Physical results after 30?

  • dannyboy1101

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    Jun 19, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    So, I am approaching 30 and have been fighting hard to build the chest I always wanted among other things. It seems like the people who have the body I want for myself already had it in high school from sports or amazing genetics or both.

    Any guys here get the majority of your results after 30 when the metabolism was against (or just not helping) you? Need some inspiration so I know that my goals and time at the gym are not wasted hours with no return. Or some realism so I can just stay home and watch netflix haha.

    Can you reach a hot beach body at any time or is college age the cut off?
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    "After 30" ... LOL ... honestly, you young'uns just slay me. icon_smile.gif

    I have made gains post-50, dannyboy1101. By all means, keep working.

    However,

    try not to fall into the trap of using someone else's physique as your goal. I had a gal-friend years ago who bemoaned the fact that no matter how much she worked out, she couldn't achieve a behind like mine. I actually had to reminder that I was a black man and she was a white woman!

    You only have your body structure, your metabolism, your genetics to work with. The "body you want for yourself" can only be an improved version of the body you're wearing now.

    By the way, you already look good. Keep up the good work.
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    1) work smart instead of constantly working hard in the gym
    2) get serious about counting calories
    3) If the weight is not going up on the bar and on the scale, you arent getting bigger
    4) be realistic in your expectations.
    5) research research and learn learn learn...
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    It's a scientifically proven fact that your body goes to shit after 25.

    Sorry dude, looks like you're shit outta luck.
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    Jun 19, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    I'm 32 and I feel like I'm just hitting my stride in terms of muscle growth. I work out and eat a lot smarter than I did in my twenties. I've gained 25 pounds of lean mass over the last year through hard training and dieting, and I finally for the first time in my life consider myself an "athlete" (I was a chubby band/theater geek in school).

    Don't be discouraged. The only thing holding you back is your mindset. Just keep up the hard work and you'll get there.
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    Jun 19, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    dude, i'm 43. most of my gains were made within the last 3 years, following the breakup of my LTR.

    ok, i was an athlete in highschool and university. i was a lean swimmer/rower then and weighed 155lbs, but no real bulky muscle "mass". i continued to workout to stay fit, but i was just an average fit guy weighing around 160 in my 30s.

    now i''m happy with my size, i'm 5'9 and weigh 185lbs. also keep in mind that i've been living with HIV for the past 11 years.

    while its true that your metabolism will change in your 30s and in your 40s, you just have to learn how to work with your body. research a lot, talk to other mature athletes and body builders, balance your diet, get quality natural supplements, and accept that some of it will be trial and error.

    you have to be willing to push yourself to lift big and eat big in order to build mass. i truly think that my increased motivation to lift big came from using the gym to relieve the stress of my break-up.

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Kingmo....nice work...congrats!

    I am 50....just completed another Tough Mudder.

    Was NEVER a high school or college athlete.

    I am making slow but steady gains at 50.

    I dont have the body I want yet BUT I feel awesome!

    Over the past 18 months dropped from 235 lbs with a 40-42 waist to 213 lbs with a 35 inch waist.

    Could not run a 1/4 mile....now trail running 5 miles.

    Just swtiched over to eating 6x a day and working out 6x a week.

    One body part per week with cardio mixed in.

    Hopefully that will give me the bigger, thicker, build that I am working towards.


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    Jun 19, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    pretty much ALL of my results came after the age of 30

    identify your goal and work like hell to acheive it, age will not be a factor
  • Ironman4U

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    30...really? You can have amazing results at 30, 40, or 50...maybe more (don't have that experience yet). Plenty of inspiration of late bloomers on this site to know that you can do it if you are willing to put forth the effort.
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    Jun 19, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I was actually wondering the opposite - most gay guys I know were rail thin during their twenties, and only managed to fill out (in a good way) in their thirties. It's the late 30s/early 40s crowd that have the perfect bodies in my experience.

    Then again I am at the thirty mark and am beginning to finally fill out some myself, so I might just be projecting.

    Either way, just be rigorous about how you diet and exercise. Don't guess - sit down with an Excel spreadsheet and crank until you know what you're going to eat.
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    Jun 19, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's a scientifically proven fact that your body goes to shit after 25.

    Sorry dude, looks like you're shit outta luck.


    Oh, Paul, you scamp! icon_smile.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 19, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    Sure you can get good results post thirty!

    I didn`t start till I was fourty six, with running and some weight training; later moving on with cycling, swimming, and ruck-marching for variety. I made major gains in fitness, weight loss, improved physique, strength, etc.; perhaps more so, it gave me a better mental outlook, more optimistic, determined, stable, open, and so on.

    My best advice is consistency, always be doing something active.
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    Jun 19, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    dannyboy1101 saidSo, I am approaching 30 and have been fighting hard to build the chest I always wanted among other things. It seems like the people who have the body I want for myself already had it in high school from sports or amazing genetics or both.

    Any guys here get the majority of your results after 30 when the metabolism was against (or just not helping) you? Need some inspiration so I know that my goals and time at the gym are not wasted hours with no return. Or some realism so I can just stay home and watch netflix haha.

    Can you reach a hot beach body at any time or is college age the cut off?


    All of my results thus far happened after my 30's. But I may not be a good example.
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    Jun 19, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    dannyboy1101 saidSo, I am approaching 30 and have been fighting hard to build the chest I always wanted among other things. It seems like the people who have the body I want for myself already had it in high school from sports or amazing genetics or both.

    Any guys here get the majority of your results after 30 when the metabolism was against (or just not helping) you? Need some inspiration so I know that my goals and time at the gym are not wasted hours with no return. Or some realism so I can just stay home and watch netflix haha.

    Can you reach a hot beach body at any time or is college age the cut off?


    I don't have a beach body, but I've gained 24 pounds of muscle since 10/2010. You can definitely get plenty of gains after 30. The hardest part is shedding the fat. Diet and cardio regimen is key.
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jun 19, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    On my 20s I was a gym rat and got a pretty good body -or so I used to think. Then other things took priority and the body was gone. Now in my 30s I am starting over. While the results are coming slower, they are of better quality. IMHO.
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    Jun 19, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    It may take longer to get the gains that you want as you get older, but it *is* possible. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 19, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    "If its necessary, its possible"
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    Jun 20, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    It's ALL about nutrition!!! You can work hard in the gym but if you are eating McDonalds or for that matter eating a salad only then you aren't going to get great results. You gotta eat about 1.5-2 grams of protein per pound of your body weight daily along with healthy carbs and healthy fats. Combine great diet with a good workout routine and you will grow.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    JoyfullyRandom said"If its necessary, its possible"
    It's necessary for me to go to sleep right now, but I know I'll be up another 4 hrs cause sleep is stupid and weird and sucks and stuff.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    30 is still very young for bodybuilding, most guys don't hit there peak until there mid 40's! I'm 35 and making the best gains of my life now then when I was in my 20's.
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    Jun 20, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    This is the second time 'round of workin' out more properly and I have to say that I'm shocked at how well my body tends to respond to gym time. Try to go three but often even twice a week Everyone has noticed... so not only is it possible (I'll be 46 soon) but VERY do-able. Just keep pushing yourself and try to be consistent.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 20, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    I think by now you've gotten the point that 30 is still young, so you can't use that as a crutch to explain your lack of gains. As has been said above, you can't compare your progress to those of others. Eat reasonably well, make sure you have a good exercise plan, and be consistent.

    Eating reasonably well is pretty self-explanatory. At 30, your metabolism should still be pretty active. Make sure you're eating sufficient protein and cut down on your fat intake.

    Regarding an exercise plan, if you don't know what you're doing, then it's important to set up at least three sessions with a trainer to give you a workout routine and review the exercises enough times to pay attention to the proper form. If you're doing an exercise wrong, or too fast, or too heavy or too light a weight, then you're wasting effort, time, and money. Don't rush through your workouts. Focus on your breathing and your movement.

    Consistency is the other element of importance. Find a schedule that works for you. Don't go too often that you can't maintain it. It needs to fit into your schedule. But if you're not going at least three times a week, then you need to reevaluate. You need to make time in your schedule for working out.

    I started working out at 28 and my body showed great benefits. No complaints. I moved to New York for a couple years where I didn't maintain working out. I came back to LA, got back to working out, and within a couple months by body exceeded where it was when I got back. Oh, and by the way, I had turned 40 in that time.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jun 20, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Thanks. Yeah, I am climbing on the P90x bandwagon tomorrow with diet and exercise routine. I have had many extensive periods of consistent gym time and even trainers in the past, but even with them, my results were slow and not as significant as I wanted. Diet is definitely my biggest focus for this summer. I do not eat well.

    And I agree with the "cant compare to others", but I still can't stop doing that as much as I would like. Damn Scorpio competitive nature I guess haha. Thanx for the advice! Hopefully I can stick with my new routine and maximize benefits this time. The muscle building workout on here was ridiculous for me.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    I had the most gains in my 30s and lifted really heavy for a 5' 9" guy. Now I just lift to look decent. But in your 40s and 50s you can still bulk up.
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    Jun 20, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    JoyfullyRandom said"If its necessary, its possible"


    Love the attitude.

    To the OP:

    Some food increase hormone, i.e. horse radish (also circulation and ejaculation)

    Fasting for 24 hours also reduce insulin levels and increase hormone. It also activate several survival genes leading to hormonal transcription.

    Limit alcohol to once a week can help you become a fat-burner instead of carb-burner... leading to more hormone/ and a cut body.