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    What Motivates You To Train: Is Training Over 35 Worth It?

    Hey guys, got a unique question for you and you maybe able to answer this for other people how have this concern...

    I did bodybuilding for 6 years and I stopped doing it after reaching my genetic peak and getting bored of it (or close to it). I'm thinking of getting back in it relatively injury free, but in the back of my mind, I'm telling myself...

    I have lost most of my "gains", but i'm fortunate enough to have a pretty good slim physique without even having to train.

    I'm over 35 now... And this is what I tell myself

    "It's just a matter of time before you get injured or risk the chance of injury. When you get older, you're going to get smaller, and you won't be able to lift much after 60 plus your body takes longer to heal and to recover."

    "You're going to have to give it up sooner or later anyway, so what's the point of starting to do all of that work again when you'll end up getting more injuries and weaker anyway and you won't look as good in 20 years time.."

    The other thing is that because I have been huge befire and had a great body, the fad of looking great has little to no appeal to me.

    I don't have any desire to look huge or ripped, because I am happy with who I am.

    I've always thought when people say they want to "get fit to look good naked" was such a superficial and vapid answer.

    I need something that motivates me to get fit for the reasons of health, specific science and self-development.

    Cliche terms lIke "I like to train to be healthy", just doesn't do it for me. I need a bigger, better and a stronger reason to train and put all of that time into it now since i've akready reached the top of the mountain, so to speak.

    The only thing I associate with now with working out now is apathy.

    Probably some pretty terrible up limiting beliefs. But it's what's haunting me at the moment.

    What are you thoughts on this, also other guys/girls are more than welcome to comment too.

    Looking forward to hearing some interesting insights and great advice

    Mark
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    It's a fun hobby. You either enjoy it or you don't.
    Don't make it more complicated than it is.
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    To fight sarcopenia as much as possible.

    It is a great stress reliever as well as being great for confidence in everyday life. Do you want to look like a couch potato who hasn't seen his willy in years over his belly? Have a hard time find clothes that fit?

    It makes you more resilient. Someone who hasn't lifted a weight or done anything athletic in years might end up hurting themselves doing something as mundane as picking up a package the wrong way, having to quickly change pace crossing the road, or even playing with their children.

    Along the same lines of the last one is that it allows you to enjoy life and not fear situations that might require a little athleticism to do. Want to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors? Go swimming on the beach, take your kids fishing out a remote areas. Good luck doing that while lugging around a bunch of extra pounds. These issues only get worse the older you get.

    It makes you harder to kill.

    Over all though, I have been fat and out of shape and I don't plan on going back. The quality of life of a person who is active and in shape is not something that I would trade for anything, and it takes me less than a hour a day to have it. What a world.
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    For me and luckily i just enjoy working out. It's definitely a therapeutic outlet for me, whether it's lifting, taking a run, a bike ride, a hike, etc. Just anything that involves movement and getting the blood flow is fun for me. I never needed someone or something to motivate me to workout, it's just something in my DNA that i enjoy.

    Basically like the comment above don't over complicate it.
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    Originally Posted by AnImItY View Post
    I did bodybuilding for 6 years and I stopped doing it after reaching my genetic peak and getting bored of it (or close to it).
    I call bullsh*t on reaching your genetic peak within 6 years. Bored I can see, reaching your genetic peak is a big stretch.


    Do yourself, and me, a favor.
    Stay the f*uck out of any commercial gym, especially during the pandemic. You're a waste of space.
    2nd, sell any home gym equipment you might have to someone who will buy it.

    Take up knitting. You probably won't get injured from that and it will keep you inside where its all nice and safe.

    You've been huge before...top of the mountain...omg...where do you tossers come up with this sh*t?

    Here's my genuine advice;
    NEVER pick up a piece of exercise equipment again.
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    Many reasons but in summary, I enjoy it and feel better mentally and physically by doing it.

    If you don't enjoy it and have no pressing health issues requiring you to do it, don't do it. I don't recommend working out (or anything else really) based on someone else's reasons for doing it.
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    I'm 53. Have you seen the average 53 year old!?!? No thanks. I do it to look better, feel better, and move better.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Many reasons but in summary, I enjoy it and feel better mentally and physically by doing it.

    If you don't enjoy it and have no pressing health issues requiring you to do it, don't do it. I don't recommend working out (or anything else really) based on someone else's reasons for doing it.
    Same here. Just did chest workout, got a great pump, feeling like a million bucks heading into the rest of my Sat..
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    At some point you're just fighting a losing battle to stave off death, but I'd rather fight than ldar. Plus, lifting is enjoyable. If you don't like it, then walking every day, especially hills, will probably keep you just as healthy with fewer opportunities for injury.
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    I'm sure it's boring reaching your peak after 6 years, I mean no challenge for you having mastered the sport so thoroughly. I advise you look for a more difficult sport.
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    I'm sure it's boring reaching your peak after 6 years, I mean no challenge for you having mastered the sport so thoroughly. I advise you look for a more difficult sport.
    I retired from my job after reaching my genetic peak.

    I miss money.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    What motivates me is to be healthy and not dying by the age of 55.

    Seven years ago I was 240+ pounds, 44"+ waistline, 45-50% BF, had severe COPD and was told by my doctor that I was pre-diabetic, my triglycerides were almost 700, my cholesterol was terrible, blood pressure was borderline hypertensive, my average resting heart rate was about 80, and that my COPD had progressed to nearly emphysema and I would likely need oxygen therapy within 12-18 months.

    She handed me a list of prescriptions and told me I would also likely be full-on diabetic within six months.

    I rejected all of the medications and told here that I would work on losing the weight, building up my lean mass and cleaning up my diet.

    Seven years later, I am 160 pounds, 29.5" waistline, 12% BF, with normal triglycerides, normal blood sugar, normal blood pressure, and near optimal heart/lung function.

    I can sustain a pulse of 155+ for 15+ minutes during my cardio stress tests now and my average resting heart rate is in the upper 40s.
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    There's no point in doing anything we don't want to do.

    I train because I still like to. I've been training in a bodybuilding fasion since I was 14; and still competing at 51.

    People overthink this all the time..."whats the point"...there's no point to anything. You either enjoy training or you don't.
    I'm all about quality of life. If I died tomorrow, I'd be fine with that. I do not want to live until I'm 99 but be decrepit for the last 20-30 years of my life. It's very proven that weight training in older humans fights off muscle loss, helps bone density, fights heart disease and improves cognitive thinking.

    Call it narcissistic, but I enjoy looking around and realizing I'm in better condition than 90% of 50 yr olds on the planet; and I've worked for that.

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    Originally Posted by ArchAngel'73 View Post
    I call bullsh*t on reaching your genetic peak within 6 years. Bored I can see, reaching your genetic peak is a big stretch.


    Do yourself, and me, a favor.
    Stay the f*uck out of any commercial gym, especially during the pandemic. You're a waste of space.
    2nd, sell any home gym equipment you might have to someone who will buy it.

    Take up knitting. You probably won't get injured from that and it will keep you inside where its all nice and safe.

    You've been huge before...top of the mountain...omg...where do you tossers come up with this sh*t?

    Here's my genuine advice;
    NEVER pick up a piece of exercise equipment again.
    ^ Best response.

    For me:

    1. I enjoy it and I enjoy the benefits of it.

    2. I see the results of not lifting as worse than the results of continuing to lift. I'll have worse than injuries if I don't exercise in some form.

    It's pretty simple in my view.
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    I don’t think I could motivate myself if I didn't like it for what it is. And I still break some PBs from time to time.
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    So OP wants to be lazy and looking for motivation. Look, either you want to upgrade yourself with consistent diet, nutrition, and training or you don't.
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    Working out (regardless of the activity) and being healthy is better than bring sedantary, fat and unhealthy.

    That's what it boils down to.

    If lifting and being as jacked as you can be doesn't interest you, try something else. Hell, start boxing, you'll get a hell of a workout.

    I just stopped competing because I got tired of getting punched in head and the body after a few years. But I still miss the training.
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    You need think differently.
    Training for older lifters more as health benefit than looks although it still can help even if your not focused on looks.
    Being able to do movements with the stress of added resistance is very beneficial to overall health.
    Being able to get up and down off the floor on your own,grip strength and having more muscle over fat are all indicators of being healthier and greater longevity.
    You'll be able to lift at 60 if your smart with your training and not ego driven.
    Do things you can,don't do things that hurt or may cause injury.
    There are many ways work exercises and and areas of the body.
    Do your research and educate yourself.
    Good luck.
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    Originally Posted by smokinal View Post
    . . . but I enjoy looking around and realizing I'm in better condition than 90% of 50 yr olds on the planet
    Way too modest. I might look better than 90%. You? 99% if not 99.99%
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    Way too modest. I might look better than 90%. You? 99% if not 99.99%
    Second that.
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    Originally Posted by ljimd View Post
    It's a fun hobby. You either enjoy it or you don't.
    Don't make it more complicated than it is.
    Yep. I'm with you. I see no end in sight of my enjoyment of lifting.

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    I need something that motivates me to get fit for the reasons of health, specific science and self-development.
    OK. Good luck with that. Hope you find it.
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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    Way too modest. I might look better than 90%. You? 99% if not 99.99%
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    Second that.
    You guys are too kind, thank you
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    I guess it's just part of who I am? I truly enjoy the atmosphere of the gym, seeing people working to try to be better, the clanging of the weight plates. Hell, even the sound of people on the treadmills. It provides an outlet for my emotions and I know that it has provided many benefits (health and social) over the years. My grandkids love that I still train and I hope that I am a positive role model for them. Most of them are athletes and I have tried to show them that they can get an advantage over others by out training them. I hope to be able to do this forever.

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    Started out because I was tired of being fat. It's slowly become a hobby I actually enjoy that provides both stress relief and physique / health benefits.
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    I do it to look better naked at 59. It puts me in company with other people who are interested in looking good naked.

    I use a P/P/L split that doesn't include a lot of injury prone movements. My shoulders and hips are in the best shape of my life so far. I'm not trying to powerlift and set PRs. I try experimenting and trying new things- figuring out what works and what doesn't. I can do this until I drop dead.

    If I didn't do it, I'd be a fat old guy, that couldn't walk around the block. My heart would be unhealthy.
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    " What Motivates You To Train: Is Training Over 35 Worth It?"

    Training over 35 is definitely worth it. It's good to be strong. What motivates me is the knowledge that resistance exercise, especially extreme physical exertion on a daily or near daily basis, is absolutely the best thing anyone can do for the overall health of the body.
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    I do it to maintain my trophy husband alpha aesthetics, and I am a masochist.
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