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    Default At age 40 my doctor told me not to lift weights

    Two years ago my doctor told me, "NO, no, no, no. Lifting weights is not something you need to be doing. Try walking." I had lost my muscle, gained some fat, and had several screws in my hand from surgery that had not gone well. To this day my hand has a large knot on it. Well, I couldn't continue to let my body fall apart forever and eventually decided to at least try. I tried to remember everything I had learned about fitness from my coaches, parents, and friends. I read everything I could find, tried to filter out the junk, laughed at the "30 day" cures, and came up with an idea of what I wanted to do the next 12 months. I had to adjust my original plan as I went along but for the most part I just worked as hard as I could. I'm not going to waste my time going back to that doctor to show him he was wrong. I've posted these two elsewhere but this is for anyone who thinks they are to old to change their body.Click image for larger version. 

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    day before my 41st birthday and day before my 42nd birthday.
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    Excellent job Rob! Never too old for weight training.
    54 years old
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    Thanks Mike. I also have a 6 day routine adapted from that same article you mentioned. I keep changing it a little every 4 or 5 weeks but only to keep it fresh. Earlier today I put a thank you to the author for that article in the comments section, its been a great template. It might be a few more days before I can get my workout transferred from notebook to computer!
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    Awesome for you Rob. Just curious, did the doctor give you a reason for not lifting?

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    He did. I had a hand surgery that permanently left three screws in my hand. It left a huge knot on the back of my hand. He told me that hand wouldn't be able to hold weight or push it. That combined with my 'soccer knees' made him think I should diet my way back into shape. Mountain hillbilly doctors just want you to sit back and take pain pills from their office. I do use straps occasionally but less and less as I progress. I hurt my first knee on the pitch in Amsterdam in 1990, its healed enough to do some squat work but I'm still careful about the leg exercises I do.
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    Nice post....good for you! I too am hit 40 and after a lot of procrastinating I'm back to lifting...hearing your story gives me more motivation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bganzeveld View Post
    Nice post....good for you! I too am hit 40 and after a lot of procrastinating I'm back to lifting...hearing your story gives me more motivation...

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    You can do it!! I hit 43 Tuesday and I'd go show that doctor the difference but the DEA changed his surroundings when the pill heads ratted him out!!
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    In my 20's I lifted regular...gained 20 lbs but looking back I was given a lot of bad advice...being a tall skinny kid I always got the do this that speeches...But I've had a home gym for awhile now and also with the discovery of m&s its taken me to a whole new level...was diagnose with arthritis in both shoulders but since I'm lifting regular they feel great!

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    You should not lift heavy weights at the age of 40. Little weight lifting and cardio is enough to help you lie an energetic life. Learn these 4 types of exercises which will benefit you in old age too - https://goo.gl/NBdpaF I hope you will find it useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post
    You should not lift heavy weights at the age of 40. Little weight lifting and cardio is enough to help you lie an energetic life. Learn these 4 types of exercises which will benefit you in old age too - https://goo.gl/NBdpaF I hope you will find it useful.
    I thought that was a joke post at first. It is my personal opinion and belief that you SHOULD lift heavy weights at the age of 40, 41, 42, 43, and every age above 40. It has done nothing but help me, and the vast amount of people over 40 that have benefited from lifting heavy weights. I did notice the link posted transfers you to "Natural Juices" blog, which is ridiculous!! I think you just made a crazy statement hoping to lure people to your silly blog!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    I thought that was a joke post at first. It is my personal opinion and belief that you SHOULD lift heavy weights at the age of 40, 41, 42, 43, and every age above 40. !
    I totally agree, your never too old to lift weights
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    you look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    I thought that was a joke post at first. It is my personal opinion and belief that you SHOULD lift heavy weights at the age of 40, 41, 42, 43, and every age above 40. It has done nothing but help me, and the vast amount of people over 40 that have benefited from lifting heavy weights. I did notice the link posted transfers you to "Natural Juices" blog, which is ridiculous!! I think you just made a crazy statement hoping to lure people to your silly blog!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    I think you just made a crazy statement hoping to lure people to your silly blog!!
    Totally agree! And you look totally awesome

    I also agree with lifting fairly heavy past the age of 40, especially women. You just have to look at ME (Mary Ellen)!

    (I lift decent weights too and I'm in my mid-50s. )
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    Those pictures up top are a year old, the thread just popped up again recently. Tomorrow I'll be taking year end pictures again. Thanks though!!
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    Great Job !
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    Quote Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post
    You should not lift heavy weights at the age of 40. Little weight lifting and cardio is enough to help you lie an energetic life. Learn these 4 types of exercises which will benefit you in old age too - https://goo.gl/NBdpaF I hope you will find it useful.
    I totally agree with robsorangegym and others. I'm 62 years old and believe that one should lift as heavy as one is able for as long as one is able. I'm not able to lift as heavy as I was several years ago but I continue to lift as heavy as I can!

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    i often hear that we lose muscle tissue 1lb a year past 50 and as a result you see more well seniors having difficulty getting out of chairs or walking(well elderly are those seniors ewho have not suffered a mi or cva as they aged. be careful in that those impairments are life changers no matter what age they occur ,that being saidthis can occur if you increase bp to move a clot into the small vasculature go the brain or heart-be careul and may want to discuss with physician if you could benefit from any pharmaceutical support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robsorangegym View Post
    Two years ago my doctor told me, "NO, no, no, no. Lifting weights is not something you need to be doing. Try walking." I had lost my muscle, gained some fat, and had several screws in my hand from surgery that had not gone well. To this day my hand has a large knot on it. Well, I couldn't continue to let my body fall apart forever and eventually decided to at least try. I tried to remember everything I had learned about fitness from my coaches, parents, and friends. I read everything I could find, tried to filter out the junk, laughed at the "30 day" cures, and came up with an idea of what I wanted to do the next 12 months. I had to adjust my original plan as I went along but for the most part I just worked as hard as I could. I'm not going to waste my time going back to that doctor to show him he was wrong. I've posted these two elsewhere but this is for anyone who thinks they are to old to change their body.Click image for larger version. 

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    day before my 41st birthday and day before my 42nd birthday.


    That doc is a quack maaannn!proof of thatr fact is it's the 21st century and he as a doctor is down on weightlifting/bodybuilding~

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    You look great, undoubtedly. Lifting heavy weights is not inherently dangerous, as long as you are lifting an appropriate weight for your health and strength and you use correct lifting technique. At age 40, you MUST follow safe weight-lifting protocol. Lifting heavy weights regularly dangerously compresses the joints. Iĺve read horrifying statistics, that say 80% of all weight lifters need to quit their exercise programs due to injury in the first 6 weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post
    You look great, undoubtedly. Lifting heavy weights is not inherently dangerous, as long as you are lifting an appropriate weight for your health and strength and you use correct lifting technique. At age 40, you MUST follow safe weight-lifting protocol. Lifting heavy weights regularly dangerously compresses the joints. I’ve read horrifying statistics, that say 80% of all weight lifters need to quit their exercise programs due to injury in the first 6 weeks!
    80% due to injury? Just because someone wrote some words doesn't mean they are true. What age don't you need to follow safe weight lifting protocol's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mantishugo View Post
    You look great, undoubtedly. Lifting heavy weights is not inherently dangerous, as long as you are lifting an appropriate weight for your health and strength and you use correct lifting technique. At age 40, you MUST follow safe weight-lifting protocol. Lifting heavy weights regularly dangerously compresses the joints. I’ve read horrifying statistics, that say 80% of all weight lifters need to quit their exercise programs due to injury in the first 6 weeks!
    Looks like you're gonna have to put me out to pasture It's pretty simple really, everybody, no matter their age, should be sensible when they lift and adjust as their health/bodies dictate; just because a person is over 40 doesn't mean they should lift less or follow a different protocol. As for the 80%, you never said which age category they came from chances are most of them are likely first time lifters and as such more than likely in the younger age groups, if that's the case, it doesn't add weight to the "argument" with regard to anyone over 40y/o.
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    I personally feel if a person is 40+ he should do the weight lifting and other exercise with extreme precaution. I can't find the resource to support my theory by I logically claim that at that you cannot rebuild your tissues, broken bone faster that you'd use to at you 20s. So take care while you lift weight!

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