Last week I posted the following on Instagram and Facebook:

FORTY WHAAATT???!!

I turned 41 and 1/2 on July 11 this week so I’m officially in my forties.

If you haven’t turned 40 yet it can be a scary number. Even 30 can be scary if you haven’t yet reached that milestone.

Physically I don’t feel any different today than I did on my 30th birthday. In fact I feel physically stronger and I know that mentally I’m much wiser and at ease with myself and the flow of the universe.

Daily exercise, especially strength training, and most recently I discovered the magic of Pilates at Inferno Hot Pilates, (it’s turned on things in my body that I was neglecting in my regular strength training sessions), plus following a nutrition routine that fuels your body for energy, performance, and recovery, is the magic to building and maintaining a strong body and mind inside and out whether you are 26 or 41 and especially if you are 41 and growing older.

Age is truly the number you make it to be and unsexy training methods are the fountain of youth and produce very sexy results.

FORTY WHAAATT???!! 😱 • I turned 41 and 1/2 on July 11 this week so I'm officially in my forties. • If you haven't turned 40 yet it can be a scary number. Even 30 can be scary if you haven't yet reached that milestone. • Physically I don't feel any different today than I did on my 30th birthday. In fact I feel physically stronger and I know that mentally I'm much wiser and at ease with myself and the flow of the universe. • Daily exercise, especially strength training, and most recently I discovered the magic of Pilates @infernohotpilates – it's turned on things in my body that I was neglecting in my regular strength training sessions – plus following a nutrition routine that fuels your body for energy, performance, and recovery, is the magic to building and maintaining a strong body and mind inside and out whether you are 26 or 41 and especially if you are 41 and growing older. • Age is truly the number you make it to be and unsexy training methods are the fountain of youth and produce very sexy results. • Sign up for my Stronger Than Yesterday 16-week strength training program co-coached with Coach Zack Henderson @zackhenderson_ 💪🏼Link in bio above to register 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼or HERE 👉🏼http://bit.ly/StrongerOnline • Early bird registration ends one week from today on July 21, 2017!!! Deadline to register is July 26, 2017. • • • #friday #fitness #fitnessfriday #strength #training #online #onlinetraining #strengthtraining #unsexy #methods #sexy #results #sweaty #selfie #fitchick #strongerthanyesterday

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In response to this post I received the following comment from an old kung fu colleague of mine:

“In my early 40s I felt great it was when I hit 45 and my hormones went buck wild that I felt like crap. Now I think my body is starting to even back out again. Just wait, you’ll have a whole different set of obstacles, but nothing that can’t be overcome. You look great btw! Keep on kicking ass!”

Every age has its myths and challenges. I am not saying that I am immune to the forces of aging, but I am saying that age is what you make of it. It’s a mindset.

In addition, the forces of aging impact everyone differently at different ages depending on genetics, lifestyle, and current health.

I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 30. I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 35. I was warned as to what would happen to me when I turned 40 and now I’m warned by those senior to me as to what will happen when I turn 45, 50, etc.

All of those warnings have yet to become truths. Maybe it’s my genetics, lifestyle, current health or maybe it’s my mindset.

I know that menopause and the hormonal changes that come with it are in my future and that there will probably be an age that is a significant turning point for me.

But regardless of all of this, I will never let my age limit me from living my life, exploring, and taking risks.

I remember a few years back I had a client who was a mother of three in her mid forties. One day when we were training she told me how she had gone tubing in a lake with her two daughters. When she shared this with her friends that were her age they responded with astonishment, “You did that at our age??!! Weren’t you afraid that you were going to hurt yourself??!!”

Her response was, “No because I exercise regularly including strength training.”

Being close to her age I thought it was interesting that people who were only a few years older than I was would let their age determine whether or not they would do something.

The phrases “motion is lotion” and “if you don’t use it, you lose it” are truths.

If this former client had let the number of her age dictate whether or not she could do something then she would not have gone tubing with her daughters and reaped the benefits of her daily exercise and strength training regimen.

If my 78 year old father, who is a cardiac patient who has a heart attack and two open heart surgeries (one quadruple bypass) under his belt, let the number of his age and the health challenges he’s had to overcome dictate whether or not he could do something then he would not enjoy working in his vegetable garden, hard physical labor, daily every summer.

If I let the number of my age dictate whether or not I could do something then I would not have competed in my first powerlifting competition and deadlifted 300lbs at 115lbs bodyweight one month before my 40th birthday.

Let’s prove the stereotypes of aging to be wrong and the myths to be just that, MYTHS. Keep moving, lifting, running, cycling, dancing, exploring, trying new things, and taking risks.

Let’s not only be older and wiser, but also STRONGER than yesterday.

Early bird rate for my 16-week online strength training program co-coached with Coach Zack Henderson, “STRONGER THAN YESTERDAY”, ends THIS Friday July 21, 2017.

The training program is an integrated barbell and kettlebell strength training program and space is limited to ONLY 10 participants.

If you are an intermediate to advanced lifter with a solid base in the fundamental kettlebell skills, have some experience with barbell training, have regular access to kettlebells and a barbell, and want to maximize your 2017 training progress before the busy holiday season, then this program is for you!

For YOUR personalized training program you will choose to focus on ONE of the BIG THREE barbell lifts (bench, squat, or deadlift), PLUS TWO lifts from our kettlebell and bodyweight options (kettlebell military press, Turkish get-up, pull-up, pistol squat, and/or 1-arm push-up).

Registration closes on July 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Program starts on August 1, 2017.

Read additional details and register HERE

Yours In Strength,
Artemis