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    Weightlifting?

    Hello all, does anyone do weightlifting? Please share your experience with me.

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    I do it. What do you want to know?

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    Yes, do a YouTube search and lookup:

    Starting Strength
    Barbell Medicine
    Barbell Logic

    Start out by learning the 4 basic barbell lifts and go through a novice linear weight progression. Use some of the online groups to check your form or get help from a coach.

    Linear strength progression has been life changing for me. I'm stronger and more fit in my 50s than I've ever been. Went snow skiing a few weeks ago and skied over 110,000 vertical feet over 4 days with no back or knee issues. Day 4 was just over 31,000 vertical feet.

    Here is a good playlist to give you an overview:
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...XuRwW7k45OXCIk

    Good luck in your journey.


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    I am 76, I started weightlifting 5 years ago at a weight of 155, Today I weight 172 and I am stronger then I was a teenager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P2Vaircrewman View Post
    I am 76, I started weightlifting 5 years ago at a weight of 155, Today I weight 172 and I am stronger then I was a teenager.
    Well done. I bet you feel much better at a strong 172 than you did at 155. Too many people focus on "weight loss" and don't think about maintaining or gaining lean muscle mass.


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    Here is a question, how do you know when you have reached your peak strength for a particular muscle or muscle group. Obviously age has to play a part. A person at 20 can be stronger than he can at 60 but to what degree. Incremental resistance builds strength but you can't keep building strength indefinitely, sooner or later it will get as strong as it will ever get no matter how hard it is worked. How do you know when you have reached that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P2Vaircrewman View Post
    Here is a question, how do you know when you have reached your peak strength for a particular muscle or muscle group. Obviously age has to play a part. A person at 20 can be stronger than he can at 60 but to what degree. Incremental resistance builds strength but you can't keep building strength indefinitely, sooner or later it will get as strong as it will ever get no matter how hard it is worked. How do you know when you have reached that point.
    Indeed lots of factors play into this including genetics, age, training program, diet, sleep/rest, drugs/TRT, etc.

    When I attended the Starting Strength seminar back in 2019 I asked Mark Rippetoe directly, "How strong is strong enough?"

    He said given I was 50ish and about 6" tall I should weigh about 225, deadlift 500, squat 400, bench 275, and press (strick overhead) 185.

    My PR numbers currently are: 375 deadlift, 320 squat, 265 bench, and 175 press. All of these have been in my 50s in the last year. For me, I think I'm pretty close to my (non-TRT/drug) reasonable potential on bench and press, but I have a ways to go on deadlift and squat. I reasonable potential because I'm not planning to make working out a full time job anytime soon.

    Another great question to ask yourself would be, "How strong do I need to be in order to continue doing the things I love to do?"

    So a great example for me would be snow skiing. I love to snow ski each year and ski for four days straight. So I want to be able to do that into my 80s without getting exhausted. I figure if I can lower bar squat for 3 sets of 5 at 225 into my 80s I'll do just fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by P2Vaircrewman View Post
    Here is a question, how do you know when you have reached your peak strength for a particular muscle or muscle group. Obviously age has to play a part. A person at 20 can be stronger than he can at 60 but to what degree. Incremental resistance builds strength but you can't keep building strength indefinitely, sooner or later it will get as strong as it will ever get no matter how hard it is worked. How do you know when you have reached that point.
    One huge key is to change your workout, yes you will hit a peak point and meet great resistance to progress, so change your workout from straight bar to dumbells to machines back to a straight bar. Or do straight bar one workout of the week, next do dumbells.

    If you were ever in great shape or lifted heavy in the past, progress will be quicker due to muscle memory, either way, exercise works.

    Good luck.

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    If into books, download “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” by Tom Venuto. He teaches a lot about approach, mindset, diet, body type (VERY important!), age & many exercise regimens.

    If into videos, watch YouTube videos by Ryan Humiston.
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    This is a good read. Not a waste of time...


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