>This is scaring me. I'm a workout person, very recently >getting into the bodybuilding thing to some extent. Your >comment about having some trouble with a 70-200 for several >hours at age 68 is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine that >happening 40 years form now; I thought that if I got really >strong over the next few years, and then kept good strength >and flexibility, I would never have such problems with >moderate-weight camera gear (e.g. a pro body, 70-200/2.8 and a >flash unit). Or is it the joint/rotator cuff injuries that are >really responsible for your fatigue these days (and not so >much an issue of naturally diminished strength due to aging)? >Because, if a former bodybuilder's upper body strength is >normally that diminished over time, I can only imagine what >would happen to a non-fitness/weight training enthusiast as >they age (which is why I believe fitness is essential...to >protect us from such issues to an extent as we get older).
The bone spurs and rotator cup injuries are more responsible than old age. When I turned 60 I had both shoulders getting much worst. My back was so bad I had to walk sideways. I got bronchitis so bad that I could not walk uphill. I was sure I was going to die. Then I had my shoulders and hernia operated on, got over the Bronchitis, and have been getting stronger ever since. So it was all up hill to 40, then down to 60 and now back upwards again.
I don't work out with weights that much anymore. I have been relying on my Landscape Work to keep me in shape. But there is no work in sight. Working in my Tree Nursery is not the same as digging Irrigation ditches but does help. I am still in better shape than anyone I know who is near my age. Most of my moaning is caused by remembering what I could do at 40. When 30, I used to get a second wind around 2PM. Now I am ready for my second nap.
Excuse me, now you made me feel so guilty that I will have to go get a few revs with my dumb bells. I think training with them is a good idea for anyone and really helps when you are hand holding a heavy rig.