As you grip a dumbbell in your forty-year-old hand and glance in the mirror at a physique that shows no sign of progress, you wonder, is it still worth it? Can my body reach the heights of its youth? Or am I doomed to go spiralling downward as age creeps up? Thankfully, the figure you’ve always wanted is a realistic possibility. You just need to convince yourself and learn how training at this age takes a slightly different approach. So, let’s turn off that middle-aged slump and transform our workouts to suit this stage of life.
Start With the Basics
There’s no doubt that training has evolved since the golden era of bodybuilding. The choice of training programs available, technology and equipment are on the up. It can be daunting if you’re just starting after a lengthy break from the weights; watching youngsters rep-up on exercises you never knew existed. But you’ve got to remember, whatever worked for bodybuilders decades ago, will still build muscle today. Don’t be afraid to include the basic bench press, squats or barbell curls in your routine—the pros still use them.
The latter slice of the 20th century will live long in the memory for those who were around to witness it. We scratched our heads over the Rubik’s Cube, fanatically waved imaginary lightsabers and had our lives altered forever by the internet.
Meanwhile, another craze was erupting; bodybuilders were becoming larger than life, quite literally. Not only were they blowing up to sizes we couldn’t comprehend, but these outrageously proportioned athletes were becoming global icons.
This was the golden era of bodybuilding. But what happens when legends hang up their weightlifting gloves? Let’s take a glimpse into the lives of the most cherished iron men.