Want to get really ripped, but I'm 50 - can it be done?

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    I see all these guys my age and older on here and you guys look amazing - you inspire me.

    I really want to get into the best shape of my life, lose the last 10 lbs of fat and build some good definition.

    Any of you guys start later and get to the shape you are in? Or were you in shape at a younger age and just maintained it?

    Any advice for the older guy trying to get super ripped?
  • hockeydude12

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    Anyone can get in great shape...my dads 55, has multiple sclerosis and is jacked, so if he can do it, you can too. Have you ever worked out before?
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    I'm working on it at age 65 and seeing results. Started just a couple years ago. I'm looking at this as a five year project (to be sustained beyond that but 5 years to get where I'd like to be).

    The way I look at it, even if I don't get *there*... I'll be in way better shape for having tried than had I not. I've gone from 250lbs to 185 and am now both trying to build muscle and loose fat.

    Looking at your photos, you should have NO problem what so ever. It will take some time, dedication and a bit of discipline, however. It *is* easier for guys under age 35 but still totally doable even at my age and older.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    Yes, you can certainly make lots of progress. I'm 51. Take a look at the progression of the pics in my profile. That's all over the last 9 months. I wouldn't say I'm "really ripped" but I look a lot better.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    I have - I haven't been as consistent as I would have liked this past 6 months, due to a whole bunch of bad excuses, but I'm back at it now.

    Can't say I really know too much about what I'm doing or the kind of routine to do, although a couple years ago i worked with a trainer to work on a program, but it's now 2 yrs old.

    Thanks for the encouragement!


    hockeydude12 saidAnyone can get in great shape...my dads 55, has multiple sclerosis and is jacked, so if he can do it, you can too. Have you ever worked out before?
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:12 PM GMT

    I bet you sure can!....I've seen 60 going all motivated and bulk.. and there are what?' not just handful of them,
    but many here are R I P P E D that age.

    I clearly dont see why you cant.... there are others here have yet to post...icon_wink.gif

    There's a say...Nothing is late then never! pirate_2.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    Wow. Thanks for the encouragement. You look great!

    showme saidYes, you can certainly make lots of progress. I'm 51. Take a look at the progression of the pics in my profile. That's all over the last 9 months. I wouldn't say I'm "really ripped" but I look a lot better.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    Believe me 51 is not a barrier. Its all about the right diet and commitment.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    Thanks - you know any good sites where I can learn more about how to eat right?

    I've been trying to follow a meal plan from Men's Health - but it's only a weeks worth - be good to get some more info.

    muscman60 saidBelieve me 51 is not a barrier. Its all about the right diet and commitment.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    Mens Health and Mens Fitness both have great ideas on nutrition and diet as well as exercises. Increasing cardio and intensity in the gym will of course help as well.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    49 here... for a few more months. I hope my 50th birthday doesn't change my belief that many of my life goals are still attainable. To be honest though, I know that there is a small part of my brain that will be susceptible to that self-doubt. Must fight it! So much of training (and life) is conquering the mental barriers we place in front of ourselves.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    The workouts here are good, the workouts at www.BodyBuilding.com are better. You can get jacked/ripped/cut IF you want to and IF you work at it. Remember, abs are built in the kitchen.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    Sure you can. I'm 59 and just dropped 40+ pounds and work out like crazy. Even I'm getting there quite well. I'm doing lots of training with young-ins who want the same so makes me pay attention because I know they're watching me. In fact, heading to the gym right now and will train for 2+ hours. We'll see if the kid can keep up!
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    You can make significant changes at any age. Consistency is key as is learning what does and doesn't work for you as per your goals. Just keep your expectations reasonable and in line with your chosen activity and goal.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 10, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    You can do it. Stay focused on the end result and hopefully we will see some before and after pictures on here two months from now. :-D
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    Diet and the best trainer you can afford
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    Check out the workout programs here on RJ, others guys have reported great success with them.

    Diet and nutrition -- you have several choices and each one has its advocates and haters.
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    todd99 saidI see all these guys my age and older on here and you guys look amazing - you inspire me.

    I really want to get into the best shape of my life, lose the last 10 lbs of fat and build some good definition.

    Any of you guys start later and get to the shape you are in? Or were you in shape at a younger age and just maintained it?

    Any advice for the older guy trying to get super ripped?



    Anybody can do it, just make the commitment and stick with it. Good luck!
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys for all the great advice and encouragement!
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    Jan 10, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    I'm hitting the big 5-0 this year, and I didn't start training seriously until about 4 years or so ago. So yes, it can be done.

    However, nobody said it was easyicon_smile.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 9:38 PM GMT
    Just look at Sungod, you can be him too!

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    Jan 10, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    Both you and sungod inspire me! You both look amazing!

    Roguewave saidJust look at Sungod, you can be him too!

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    Jan 10, 2013 9:45 PM GMT
    Thanks dude, Im almost 54 (next month) so yeah it can be done
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    Jan 10, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
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    Jan 10, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    Do squats. They make the rest of your body grow. Proper form essential, especially when you aren't a teenager.
    Also a variety of activities and lifting are good.

    And yes, you can do it. I just turned 58...