This post was inspired by a member’s comment (featured in the post below) relaying how a trainer told her basically not to bother trying to have a tight, hot body after the age of 20. I encourage non-members to read the intro in the previous post.
What the trainer said is a pretty common belief, right? You would think so after reading these quotes, even the ones by actors who have all the goods, right?
“I think the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. Your metabolism slows down.” -Viggo Mortensen
“Around age 40 I put on twenty pounds. I had always had a perfect metabolism. But, my metabolism betrayed me as it does most people, except a very rare few who will always be thin.” -Suzanne Somers
“I have given up (on) having the body I had in my youth. I realize it just isn’t possible, so I have to settle for a higher weight, but I have come to terms with that.” -Kirstie Alley
Yeah, I call bulls**t on all fronts. In the post below, I discuss everything you need to do in order keep your youthfulness and get it back if you have lost it. For everyone else, here are a few observations.
1. Men are no longer aging better than women.
I am putting that myth to bed, right here in this post. Sorry ladies, it can’t be used as an excuse anymore. Men may still want a younger woman, but age-by-age (side-by-side) not only are you not losing, you may be taking the lead.
2. Men who take care of themselves, will blow your f**king mind.
Men have advantages on multiple levels when it comes to aging. If they make use of those advantages, it can be insane.
3. A good ass can be had at all ages.
See: Rene Russo. I mean WTF?
4. It’s never too late.
Seriously, it’s never too late. Stop acting like you’re dying because you turned 40. The over the hill jokes? They’re done.
5. It takes work.
You want to be good at looking good, you have to work at it. Being smart takes effort and so does having good taste in music, film, and fashion. While you may think it’s shallow, you should think about how your looks affect your self-esteem. Sometimes your least shallow dreams depend on achieving that “shallow” goal.
6. Life (and being hot) no longer stops at the age of 30.
Looking for pictures of people in their 40s was pretty pointless because they were all hot. Finding those in their 50s was pretty easy too. Can we just look at Susan Sarandon or Harrison Ford in their 60s? And before you start throwing the celebrity card at me, I assure you that isn’t the issue. How many 60 year old celebrities look like crap? Trust me, a lot of them (I looked). It’s all about the education, care, and effort. Is money a part of it? Not as much as you would think. What about happiness? This study says it just gets better with age. Your excuses are dead, you aren’t.
Enough words, on with the pictures.
Still think hotness, life, and sex is over after the age of 20? Think again. Want to keep reading more about this, check out this post available to members.
1. Madonna 51, 2. Matthew Fox 43, 3. Michelle Pfeiffer 52, 4. Johnny Depp 46, 5. Vivica A. Fox 45, 6. Richard Gere 60, 7. Susan Sarandon 63, 8. Jamie Foxx 42, 9. Lucy Liu 41, 10. Kirk Douglas 93 and John Travolta 56, 11. Donald Sutherland 74 and Clint Eastwood 79, 12. Betty White 88, 13. Julia Roberts 42, 14. Jacqueline Bisset 65, 15. Kelly Preston 47, 16. Lena Olin 55, 17. Michael Caine 77, 18. Stacey Dash 44, 19. Harrison Ford 67, 20. Halle Berry 43, 21. Sigourney Weaver 60, 22. Meryl Streep 60, 23. Selma Hayek 43, 24. Sean Connery 79, 25. Nichelle Nichols 77, 26. Morgan Freeman 72, 27. Jane Fonda 72, 28. Rene Russo 56.
KarenJune 4, 2010 at 3:13 am
Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow. I am so excited to read the next post. Wow.
Evan Ct.June 4, 2010 at 3:47 am
Thanks for including men in this list and people who have actually aged. All I ever see is 40 year old women with these kinds of post and men need encouragement too.
Is there a program in the post below or more commentary?
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm
There is a mobility program but not a full program. That won’t be coming for sometime.
JessicaJune 4, 2010 at 6:19 am
Rene Russo picture just found a spot on my fridge! Holy heck!!!
KatyJune 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Which one is Rene Russo? The woman who’s 55?
AshJune 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm
56 at the bottom.
TaraJune 4, 2010 at 7:36 am
I needed this for my morning workout!
MissyJune 4, 2010 at 9:40 am
And let’s not forget Sophia Loren!!
For a real life inspiration, go to Leangains.com and scroll down to client updates. There is a woman named Jennifer F. who is 45 and made some incredible changes! She is more proof that you can start changing your body in your 40’s. I so thought about that vent post when I saw it.
bluetamaraiJune 4, 2010 at 9:40 am
Great post, great evidence, Leigh. Now let me be shallow: Holy Matthew Fox!!!!
Also: who is that with the fantabulous ass, aged 44, all nude in a bed? Wowza.
SteveJune 4, 2010 at 10:51 am
That is Stacey Dash from her pictorial in Playboy
ChrisJune 4, 2010 at 11:35 am
I believe that’s Stacey Dash.
bluetamaraiJune 4, 2010 at 11:38 am
I thought it looked like her… had NO idea she was older than me! Thanks. 😀
Jen B.June 4, 2010 at 9:50 am
I needed this today. I so needed this today. Short story share.
I just turned 35 which in the south where I am from means you might as well put the gun to your head and pull the trigger because life is over. Well I feel like my life is just now starting to get good. I am losing weight, FINALLY, thanks to Leigh. I am going out and doing the things I was scared to do and who is excited for me that I know? Nobody, a big fat zero nobody! It is so frustrating but I am young, I can still have dreams!!!!
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Sounds like to me its tie to find some new friends. Lots of good people out there looking for like minded people who aren’t dragging them down with negativity.
RolandJune 4, 2010 at 10:22 am
Amazing! Great post, Leigh.
Do you have an answer key? Who’s 44 over Harrison Ford and 55 next to Michael Caine?
Katie NemargutJune 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm
It’s Stacey Dash
bluetamaraiJune 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Yep, Stacey Dash is 44. I think the 55-year-old might be Lena Olin…
Katie NemargutJune 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Sorry I missed the second half. It is Lena Olin :).
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Answer Key is up in case you missed it.
LauraJune 4, 2010 at 10:59 am
Good stuff, Leigh. But let’s not kid ourselves that these pictures weren’t Photoshopped, some within an inch of their lives. This doesn’t take anything away from how fit these people are, but I can promise you that almost nobody’s skin in real life looks the way it does in these pictures.
Hey, what about Helen Mirren? Talk about fit.
PatrickJune 4, 2010 at 11:47 am
As a photo editor I can comment and say most of those pictures weren’t because they aren’t magazine shoots. The awards shows and red carpets are pretty untouched and who cares anyway. Debbie Downer!
Very inspirational Leigh, I agree with CT thanks for hooking the dudes up with some later year goals.
Blythe RoganJune 5, 2010 at 4:53 am
Laura has a point about the photoshop, but then all the 15-year-olds and 20-year-olds in magazines, adverts etc are photoshopped to death too. I LOVE seeing the unphotoshopped versions, like when comparisons are made side by side – makes me think, “hey, so that’s what a fit woman looks like, that’s doable” rather than “OMG I will never ever look like that, may as well have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s cos what’s the point?”
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm
We all should know by now photoshop is apart of our media lives, but I can say that I have met plenty stars and average joes who would blow you away in person. It takes effort, good clothes, makeup, and fake hair here and there sometimes but so what. Some people collect coins, others collect hot.
Lastly, I am not unrealistic, I have seen first hand the power of fat loss and changing oens style and body. The body is a lot like the interior of a car. You can stop a vacuum or you r can detail the shit out of it.
Casey The Space...June 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm
I have met Madonna, Rene, and Harrison and I can say for a FACT these pictures don’t do them justice (I work with sound on movies). Especially Rene, she is my biggest celeb crush. Some other people who look amazing in person are Diane Lane and Dennis Quaid.
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Right on and good picks I forgot about them. Dennis Quaid in Flight of the Phoenix is ripped too by the way.
NatalieJune 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Oh I needed this today! Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!
Sent the post to my girlfriends and husband!
Made a huge sign for the fridge “YOUR EXCUSES ARE DEAD, YOU AREN”T”
Rog LawJune 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Oh Stacey Dash, how swell you are. High five to Jesus for that one!
genevieveJune 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Fantastic Post! Very inspiring.
AllyJune 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Thanks for putting in the key of all the actors/actresses. I was curious who some of the people were.
I sent this link to my mom (63) she is always saying she is too old. This should knock that right out of her.
Paula WestJune 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Did anyone notice Jacqueline Bisset at 65? Incredible.
KelliJune 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Leigh come on. Don’t you think you are furthering the problems not helping them with putting out unrealistic expectations for people to achieve? People have lives you know, they can’t spend all their time working out, eating right and obessesing over every little detail. This isn’t realistic and frankly annoying you would be encouraging it.
TrishJune 5, 2010 at 8:50 am
Kelli, that’s the defeatist attitude that people give as an excuse to be lazy. If you want it, you’ll work for it – simple as that. I work full time, have an hour commute, go to school, have a family and house (and dogs!) to take care of AND I’m 40 – but every day I get a GOOD workout in, every day I eat healthy and feed my family homemade, healthy meals and every day I am happy with what I have accomplished that day. Part of the key is organization – I plan menus for the week and do all (or most) of the cooking on Sunday so we just have to reheat dinners during the week.
Leigh, thank you for the inspiring post!
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm
I will encourage it until the day I die.
Don’t like it? Well I understand and you can go find a angry “excuse maker” blog to follow calling me anal or OC because I talk about the truth and how hard this all is. This takes work, you either want to do it or you don’t. I don’t care what your answer is because everyone has their own path. I can tell you what though, you are reading this blog because you want to lose fat.
Most people read this article and felt one of three emotions A) hope B) anger C)agreement. Those who are hopeful or agree believe in the possibility of dreams. The angry have been let down, lied to, or just to lazy to make the change. Maybe some of them will change their tune, maybe not, but there is no good reason to be angry about this post.
Bottom Line: I want to help people who want it to get the most out of what they have, period. Everyone else can go and find someone else. Trust me, there is someone out there for everyone. If this post makes you angry, this obviously ain’t for you sweetheart and find another blog to read.
tamesJune 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm
First – awesome post.
Second – Kelli – it’s actually just as easy to eat well as to eat crap. Doesn’t take more time.
EveJune 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Kelli- I think this is such a negative post. She didn’t say anything about it being easy to do, but it is possible. If you can’t make the change to be healthier and like the way you look, maybe you have more problems than you realize.
Rog LawJune 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Agreed. If many people devoted a fraction of the time that they spent doing other things that they make time for in their lives (such as watching t.v., interwebz surfing, etc) to their health and body composition, they might be surprised at what they can accomplish. Contrary to popular belief, you can have and still be hot, no matter the age.
Rog LawJune 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm
have a life*
Josh HillisJune 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Really awesome post. Totally shows what’s possible.
Actually the clients that I’ve gotten the leanest, strongest and fittest were all over 40.
Leigh PeeleJune 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm
What up brother 😉 And I 100% agree. Some of my favorite transformations were certainly no young guns.
kaylynn40June 7, 2010 at 9:51 am
What a great post!!!! As I prepare to turn 40 next year, and attempt to lose 40 lbs….this is exactly what I need to see. I need to get over it…..I will look better at 40 than I did at 30. And, I have a lot more wisdom and sense than I did back then.
tweetyJune 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm
How dare you forget Angela Basset and Tina Turner!!!!
Great post, Leigh!!!
Leigh PeeleJune 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm
You are completely right and I should be punished.
Jay SmithJune 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm
It’s kind of funny, I find these people far sexier than I would the 20 something types. Might have something to do with me turning 49 and my vantage point changing but young is just cute, while older fit people are not only sexy but intriqueing.
Leigh PeeleJune 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm
At 29, I agree with you. There is a sexyness that comes with surviving the years and holding your head high on the other end instead of letting it weigh you down.
ChiefhiawathaJune 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Taking 20 beautiful people and making a collage of them and saying go for it.
This is what people praise?
Leigh PeeleJune 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm
No, taking 20 beautiful people, making a collage of them, saying go for it, and using Rene’s ass is what gets praise. That last part is extremely important to my work.
ClimberAugust 28, 2010 at 2:12 am
Cool post, and I totally agree with you. Women age better than men if they choose to.
. I have to tell you though, I figured this out years ago when I started doing Triathlons. You can go get your own everyday photos of people who are aging amazingly well by going to a large (300 or more entrants) triathlon competition, and sticking around to see the age group winners. The first time I saw the 40+ and 50+ women who won their age groups, I was blown away. (I was also blown away by a 60+ year old guy who passed me on the bike portion, but that is another, sadder story…I was 34 at the time).
The 40+ women looked like they were in their (maybe) late 20’s or maybe early 30’s. The 50+ women looked mid to *maybe* late 30’s. And the I’m comparing them to the top-of-the-line lookers in their 20’s and 30’s.
Respectively, the men looked older than the women because men go bald, or go gray, so there are more age markers. Women all dye their hair, and keep it, so if their bodies are athletically fit, there are very few age markers. As a 34 year old, my gut was that a tan, slightly aged face on a woman in her 40’s and 50’s is GORGEOUS if she is fit.
Add to the fitness the attitude that comes with aging well: More acceptance of the world, more patience and joy with it, more friendliness towards it; and all the beautiful inner qualities emerge as well.
A friendly, fit 40 or 50 year old woman is HANDS DOWN prettier than a self absorbed, fit 20 something woman.
Thanx for the post!