The question is often asked as to whether a person can ever have the body they had when they were younger, but they wonder how they will put muscle on their body at their age. While it can be done, a little different approach for muscle building after 40.
One basic principle that people need to realize is that putting on muscle mass at younger ages is really more difficult that it is later on. One big reason for that is that at younger ages, a boy’s metabolism is too fast for a lot of serious addition of muscle. The metabolism at the younger ages is as fast as it is ever going to be, and most boys are too busy in sports, other activities, or chasing girls, unless you sit in front of a computer and game all day, then your metabolism basically shuts down.
As a person gets older, the metabolism slows down, and the weigh goes on, due to a different lifestyle which is more sedentary and has more stress. It is easier to put mass on our bodies when we get a little older. Almost everyone that you went to high school with is bigger when you attend your 30th reunion.
Putting on mass gets easier as you age, you just have to make the decision as to whether you want it to be fat, or lean muscle. And still, while the desire is there for a leaner, healthier body, the body builder look may not be attainable simply due to the discipline that is required, so we tend to go toward the diet approach, rather than work out, so we have an epidemic of “skinny fat men” who appear in their 30’s and 40’s. So, here is when the art of muscle building after 40 pays off.
We men have it in our brains that we are supposed to be in great shape, as we have been told that all throughout the centuries we were warriors, protecting home and hearth with our battling abilities and great strength, but the most strength we can muster, barely gets us up off the couch for the next beer.
One of the best ways to offset this lethargic reality and to practice the art of building muscle after 40 is that many of us find ourselves is to take up resistance training, which will help to burn fat and make us stronger.
As you start on the path of working out, eat a few more carbohydrates and protein before and after your workout. This helps to make your gains in mass lean gains. Don’t skimp too much on what you eat either. Just eat normal portions and you will be ok.
Another reason you need to continue to eat properly is that diet will affect your hormones. You hear about men needing more testosterone, and much of that is because wives put their men of “vegetarian diets.”.
Think moderation. If you like a beer now and then, so be it, but don’t overdo. No question that beer puts more fat weight on, so take it easy there.
Weekends are for family time, it is true, but it is also the best time for a man to train and work out. If you lift the first thing on Saturday and Sunday morning, you will be in good shape. Have your training week start on Saturday, rather than on Monday. Your lifting sessions don’t need to be longer than 45 minutes.
Set two other times during the week that are set in granite, as far as the time, and keep those times religiously.
Don’t pamper yourself. Lift like you did when you were 25. If you need to wear gloves in the gym, make sure your purse matches. (google image that) Lift weights that are a little heavier than you think you should lift. Do all the lifts for the arms, legs, abdomen, and especially the back. Soon, muscle building after 40 makes sense. Don’t know where to start, contact me for a physique building consultation.
As you can tell from my pictures, me at 25 years old looks great and me at 39 years old looks better. (sorry for bad grammar) My big secret is having a focus geared toward longevity in the sport and art of bodybuilding. This is a lifestyle for me. It’s never been a one time thing, just to try, but I get that, if someone wants to try it. Most that do, try it, end up lost. You need a coach, trust me.. I had one for my first few shows… actually had a couple of coaches and mentors. They all knew their shit and walk the talk. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know my body and still greatly value the opinion and coaching of other coaches…. reputable ones.. I don’t care what degree they have, I look for experienced coaches that have been with a wide variety of competitors and work on a mind, soul and physique level.
I’ve been training now for 25 years and have been competitive on and off for 20 years. I coached hundreds of people, competitive and non-competitive and influenced thousands. This is isn’t my full time job. This is my lifestyle. I LOVE IT and I welcome you to join in and see how rewarding it can be for your future.
HATERS GONNA HATE, LIFTERS GONNA LIFT
Your Truly, Coach Rob