Once you are done playing sports you no longer have a coach pushing you to break past barriers. You know longer have mandatory workouts. You get "freedom."
You have two options here:
Become deconditioned and slowly whither away for 50+ years
Continue pushing yourself and see what years and years of training will do for you
I choose option number 2!
You might be thinking, "Ben. I haven't pushed myself in years. It's probably too late for me."
In a perfect world, we would all be getting regular physical activity. After completing our competitive careers, we would just continue training to stay strong, agile, and conditioned. That is where the magic happens. Never getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape. Never forget that!
However, it's never too late. Let me tell you a story about a guy named Russell.
When I was in college, I worked a summer job as a cart boy at a ritzy golf course in Tulsa. All of the cart boys were 18-20 years old... except Russell. He was 70. This guy was an absolute unit and could do anything we did. His arms were absolute canons.
One day, I was driving the cart a bit crazy, as any responsible cart boy would, and I took a turn too hard. Russell wasn't prepared and I threw him out of the cart. I just knew I had killed him. The "thud" was so loud and the three of us left in the cart jumped off to help him, half expecting to have to call 911.
Russell had already popped to his feet, brushed himself off, and said, "I'll be driving now."
A normal 70 year old would have broken a hip. Not Russell.
We later found out that in his 60's Russell had totally let himself go. He had had several falls and a heart condition. His doctor told him he had to make a change if he wanted to watch his grandkids grow up.
Russell bought some weights for the house and started walking. He then started running. He kept pushing himself. At 70 he looked like a freak of nature.
It's never too late to become stronger. It's never too late to look how you want to look.
Just put in the work.
Be. Like. Russell.