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    Am I too old to start competing?

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    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.

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    82 years-old and pulling 4 plates? wow now that would put some of us to shame.

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    One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


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    Quote Originally Posted by waynedang
    One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


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    Quote Originally Posted by waynedang
    One of my training partners is 50 and will bench 700 @ 275 this year. 34 is not old at all


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    Yep. 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.
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    Thanks for the info guys.

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    One of the guys at a recent competition had to be in his 70s. Clean and Jerked ~100kg IIRC

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    I'm 36. Check out my journal and some of my videos. I'm stronger and more durable now than I ever have been.

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    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.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyBomber
    I'm 36. Check out my journal and some of my videos. I'm stronger and more durable now than I ever have been.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    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.

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    I'm 36, and figure I've got another 20 years to increase my total.
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    I'm 28 and figure I've got at least another 20-25 years to become a legend.
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    Wow cool gives me hope I am 33 and thought I was over the hill ...
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    Don't powerlifters usually peak in their late 30s/early 40s?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    I think it is better to start later in life. I started lifting heavy very young and am pretty beat up for 32
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    Happy birthday Lou! Now eat some cake and ice cream, then go lift something heavy.
    Last edited by drew; 07-19-2006 at 06:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Happy birthday Lou! Now eat some cake and ice cream, then go lift something heavy.
    Thank you! Wednesday was my off day though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodwinm
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouPac
    What's a powerlifting congress?
    I'm guessing it's the English version of a Federation.
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