Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Roid Rage?

Disturbing news that WWE Pro Wrestler Chris Benoit may have murdered his wife and son, then committed suicide. I am not ashamed to admit that I do watch and enjoy WWE Wresting as a 43 year old guy. Why? It is fun to watch, there are the universal characters of good versus bad, and the wrestlers are all in top physical condition. Sure most of it is scripted, but the wrestlers do have to be in great shape to pull off these stunts.

There is a cost and sacrifice that these wrestlers pay to succeed as a Pro Wrestler. Although that substantiated yet, it appears that steroid use may be the cause of this unfortunate incident.

I personally have never used steroids. However, I do know the challenges of keeping in shape as a 40 something year old guy. Benoit was 40 years old, same height as me, 5 ft 10 in. He weighed 220, and I weigh around 145. In my early 30's when I was probably in the best shape of my life I weighed 165. As a 43 year old, my body simply can not withstand the wear and tear to sustain a bodyweight of 165. Sure, I looked great back then, but I always seemed to have some type of nagging overuse injury. An example was my right elbow that had the tingly feeling "I hit my funny bone" most of the time.

I will not preach about steroid use. I just want to comment that maintaining a healthy body as you grow older does become more difficult. You have to work out smarter. My right elbow still tingles sometimes, but no where near the frequency when I was in my 30's.

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