Since I’m 44 this excerpt below from Draper’s daily column interests me. I have gained some muscle in my 40’s and am wondering how much longer it can continue. However, my strength gains are more remarkable (a relative term) than my muscle gains. Looking for comments from the the over 40 crowd on this subject…
"Q. As a man over 40, have I lost the ability to “grow”? I continue to
train, but the “packing it on” stage seems to have left me. I lift about
the same weight. In fact, a bit more, but the growth (size) doesn’t seem
A. Two truths should be revisited and underscored at this point: that’s
life and everyone is different. A third truth can be added: 40 to 50 are
still very good growth years.
“That’s life” tells us we do slow down in our muscular growth as we age.
Yet, if the basic training precepts are followed – workout consistency,
hard training, smart eating and plenty of rest and relaxation – muscular
size, shape and quality can be improved perceptibly into our 60s. “That
everyone is different” – genetics, health, training acumen, drive,
toughness and such – tells us some will flourish more than others. Some
Sufficient exercise will keep one in shape. Swell. Those who are suited to
progress as they age need to be aggressive with their training, while at
once retaining commonsense, care and attentiveness to overtraining and
Finesse, passion and creativity are three major qualities that determine
and assure a trainee’s continued distinct advancement. They separate the
ordinary from the special.
Certain muscles that have not been overtrained or training-saturated –
rear delts, forearms, lower lats, thighs – can surprise us and respond
especially well to specific exercises, and restore our confidence and
delight in training and growing.
Finally, the over-40 lifter must be careful not to be dominated or
intimidated by the over 40 rhetoric. It is specious, spurious and insidious
with tentacles reaching the subconscious that defeat him before he’s 41."