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torch1980
03-23-2011, 06:15 PM
I was talking to my dad about being a powerlifting and my g/f and they were both concerned that I had 2 arthoscopic surgeries on my right knee and I am 30 years old am I too old to compete in powerlifting?

C...unit
03-23-2011, 06:30 PM
Im 37 have been lifting forever but just recently hooked up with a powerlifting team and getting serious abt competing. 30 is still young man, alot of good yrs ahead of you alot of guys and girls are kicking ass into there 50"s in this sport.

I have had alot of minor injuries but they heal and all these 22 yr old kids are getting just as hurt as me and they are not moving the kind of weight I am yet soo alot of it is mental . Just do what will make you happy and let everyone else be too old

Bob
03-23-2011, 06:36 PM
I lifted on-off for almost 30 years... had lot of injuries, but from other activities... bun knees from football, motorcycle accidents... bad back from wrestling accident.. messed up hands/fingers from farm accidents..

Then I got serious... lol.. started powerlifting/strongman at 41...
Almost 5 years later... healthier.. and stronger then ever..
Can't wait to hit a new PR at each new competition..

@ 30.. you have a lot of quality years ahead of you..
if you WANT them!!

GL

ScottYard
03-23-2011, 06:41 PM
Never too late.

SELK
03-23-2011, 06:45 PM
I am a bit younger, but 30 is not old at all, but its never too late. I broke both my wrists badly in a mountain biking crash years ago and other then the occasional pain or dislocation its not something I ever think about. Your body can recover and you can always get stronger if you are smart with your training.

NickAus
03-23-2011, 07:05 PM
Im 30 and plan on lifting hard for the next 30 years.

There are some GREAT lifters at 40+

joey54
03-23-2011, 07:31 PM
31 here and want to compete at least annually for the next 20+ years. Did my first one at age 30.

theBarzeen
03-23-2011, 07:37 PM
On top of the crew of younger guys and mid-30's guys I lift with a few people in their 50's and 60's..... never mind Ernie (Frantz)at 76 years old still squatting over 500 regularly.

torch1980
03-23-2011, 08:12 PM
thanks everyone

vdizenzo
03-24-2011, 09:21 AM
I have been training and competing for a long time. Meanwhile I am stronger now in my forties than I was in my twenties and thirties.

MarcusWild
03-24-2011, 11:44 AM
Why'd you have your knee scoped twice? If you have knee issues, then squatting in gear is actually better. It helps you carry the stress in your hips instead of your knees.

theBarzeen
03-24-2011, 03:59 PM
Why'd you have your knee scoped twice? If you have knee issues, then squatting in gear is actually better. It helps you carry the stress in your hips instead of your knees.

I have to agree with this..... you don't see a ton of big raw guys in their 60's......

dechrist
03-24-2011, 04:10 PM
Never too late to do the things you wanna do you just gotta put it in motion. Im turning 24 AND just starting to compete so I thought I was all late but nope.b

skiboy
03-24-2011, 05:10 PM
Like everyone said it is never too late!
I lifted in the 70's to early 90's then stopped due to back issues. Got back into lifting after 12 year layoff and then got serious.
Now I will be attempting a 800lb squat in a meet in 2 weeks and I'm 53 year old that had 3 buldging disks.

Never too late Just be smart have correct form on everything.

ledmonds
03-24-2011, 05:42 PM
I was talking to my dad about being a powerlifting and my g/f and they were both concerned that I had 2 arthoscopic surgeries on my right knee and I am 30 years old am I too old to compete in powerlifting?

It is never too late. Get in there and kick ass.

shocker4221
03-24-2011, 06:22 PM
Like everyone else has said, it's never too late. Just lift smart and you can do this for a long time. I'll add one thing, I have noticed that most power lifters or at least all that I have seen on this site are more than willing to help newcomers to the sport. I have never seen a sport where everyone is so willing not only to help others but they encourage progress. Get on board and you will love it regardless of age.

TheSumo
03-24-2011, 10:25 PM
I started just shy of my 41st Birthday - age is just a state of mind just go lift and enjoy yourself I am just annoyed I didnt discover this sport 20 years ago

torch1980
03-25-2011, 02:40 AM
Why'd you have your knee scoped twice? If you have knee issues, then squatting in gear is actually better. It helps you carry the stress in your hips instead of your knees.

I torn my lateral and medial meniscus my lateral in september and my medial when I was 19

J_Byrd
03-25-2011, 05:48 AM
I tore my acl, mcl, and both meniscus. They had to remove all but about a pinky fingers worth of the meniscus from both sides. 7months after surgery I walked out, and squated 700lbs in a zsuit, wraps, and belt. You just have to train smart. Read, ask questions, and you will be fine. Its a great sport, you dont have to be elite to enjoy it!

mastermonster
03-25-2011, 10:21 AM
Similar to several here. I had 3 knee scopes and 2 shoulder scopes from football and a car wreck + one work accident. Made a powerlifting comeback at about 45 Y.O. and have had a partial shoulder replacement this past Dec. and am now coming back to competition in early 2012 from that (football stuff got the shoulder; not the lifting). I'm 55 now and have won 13 Masters World Championships and have broken 26 Masters WRs and several Open state and American records. I still love it and NOOOOOO! Your no where near too old to start! Go far it and I hope you have as much fun doing it as I have! Just do it!!! By the way, my best meet lifts since age 53 have been an 810 squat, 600 BP and 622 Deadlift. So, you are no where near your strength peak age yet. No telling what you'll be doing by my age!

MarcusWild
03-25-2011, 01:01 PM
You'll be fine. I know a few people that have done that, and it doesn't limit their lifting.

byronsru24
03-25-2011, 01:16 PM
I'd say if anything, you'll be starting out with a lot more common sense then say a 15yr old kid would. I didn't start strength training at ALL till I was 21, and I noticed that compared to friends of mine who started early on in high school, I never had any significant injuries early on in my training career. I also seemed to make faster progress then my friends did when they first started training, because I was willing to read, research, and listen to those who really knew what they were talking about. 30's definetly not too old....look at guys like Chuck V, Andy Bolton, etc...they are in their 40's, and still breaking records and still finding ways to get stronger. Good luck with powerlifting, its a sport that truely gives back to you what you put into it.

torch1980
03-25-2011, 03:50 PM
thanks again everyone I started my deadlifts thursday hurt a lil bit in my surgerical knee

Jake Impastato
03-25-2011, 04:01 PM
You're in good shape. I am 36 and have made big gains in the last five years. I never thought I would be as strong as I am now. Consistency and hard work pay off. Age is not a factor in your thirties.

Brian C
03-26-2011, 03:33 PM
Im 39 now. About 10 years ago I tore my groin and an ab muscle plaing hockey. Started PLing about 3 years ago. Never too late.

krazylarry
03-26-2011, 04:41 PM
Never too late.

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