Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is proving that age is just a number. The 70 year old bodybuilder from Georgia in the US says he sometimes wonders what it’s like to feel old. An average morning for Sonny includes deadlifting more than twice his body weight. He’s a champion all-natural power lifter, he says the only pills he takes are his daily vitamins.
Sonny works the graveyard shift as a forklift driver, but finds the time to work out at least 2 times a day to keep his 176lb, 5 foot 10 body in shape. He’s won more trophies and awards than he can remember. And Bryant also proves you are never too old to get in shape. He started weightlifting when he was 44 and in his 26 years of training he has learned that it’s not the physical part of it that keeps him young.
“People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realize that it’s a state of mind that makes you old,” he told the Augusta Chronicle. “Age is just a number, and it gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy and not do anything.
“I hear a lot of people telling me, ‘Oh, wait till I get their age.’ Then I tell them how old I am and it kind of embarrasses them. But I tell them that to make a point. That the inactivity and the thought process is what makes them old … I really, honestly, I’ve never felt like I aged since I started bodybuilding at 44. I don’t feel no different.”
“Age shouldn’t hinder you from doing anything,” Bryant said. “People ask me when I’m going to act my age. Well, I’m not an actor, and who set the rules about how you’re supposed to act at a certain age, anyway? I’m doing it because I love it, and age don’t play a factor in how I feel in what I’m doing.”
Watch this inspiring story of a 70 year old bodybuilder who manages to stay young and proving that age is just a number.