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Is age really just a number?

May 03, 20243 min read

By Ken Berger

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “Age is just a number.” 

But is it true?

Well, yes … and no.

I want to introduce you to Sebastian … and his grandparents, Jorge and Ana.

Sebastian is getting stronger and healthier in the same program where his grandparents are thriving, too.

Sebastian is a 22-year-old college graduate who has been training with me since he was 16. He started out in my youth sports performance program, even though he didn’t play a sport.

He just wanted to get stronger, look better and feel better. And he saw the value in strength training to accomplish all three.

And, I’d say he has … by any measure. He's the strongest member of our fitness community by leaps and bounds, easily squatting and deadlifting over 300 pounds …

Jorge and Ana are his grandparents.

And yet, they are in our studio at the same time … following the same training program.

“How is that possible?” you ask.

Because the human body is meant to move the same way whether you are in your 20s or your 80s.

A squat is a squat.

A hinge is a hinge.

A push is a push, and a pull is a pull.

Jorge and Ana training alongside their grandson as they all prioritize fitness as a family

As an experienced coach who has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, I know what variations are needed to individualize the program and maximize the results.

All that “exercise science” type of stuff … that’s my responsibility to figure out.

All you have to do is show up.

Have a smile on your face.

Be encouraging and supportive to everyone around you.

And have fun.

And that’s a really important part of this.

Have FUN moving your body, for goodness sakes!

And enjoy the other people you are doing it with.

I came across a quote from my friend Nathan Stowe today, and I’d like to share it with you.

“Exercise should be a joy and a celebration, because the alternative of being so deconditioned that you can’t do it seems far, far worse.”

Back to Sebastian and his grandparents.

They do the same workout.

They follow the same program.

I adapt and evolve it for each of them based on their unique needs and goals.

And they do it TOGETHER … which is really the most important part.

Just think about it … 

A wonderful, loving couple married for 55 years …

Exercising with their GRANDSON … who wasn’t even BORN until they were married for more than 30 years!

And now, here they are ... getting healthy and strong ...TOGETHER.

It’s mind-blowing, when you take the time to think about it.

And it makes me so proud that the program I created is having this kind of impact … for people of many generations.

Yeah … this is my “Proud Coach Moment” … and I’m gonna take the time to enjoy it.


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Ken Berger

Ken Berger is a No. 1 international best-selling author of "Unlocking the Secrets of Lifelong Fitness Success." After 25 years as a professional sports journalist for the Associated Press, Newsday, CBS Sports, The Athletic and Bleacher Report, Ken now takes the lessons learned from the world's greatest athletes and changes lives through exercise and nutrition.

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