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2015/02/17 02:16:15 (permalink)
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Is there a time to pack it in?

I understand that this particular sub-forum isn't very active, but this topic fits with the title so this is where it's posted.
 
Older members: Do you feel there will ever be a time when you feel like quitting training? Do you sometimes think you have reached the point where you cannot build any more muscle or perhaps you are getting bodybuilding-related injuries more often?
 

Personally I get days where I think that maybe I should start slowing down a little and start joining the "going-along-the-stack-machines" like a lot of older guys do. But then I think again. I realise that I'm enjoying this lunacy too much to take a backseat and give in to my age limits - if they exist at all that is.
I've always trained, it's in my blood and I get many days where I'm feeling absolutely terrific doing this stuff. I get my kicks from it and I can still see further results in what I do.

As long as I remain phtsically capable I will carry on training.

I've answered my own question. What about others? Do you have a mystical age milestone where you are saying enough is enough or is that a defeatist attitude?

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Re: 2015/02/17 07:54:55 (permalink)
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I don't think I will ever pack it in. I've weight trained my entire life, even if my schedule/goals allowed me to train just once a week with weights.









No doubt I will slow down when I'm old, I'll train less frequently with weights and look after recovery. I think training will help keep me mobile and healthy into old age.









Injury usually comes about by over training or exposing your body to compromising positions. So I'll be monitoring this type of thing.









I gave up the sadistic attitude of thal shall train 6 days a week for 1.5 hours years ago which has really helped me stay pumped and ready for every session, helped keep me healthy and allowed a normal life. I guess this will allow me to train into old age, time will tell.




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Re: 2015/02/17 08:42:05 (permalink)
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I'll never stop training and have become resigned to the fact that I'm probably going to die of a heart attack or skiing/climbing/kayaking/mountain biking related accident (I just don't want it to be avalanche related).  And I'm fine with that.
 
My training may change slightly, but will always incorporate weight lifting.  For example, since my mid 30s I have been less focussed on being big and prefer being lean and toned, which allows me to enjoy other activities more.
 
I suppose it comes down to why you lift. Those that do it to look good may well loose interest when looking good becomes less important (almost everybody I know has been dedicated to lifting at some point, usually 20s, only to loose interest when they get into a relationship).
 
Those that do it because they love the sport will continue to love it and look for excuses to train rather than excuses not to. 

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Re: 2015/02/17 09:29:32 (permalink)
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Funny this should come up - my grandad's just bought himself a flat bench and a set of Dumbbells - he'll be 70 next month. He walks several miles a day and wants to now try and add a bit of size on because he's gone very slight.
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Re: 2015/02/17 10:04:48 (permalink)
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Good on him!  Get him on MT next faipdeooiad! =D

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Re: 2015/02/17 10:06:36 (permalink)
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He'll be a rep in no time
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Re: 2015/02/17 10:09:20 (permalink)
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I'm 50 this year and am still aiming higher.. I have some niggles to manage and as long as they don't get out of hand I will still keep going. I'm hoping to compete in my first bench competition too.
 
Even at my old drug free age I can put on muscle quite easily. In fact I am having to be careful as I want to stay around the 100kg mark. I train about 3-4 times a week, but don't go mad in the gym, you can't as you get older. What I find works well too, is once a month I have a light week. This really helps progress.
 
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Re: 2015/02/17 10:10:49 (permalink)
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No I would never pack it in.  For me I just love the challenge of challenging myself each and every time and the health benefits whether visible or not I'm sure will pay off into old age no doubt.
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Re: 2015/02/17 10:47:55 (permalink)
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I'm 66. I'm still training and won't stop until I'm forced to. I didn't start training until I was over 40 and I expect to still be training when I'm over 70.
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Re: Is there a time to pack it in? 2015/02/17 16:45:12 (permalink)
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These are brilliant replies. All of them have a similar viewpoint: Regardless of our age, why stop training if it keeps us fit and healthy?

And I take my hat off to Al, above, at 66 and Faipdooiad's grandad - picking up weights at 70 - that's just so commendable!

I guess my own personal problem is, as The Grim Reaper's post nails it, is I must simply slow down a bit. I love volume and I'm cramming far too much into my sessions that, although it keeps me very toned and retains (and builds) muscle, I get absolutely knackered.
Time to evaluate. Thanks guys
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Re: Is there a time to pack it in? 2015/02/17 16:57:23 (permalink)
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Training since a skinny teen (17).
At our age we've already got a slowing metabolism and sarcopenia has already kicked in. We need to train and watch our diet more than the younger guys. So stopping is not an option unless you're ready to take it easy and welcome old age but I'm going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming every step of the way.
 
Plus training makes me feel young! It's not a chore I love it!
 
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Re: Is there a time to pack it in? 2015/02/17 17:01:43 (permalink)
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Floydy
These are brilliant replies. All of them have a similar viewpoint: Regardless of our age, why stop training if it keeps us fit and healthy?

And I take my hat off to Al, above, at 66 and Faipdooiad's grandad - picking up weights at 70 - that's just so commendable!

I guess my own personal problem is, as The Grim Reaper's post nails it, is I must simply slow down a bit. I love volume and I'm cramming far too much into my sessions that, although it keeps me very toned and retains (and builds) muscle, I get absolutely knackered.
Time to evaluate. Thanks guys

I deffo do agree with watching the volume. ALWAYS try and keep the intensity up but recovery is better at our age with less volume imo. Some days you'll feel better than others so maybe go for it then but listening to your body is key which by now we should be able to do
 
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Re: 2015/02/17 17:10:55 (permalink)
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I reached a point a short while ago where training went stale (im 44). Turns out i was using age an excuse, when in reality id become complacent (as we do). Managed to get my act together, jumped up to nearly 14 stone, from 12 stone 4lbs. Not all muscle, but decent weight increases on all compound lifts, and certainly look stronger:). So, whilst there hasnt been any miracle muscle growth, im still happy, stronger now than ever.
 
There is the niggles, but i train around them, just hope that one day there isnt so much **** to put up with that it makes training impossible. I ache more from lazying about the house sitting on my ass than i do from training, keeping mobile, keeps me mobile.
 
Watched a program on tv once about staying young, the conclusion was, "if you want to stay young, act young".
 
Theres more to it than just trying to look and feel good, dont want to get "old weak and vulnerable", had some rough times over the years, lived in some ****ty areas. I want to get "old and if you try and rob me, il shove this walking stick up your ass!!"........
 
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Re: 2015/02/17 17:30:22 (permalink)
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Agreed!
I know a guy who's 50 and tells me I should be careful not to strain my heart. He's put on so much weight, doesn't exercise and has quite frankly gone to sh1t! Which is his right but I think his heart is in more trouble than mine.
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Re: 2015/02/17 17:32:55 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby mike.williams.7549 2017/02/25 16:09:38
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I am 45 now and I have trained in gyms all the time since my late teens and to tell you the truth I am as keen now on training if not keener than I was back then I can not imagine ever giving it up, my training partner is 76 years old he has been training with weights for over 30 years and athletics before that and he lifted a new PB of 220kg in the deadlift a couple of weeks ago, training with him give me great hope for the future.
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Re: Re: Is there a time to pack it in? 2015/02/17 17:44:14 (permalink)
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Floydy
These are brilliant replies. All of them have a similar viewpoint: Regardless of our age, why stop training if it keeps us fit and healthy?

And I take my hat off to Al, above, at 66 and Faipdooiad's grandad - picking up weights at 70 - that's just so commendable!

I guess my own personal problem is, as The Grim Reaper's post nails it, is I must simply slow down a bit. I love volume and I'm cramming far too much into my sessions that, although it keeps me very toned and retains (and builds) muscle, I get absolutely knackered.
Time to evaluate. Thanks guys

I deffo do agree with watching the volume. ALWAYS try and keep the intensity up but recovery is better at our age with less volume imo. Some days you'll feel better than others so maybe go for it then but listening to your body is key which by now we should be able to do
 

Very true mate.
It's a matter of trying to change the ways after so many years of training a certain way, and I've always hit the volume button there!
Less days at the gym is probably the key thus providing more rest. I forget that I should add another eight hours of physical graft at work every night to that too.
Just can't hack it anymore but it's such a difficult decision to get my mindset into 'taking it easy' mode.
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Re: Re: 2015/02/17 17:47:23 (permalink)
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I reached a point a short while ago where training went stale (im 44). Turns out i was using age an excuse, when in reality id become complacent (as we do). Managed to get my act together, jumped up to nearly 14 stone, from 12 stone 4lbs. Not all muscle, but decent weight increases on all compound lifts, and certainly look stronger:). So, whilst there hasnt been any miracle muscle growth, im still happy, stronger now than ever.
 
There is the niggles, but i train around them, just hope that one day there isnt so much **** to put up with that it makes training impossible. I ache more from lazying about the house sitting on my ass than i do from training, keeping mobile, keeps me mobile.
 
Watched a program on tv once about staying young, the conclusion was, "if you want to stay young, act young".
 
Theres more to it than just trying to look and feel good, dont want to get "old weak and vulnerable", had some rough times over the years, lived in some ****ty areas. I want to get "old and if you try and rob me, il shove this walking stick up your ass!!"........
 

This also.
The key part here is that it's fine to rest and lounge around a little, but the weight goes on and it's a struggle when we get back to the gym.
I feel this at work if I've had a few days on holiday. Gotta keep active.
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Re: Re: Is there a time to pack it in? 2015/02/17 19:15:27 (permalink)
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Floydy
These are brilliant replies. All of them have a similar viewpoint: Regardless of our age, why stop training if it keeps us fit and healthy?

And I take my hat off to Al, above, at 66 and Faipdooiad's grandad - picking up weights at 70 - that's just so commendable!

I guess my own personal problem is, as The Grim Reaper's post nails it, is I must simply slow down a bit. I love volume and I'm cramming far too much into my sessions that, although it keeps me very toned and retains (and builds) muscle, I get absolutely knackered.
Time to evaluate. Thanks guys

I deffo do agree with watching the volume. ALWAYS try and keep the intensity up but recovery is better at our age with less volume imo. Some days you'll feel better than others so maybe go for it then but listening to your body is key which by now we should be able to do
 

Very true mate.
It's a matter of trying to change the ways after so many years of training a certain way, and I've always hit the volume button there!
Less days at the gym is probably the key thus providing more rest. I forget that I should add another eight hours of physical graft at work every night to that too.
Just can't hack it anymore but it's such a difficult decision to get my mindset into 'taking it easy' mode.

I do so little in the gym I train on average 6 days a week. But I don't do set after endless set.
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Re: 2015/02/17 19:23:04 (permalink)
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I am 45 now and I have trained in gyms all the time since my late teens and to tell you the truth I am as keen now on training if not keener than I was back then I can not imagine ever giving it up, my training partner is 76 years old he has been training with weights for over 30 years and athletics before that and he lifted a new PB of 220kg in the deadlift a couple of weeks ago, training with him give me great hope for the future.


That's amazing!
Guess who this is @ 4:05mins?

68yr old Robby Robinson!
 
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Re: 2015/02/17 20:00:03 (permalink)
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Odd nuff said...
http://vikingstrength.com/2012/04/19/odd-haugen-the-everlasting-strongman/
 
52 now 25 years of training..fcuking love it...squatting especially..slowly slowly catchy monkey..every rep I hold onto is now a gain for me....180's n rep away no probs there...I have arguments with meself all the time tho 

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