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Hey Guys --

Just wondering whether any of you have embarked on a conditioning program after reached the age of 50? I started about 6 weeks ago and have seen tremendous results already. I work out at the gym 5 days a week. I got a couple of really good trainers. I do cardio at each work out for 30 minutes and then lift for another 50 minutes and end with 10 minutes of ab exercises. I started with light weight so as not to injure myself but am increasing weight at a nice progressive pace. My pants are a little looser at the waist (1 rung more on my belts) yet I gained 4 pounds in 5 weeks! I really did not set out to gain weight -- it just happened. I guess it must be muscle. The last couple of weeks I started to drastically increase my protein intake and decrease my fat intake. I now drink a glass of milk with a scoop of whey protein at night (whey is 19 grams). I am 5 ft. 10 1/2 and started at 170 pounds. Basically I started with a nice average physique (for my age). I am curious if any of you started conditioning late in the game and if so what your results have been. I am hell bent on getting as fit as possible. I want to put on some muscle and lose the little tire that I have left around my middle (is a 6-pack possible?). Given my age, what do you guys (those under 50 as well) think is possible? All suggestions are welcome. I'm into it so much now that it is just about an obsession. BTW, Gandolf is a great workout partner. Greater gains are possible with a workout partner, for sure.

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Hi Tennis...Have not been in contact with you for awhile. I am going to a clinic next week to work on this heart issue. Will let you know what they tell me. I have a weight problem to deal with but think the no/low fat and good work out is the key. I read where the testestrone level is increased when we work the big muscles, leg etc. Yes, I believe you are capable of getting a good ab six pack. Good for you! Keep up the training. GS
 
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Thats the only way I can "stay on track" is with a bud!
Yeah, ctmwm, there is no substitute for working out with a buddy. It provides incredible motivation that you cannot muster alone! Just got back from working out with Gandolf. He's a serious lifter who really knows his stuff. I'm gonna stick with this and see what I can accomplish.
 
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Hi Tennis...Have not been in contact with you for awhile. I am going to a clinic next week to work on this heart issue. Will let you know what they tell me. I have a weight problem to deal with but think the no/low fat and good work out is the key. I read where the testestrone level is increased when we work the big muscles, leg etc. Yes, I believe you are capable of getting a good ab six pack. Good for you! Keep up the training. GS
Great to finally hear from you GS!! I have seen you post some on the forum so I knew that you must be doing OK. I've been thinking about you. I strongly urge you to just get off your duff and start working out (lol) and also change your diet. At first, it will be a little hard to do but after some time, you will become obsessed about it-- in a good way. Make sure you don't overdue it with weights. Go light until you get used to what you are doing. I also urge you to get a trainer. They provide trainers free at my gym and I used them the first few weeks. I'm also lucky that Gandolf knows his stuff so I am confident that my technique is good. We'll see about the six pack. If I do not attain it, it won't be for lack of trying. Good to hear from you and please keep me posted on your progress.
 
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TennisNut --- Hey Guys
Just wondering whether any of you have embarked on a conditioning program after reached the age of 50?

(Not here but it can be done quite effectively.)

I started about 6 weeks ago and have seen tremendous results already.

(Great job!)

I work out at the gym 5 days a week. I got a couple of really good trainers. I do cardio at each work out for 30 minutes and then lift for another 50 minutes and end with 10 minutes of ab exercises.

(That doesn't sound to bad but don't do more than 5 days a week with weights your body needs time to heal. I generally only hit weights four times a week and play sports (for cardio) a couple 2-3 times a week as well. I also think you could shave some time off the time your in the gym.)

I started with light weight so as not to injure myself but am increasing weight at a nice progressive pace.

(Good don't go to fast same rules apply marathon more than a race, quality over quantity.)

My pants are a little looser at the waist (1 rung more on my belts) yet I gained 4 pounds in 5 weeks! I really did not set out to gain weight -- it just happened. I guess it must be muscle.

(Yep, muscle weighs more than fat ;) and looks better also)

The last couple of weeks I started to drastically increase my protein intake and decrease my fat intake. I now drink a glass of milk with a scoop of whey protein at night (whey is 19 grams).

(Go to water or at least skim milk with better results!)

I am 5 ft. 10 1/2 and started at 170 pounds. Basically I started with a nice average physique (for my age). I am curious if any of you started conditioning late in the game and if so what your results have been. I am hell bent on getting as fit as possible. I want to put on some muscle and lose the little tire that I have left around my middle (is a 6-pack possible?).

(You are starting with a good base, and your on the right track with your routine. One of the most important steps now is your diet, that will get your abs better than working them out. I never work mine out and they are not to bad.)

Given my age, what do you guys (those under 50 as well) think is possible? All suggestions are welcome. I'm into it so much now that it is just about an obsession. BTW, Gandolf is a great workout partner. Greater gains are possible with a workout partner, for sure.

(Work-out partners are great but don't get dependent on them, because if they start missing work-outs it will mess you up as well. Since you want to get fit more than say Buff you don't need one as much because your not constantly pushing for that next rep and need a spot. All in all it sounds like your doing a great job.)

(( I added a little more because you asked in the PM for suggestions so ignore anything you don't like and disregard everything else. :D ))
 
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TennisNut --- Hey Guys
Just wondering whether any of you have embarked on a conditioning program after reached the age of 50?

(Not here but it can be done quite effectively.)

I started about 6 weeks ago and have seen tremendous results already.

(Great job!)

I work out at the gym 5 days a week. I got a couple of really good trainers. I do cardio at each work out for 30 minutes and then lift for another 50 minutes and end with 10 minutes of ab exercises.

(That doesn't sound to bad but don't do more than 5 days a week with weights your body needs time to heal. I generally only hit weights four times a week and play sports (for cardio) a couple 2-3 times a week as well. I also think you could shave some time off the time your in the gym.)

I started with light weight so as not to injure myself but am increasing weight at a nice progressive pace.

(Good don't go to fast same rules apply marathon more than a race, quality over quantity.)

My pants are a little looser at the waist (1 rung more on my belts) yet I gained 4 pounds in 5 weeks! I really did not set out to gain weight -- it just happened. I guess it must be muscle.

(Yep, muscle weighs more than fat ;) and looks better also)

The last couple of weeks I started to drastically increase my protein intake and decrease my fat intake. I now drink a glass of milk with a scoop of whey protein at night (whey is 19 grams).

(Go to water or at least skim milk with better results!)

I am 5 ft. 10 1/2 and started at 170 pounds. Basically I started with a nice average physique (for my age). I am curious if any of you started conditioning late in the game and if so what your results have been. I am hell bent on getting as fit as possible. I want to put on some muscle and lose the little tire that I have left around my middle (is a 6-pack possible?).

(You are starting with a good base, and your on the right track with your routine. One of the most important steps now is your diet, that will get your abs better than working them out. I never work mine out and they are not to bad.)

Given my age, what do you guys (those under 50 as well) think is possible? All suggestions are welcome. I'm into it so much now that it is just about an obsession. BTW, Gandolf is a great workout partner. Greater gains are possible with a workout partner, for sure.

(Work-out partners are great but don't get dependent on them, because if they start missing work-outs it will mess you up as well. Since you want to get fit more than say Buff you don't need one as much because your not constantly pushing for that next rep and need a spot. All in all it sounds like your doing a great job.)

(( I added a little more because you asked in the PM for suggestions so ignore anything you don't like and disregard everything else. :D ))
Thanks for the tips, n2. As for the milk, I've got you covered, I use 1 per cent, not whole milk. I also drink a lot of water during the day. I will not become dependent on work-out partners. The only bud I work out with is Gandolf and that is on the weekends and not every weekend. Trust me, I will not miss work outs for lack of a partner. Re: abs, from your pic, I would say it is an understatement to say your abs "are not too bad."
 
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Hey thats really great that your working out and that its working well for you.

A couple of things I (personally) would do differently (not that you need to change it, it sounds like its working really well!) are:

First, its generally considered better to lift weights before "cardio". You have more energy and get a better lifting session done. On the flip side of that, if you are doing complex cardio exercises (mountain/sand dune running) sports drills etc you definately dont want to be fatiged. So depending on what you are doing, depending on your goals, you may want to switch up doing cardio after lifting.

Second, try and mix cardio with weights. An example would be to sprint between a barbell (do shoulder presses) and a chining station (do pull ups). You can do this against the clock. This will kick your ass (and your body) into gear much harder than "conventional" cardio-separate-from-weights workouts. Even if you don't want all your work outs to be like this once a week will help a great deal.

Third, Whey protein over 50 is something I dont recommend. Simply because its not fantastically digestable. So if your going to eat/drink it make sure you increase the amount of fiber and anti-oxidents you ingest too. Examples would be tomatos, wehatgrass, grapefruits, lots of thick skinned apples (like granny-smiths), etc. This will insure colon health while you ingest whey.

I'm not sure if your taking any other supplements but for an over 50s guy I would recommend. Tribulus, ZMA, L-arginine ETHYL ESTER, and DHEA.

Some of the fittest and strongest guys I encounter are guys over 50 and of course some of the least fit are too. What makes such a huge gulf between the 2 groups is their pyschological approach to training;
You've got to know, as a fact, that men in their 50s can still perform incredibly. Sure your recovery from training may not be so good. But don't let excuses, or the socially accepted "notion" of what an over 50s can or should do sway you. As a man over 50 you have more expereince, smarts and wit to put into your work outs.
The dudes who think like that; see themselves as equal (at least) to younger dudes and therefore they excel.

I hope you stay on track and start whipping the young guys (like me) around the gym!

Peace
 
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