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Raising the Bar—Fitness Over 40 and Beyond


Over 40 and looking for some inspiration to jump-start your workouts? These guys might be just the kick in the butt you need.

With yet another birthday staring me in the face, I am reminded of the relentless march of Father Time and the havoc he can wreak, if we let him! Well, despite the inevitable occasional sore muscle or creaky knee, I’m here to say, “Screw you Grim Reaper… I’m not giving up without a fight!” I think the men profiled here would agree with that sentiment.

It’s no secret that once we cross the big 4-0 milestone, getting in, and staying in shape suddenly becomes a much tougher proposition than during the glory days of our youth. Cross-over into the 50-something zone and all bets are definitely off. You’re on your own fella, or are we? Just like with any other goal that we set, it helps to have mentors, examples of guys who have gone before us and achieved our objectives to inspire and guide us. It is certainly no different in our pursuit of better fitness and health. The question is, are there any role models and shining examples of men over 40 in knock-out, great shape? How about over 50?? The answer is a resounding… Oh yeah!

No doubt you recognize the guys in the pictures accompanying this story. Stars of the big and small screen, we have in some cases, grown up with them. Yet while some of our own waistlines have expanded, somehow these men have found a way to, if not turn back the clock, at least slow it way the hell down! Take for instance the guys pictured in the first image at top; (left) Hugh Jackman-age 43 and (right) Matt Lauer-age 54! Now, we might expect the actor who portrays Wolverine from the X-Men to be in super-hero shape, but morning talk show host Matt Lauer? I mean… look at the dude! And he’s 54!! Well done sir… Well done.


How about our second image? Big-time actor Aaron Eckhart-age 44 clearly knows the route to the fountain of youth… Ass-busting hard work! Sure, these guys can no doubt afford the best trainers, nutritionists and diets and supplements money can buy. The fact remains though, they still have to put in the hard work, day in and day out to achieve these kinds of results past 40 that many young bucks in their 20’s would kill for! How many workouts did you miss this week?


Let’s face it, there is always a reason, if we look hard enough for one, to blow off that workout or have that extra helping at dinner. Sometimes the reward for staying on track has to be big enough to step away from the plate, or drag ourselves to the gym even in the pouring rain when all we really want to do is stay under the covers and hit the snooze button one more time. For these guys, the goal is obvious, it’s their job to look great. If they don’t?… Their lack of effort is blown-up, larger than life on the big screen. Talk about motivation to stay the course! It sure seems to be working for the timeless-wonder himself, Tom Cruise-age 50 (image #3). Hard to believe our favorite Top Gun is now 50! Even harder to believe it judging from this picture. The guy is ripped! Well-known as an intense individual in all of his endeavors, obviously this effort and preparation extends to the gym as well.


Even though he made his fortune making the world laugh since the early 80s, there is nothing funny about Eddie Murphy’s-age 51 physique! Yes, you heard me right… I said age 51!! (image #4). Judging from this picture, there is no doubt Mr Murphy knows his way around the weight room.


The list of men who are defying the aging process certainly isn’t limited to the big screen. Known primarily for his work on television, Dylan McDermott-age 50 (image #5) is another prime example of a guy who is redefining what it means to age gracefully. Look at him! Hard to believe this guy qualifies for an AARP cardAre you feeling motivated yet guys? I know I am!


Of course, no list of men over 40 who are rewriting the rule book when it comes to getting old would be complete without Mr P90X himself, Tony Horton-age 53!! (image #6). While technically not a movie star, there is no doubt that Tony Horton has probably trained some of them, if not personally, then certainly through the P90X program. Think you can keep up with this 53 year old dynamo? Think again.

Let’s face it guys, the rules have changed. With modern workout routinessupplementation and advances in medicine, the opportunity to live a longer, stronger and healthier life and look better while doing it has never been more attainable. Sure, we may not be stars of the big screen, but chances are good that there is somebody in your life that would certainly appreciate your efforts to look your best, no matter what your age. Now drop and give us 20!!

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Gable’s Gullwing Up For Grabs!


Movie legend Clark Gable’s Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Coupe coming on the auction block.

Car-enthusiasts with a soft spot for vintage Mercedes and a large bank roll will be salivating come January, 2013 when Gone With The Wind screen idol Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe comes up for auction.


The car, equipped with fitted luggage, Rudge knock-off wheels and and a Nardi steering wheel was restored by Paul Russel and meticulously maintained by Mercedes-Benz.


This unique piece of automotive history will hit the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Jan.13-20, 2013. Be prepared to dig deep into your pockets though; While no pre-auction information is yet available, typical selling prices for 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupes minus the added ‘star power’ begin at around $600,000.

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Nixon Watches… Bold Faces, Bold Attitude!


With one of these rock~n~roll inspired watches strapped to your wrist, time is definitely on your side.

Lately, seems like everywhere you look these days folks are sporting the bold, oversized watch look. We here at A Life Designed love the big-faced, chunky style and we especially like what we see coming from Encinitas, CA-based Nixon. These guys have tapped into the youthful energy of athletes, rock stars and style-devotees and with model names like the HighballMagnaconRubber Murf and Outsider, there’s no mistaking these attitude-infused timepieces for your grandpa’s worn-out ticker.

Available at: 42 Saint-Scottsdale, AZ | Kuhlman-Seattle, WA | Atrium Trading-New York, NY | Altivo-Los Angeles, CA and other equally hip retailers.

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Welcome to ‘Kettlebell Hell’


Beautiful in its simplicity, ruthless in its efficiency, the kettlebell swing just might be the perfect exercise.

In my ongoing attempt to at least, ‘slow down the hands of time’, recently I began implementing what is for me, a new form of exercise. And what a workout it is! Welcome to Kettlebell hell my friends.

Developed in Russia in the 1700s, Kettlebells were used by the Soviet army as part of their physical training and conditioning programs in the 20th century. They had been used for competition and sports throughout Russia and Europe since the 1940s. Today, thanks to the efforts of the highly-entertaining and inspiring Pavel Tsatsouline and with the inclusion of kettlebell workouts in the bestselling book The 4-Hour Body, there is a massive spike in kettlebell workout popularity right now, and for good reason… it works!

My exposure came through the aforementioned book, The 4-Hour Body. I have been following author Tim Ferriss’s eating plan, The Slow Carb Diet, with great results and wanted to incorporate the kettlebell protocol he recommends to supplement my efforts. Bottom line? This routine kicks ass… Literally! By performing just one simple movement, the kettlebell swing, I am able to get an incredible full-body muscle workout and cardio pump in just a matter of minutes.

Utilizing a 35 lb kettlebell, I perform as many swings as possible in rapid succession using good form. Think it’s easy? It’s not. After 20 to 30 swings, my heart is pounding and my legs, ass and abs are on fire. This movement most definitely targets the core muscles. I perform just one set of kettlebell swings 3 to 4 times a week, and after only a few weeks, I can already see and feel a difference in my overall condition and muscle tone.

Practicing good form is key to prevent possible lower back injury. Take a look at the above video of the man himself, Tim Ferriss as he demonstrates proper execution of the kettlebell swing and then go purchase a kettlebell and start swinging! Your body will thank you.

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The Bike Shelf


The Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw. A simple, elegant solution to bicycle storage.

I love my bike. Everybody loves their bikes. But for many of us with living space at a premium, our two-wheeled companions can be space-hogs when it comes to storage. The crafty folk at Knife & Saw have solved this dilemma, beautifully.


The Bike Shelf is the brainchild of San Francisco-based furniture maker and graphic designer Chris Brigham. It was during visits to friends’ small apartments that Chris noticed a real need for, as he puts it; “elegant bike management.” Thus the Bike Shelf was born. Available in two sizes and woods, Hickory and Walnut, the Bike Shelf is the perfect solution for in-dwelling bicycle storage. Practical and stylish, what more could you ask for?  
The Bike Shelf – $299.00

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Tod’s “Italian Portraits”


Men… In need of some sartorial style inspiration? Let this book be your guide.

Legendary clothier Tod’s has recently launched “Italian Portraits”, a book dedicated to company’s storied menswear collections.


Available in bookstores worldwide this month, the book showcases the lives of elite Italian men, giving insight in to their exquisite taste in relation to TOD’s.


Some thirty men, including a writer, jeweller, a painter, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, a journalist and an aristocrat, are photographed in their chosen settings: the home, the office, the garden or the city.


Not a bad field guide for the ‘average joe’ who aspires to look just a little bit better!

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