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GodsLonelyMan
06-09-2012, 10:32 PM
Joined a gym for the first time in my life a few months ago. Tired of living a lonely unhealthy life. Trying to put on a solid amount of mass.

cowboybiker
06-09-2012, 10:39 PM
Alot of us have.
You're best bet would be starting strength and get into consistantly.
That way you can take advantage of "Noob" gains.

LisaSkinnoble
06-09-2012, 10:45 PM
Started at age 45 - never ever trained before that.

It's never too late! Good luck. :)

pvsampson
06-09-2012, 10:52 PM
Good move on your decision to change your life.Lots here started over 40,I started just before 44.

Now that you are here,you may not be so lonely anymore.

dnb
06-10-2012, 12:32 AM
Joined a gym for the first time in my life a few months ago. Tired of living a lonely unhealthy life. Trying to put on a solid amount of mass.

I lifted in college a bit. I lifted when I was around 28. I lifted again when I was around 35, and yet again (best ever) when I was around 45. The last time I got hurt and fell off the wagon, the times before I fell off the wagon due to life in general. Now I will soon be 52. I have had both hips replaced. I am lifting again. Slowly. Sanely. I do not want to get hurt, especially with two new hips. I will see my ortho later this month. I think he will s**t when I tell him I am doing squats and deadlifts, but that which does not kill you will make you strong(er). I have no expectations of setting any records, but I figure I am probably good to get to a 200+ squat over time without blowing out a femur, and same on the deadlift.

If I can do this, you can do this. Lifting will make you look better, feel better, feel stronger. It will boost your personal confidence, improve your general mood, and help ward off old age. You can make new friends in the gym if you ask the occasional question, and watch. soon you will work in, and some will be amazed by what you will do.

Above all else, you will do this for YOU. It is your gift to yourself. It is a gift only you can take back, and no one can take away.

So get a plan, stay positive, come here for inspiration. Read, learn, watch videos here, on youtube, at Scoobys, or on EliteFTS, or whatever. Watch what you do, how you lift, what and when. same for what you eat. Soon you will be a monster. Not someone else's monster, but your own. Deep inside, in your head. You will be better.

You will live.

blkbelt42
06-10-2012, 12:34 AM
yup

Gary89
06-10-2012, 06:43 AM
Yup. About 46.

hochspeyer
06-10-2012, 06:51 AM
Oh yeah. It's kinda like a midlife "uncrisis"- like fixing your life without Viagra, Cialis or monoxodil.

jmelanson
06-10-2012, 07:32 AM
Started at 46

go45
06-10-2012, 08:14 AM
Good luck! I started when I was forty. Now Im 51 In the best health of my life. Stick with it, will be worth it!

pharmamarketer
06-10-2012, 12:03 PM
I'm planning on stopping then. It is bad for the joints. Probably pick up a rocking chair, maybe a Rascal to scoot around in and call it a day

BillReilly
06-10-2012, 12:58 PM
Joined a gym for the first time in my life a few months ago. Tired of living a lonely unhealthy life. Trying to put on a solid amount of mass.

I started 18 months ago. Best thing I've done for myself. You're not going to look like Arnold, but you can get stronger and in much better shape. Listen to guys like IronWill and you will do fine.

Corbi
06-10-2012, 01:04 PM
Don't believe any of the above posters, they all came out of the womb clutching a pair of pink dumbbells.

I however started when I was 47.

Frnkd
06-10-2012, 08:39 PM
48 here

Wayne Evans
06-10-2012, 09:00 PM
Yes....58 for me.....good luck.

Oceanside
06-10-2012, 09:02 PM
GodsLonelyMan


Joined a gym for the first time in my life a few months ago. Tired of living a lonely unhealthy life. Trying to put on a solid amount of mass.

you should try to work the word lonely into all of your posts,I think that would be a pretty cool schtick..

not implying you're a troll or gimmick or anything, and if you're not, you're name is pretty depressing and maybe you could get your point across better if ya used "lonely" in each of your posts..

just a thought !

latebloomingmom
06-10-2012, 09:20 PM
Don't believe any of the above posters, they all came out of the womb clutching a pair of pink dumbbells.

I however started when I was 47.
wow thought those were called baby rattles...your folks gave you pink ones?:)

Frnkd
06-10-2012, 09:31 PM
Don't believe any of the above posters, they all came out of the womb clutching a pair of pink dumbbells.

I however started when I was 47.


wow thought those were called baby rattles...your folks gave you pink ones?:)

the difference between boys and girls......girls have racks for the dumbells

latebloomingmom
06-10-2012, 09:36 PM
the difference between boys and girls......girls have racks for the dumbells
not til later on in life...
all little boys come equipped to play sports..got one stick, two ballz:)

HoustonTXMuscle
06-11-2012, 06:14 AM
Started again at 67 after about a 15 year hiatus. Tho I've got an All-Club membership at 24 HF, joined a second gym last week.

Singe03
06-11-2012, 06:29 AM
I lifted a little in my 20s, but between about 25 and 41 I did nothing other than hike and 12 ounce curls to stay in shape. Looked in the mirror one day and decided to I could handle being skinny-fat or bald, but not both so I got a gym membership and started figuring out what to do. Took a while to figure out and I wish I'd discovered this forum way before I actually did.

Just forget you are 40+ and all the BS that people will tell you about lifting at "our" age. Listen to your body, ease in to a good program so you don't kill yourself the first couple weeks then go for broke.

jtroster
06-11-2012, 06:32 AM
I started at 54.

Brackneyc
06-11-2012, 06:33 AM
I'm planning on stopping then. It is bad for the joints. Probably pick up a rocking chair, maybe a Rascal to scoot around in and call it a day

csuZHyW-iGI

kjake55
06-11-2012, 06:37 AM
Started at 44. My best move ever. Good luck! :)

ArchAngel'73
06-11-2012, 06:48 AM
"Anyone here start lifting at age 40+?"



Nope.

beachguy498
06-11-2012, 07:00 AM
I did off and on for years, got derailed at age 43, got back into it 10 years later. One of the best things I have ever done.

Rob

DocHoss
06-11-2012, 08:19 AM
I was totally unathletic (other than liking to hike and riding my bike a bit) and set foot in a gym for the first time a little over a year ago at 47.


I lifted in college a bit. I lifted when I was around 28. I lifted again when I was around 35, and yet again (best ever) when I was around 45. The last time I got hurt and fell off the wagon, the times before I fell off the wagon due to life in general. Now I will soon be 52. I have had both hips replaced. I am lifting again. Slowly. Sanely. I do not want to get hurt, especially with two new hips. I will see my ortho later this month. I think he will s**t when I tell him I am doing squats and deadlifts, but that which does not kill you will make you strong(er). I have no expectations of setting any records, but I figure I am probably good to get to a 200+ squat over time without blowing out a femur, and same on the deadlift.

If I can do this, you can do this. Lifting will make you look better, feel better, feel stronger. It will boost your personal confidence, improve your general mood, and help ward off old age. You can make new friends in the gym if you ask the occasional question, and watch. soon you will work in, and some will be amazed by what you will do.

Above all else, you will do this for YOU. It is your gift to yourself. It is a gift only you can take back, and no one can take away.

So get a plan, stay positive, come here for inspiration. Read, learn, watch videos here, on youtube, at Scoobys, or on EliteFTS, or whatever. Watch what you do, how you lift, what and when. same for what you eat. Soon you will be a monster. Not someone else's monster, but your own. Deep inside, in your head. You will be better.

You will live.
Fantastic post! Good on ya - lift carefully and I'm sure that will be the best thing for you and your new hips.

OP: you may find there is a bodybuilding monster inside you waiting to be set free. Or you may find (like me) that you don't have the genes to pack on muscle (noob gains? hah!) and your desperate attempts to bulk up are greeted only by "oh, have you lost weight?" No matter. You won't know until you try. As dnb wrote, do it for yourself! Even if you never look like a bodybuilder, you will feel better, you will get stronger, you will look better, and most importantly, you will feel better about yourself. Lots of people have said it already, but if I can do it, so can you.

latebloomingmom
06-11-2012, 08:21 AM
"Anyone here start lifting at age 40+?"



Nope.you better get your time in now young man..you got a birthday coming up and then its only one more year til the big 40 after that..:)