce confront us in an alley or a dark corner of a bathroom.