GEE VAN VEIJEREN
Age 51, 175cm, 85kg Gee van Veijeren is in the best shape of his life – an impressive achievement for a man who has been a regular gym-goer since the age of 21. But the years of experience have armed van Veijeren with the knowledge to train intelligently. “If I’m not feeling ‘strong’ on a particular day, I’ll just work at a reduced intensity,” he says. “But I’ll still train: that’s the important thing. I always feel more energised afterwards.” Van Veijeren has shifted from training for size to training for symmetry, using lighter weights with a higher rep count. “I still work to failure, but I’m not 25 any more, so I take care to avoid injury,” he explains. Career commitments have threatened to derail him, but he’s refused to let them succeed. “My health is as important – if not more so – than any work event. That’s why I schedule sessions in my diary.” As a result, he’s happier with his body than he was in his twenties. “And, I love the way people respond when they realise how old I really am,” he admits.