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Am I Too Old To Build Muscle?
I am 43 years old. Is this age to old to begin bodybuilding? (I am not over weight and of average build). My general practitioner has told me that after the age of 30 you can not build muscle. Is this true?
It never ceases to amaze me the myths that are promoted by even those in the health fields. It is more than possible to put on muscle after 30. The practitioner's reasoning was probably that you do have reduced hormonal levels. While this does make it more difficult and takes one longer to recover, plenty of people are still able to achieve appreciable gains of muscle. In fact, many studies with the elderly show both positive changes in strength and body composition despite their lowered hormonal levels.
The key for any older or beginner is to lay out their goals and plan a proper training and nutritional program. It may seem like additional work, however, if you want to make significant changes the time spent planning will more than pay off. Those that fail to plan generally fail in reaching their goals. I have outlined many ways of planning a routine in my Q & A sections below so please take an opportunity to reread some of the previous postings. It is also better to do too little initially than too much. Extreme soreness and pain are not positive signs of adaptation and can definately act as a demotivator to a beginner.
If you need, hire a qualified trainer to help demonstrate appropriate techniques on exercises and how to construct some basic programs. The money invested in such a professional will be more than worth it when you are able to see progress from the beginning and avoid many of the common errors in training. If you would like to find a trainer in your area I suggest going to www.nsca-lift.org or www.issaonline.com.