Reversing the Downhill Trend: Training for Men 50 and Over!

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Question: I am 52 now and feel like I have been sliding downhill for the past 2 years. I have slipped to the point that I only train a couple of days a week and even those workouts don’t feel quite right. Should I be training differently than I did 5 to 10 years ago?
Answer: After age 50, for some men things tend to go south quickly. If you were not working out prior to turning 50 it’s a good place to begin. One notable client at Body Unlimited, Mike Musselwhite, began training at age 56 and enjoyed it so much he decided to take it up about 5 levels. He has competed in and won a multitude of bodybuilding competitions including the Over-60 Heavyweight National Championships. Now at age 64, he continues to compete and win at the national level. He is just one of many who found fitness as a passion at a later age and embraced training and diet as a fountain of youth.
Obviously, we are not as powerful or quite as strong as we are when we are in our 20’s or even 30’s. This is due, in part, to lower serum testosterone in men which decreases with biological aging. How many years you have been here is less important than how well you have maintained your body from a health standpoint. Not using tobacco, limiting alcohol, how active you have been, eating more nutritious food instead of food with empty calories, how much water you drink, these are all factors which help you to age more slowly. If you have not been as good to your body through the years as you could have been, you can still make changes to how you feel and how you look by beginning to do them now.
If you have been working out then intensity is your best tool for making improvements in your training and in yourself. Exercising may feel different because of limited time and the much higher stress load you carry. When you were younger, you had little to deal with compared to now when you deal with financial issues, your kids, your job and even our spouse. All these add up and tend to distract you during your workouts. Give yourself 45 minutes three times a week and shift your focus to training. If you make your training challenging, set goals for your workouts from increasing your bench to completing your workout in less time while increasing your work output. Intensify your training and you will see increased results from your efforts. You will feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
The best idea to remember is that your attitude will limit you or it can propel you to excel. Age is not the limiting factor. I had a 91 year old client who was as active as someone 30 years younger. She said she stopped telling people how old she was if they asked when she was 85 because she started feeling old. So what she did tell them was that she was a 1919 model and let them figure it out. She still hasn’t slowed down.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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