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    Age when speed and jumping ability starts to decline, what do you guys think?

    At what age does your speed and vertical leap really start to diminish? I am guessing late 30s but I am curious as to what you guys think and possibly if anyone with actual experience can chime in on this. I am curious because if you have never lifted weights or worked on plyos I am curious if you could still get faster. Lets say you were a decent athlete your whole life and played some competitive sports through out your 20s and 30s, you never trained with weights just relied on good ol jogging outside, never had a good strength base and had a typical diet. Once you hit late 30s if you start doing squats and plyos and other training correctly with the right amount of rest and everything you could possibly be even faster then when you were in your 20s but untrained right?
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    Been wondering this too. I'm only 23 but feel like my jumping ability and speed has decrease a bit since when I was 17-20. I can barely jump off of one foot now....
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    depends completely on workout habits and physical condition but probably late 30s

    although the fastest runner is like 24.. usain bolt, fastest swimmer is also like 25 or so
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    I am faster in my 40s than I was in my 20s. I did not lift in my 20s and only started doing deads and glute strengthening work in my 40s. Increasing those muscles allowed me to have more speed than youth alone could give me.

    So I think the answer is a big fat... It depends. If you allow natural muscle atrophy process to happen as you age, then speed is gonna decline with that process... If you can actually keep the muscles and/or add muscle, why can you not increase speed with age?

    The thing you will not be able to fix as you age (without drugs) is recovery time. I take my rest days much more seriously than I did when I was young.
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    Originally Posted by sports19 View Post
    At what age does your speed and vertical leap really start to diminish? I am guessing late 30s but I am curious as to what you guys think and possibly if anyone with actual experience can chime in on this. I am curious because if you have never lifted weights or worked on plyos I am curious if you could still get faster. Lets say you were a decent athlete your whole life and played some competitive sports through out your 20s and 30s, you never trained with weights just relied on good ol jogging outside, never had a good strength base and had a typical diet. Once you hit late 30s if you start doing squats and plyos and other training correctly with the right amount of rest and everything you could possibly be even faster then when you were in your 20s but untrained right?


    Speaking from experience my vertical has decreased since my late thirties. It's quite humbling to go from have some decent hops to barely getting off of the ground.
    I guess we all have to get old sometime.
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