Sam Byrant Jr. is 70 years old. Take a look at his photo and take a second to digest that one. Here is Byrant’s take on what that number means to him: “People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realize that, you know, it’s a state of mind that makes you old,” he says. “Age is just a number, and it gives most people—the majority of people—a reason to be lazy and not do anything.”

It’s hard to believe that the 5’10”, 176-pound Byrant only started going to the gym when he was 44, initially to relieve stress from his failing marriage. Less than a year later, people at the gym were encouraging him to enter bodybuilding contests. Twenty-six years later, he hasn’t slowed down one bit.

The Augusta Chronicle did this video piece on Byrant, and if you want to know more about his back story, training and nutrition regimen, and what motivates him, do yourself a favor and check out the excellent profile of Sam Byrant Jr..

Here is a video of Sam in action at the 2013 INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships: