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    Default powerlifting for the older trainee

    I am a bit older now when I last posted so I maybe I should change my routine.

    My primary going to the gym is to keep fit, but I would also like to build strength and muscle so I thought somewhere like Wendler 5 3 1 incorporating the bodybuilding option. Then I have been told it is not advisable for older people not to lift very heavy weights so it would better just to do the bodybuilding part of the routine. Then there are suggestions to keep my heart rate fairly high throughout my workout to boost my fitness, so that would mean doing something like the Reeves full body routine or Doug's fat loss routine.

    So basically I am asking is it bad for older people to lift heavy - like when doing powerlifting?

    As I am training for The Great North Run (1/2 marathon) I get ample cardio.

    Please advise. Thank you

    Gareth (59 yrs)

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    I am 49, I lift heavy (heavy for me anyway) I get aches and pains, but nothing that makes me want to lift lighter.
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    That is an awesome workout man

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    I'd say just listen to your body. I know guys that compete in powerlifting at 79 and feel fine. Then again they are lifting a quarter of what they did at their prime. The secret they say is to never overtrain

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    If you are in good health then there is no reason you cannot lift heavy weights.

    If you do not have any sort of morbidities such as arthritis, coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, chronic lung disease, osteoporosis, etc., then you can lift heavy weights as you see fit.

    Be sure to listen to your body, however, as when we age there is a natural decrease in lean body mass, as well as bone density. Lifting heavy can actually help to maintain muscle and bone mass. Listen to your body, do what you can handle, and see a doctor to ask for his/her opinion if you're really worried.

 

 

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