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    by Christian Duque At a recent competition I covered, I met a woman who was extremely fit, attractive, and who competed actively throughout the circuit. Not only did she compete often, but she was an IFBB Pro League Pro. Now, when I first saw her, she told me she was older, so I was already

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    by Christian Duque At a recent competition I covered, I met a woman who was extremely fit, attractive, and who competed actively throughout the circuit. Not only did she compete often, but she was an IFBB Pro League Pro. Now, when I first saw her, she told me she was older, so I was already

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    I'd like to see her.. I agree that how fit you are and how you eat makes a huge difference in how you look as well as what you can do as you age; I'm 66 and I have friends who look much older and act even older than they look. But I also know that being fit at 28 is nothing like being fit at 66 it's a relative thing, if I look at what I lift for my age I'm bordering on elite, if I compare to a 28 year old, I'm not even up to average.

    The other part of all this that is not talked about much is genetics; you have to have the genetics; if you don't have the genes, you can work yourself to death and get very little results. I always think about Jim Fixx; if you know who he is; he was a distance runner, rail thin, ate right etc. died of a heart attack at 52. He knew he had bad genes; his father died very young so he wanted to live so as to negate the genes. It can't be done, you may change things a little, but your genes determine like 95% of what your going to be. To quote a Doc I know well; you can smoke like a smoke stack, eat fatty foods and sit on the couch and if you have good genes you're going to out live Jim Fixx. The point is we have a certain amount we can control, but the majority we do not control. I'm betting that woman has some really great genes to go with her eating and exercise.

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    I've known people who smoked their whole life and never get lung cancer. I also know those who never smoked and get lung cancer. Some things are just tricky. I learned from eastern philosophies that a lot of things are just in our heads. Kind of like mind power stuff. A woman whose adrenaline kicked in to lift a car up off her child. The mind is very powerful and should be well guarded.

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