Being a laborer for over 30 years and training for the same amount of time I have a different outlook on training. For years I earned and still do earn a living with my physical and mental toughness. I have to keep myself in shape to continue to feed my family. In 30 plus years doing manual labor I have never hurt my back or ever missed work because of injury on the job.
I do not always lift with my legs, and never look or worry about form I just do my job. I bend, I twist, I climb, I lift and carry all day long.
It is rare for someone to go and work as many years I have and throw in years of training and not have the body already broke down. One thing is I take care of myself, I eat well and I have a different mindset then most men doing labor work.
I hear it all the time on sites about bad backs, and I'm getting old (Most are younger than me) I can not lift things like that anymore. Why is it these guys continue to do a job they physically struggle to do?
The reason is because for years they have heard from others just like them that when you get older you can not do the same things you once did. Bullshit! At some point you will probably have a decline but these guys just listen to all before them. I have heard it for years, wait til your my age and I have been listening this since I was 18 I do not hear it much anymore because of my age.
I get tired of people who will chime in tell you how "They know a guy" or "My Dad" or My Grand dad "there will always be exceptions but do not include me in the general labor population, because I do not follow The standards of the basic man.
I decide how things will go, not history. People hate that I act like this and can care less and I am living proof so until someone can prove me wrong I will continue to train like I always have. Training to win in life, training for honor, training for survival is the reason I continue to push my mind and body. The minute we decide we no longer need an advantage is when we will start to lose our edge. Once you feel it no longer matters you are right, you have already lost the edge!