I am still in there trying at over 55 but the evidence of what I see in myself and others just doesn’t support the notion that any significant lean muscle gains are likely to occur much after 50. A lot of people would put that closer to 40 but of course much will depend on your prior training experience.
Of course you can improve your lifting totals -again depending on what you previously did- by improving neural/skill factors but muscle size is more elusive and more I suspect dependant upon sufficient hormonal support than anything else.
If you are the exception to the rule then more power to you!
I read your reply last night and it has been rattling around in my head ever since. I’m going to make one more pass at you, because I think you’re worth it.
I mentioned earlier that I got back in the gym 3 years ago after a long layoff. My first day back I weighed 228, had a 46" waist, and my blood pressure was 150/95. After 3 years, my weight (this morning) is only down to 222, but my waist is 37" and my blood pressure (last night) is 115/65. My weight is only down 6 pounds, but my waist is down 9 inches.
Now, I’m no physiologist, but I suspect I’ve built some muscle. I don’t take fat measurements, but my scale and mirror tell me that I’ve replaced some fat with lean body mass. And I feel better than I have in 25 years. We may not be able to build muscle like a 20 year old, but I’m here to tell you that we can still build muscle.
I’m no exception. I’m just another old guy in the gym. But I rarely miss a workout, and I work hard. I’m lifting heavier than I ever have. I’m sure some of that can be attributed to improved technique. Some of it can be chalked up to neurological conditioning (which, by the way, comes with lifting heavier). But there’s no denying the brand new muscle I’m sporting.
Start out easy. Let your joints and tendons get used to the loads gradually. Set short term goals and work towards them. When you reach a goal, set a new one. Keep at it. Eat well, train hard, and rest. It ain’t rocket science.
This site is a great resource. It’s loaded with articles about training and nutrition. The information and ideas exchanged in threads like this are priceless. Read and learn.
You can do this.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yoda