[quote]1 Man Island wrote:
[quote]Professor X wrote:
…and my take on this is, you have very limited time to utilize your body’s full potential (different pro’s and cons at different ages and experience levels).
This might be asking a bit much, but could you elaborate on this?
What are the physiological pros/cons of somebody with 2-3 years under their belt in their mid-30s vs. somebody in their mid-20s? What should the two be doing differently to reach their body’s “full potential”? (I understand “potential” depends on goals)
I can think of some cons for the older guy(physiologically), but not many pros assuming the same training age.[/quote]
Someone in their 20’s is still setting the stage for how their body is going to respond long term. They will see the most change physiologically not just because of muscle growth but also with their body adapting in its ability to recover and the time it takes.
Joints and tendons heal faster which means when you go all out, less injury is seen and more progress is seen as opposed to someone older.
That is why someone in that age range should be the most focused on all out strength because of how fast they will recover not just in muscles but in the tendons that support them.
The pros someone older may see would be related more to life stability or the slight reduction in metabolism that may help some gain more weight if they had problems before.
However, as a rule I would avoid going on some all out attempt at “bulking up” if past your mid 30’s. The body won’t recover from potential damage done as quickly.
The faster recovery time of tendons and even muscles (along with the rapid adaptation of metabolism) is why I believe that bulking up can add more muscle in the long run on someone in that younger age range.
I hope that answered your question.