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    Age? Is 30 too old to start powerlifting?

    OK some background, I lifted through HS and off and on in college. I was the fat kid in HS, but I was relatively strong for a small private school with no strength coaches and baseball was the choice sport for everyone. I lifted with a guy who I'm not really sure if you'd call him a powerlifter or bodybuilder. Program wise, it seemed like a combo, but he competed bench only. I went from 225 fat and sloppy to 190 solid but still maintaining about 17-18%bf. I get to college, cut down to about 174, lifts were for looks only. Quit lifting and working out, eat like ****, job, wife, a kid, and 8 years later I'm a blowed up mess. I screwed around with PL some last year, but didn't stick with it. Well last month, I'm Fat and sloppy again just before 29 and weighing 272. I saw a picture from my kid's bday party and it was sickening. Anyhow I've recently gotten back in the gym, cleaned up my eating, and starting lifting. Weight is down to 252 and dropping.

    I feel like I've got the health part starting to get under control. My question to you guys is am I too old to start lifting seriously and thinking about competing? I'm talking long term, not next month. I know you see a lot of guys peak in their 30's but that's also with 10+ years of experience. Is it too late for me to catch up and put up respectable numbers at meets. I'm shooting to get down into the 198's, then possibly build up from there. If I do compete it'd be in the 100% raw fed, because they have several meets a year that are close by me in NC.

    Working SS right now and I'm 6 weeks in. current lifts are as follows
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    squat 225 x 5 x3
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    Bench lift has reached a point of becoming a challenges. DL are tough, but I still feel like I've more in the tank afterward. I'm blowing through the reps of squats like they're warm ups.
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    It's never to old to start. Any total you have will be respectable! Get your self a total in a meet and improve from there each meet.
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    YES, FAR TOO OLD. Once ur that old ur testoserone plummets and u cant gain any more strength because this is when males peak........................
    (Any article or statement u read that sounds like this is written by pussyass broscientists) dont ever get discouraged and keep on pushing forward. no such thing as too old.
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    I once read of a 72 year old man who can still bench press 275, squat 300+ and deadlift over 400 lbs all at a bodyweight of 175 lbs @ 72 FREAKIN YEARS OLD. It's never too old to start.
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    There are a couple guys at my gym who just got started powerlifting and they are in their 60s. One of them competed once and the other has had several competitions over the past year. No such thing as too old!
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    Too old? Nah, never. Good for you man, solid choice starting with SS, ride that linear progression train until the wheels fall off. Just be sure to break parallel on your squats, welcome and good luck with your training!
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    Never too late. I'm 40 this year. August will be 3yrs powerlifting.

    3 years ago I buried myself trying to bench 185. I didn't start squatting Till 2 years ago, and 250 was heavy. Dead lifting 315 was heavy.

    Fast forward 3 years later, I squatted 565 on monday, and my bench is nearing 500 in training.

    You can do it too. What does it take? Discipline. I am married. I have 3 kids. I work 50hrs a week... But regardless, I lift mon wed fri Sunday. Any missed workouts are made up. And like everyone else, I had kids getting sick, wife bitching, family vacations, etc.

    But I stayed focused, read a lot, always trying to improve my knowledge and form, and I've achieved.

    So can u. If u got discipline. It don't matter if u r 20 or 50. With discipline youll achieve. Without it, you fail. Don't matter if u 20 or 50.
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    Pursue what you love man. There isn't any age limit when it comes to lifting weights or competing. If you enjoy what you do that's all that matters. Best of luck man.
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    I started lifting at age 43 not even knowing that power lifting existed as a sport.

    Linear progression is a very good choice to lifting heavy in the long run.

    Starting later may even be an advantage. You don't have 20 years of lifting and the injuries that go along with lifting as baggage.

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    I started at 40. I'm 43 now, and will be going for an 1800+ total next weekend.
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    guy i work out with is 51 years old. benches 395 like its nothing and hits it with his legs in the air. never to old if someone says there too old there either full of shiet or too lazy.
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    I convinced a guy at my gym to do his first powerlifting meet a few weeks ago. He's 42, and totalled 1K @ 181



    so to answer your question, no
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    NO WAY! My dad worked out when he was younger and now at 45 he is beginning to power lift again.
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    I totaled over 1800 at age 44 and now a few months from age 49, can load 300# atlas stones
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    Didn't read but no 30 is not too old. Theres a guy who I train with who didn't start training untill he was 65!! He's now 72 and can deadlift 215kg, Bench 100kg and squat 100kg (he has difficulty to squat more due to his posture, got plenty of strength to go well over 100 though)
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    I was a 400lb fatass and never did anything until age 33 when I started weightlifting, by 35 started strongman.......NO its never too late!!!
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    Thanks for the responses. I feel a little bit better now that I've seen guys starting in their late 30's, 40's, and even upward of 70's having success. Now it's just a matter of getting down to it and putting the work in.
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    At SPF Nationals last weekend there was a team of 70 year old women there lifting. There were 4-5 of them. They were all deadlifting like 225-275. There was a 63 year old man who I think totaled like 1100.

    They didn't start when they were 20, or even 30. I get they started within the last couple of years.

    So don't be ridiculous. No it's not too late.
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    Originally Posted by hammerfelt View Post
    I started lifting at age 43 not even knowing that power lifting existed as a sport.

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    Originally Posted by takeittakeit View Post
    I started at 40. I'm 43 now, and will be going for an 1800+ total next weekend.
    Holy **** that's awesome.
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    God I hope not! I didn't start until I was 45 and didn't start competing until this year (47 y/o). I'd hate to think I'm too old to be doing what I'm doing.
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    Dude, I re-started last year at 32. I'm certainly not even an average powerlifter yet, but I've made huge progress and don't plan on stopping any time soon. It's nice knowing you're the strongest person in the room 99% of the time even if you're not breaking world records (yet). Keep it up and by the time you're my age you'll be a beast (with 2 years more training than me, dammit).
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    Originally Posted by sopirate55 View Post
    OK some background, I lifted through HS and off and on in college. I was the fat kid in HS, but I was relatively strong for a small private school with no strength coaches and baseball was the choice sport for everyone. I lifted with a guy who I'm not really sure if you'd call him a powerlifter or bodybuilder. Program wise, it seemed like a combo, but he competed bench only. I went from 225 fat and sloppy to 190 solid but still maintaining about 17-18%bf. I get to college, cut down to about 174, lifts were for looks only. Quit lifting and working out, eat like ****, job, wife, a kid, and 8 years later I'm a blowed up mess. I screwed around with PL some last year, but didn't stick with it. Well last month, I'm Fat and sloppy again just before 29 and weighing 272. I saw a picture from my kid's bday party and it was sickening. Anyhow I've recently gotten back in the gym, cleaned up my eating, and starting lifting. Weight is down to 252 and dropping.

    I feel like I've got the health part starting to get under control. My question to you guys is am I too old to start lifting seriously and thinking about competing? I'm talking long term, not next month. I know you see a lot of guys peak in their 30's but that's also with 10+ years of experience. Is it too late for me to catch up and put up respectable numbers at meets. I'm shooting to get down into the 198's, then possibly build up from there. If I do compete it'd be in the 100% raw fed, because they have several meets a year that are close by me in NC.

    Working SS right now and I'm 6 weeks in. current lifts are as follows
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    squat 225 x 5 x3
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    Bench lift has reached a point of becoming a challenges. DL are tough, but I still feel like I've more in the tank afterward. I'm blowing through the reps of squats like they're warm ups.
    At my first competition I met a guy who was in his mid 80's and said he started lifting when he was 65 so I'd say you are fine.
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    Originally Posted by solar777 View Post
    Dude, I re-started last year at 32. I'm certainly not even an average powerlifter yet, but I've made huge progress and don't plan on stopping any time soon. It's nice knowing you're the strongest person in the room 99% of the time even if you're not breaking world records (yet). Keep it up and by the time you're my age you'll be a beast (with 2 years more training than me, dammit).
    I'll tell you something I've noticed. You say you're not an average pl, but @ the meets I've been to, you would have been above average if those meet PR's of yours are raw.

    I think bc every 10th lifter is elite here on this forum that it skews the perception of whether you're good or not.

    Have you reached an elite status? No, but you'd be above average @ the 3 meets I've been to. 2 of which were SPF which everybody knows has some strong people there (squat criticisms aside).
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    Originally Posted by Jason2459 View Post
    When did 30 become old?
    It sure seems like it when you're 15.
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    Originally Posted by koyongi View Post
    It sure seems like it when you're 15.
    Once you pass 40, 30 is young.
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    Originally Posted by Black_Spit View Post
    I'll tell you something I've noticed. You say you're not an average pl, but @ the meets I've been to, you would have been above average if those meet PR's of yours are raw.

    I think bc every 10th lifter is elite here on this forum that it skews the perception of whether you're good or not.

    Have you reached an elite status? No, but you'd be above average @ the 3 meets I've been to. 2 of which were SPF which everybody knows has some strong people there (squat criticisms aside).
    Thanks, man - I guess it's good to keep that in perspective. There are definitely some truly sick lifters on this site!
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    Originally Posted by takeittakeit View Post
    Once you pass 40, 30 is young.
    But 40 is the new 30, bro.
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