This is my journey past the age of 50:
I am 57 years old (born in 1964) and my name is Gert Louw. I am from Cape Town,
South Africa. Stunning and beautiful place!
This blog is about my life journey, focusing mostly on the fitness and some deeper guy stuff.
I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights though, I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and the intense strength required, that is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol!
Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for nearly 15 years, Judo for 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip. But, if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it.
For relaxation, I love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family, surfing and exploring nature!
The road I walked in life, especially the last 17 years was a tough one and it taught me many things about life and how to get up after one hit rock bottom on every level. It taught me one can reach heights never dreamed possible even though all the odds are stack against you. So for those of you that find yourself in similar situations, there is hope and through this blog I hope to inspire and lift you up. It is all about my fitness journey and transformation knowledge including my spiritual journey.
And NO (!) I am not getting any money for my site, not selling anything on it (apart from my Coaching Systems) and neither do I promote anything on it that I get paid for or getting sponsored by anybody. The info I provide is not paid for or bought by anyone! It is real life information about the brutal reality of life and also the beauty and awesomeness of life.
My blog is where I want to help other guys live a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out. This is ultimately my legacy that I want to leave one-day to my one and only son – now 15 y/o (taller than me and doing serious weight lifting – watch this space – soon a proud dad will brag about his muscled son)!
I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then I have been fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Then at age 53 I had an even closer call with death with near complete liver failure as a result of Hepatitis A infection which cause near complete liver failure. I don’t like talking about all the gory details. But since I turned 40 this is now 17 years after I was given 2 years to live and 4 yrs after I came very, very close to dying, again! But again and again through the grace of God I am back at it. I want to show everyone out there who might find them in a desperate or dark place, that it IS possible to rise up and even exceed your wildest dreams.
Me at 55
After all this hardship my main aim now, is to assist helping other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me. But my aim at this point in my life is to be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just doing stuff that excites. I want my life to have meaning.
Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it:
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to
leave the examination room and said,
‘Doctor, I am afraid to die.
Tell me what lies on the other side…’
Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know…’
‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man,
and don’t know what’s on the other side?’
The doctor was holding the handle of the door;
On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining,
and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room
and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said,
‘Did you notice my dog?
He’s never been in this room before.
He didn’t know what was inside…
He knew nothing except that his master was here,
and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.
I know little of what is on the other side of death,
but I do know one thing…
I know my Master is there and that is enough.’
When you have read this far, the last bit important information that you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ.
Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this!
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