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40s, 50s, 60s and beyond

You kept an astounding form well into your 60s. Have you had any psychological problems with getting over the fatal 40-year-old mark and all the consecutive ones?

Age 40 was tough, as I was at the wobbly peak of too much vodka and tuna…and not enough water. I was sober by 43, and 40 had already come and gone.

I may have missed a few years of my life, but I never missed a workout. I was in commendable shape at 45 and managed to train with vigor, mass and muscularity through my 50s.

While I pressed on faithfully, 60 sneaked by me like a thief in the night, and it wasn’t till age 63 that I felt the clouds of… ummm, maturity gathering overhead.

Past the late 60s, for me — not for you! I beat myself up more than necessary and you hopefully won’t do that — it’s been a maze of passing time with a compass and a big stick. The compass is for some sense of direction and the stick is for whacking rivals that get in my way, and for leaning on at the end of the day.