As you get older, you start to use your age as an excuse for why you've become a bit soft around the middle. You don't have the muscle definition you did when you were 20 because you're just so stressed out at work, right? Well one 61-year-old Chinese man is walking proof that you can be absolutely ripped at any age. But besides a hot body, Liang also has an inspirational outlook on life.
Born and raised in Chengdu, Liang has worked in clothing factories when he was younger and started his own business in making lamps since 1991. Around 2000, he noticed he was getting out of shape, when an old friend advised him to take up exercising. Liang got so hooked on working out, that he even set up his own gym in his lamp factory. Besides focusing on his own exercising routine, he also encouraged his staff at the factory to participate. “Many people see exercising as a hobby,” he says: “But I see it as a habit.”
Contrary to what you might expect, Liang is reportedly an absolute food lover with a specific preference for meat. Having had surgery for some stomach problems in the past, Liang is serious about his diet and always sticks to his golden rule: “Stop eating when you’re about 70% full.” Besides this principle, Liang eats whatever he wants and snacks when he feels like it. According to his friends, Liang has only become younger and more lively since he started working out.
But all those muscles? Those are real. The 61-year-old is big into fitness. But not only that. Rally driving seems to be his main passion, though. He's driven around Taiwan several times and regularly participates in the extreme driving competition, Taklimakan Rally. And he has even driven it from China to Rome. Just in case you weren't already feeling mighty inferior to this rally car-driving super buff grandpa, he's also a big fan of paragliding. What did you do today?
So what does this powerhouse of a grandpa have in store for the future? He's currently preparing to drive in the Dakar Rally in the next few years. When asked about his dreams at such an old age, he said, "The life of elderly should not only be about their grandchildren."