Great After 50: Five Gay Men Who Keep the Heads Turning

Photo Credit: Courtesy Jared Mabie and Yoga Bear
Yummy—our next guy is a personal chef. And a trainer! Jared Mabie, please step up.

Jared's Stats
Age: 57
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 178
Chest: 48"
Waist: 30"

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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