Fitness is a lifelong passion of mine, and it’s always great to see others with a similar drive and dedication to staying fit.
However, everything I knew about fitness and bodybuilding was flipped on its head when I saw a YouTube video last night.
The video was published by Chinese fitness media company, Change Production. And what this video showcased was Yang Xinmin, the 70-year-old bodybuilder who looks 50 while bench-pressing like a 21-year-old.
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Yang Xinmin And Bodybuilding:
Yang’s relationship with bodybuilding started in 1984 when he fell in love with it after seeing China’s first ever National Bodybuilding Championship.
He was already in his mid-30s at this time, but that didn’t stop him from diving head first into fitness and bodybuilding.
Yang is also part of the first wave of Chinese bodybuilders since the ban on bodybuilding was only lifted in 1983.
In just one year, in 1985, he was able to win the 70kg weight class bodybuilding contest in the eastern Chinese Shandong province, Yantai.
Following this, he has taken part in over 100 big and small contests around the world.
However, Yang Xinmin isn’t just gifted with a bodybuilding physique and isn’t on illegal or legal steroids either.
What he has (as far as I can tell) is the right balance between, dedication, perseverance, consistency, and sheer power of will.
Yang Xinmin And His 10-Year Diet:
The video didn’t delve deeply into Yang’s diet, but there was one point that stood out.
It was that he has been following a strict diet focused on fiber and protein for almost ten years.
That’s impressive because I can’t imagine eating the same thing every day for one month, let alone ten years.
On the video, he states that his daily breakfast includes:
- Chicken breast
Now imagine eating this for your breakfast, for ten whole years!!
Yang Xinmin And His Health:
According to his doctors, Yang doesn’t look a day over 60.
Going further, he stated that the doctor (while during his routine checkup) told him that his bone density is that of a 30-year-old. That’s more than half his age.
Yang attributes his good health to his bodybuilding training.
According to him, consistent strength training helped steadily strengthen his body and helped reverse the aging process.
He told Change Pro that his blood pressure and blood lipids are all in the healthy range.
Yang Xinmin And His Future Goals:
Yang has been in the Chinese bodybuilding industry since Day 1 and is happy to see the growth in the sport’s popularity.
Yang’s achievements include a room full of trophies, including his 1998 win at the Asian Championship. He also stated that participating and winning in big events is what brings him happiness.
Yang believes that the future of bodybuilding in China is in the hands of the youth. He has also started to mentor others to take up the sport in the hopes of promoting bodybuilding to the masses.
His training camps in the city of Sanya are already very popular with young men and women aspiring to get fit, gain muscle, and become bodybuilders.
His wife and son have also taken up bodybuilding for its health benefits, making it a family sport.
Yang’s goal for the future is to train a World Champion from China. And at the end of the video, he also lets us know that he will be bodybuilding well into his 80th birthday.
There is much to learn for this Iron Grandpa for everyone, whether you are (or aren’t) into fitness and bodybuilding.
Mikael is a Nutritionist & a Health, fitness blogger. He is a physical fitness fanatic who loves to push the boundary and achieve peak performance. He loves adventure sports like mountain biking and kayaking while always being up for a round of basketball with friends. Mikael also enjoys his research into how to maximize the body’s potential and has now taken up bodybuilding as well. Follow Mikael on LinkedIn.