I started when I was 40, and I’m coming up on 5 years of lifting.
I was looking at the Strength Standards for Women at 114 lbs the other day.
ExRx categories for judging strength:
Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite.
I was really pleased to realize that I’ve been able to meet Advanced levels, despite starting so late and being mostly self taught.
I’m LIGHT YEARS from being an Elite lifter - where the competitive powerlifting chicks are - but we’re all supposed to be loosing muscle mass as we age, so I was really pleased to see that I’d been able to do so well in my 40’s, when compared to other women. Those strength standards aren’t ranked by age, just BW.
It would be interesting to see strength standards by age. I don’t know if they do that? For example, I have a close friend who is 50 and is a very fast competitive marathon runner. Her times put her in the top 15 or so in the US for women in her age group. Very cool. She’s built like a gazelle. I was telling her that there are A LOT of women in their 40’s who are MUCH stronger than me!