Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:

    The World’s #1 Bodybuilding And Fitness Forum - Save Up To 50% Off Retail Prices In Our Bodybuilding.com Store!

Reply
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Come at me bro Green54's Avatar
    Join Date: Dec 2009
    Age: 27
    Stats: 5'10", 175 lbs
    Posts: 1,367
    Rep Power: 351
    Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000) Green54 has a reputation beyond repute. Second best rank possible! (+100000)
    Visit Green54's BodySpace
    Green54 is offline

    Workout routine for 55 year old?

    I'm trying to put together a beginning weight training workout for my mother who is 55 years old. I want to include a workout that uses a mix between free weights and cable machines. I have no clue where to start. What lifts should someone that old stay away from and what lifts would be best for someone her age. Can one of you lovely seasoned ladies help me out?
    Reply With Quote

  2. #2
    Not Swimming. Emma-Leigh's Avatar
    Join Date: Apr 2003
    Location: NSW, Australia
    Stats: 5'6"
    Posts: 17,704
    BodyPoints: 11632
    Rep Power: 1287166
    Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) Emma-Leigh has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000)
    Visit Emma-Leigh's BodySpace
    Emma-Leigh is offline
    Originally Posted by Green54 View Post
    I'm trying to put together a beginning weight training workout for my mother who is 55 years old. I want to include a workout that uses a mix between free weights and cable machines. I have no clue where to start. What lifts should someone that old stay away from and what lifts would be best for someone her age. Can one of you lovely seasoned ladies help me out?
    My mum ->


    Her age -> older than what you are asking about.

    What we did tonight -> included deadlifts (conventional), OH Presses, Chin ups, DB bench press, DB rows, OH Lunges and all those other 'normal' lifts that 'normal' people do.

    Age doesn't necessarily prevent you from performing anything.... YES there are a few things you need to be careful of:
    - flexibility is often decreased/ ROM in joints secondary to arthritis or muscle contracture... so be careful with stretch exercises or exercises that may result in joint injury (eg: behind the neck pull downs would be ridiculous)

    - Elderly people have decreased balance, and are more at risk of falling... so be careful with exercises that require lots of balance, also be careful of changing position rapidly (increased risk of black outs/ syncope).

    - Pelvic floor issues. especially an issue in females who have had bubs... So be careful with things that raise intra-abdominal pressure a lot...

    - Sarcopaenia of fast-twitch muscle fibres occur as people get older - especially in the - so she may LOOK bigger and stronger than she is.... Especially in places like the GLUTES/ posterior chain.... so you would be best to focus on these muscle groups.

    Then there are all the regular things:
    - good warm up (a little longer in the elderly)
    - ensure GOOD baseline strength before moving onto more complex lifts
    - ensure good baseline FITNESS before doing anything that is overly stressful to the heart
    - adequate cool down to prevent stiffness


    Also - most importantly, make sure she gets a full doctors check up before she starts. This will help identify any restrictions that should be placed
    *perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim*
    "The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of whom and what they have become." - Jim Rohn
    It's your call. DRIV.... E.
    Reps for protein powder, puppies, or anyone who buys me a house.
    Reply With Quote

  3. #3
    Registered User skinnyfatlean's Avatar
    Join Date: Jun 2009
    Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
    Age: 42
    Stats: 5'2", 116 lbs
    Posts: 138
    Rep Power: 19
    skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000) skinnyfatlean is a splendid one to behold. (+10000)
    Visit skinnyfatlean's BodySpace
    skinnyfatlean is offline
    i dont think age comes into it,a reasonable warm up and then I would just get her to gradually increase weights until she finds her limit.
    “[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”
    Reply With Quote

  4. #4
    Bulking freebirdmac's Avatar
    Join Date: Sep 2007
    Age: 55
    Stats: 5'4", 120 lbs
    Posts: 15,877
    BodyPoints: 5613
    Rep Power: 18979
    freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000) freebirdmac has reached the pinnacle! Best possible rank! (+1000000)
    Visit freebirdmac's BodySpace
    freebirdmac is offline
    55 is not elderly Emma!!!!



    I started at 48 and did the same routine as a 20 year old. Like anything else, physical limitations will depend on the person.
    Reply With Quote

Reply

Similar Threads

  1. Workout Plan for 15 year old beginner needed
    By BUFFY in forum Workout Programs
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07-18-2013, 08:48 PM
  2. workout routine for 18 year old
    By Soccer505 in forum Workout Programs
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-26-2010, 01:38 PM
  3. Workout wanted for 14 year old
    By bradycook14 in forum Personals - Meet Other Bodybuilders
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-09-2006, 03:51 PM
  4. Workout Required for 20 year old Girl - **REPS**
    By Andalite in forum Workout Programs
    Replies: 62
    Last Post: 05-06-2006, 01:55 AM
  5. Workout routine for 62 yr old
    By First Shirt in forum Exercises
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-31-2001, 08:23 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Home Store Products Careers Help Contact Us Terms of Use Checkout