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    Can a person make good progress if they started later in life?

    I never even touched a weight until I was 27, and didn't start seriously lifting until I turned 30. I keep reading research about how test levels start decreasing at this age and how it is harder to lose bodyfat. Well my goal is to get as strong as possible, hopefully one day with a 600 pound deadlift, but I notice most people who reach that level started lifting in their teens. Here I am at 30 and while I'm not giving up, I'm just looking for some hope that this is possible. Perhaps someone here has done it or knows a good example.
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    I see absolutley no reason why your starting age would have any effect on your goals. I didn't start until this year & am well on my way to reaching numerous goals. Just have a positive mindset and attitude and keep plugging away.
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    I can see this thread getting hammered! You are only 30...not at the end of your life, there are people here twice your age training hard, making good gains in physique and poundage. Anything is possible with hard work and a great plan. Al Beckles had a fantastic physique at 48 and beyond! hell my kids are nearly as old as you...
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    Screw age and lift heavy. At 30 there is no earthly reason why you cant work up to a 600 lb. deadlift if that is what you want to achieve.


    Yes, he started younger than you but dammit, 680 at 64 y.o. and 198 lbs.!!? He is planning on 700 soon.



    You've got 34 years to get there.
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    Originally Posted by TheKansan View Post
    I never even touched a weight until I was 27, and didn't start seriously lifting until I turned 30. I keep reading research about how test levels start decreasing at this age and how it is harder to lose bodyfat. Well my goal is to get as strong as possible, hopefully one day with a 600 pound deadlift, but I notice most people who reach that level started lifting in their teens. Here I am at 30 and while I'm not giving up, I'm just looking for some hope that this is possible. Perhaps someone here has done it or knows a good example.
    30? Man, I have ties older than you! LOL!

    Seriously, just do it, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve if you stick to it and train not only hard, but smart. I also got started at your age (now I'm 51 years young), and I definitely was not the genetically gifted type at all...

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    Originally Posted by TheKansan View Post
    I never even touched a weight until I was 27, and didn't start seriously lifting until I turned 30. I keep reading research about how test levels start decreasing at this age and how it is harder to lose bodyfat. Well my goal is to get as strong as possible, hopefully one day with a 600 pound deadlift, but I notice most people who reach that level started lifting in their teens. Here I am at 30 and while I'm not giving up, I'm just looking for some hope that this is possible. Perhaps someone here has done it or knows a good example.

    I think of the old cliche': If you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.
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    Originally Posted by Brackneyc View Post
    I think of the old cliche': If you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.
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    Mate....these questions roll thru the forum on a regular basis and whilst on the one hand I can see why some have a go at the OP...on the other - I know the feeling of "is it too late"??

    And whilst I have, in the past, posted my thoughts on why it is of course possible perhaps a better way to convince you is with pics

    Here's my change in 4 years

    Started at 55

    So I guess you can see what the answer is.

    What are you...30???? That REALLY loud sound you should now hear is the penny dropping...



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    After the hard sessions - when ya ask yourself all the really tuff questions like "WTF are you doing, mate?"....the answer is....if you aspire to be the best at something - if you set your goal to be best in the world - you want to do more than anyone else is doing out there.

    Easy..if a guy's working harder than me - doing more than me - he fking well deserves to beat me.

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    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.

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    Originally Posted by ScubaDave View Post
    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.


    Very good job.

    Yakabebe is awesome, but don't sell yourself short. Impressive.
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    Originally Posted by ScubaDave View Post
    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.

    Outstanding! And....AND... you DO live the great life!!!

    Hows trix, mate! Still at it?
    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=154678393

    After the hard sessions - when ya ask yourself all the really tuff questions like "WTF are you doing, mate?"....the answer is....if you aspire to be the best at something - if you set your goal to be best in the world - you want to do more than anyone else is doing out there.

    Easy..if a guy's working harder than me - doing more than me - he fking well deserves to beat me.

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    Originally Posted by ScubaDave View Post
    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.

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    Hey Kansan,

    Do these posts answer your question?

    Guys like Yakabebe, thebigguy1, ScubaDave, and OldSupe are just a few prime examples that 30, 40 or older are not the end of the world.

    I hope to still look as good as I do now, and as good as those guys when I am at that age and beyond and I'm going to sure work like hell to make it happen!
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    Originally Posted by yakabebe View Post
    Mate....these questions roll thru the forum on a regular basis and whilst on the one hand I can see why some have a go at the OP...on the other - I know the feeling of "is it too late"??

    And whilst I have, in the past, posted my thoughts on why it is of course possible perhaps a better way to convince you is with pics

    Here's my change in 4 years

    Started at 55

    So I guess you can see what the answer is.

    What are you...30???? That REALLY loud sound you should now hear is the penny dropping...



    Damn, I never saw your before pic until now. That is so incredible, all that you have accomplished. I am beyond impressed!
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    Originally Posted by ScubaDave View Post
    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.

    Another fantastic transformation! I love seeing the before and after pics. So incredible! You look amazing!
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    I never even touched a weight until I was 27, and didn't start seriously lifting until I turned 30. I keep reading research about how test levels start decreasing at this age and how it is harder to lose bodyfat. Well my goal is to get as strong as possible, hopefully one day with a 600 pound deadlift, but I notice most people who reach that level started lifting in their teens. Here I am at 30 and while I'm not giving up, I'm just looking for some hope that this is possible. Perhaps someone here has done it or knows a good example.
    Like the other posters said, 30 is way young and you can make crazy progress.

    Originally Posted by Nikonguy View Post
    Screw age and lift heavy. At 30 there is no earthly reason why you cant work up to a 600 lb. deadlift if that is what you want to achieve.


    Yes, he started younger than you but dammit, 680 at 64 y.o. and 198 lbs.!!? He is planning on 700 soon.



    You've got 34 years to get there.
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    look at oldsuperman's profile
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    Laugh of the day: 30 = later in life! Would be true if you were a dog (can I still go duck hunting with my master?).

    Actually, on a srs note, if the OP and others really don't see any older fit or above average fit people in everyday life, then the question is justifiable . . . and worrisome! Other than the older guys at the gym and some of the police/firemen, there's a whole lotta 'dumpy' out there.
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    [QUOTE=ScubaDave;547167743]Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.



    Wow! Inspiring, can you give us some details? Did you do it naturally? Had you had prior gym experience?
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    Originally Posted by TheKansan View Post
    Here I am at 30 and while I'm not giving up, I'm just looking for some hope that this is possible. Perhaps someone here has done it or knows a good example.
    You're only 30, and you're looking for some hope?

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    Taken last month; I'll be 62 tomorrow:



    I'm nobody special, other than that I'm very goal-oriented. Consistent hard work and proper nutrition is the name of the game.


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    Originally Posted by yakabebe View Post


    Originally Posted by ScubaDave View Post
    Although in no way to do I compare to Yakabebe (not many of us do), I started at age 39.

    OH MY!!!! You guys really transformed yourselves!!!!! You both look fantastic! I'm on spread but will repp when I recharge!!!


    OP You are right 30 is way to old, throw in the towel


    J/K I didn't start lifting seriously until Jan. of this year and I'm 44. Age is just a number, if you are letting that get in your way at 30 by the time you hit 50 you will be ready to check in to a retirement home!
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    I dunno...30's pretty old. Might as well buy that rocking chair from you local Cracker Barrel while you can still carry it from the car to the porch.

    I keed. 30 is nothing...it's the new 20. LOL
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    OK, no offense, but how is it you've been a member here for 3.5 years with over 5,000 posts and you're asking one of the most ridiculous newb questions that gets asked here time and again?

    And I can't hold a candle to anyone above me in this thread, but you can add me to the list of people that got back into this game in their 40's and have made some decent gains.

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    Originally Posted by Nikonguy View Post
    Screw age and lift heavy. At 30 there is no earthly reason why you cant work up to a 600 lb. deadlift if that is what you want to achieve.


    Yes, he started younger than you but dammit, 680 at 64 y.o. and 198 lbs.!!? He is planning on 700 soon.



    You've got 34 years to get there.
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    OK, no offense, but how is it you've been a member here for 3.5 years with over 5,000 posts and you're asking one of the most ridiculous newb questions that gets asked here time and again?

    And I can't hold a candle to anyone above me in this thread, but you can add me to the list of people that got back into this game in their 40's and have made some decent gains.

    Lots of pics in my Bodyspace and my journal. No drugs, PHs or anything else that I can't get at my grocery store, either.

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    Honestly, my goals have always been fat loss, and general fitness. I don't doubt for one second that those goals are attainable at any age.

    I also am not ignorant enough to think that attaining a nice physique is impossible. That is not my question though. I want to reach the level of an elite level powerlifter, having only started lifting when I reached 30. Showing me pictures of guys who are cut for a bodybuilding show doesn't help me. Powerlifting is a different game and that is why I am curious.

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