Squats And Deadlifts For Guys Over 40

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    Jan 18, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    Just curious as to what the over 40 guys think about these exercises. Do you still do them or have you replaced them with other exercises. If so, what do you do instead of squats and deadlifts.

    I hurt my back a couple of years ago and didn't do them for a long time but gradually added them back to my routine. Now, I make sure to use really good form and try to listen to my body. If I feel more than minimal soreness or aches in my back or knees, I'll wait until it goes away before going heavy again.

    How about y'all?
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    Good job youre doing the right thing taking precautions.
    I do them both, and i love that im getting stronger doing the heavy weights.
    Make you you get a spotter just in case, and if anything feels wrong, consult your physician. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    It's all in the form...and moderation.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I still do squats...icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    Well, I'm glad to see other guys over 40 doing them. I figure that if you just stop, then the body will get weaker and then you won't be able to do them anymore. But, if you keep doing them, you may have to be more careful but it will slow down the loss of strength that comes with aging. That's my theory anyhow! icon_cool.gif
  • DenveRyk

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    I do both--just watch form, as anybody, no matter age, should do--and only gradually increase weight. Listen to your body and honor it--you can do a lot over 40!!! At 62 I should know!! lol! And I had a disc (L5-S1) removed some 20 years ago, so that needn't stand in your way. Again, just be careful.
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    Jan 18, 2011 2:32 AM GMT

    I still do them both on a 4 day cycle. I did have a three month off period following surgery for a torn muscle after a trampoline accident. I haven't found injuries any different now then when I was young. One heals and I just slowly ramp back into my exercises. I am running more now for snow boarding and after winter will pick up more squats and tramp for diving as it takes more power.

    40 should not be a limitation for you as you said listen to your body.
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    Jan 18, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    I do both regularly - just watch the form close and don't do them when I'm tired or otherwise apt to have poor form.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 18, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    I am sticking mainly to squats and other types of leg exercises (including box jumps and other "explosive" movement exercises) these days. I hurt my back about 6 weeks ago doing deadlifts, so it will be a while before I work them back into my routine. With both squats and deadlifts, one has to be really careful about form, and form is way more important than the amount of weight. Dunno why I ended up hurting my back that day--the trainer always remarks that my form is spot-on. Guess it was just one of those days...
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    I will echo everyone's comments - form is critical.

    Good news, though - heavy weight is not critical. I even do squats with an empty bar, sometimes even just a broom handle. Actually, even just air squats with my hands out. You can do air squats pretty much anywhere - waiting in line, airplanes, etc.

    Make sure you get someone who really knows proper form to watch you do squats. I find about 90% of people really don't understand the mechanics of squats.
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    Since my herniated disk (not related to squats), I now do squats with no weight, and no deadlifts at all.
    There are plenty other ways to stay in shape.
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 18, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Yep, do them. Actually I rarely did them when I was younger and just started doing them regularly last year (at 52).
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    Just did them tonight and trying to teach myself ways to try to get myself to not go heavy. Trying to go heavier on leg press and just moderately heavy on squats now. Need to really concentrate on form, each rep focused on
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    44 years old and still doing squats, deadlifts, and anything else that is out there for legs and full body lifts. Love it when I can outlift the college guys. Always use a trainer or an attentive spotter.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    56yo and...
    squat on the toilet
    squat in the woods
    squatty potty in Asia
    squat down on my BF's pee-pee
    but some days don't do diddly squat
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    Jan 18, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    i do squats and deadlifts
    but i've never had back problems in my life .
    i don't yet put big loads on mind you ( 180 pounds for deadlift right now )and i pay attention to form. I'm increasing by small increments .

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    Jan 18, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    I started going my heaviest on free-weight squats at 40. I'm up to five sets, 6-7 repts, 6 plates and 2 quarters. And I will def go higher on weight, just takn my time for now.
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    Jan 18, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    Over 40 guy here.

    I do squats and lunges twice a week along with leg machine exercises. I have not done deadlifts in a long, long time. I had lower back surgery about 14 years ago so a bit apprehensive about doing them, although I think they also help strengthen lower back too... icon_cool.gif
  • massbuildah

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    Jan 18, 2011 11:35 AM GMT
    Still do both, in fact...deadlifts are my favorite exersize.

    My training is centered around the power moves...squat, deadlift, bench, shoulder press...

    I've had back issues as well but it's all in the recovery and knowing your body.