I saw this picture in the Sunday paper, along with an article about this man and some of his work. You are looking at a recent picture of Dr. Jeffry Life.
Dr. Life was 67 years old at the time this picture was taken.
If you ignore that he has a head that looks like your grandfather, then this guy is pretty ripped. Hell, I didn’t have that body when I was 20.
And yes, he’s a doctor, and probably has plenty of money to spend on personal trainers, exercise equipment, vitamins, and human growth hormone (which he advocates taking). But here’s the more amazing thing: until he was 62, he looked just like you’d expect an older, semi-retired guy to look. But at 62, tired of bad eating habits and poor health, he decided to change. He entered a contest sponsored by the Body for Life fitness gurus, and within a few months pretty much turned his life around. The shirtless shot to the right was taken 5 years after the “After” shot, below.
Okay, he’s an old guy who can afford to work out a lot. Big, fat, hairy deal, right?
Interestingly, Gloria Brame saw the same article and wrote that
“I was so overwhelmed by mixed feelings — most of them negative.”
She and her commenters go on to mention the use of steroids and growth hormones, and not without reason. And to some people, the idea of a 70 year old guy putting that much work into looking that young seems to go beyond vanity and into wishful thinking. And to some extent I agree; I have no desire to pump myself with hormones simply to start looking good. But for some people, the diet, exercise, and even hormone use isn’t about looking good, it’s about staying young – or at least, keeping one’s body in as young a state as possible so as to make life more enjoyable while growing old.
I’ve shown this pic to a few people, most of whom wrinkled their faces or made “Eewww” sounds; everybody knows that a 67 year old guy is supposed to look like the “Before” shot. There’s just something about a guy close to 70 that’s supposed to be so not sexy, right? One younger friend said “Gawd, if you covered up his face, I’d say he’s hawt. But that’s just… too weird. Eeww!”
Is this a situation like the complaint that Kim Cattrall is too old to be having sex? Do we expect both men and women of a “certain age” to sit in their reclining chairs with the drink and TV remote pockets, watching Jeopardy and waiting for the early bird specials? Or have our societal expectations not quite caught up to our statistical trends of aging, fitness, and health? I’m remembering a conversation with some friends years ago, in which most of them talked longingly about their coming retirement, and an age in which they would be able to hang around and eat all of those “bad things” that were filled with cholesterol and sugar. When I pointedly mentioned that I planned to be pretty much unchanged (and this was before my current weight loss), they scoffed .
Scoffed, I tell you! And then they said something to me about going gently into that good night, and being comfortable in my old age.
I know that this past year I’ve had a lot of posts on aging and sexuality, but that’s because I really do not see what’s attractive (and I mean that in the general sense, not the sexual sense) about not being healthy enough to enjoy one’s senior years. I’m not talking about weight or appearance, I’m talking about being able to get up and down stairs, to do yard work, to walk long distance, and to keep up with the grandchildren.
Anyway, back to Dr. Life. Is he sexy or merely a freakish curiosity?