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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Strongest at what age?

    At what age, on average, do men reach their full strength potential? Minus all the variables of training.

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    I'd say early-mid twenties.
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    Sweet jeebus, that was a swift reply.

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    Most men have more potential than we would ever imagine. If only we could use it right.
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    depend on how hard you train throughout all those periods in your life.. i'd guesstimate late twenties
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    early teens

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    22-27 is the peak for many men
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    That's the ticket. Thanks.

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    ive actually heard that if men keep training seriously that most men dont reach full strength until there late 30's even early 40's
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCorey75
    ive actually heard that if men keep training seriously that most men dont reach full strength until there late 30's even early 40's
    same here.

    look at the age of top powerlifters and strong men. on average they are in there 30's i think.
    you get some freaks who like excel at a young age.
    though probably the average person may peak early than the althelte athlete as they get A) injured B) lack dedication.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Men will reach their peak strength potential in their early to mid thirties. That is absolutely correct and true.


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    it was a joke jtyrel.. chill homie

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    i think the reason all the best pros are at that age is because it has taken them that long (after they got into it) to build all the muscle
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    ditto mid to late 30's
    look at the top track athletes...
    sports like basketball, baseball, hockey and football might peak a little sooner because of the banging they place on a body...not because the muscles have reached their potential....
    Last edited by geoffgarcia; 01-27-2004 at 01:44 PM.

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    Endurance wize its definatly mid 30s+

    Strenghth wise im guessing 21-27ish but not sure
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    Well, just take a look at who is setting the world records in the powerlifts, and then tell me what age men are at their strongest.

    George Halbert did 733 bench at 215 bodyweight. All time world record, and was age 35.

    Steve Goggins set the all time world record squat at just over 1100 lbs at about 255 bodyweight and was aged 39.

    Scott Mendelson benched over 800, and closed in on 900 at 320 lbs bodyweight and was 35 years old.

    Garry Frank, all time record holder in the total, and at one time in the deadlift, was 38 when he did his highest total ( I beleive).

    With the exception of Marius Pudjenowski (sp?) the recent WSM winners have been in their mid 30's.

    There are some exceptions, of course, as their is to every rule, but with a few exceptions it would seem that most men who train seriously are at their peak strength in their 30's.

    And those who said early 20's, I am guessing that you posters are very young. I am 29 right now, and I am so much stronger than I was at age 21 or 22, it is not even funny. And I will be stronger in 5 years than I am now. And probably stronger 5 years after that too.

    Herman Goerner did some of his greatest feats of strength in his early 40's. If you stay healthy, and keep at it, you can keep getting stronger for many many years. But if you abuse your body, or are in a sport where it must take abuse (football) then you will peak at an earlier age.

    I think that there is a race going on between strength gains and injury. If you gain strength but get injured, then obviously the strength gains slow or stop till the injury resolves. If you get hurt too badly, or too often, then you are reducing the total amount of gains you can ever expect to get, or will reduce the age at which you will peak. (reducing the height of the peak at the same time)

    So, that was a long way around the barn to get to say that men are, absent injury, generally strongest mid 30's or thereabouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom o
    At what age, on average, do men reach their full strength potential? Minus all the variables of training.
    30 something, can maintain most of it till early 50 w/ regular training and good lifestyle. what teens or 20 is total crap.

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    As the resident English teacher here I am going to weigh in with my answer. The OP qualified his question by saying "minus all the variables of training " Why are most people talking about people who train? That was NOT the question. BTW the answer is 18-25. After age 25 the average human male will generally lose (on average) about .5 of muscle mass a year.


    Of course weight training can halt and even reverse this trend to a very great extent, but to what extent depends on type of training, genetic factors, natural or not, and many other variables.

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    How the hell do you suggest reaching your full strength potential without training? Go back to school and take a class on common sense.

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    -sin- , you seem to assume that there is no such thing as untrained strength potential. From ExtremeAnabolic's post, it should have been obvious that this is not so.

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    If you want to see your untrained strength potential go live in a zero gravity environment for a few years. Because if you want to get technical, even something as easy as standing or walking is "training" your muscles to carry the load of your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -sin-
    How the hell do you suggest reaching your full strength potential without training? Go back to school and take a class on common sense.
    I was replying to the OP's post. I suggest that you go back to school and take a class of common courtesy.


    As for the OP, why did you state in your post "minus all the variables of training". As the only way to subtract all the variables of training would be not to train at all, it sounded like you were asking about untrained strength potential. This is not a flame, but the way your original post was worded that is what it looked like you were asking.

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    ExtremeAnabolic, I appreciate your response. Although I didn't intend to ask the question that you answered initially, I did plan it as a follow-up. As to why I wrote "minus all the variables of training," I'll quote myself.
    Quote Originally Posted by tom o
    I didn't make it clear what I meant, but I saw no need to change my question, as I was getting the answers I sought.

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    Actually, I agree with sin. This is a powerlifting forum, who cares about untrained individuals? I mean, sure, maybe you do, but why?

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