Yummy—our next guy is a personal chef. And a trainer! Jared Mabie, please step up.
As a former gymnast and figure skater, Jared had always had an athletic body, but by no means a bodybuilder's physique. It wasn't until he was around 40 that things started to shift. At that crucial aging crossroads, Jared started a program that alternates periods of work and rest, either doing two days of lifting followed by one day off, or three days of lifting followed by one day off. And, of course, he lifts in splits: shoulders/calf, chest/triceps, back/biceps, and legs.
But most important to him, beyond the schedule, is varying the exercises every time to keep the program fresh for him. And if you're starting to feel like these guys are all too good to be true, think again—we got a couple of true confessions out of Jared. He admits to feeling a bit of guilt when he mentions the fact that he doesn't do cardio. Likewise, though his meals consist of your basic high protein, low carb meals, he reveals that all bets are off when it comes to snacks.
Jared's motivations: "First, it's always been part of my life. Second, I love the feeling of being healthy. And third, I still harbor the image in my head of the skinny little boy I once was." Still—Jared's just trying to be who he is, where he is, right now. "I'm not so goal oriented, but there was a time I wanted 210 and lean but gave that up and feel good about where I am. I keep my eye on my symmetry and know my limitations regarding the age factor with my joints and knees."
Last May Jared was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had his prostate, which was 80 percent covered with cancer, removed. The cancer had also spread. He opted out of any chemo or radiation and pursued a surgical option—but was forced to endure two surgeries due to complications. Even so, despite being told to wait six weeks after surgery to start back in the gym, Jared was back in just three. He attributes his remarkable healing ability to his basic fitness foundation. And, never having had a hero, he's made himself his own.
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Is it just me, or did anyone else think these guys (except Gerry, whos body is covered) exhibit the tell-tale signs of the HIV/AIDS steriod medications?
Gerry is one of the most amazing guys inside and out - inspiring
Living a healthy life includes moderation in alchohol. No drug use and living an honest life. I know of guys getting older who are being run down trying to hook up with guys on sex sites. And they don't realize that standards and morals must be carried out by gay men too.
Those guys featured most likely live an all around healthy life.
that was inspiring , thanks.
52 here, i keep my body optimal but from mountain biking, running and Xcountry skiing . (no longer racing :( .. )
Gym is good but mass is a no go, plus i've got long segments , bleh.
All the guys are awesome.
We need more pics!!! more guys !!! more examples of what can be achieved. :)
I love these guys!
look closely and you'll find there are plenty of guys over 50 that are in great shape. i'm turning 53 this year and have lots of friends in the same shape.
Gentlemen, you are all inspirations to me. It shows how much gay men over 50 can continue to be vital, healthy and relevant. It's these kinds of articles that helps overcome the ridiculous ageism that exists (still!) in the gay community. Never fear another year! For in those years are all the days that give us the wisdom and experience to live life to the fullest (without all the drama).
Nice guys....Im age 64 and check out my locked photos? just ask me and I will un-lock them for you to see how I look at age 64 :) Jerryleejr... now lets all stay in shape
Ageism is rampant in the gay community, and western society in general thanks to corporate pressure in advertising. Men like these obliterate the myth of sexiness after 50. They rival any 20 something hot guy at the gym. Kudos. Personally I'm in the best shape of my life at 51 and thinking about competing in a natural body bulding competition.
How fantastic was this article. With celebrities like Madonna and then you guys, I, as a gay man no longer fears getting old. Because it can be done, and you can look amazingly fantastic 50+
Thanks Doug, this is just what I needed. Today is my birthday and as I was reading each profile of 50 and older it made me realize that I will continue to hit my goals and if I don't then I will reset. Abs is the hardest muscle set to develop but I will not give up. Excerise and diet is the key to a healthy life. I think we need more articles like this one. GREAT JOB!
I sure can relate to that, being 60.
These guys are proof that you can be: a Hot Older Dude !!!
JUst goes to show you, that you can do anything you want, when you put your mind an dheart to it. As a 51 year old who still goes to the gym 4X a week and walks every day, these guys are an ispiration, and esp. so when in the gay world, most of the time it seems like anything over 40 is considered "old." NOT!
I'll be 49 in two months. You guys inspire the hell out of me.
Thanks for a look at what I hope to be my future.
Okay, what I just saw is great. The body's look good, and the face is good. I am just kind of wondering then what the hell I will look like when I am 60. Because at 50, I think that I have them all beet. I am not usually this concieded, but damn, I feel great after that.
I'm approaching forty and always work hard to look my best by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep--as well as being mindful of essential things like using moisturizer and the like--and it's great to have the example of older guys, particularly in a culture that too often prizes youth/yourfulness for age value alone. Way to show that age need only be a chronology, not a state of body or mind!!
I'm 55 and these guys are an inspiration to me! I'm steadily working at rebuilding my body after a year-long illness and I'm confident that, with the help of my personal trainer, Geoffrey, I can be at least half as hot as these guys.
It's about time, us old farts got some media time ;-)
FYI: I know a slew of men over SIXTY who would physically blow your ... er... socks off... myself not so humbly among them.
All those for grey hair on muscled pecs, say aye!
This article was a fantastic idea!
Oh man!! You guys are truly an inspiration! Fit men over 50 give me hope and motivation - I hope to match that by the time I'm 50. Thank you for the article!
excellent, you guys are an inspiration.
HEY! how about me? 61 competing and winning still in vball?
Try me. 65 and going strong