[quote]1 Man Island wrote:
[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
The best way to reach your ideal physique is to forget trying to get there fast. We’re all in this for the long haul, so there’s no rush.[/quote]
Is this necessarily the best view for someone that’s 30+ and facing a slowing metabolism/longer recovery mighty soon?[/quote]
JFG is spot-on. But to add my two cents…
I think, for a relatively-older beginner, it’s more important to train smart right off the bat. So, research effective training, nutrition, and supplement practices. Start off following a program/template instead of designing your own routine on day one. Set concrete, manageable, reachable goals. Use a foam roller/care about tissue quality. All the stuff we eventually figure out. It’s just a higher priority that “older” dudes learn it sooner rather than later, because they’re trying to maximize the proverbial bang of every training day’s buck.
Also, the age-related slowed metabolism is due in part to changing hormones and in part to a natural drop in lean muscle (the old “use it or lose it” concept - by never training/using it, you’re finally starting to lose it). Both of these issues can be at least partly addressed by lifting, so it’s almost like a self-correcting situation to a point.
So, not sure if I actually got to the question, but basically, at 30+, you’re still in this for the long haul and there’s still no rush. It’s just that you’ve got to use all your available resources (smarts, patience, money, etc.) to make it a softer kick in the ass every time you’re dragging yourself out of the gym after a session saying, “Man, I really shoulda started training years ago.” Yeah, you should have, but you started now, so make it count.
Random note: Not that I’m counting or anything, but this is my 5,000th post. Beginners forum rules, Bigger, Stronger, Faster forum drools. Just sayin’.