Is Age Just a Number?

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I’m too old to start working out. My metabolism isn’t what it used to be. These sound familiar? Maybe you’ve heard them before, or have even found yourself saying them. Is there any truth to it? Is there an age where lifting heavy weights just becomes too much for the body to handle?

I’ve got good news for you. There is never an age that is too old to start working out. Now does weight lifting look slightly different for a 20 year old than a 70 year old? Sure. But both are still capable of lifting heavy. I know a couple people in their 70’s that could own me in the gym. True story.

Regardless of what your age is, you need to start off slow, no one regardless of age should just walk in a gym and start throwing up a ton of weight. Doing so will more than likely leave you with an injury or so sore that you don’t go back. Not just that but typically when we lift more than we should our form is terrible, something I talk about all the time in my videos.

As the age old story tells us, the turtle really does win the race, and it’s okay to take that approach with fitness.

So many new years goals fade and fizzle out almost as quickly as the fireworks on New Years Eve. Why is that? While there are many elements as to why those goals are not meant, one important one is because people view it as a sprint. “I’m gonna take off out of the gate running 100 mph, then they burn themselves out 2 weeks in and can’t figure out why they haven’t completely changed their bodies.

This stuff takes time. So whether you’re 18 or 80, start slow and build. Develop healthy habits, learn proper form, go slow in the gym, you are not there to impress anyone, and regardless of your age, you are capable of hitting some impressive numbers in the gym. Sure you have to work up to it, but you’ve got this. You can hear more about it in this week’s podcast.