FORMER Mr Universe Lee Labrada shared the top tips for outperforming teenagers in the gym at the impressive age of 62.
The retired professional bodybuilder has made a name for himself on social media for his impressive longevity when it comes to staying in shape.
Labrada had a glittering career in bodybuilding, winning the 1985 Mr. Universe title and finishing in the top four at the Mr. Olympia for seven straight years.
In 2004 his achievements did not go unnoticed and he was inducted into the IFBB Pro-Bodybuilding Hall of Fame.
However, at 62, the veteran has continued to raise the bar, leaving amateurs in awe.
Labrada told Fitness Volt that there were a few simple habits that made for longevity.
He said: “Bodybuilding is the closest thing to the fountain of youth.
“Exercise regularly, eat a clean diet year-round, get plenty of rest… live the lifestyle.”
In 1992, Labrada was at his prime, weighing 190 pounds and standing 5’6.
He could bench press an incredible 450 pounds and squat 500 pounds.
Now, after his days of competition, Labrada shared some secret mindset advice as well.
He said: “For me, winning has always been about focusing on the details.
“Giving away a 30-40 pound advantage to my bigger competitors has made me work very hard to control the factors that many competitors have overlooked: balance, symmetry, conditioning, pose, posture on stage, skin color to name a few.
“I knew if I was even a little off, I was toast.
“I have never used a prep coach so I was in complete control of every aspect of my prep when I was competing.
“This forced me to learn my body and made it easier to repeat the climax phase with every subsequent show.
“It has also given me a greater level of responsibility for myself.
“Winning or losing was up to me and I am grateful to God for all the wisdom and discernment He instilled in me through trial and error, the victories and the defeats.”
Enthusiastic lifters joined the conversation on Instagram, praising Labrada for his exceptional standards.
“Excellent analytical approach that produced great results,” said one Instagram user.
“Always an inspiration Lee, mass with class,” said one.
Speaking of nutrition, Labrada emphasized that one should make the right nutritional choices to maximize muscle recovery.
In addition, he claimed that eating whole-food meals, consisting of carbohydrates and protein, 90 minutes before a workout is best for increasing muscle mass.
In another Instagram post, Labrada shared an exercise that offered massive gains but didn’t put too much stress on the body.
He said, “Belt squats…I love this exercise because it takes the pressure off my spine and because of the stability the handles provide, I can adjust my form to either engage the quads or the glutes more.”
“If your gym has one, try this one.”
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