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LouPac
07-18-2006, 07:12 PM
I'm interested in training to compete at meets but wondering if it's worth it. I'll be 34 tomorrow and I don't know how the body will respond to serious training for powerlifting.

drew
07-18-2006, 07:18 PM
Absolutely not. The oldest competitor I've personaly seen was 82. He Benched 200 and deadlifted 405.

Chuck Vogelpohl is 43 (I think) and just won the WPO arnold meet.

LouPac
07-18-2006, 07:23 PM
Absolutely not. The oldest competitor I've personaly seen was 82. He Benched 200 and deadlifted 405.

Chuck Vogelpohl is 43 (I think) and just won the WPO arnold meet.
Interesting.

DNL
07-18-2006, 07:35 PM
82 years-old and pulling 4 plates? wow now that would put some of us to shame.

waynedang
07-18-2006, 08:02 PM
One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


Wayne

LouPac
07-18-2006, 08:06 PM
One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


Wayne
DAMN!

Guido
07-18-2006, 08:36 PM
One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


WayneYep. Roger Ryan. Look him up!

A guy on the Illini Powerlifting Team that I train with is 40 and has DL'ed 730 and benched 677 in competition. A lot of guys are just getting hitting their potential at 35-40 and in powerlifting, unlike in most sports, you can keep getting better well past 50.

LouPac
07-18-2006, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

khari
07-18-2006, 08:44 PM
One of the guys at a recent competition had to be in his 70s. Clean and Jerked ~100kg IIRC

HeavyBomber
07-18-2006, 09:15 PM
I'm 36. Check out my journal and some of my videos. I'm stronger and more durable now than I ever have been.

Sensei
07-18-2006, 09:18 PM
I'm 35. I think you have to be a little more thoughtful in your training than a 20 year old, but you can and will make great gains if you start competing.

LouPac
07-18-2006, 09:45 PM
I'm 35. I think you have to be a little more thoughtful in your training than a 20 year old, but you can and will make great gains if you start competing.
Definately, I hear that.


HB, your GM pundages make my lower back scared. :omg:

JustLost
07-19-2006, 06:39 AM
I'm 36. Check out my journal and some of my videos. I'm stronger and more durable now than I ever have been.



I'm 35. I think you have to be a little more thoughtful in your training than a 20 year old, but you can and will make great gains if you start competing.


I didn't even start training until I was 35 or so. My theory is simple: it's not that old age turns you into a wuss; it's being a wuss that makes you old. ;)

Paul Stagg
07-19-2006, 06:47 AM
I'm 36, and figure I've got another 20 years to increase my total.

Guido
07-19-2006, 07:34 AM
I'm 28 and figure I've got at least another 20-25 years to become a legend. :)

Nicoman
07-19-2006, 08:42 AM
Wow cool gives me hope I am 33 and thought I was over the hill ...

bjohnso
07-19-2006, 09:17 AM
Don't powerlifters usually peak in their late 30s/early 40s?

Darracq
07-19-2006, 11:40 AM
I didnt start till i was 37 almost 40 now, I have gotten a lot stronger. I was thin and had nothing to work with either, if you have some size you should be have many good years left.

johnnytang24
07-19-2006, 12:56 PM
Fred "Dr. Squat" Hatfield squatted 1014@255 when he was 45 years old.

To be honest though, I don't know that you can ever be one of the top lifters in the world. It may be too late a start for that. But that does not mean you can't be a great lifter, and it definitely doesn't mean you can't be better than you are now. And it certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't start.

Thanks.

Goodwinm
07-19-2006, 05:08 PM
your never too young and your never too old. With the right attitude, focus and safety you can do anything! Go for it man! Start light on the lifts then build ur way up. Its like anything. Just keep form a high priority when lifting (which is what anybody should do anyway) You'l be fine!
Sign urself up with a powerlifting congress in the next couple of months after uve trained seriousley with it and then have a go. ;)

waynedang
07-19-2006, 06:52 PM
I think it is better to start later in life. I started lifting heavy very young and am pretty beat up for 32

drew
07-19-2006, 06:56 PM
Happy birthday Lou! Now eat some cake and ice cream, then go lift something heavy.

LouPac
07-24-2006, 12:34 AM
Happy birthday Lou! Now eat some cake and ice cream, then go lift something heavy.
Thank you! Wednesday was my off day though!;)

LouPac
07-24-2006, 12:35 AM
your never too young and your never too old. With the right attitude, focus and safety you can do anything! Go for it man! Start light on the lifts then build ur way up. Its like anything. Just keep form a high priority when lifting (which is what anybody should do anyway) You'l be fine!
Sign urself up with a powerlifting congress in the next couple of months after uve trained seriousley with it and then have a go. ;)
What's a powerlifting congress?

Guido
07-24-2006, 10:22 AM
What's a powerlifting congress?I'm guessing it's the English version of a Federation.

muscle chic
07-24-2006, 12:54 PM
Go For It!! You're never too old!!

Goodwinm
07-24-2006, 05:17 PM
yep dude. A powerlifting congress is the same as a federation.
Im not sure where you live but if ur in britian you could join the british powerlifting congress.

http://www.britishpowerliftingcongress.com/

LouPac
07-25-2006, 10:43 PM
yep dude. A powerlifting congress is the same as a federation.
Im not sure where you live but if ur in britian you could join the british powerlifting congress.

http://www.britishpowerliftingcongress.com/
Goodwinm, I live in the States, I'll look into joining one.

Thanks for all the encouragement folks!:thumbup:

Goodwinm
07-26-2006, 10:30 AM
Goodwinm, I live in the States, I'll look into joining one.

Thanks for all the encouragement folks!:thumbup:
gdgd man :)

Westsidemonster
08-15-2006, 01:58 AM
I've heard of amazing feats of strength done by much older people, but let's not forget that some of these people may have used the aid of steroids and growth hormones. But I still think is great to be very old and very strong...Wow, sounds hard to believe but true. 34 is still very young, a powerlifter peaks out at 40, that's what I've heard.