Till what age are u willing to continue bodybuilding ? 70 ? 80?

  • MarcBodybuild...

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    Feb 02, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    I love bodybuilding , but hearing that the oldest trainer died in one of the gyms i used to go to makes me think to what age should i stop.

    He died of a heart attack ( PEOPLE THINK he died due of use of steroids , cause he was shredded and he was around 70 still training clients )

    but yeah he died of a heart attack a year ago,.

    REST IN PEACE BRATHA !
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    Feb 02, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Do it clean, no roids.
    Duh
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Whenever it starts to get sad n awkward to see an old shiny men on stage posing in a skimpy underwear....just saying.
  • MarcBodybuild...

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    Feb 02, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    till this day there are bunch that are still competing in bodybuilding at the age of 60 and above, nothing wrong with old guys still competing just as long as ur body is still able to handle to brutal workout at the gym

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    Feb 02, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    MarcBodybuilding saidtill this day there are bunch that are still competing in bodybuilding at the age of 60 and above, nothing wrong with old guys still competing just as long as ur body is still able to handle to brutal workout at the gym



    its actually admirable, seeing them get on stage and looking amazing at their age. ill go till my body says stop.
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    Hikari said
    MarcBodybuilding saidtill this day there are bunch that are still competing in bodybuilding at the age of 60 and above, nothing wrong with old guys still competing just as long as ur body is still able to handle to brutal workout at the gym



    its actually admirable, seeing them get on stage and looking amazing at their age. ill go till my body says stop.



    AMEN to that ! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    65 max. At that age you should enjoy other things, like Canasta.
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    Feb 02, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    If you are lucky enough to make it to 96..............





    That man was a hot piece of ass.........
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:21 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidIf you are lucky enough to make it to 96..............





    That man was a hot piece of ass.........


    OMG When He was young, YESSSS!!!!
    He had a bodybuilder physique, he was handsome, and rumour has it he was hung! Mmmmmm......
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    I will continue as long as I am able.

    The weights will have to reduced as I get older, but I think it is beneficial to stay active as long as you can.
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    I wanna keep it up as long as I can do it without pain. I still feel Im getting stronger than ever, but I notice I'm more stiff & sore longer than I used to be....I think stretching becomes even more important.....
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    I think it's great to stay active but there's something odd about a guy at a certain age who is shredded. I'm not sure what age it is but you know it when you see it. I just hope I know it when it's me (if I ever get there age-wise or shred-wise).
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
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    STFU

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    Feb 02, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    HOLD IT..... Are we talking working out/ bodybuilding or are we talking competition. At the gym i was going to one old lady was 98 and pressing 95lbs on the leg machine... and yes she was still shovelling snow last winter. I intend to do the weightlifting thing until i can't. If you'e going to have a heart attack that's from what you consume and from stress. The North American diet is mainly wheat and corn..... insoluble fibres. Maybe you should be thinking of non extreme weightlifting, aerobics and cutting back on the not so good stuff. Everything in moderation.

    So, lets say 90 or 100, unless you're wearing pull ups.....lol
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Maybe after a certain age... like say 60... you could switch to bodyweight exercises... that way you wouldn't be at as high of a risk for something like a heart attack
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    Feb 05, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    Not a bodybuilder, but after a certain point your frame size is too small for your muscles and your heart still has to pump blood to everywhere in your body. Plus many bodybuilder diets are a bit odd and backed in broscience. I also don't see bodybuilders doing much aerobic fitness, which is the kind that makes the heart more efficient.
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    Moderation is the key.

    Bodybuilder proportions and muscularity far exceed the biological norm for the vast majority of humans (I'm talking about the Dorian Yates and other such extremes for Mr Olympia sized people).

    Given time, finances, and the desire, I imagine that at 183cm I could eventually get myself up to around 120kg of muscle and compete... but I see no need for it.

    I'll be quite happy to get to, and maintain around 90kg with 8-10% body fat into my old age.

    I'm not knocking it (massive supersized bodybuilding) - and while I've no plans to be a competitive BB'er, I do plan on strength training (lifting heavy) and mixing in body weight exercises for as long as I am physically capable -- as well as eating right.

    There are plenty of guys 60+ years old, right here on RJ who are stunning examples of how we can stay fit into our golden years.


    But yeah, I'd say stay away from the steroids/HGH and prohormones (stuff that is a few chemical changes apart from illegal steroids) unless your doctor has given you a prescription... eat right, lift heavy, and punch weakness in the balls. ;)
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    I intend to keep up the same (or at least similar) regimen up into my 80's just like my grandfather did. He was built like me - and worked out, speed walked, cycled, golfed, swam laps, did push-ups, crunches and other exercises - kept himself hydrated and moisturized - and looked 10 - 20 years younger (no gut, no flab, few wrinkles) until pancreatic cancer took him. Why not keep as fit as possible - and looking our best all the way to the end?
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    One assumes you reach a point where you really do look beyond appearances and think WTF?
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    Feb 05, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    I once met a bodybuilder in Ft. Lauderdale who was 61 and put many of the 20 years olds in the gym to shame, and he dind't look at a day over 40 in the face.

    I will stay at bodybuilding until I die and like the aformentioned trainer it will probably be in the gym and probably of a heart attack (or as we say in my field: myocardial infarction). But I will die happy doing something I love and will still look better than 90% of the McDonald's fed fatasses that make up America today (I live in the #2 state for obesity, #6 for childhood obesity).
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    Feb 05, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    I will keep it up until I can’t, but when I ‘can’t’ I’ll still do it until I croak. I love the endorphin high and there’s no legal substitute to it that I know of. I have a great time in the gym and know just about everyone in there. I work out with a group about 1/3 – 1/2 my age and there’s little they can do that I can’t. True, on the cardio day when we play some bball, they can move faster than I can, but that’s the mass of 220 lb slowing things down a bit. I’d like to go back down about 40lb and get away from some of the mass building stuff, but other than that, still plan to keep going for as long as I’m alive.
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    Feb 05, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidModeration is the key.

    Bodybuilder proportions and muscularity far exceed the biological norm for the vast majority of humans (I'm talking about the Dorian Yates and other such extremes for Mr Olympia sized people).

    Given time, finances, and the desire, I imagine that at 183cm I could eventually get myself up to around 120kg of muscle and compete... but I see no need for it.

    I'll be quite happy to get to, and maintain around 90kg with 8-10% body fat into my old age.

    I'm not knocking it (massive supersized bodybuilding) - and while I've no plans to be a competitive BB'er, I do plan on strength training (lifting heavy) and mixing in body weight exercises for as long as I am physically capable -- as well as eating right.

    There are plenty of guys 60+ years old, right here on RJ who are stunning examples of how we can stay fit into our golden years.


    But yeah, I'd say stay away from the steroids/HGH and prohormones (stuff that is a few chemical changes apart from illegal steroids) unless your doctor has given you a prescription... eat right, lift heavy, and punch weakness in the balls. ;)


    Awesome post Alpha - this is exactly where I stand on this question too - at 52, I'm in my best shape ever, and I have no intention of slowing down. While it is true that building muscle over the age of 50 is harder (believe me, I'm dealing with that now) staying fit is not - and strength training, in study after study, is shown to have consistently positive effects on aging bodies. So yes, i'm all in for the long run.
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    Feb 05, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    For life or until my body breaks beyond repair!
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    Feb 09, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    Like another said, bodybuilding is one thing, competing another. I'll probably never compete, not because I don't have the wherewithal but because sodium depletion and dieting down to near-starvation levels (among other things) makes competition (in terms of even natural bodybuilding) by definition unhealthy. I've elected to engage in only three major physical activities - bodybuilding, yoga and swimming - precisely because they are three pursuits I won't have to give up for a very long time.

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