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How to Build Muscle After 40
Building muscle ISN’T a young man’s game. What I mean by that is… our teens – or even in some cases our early twenties – ISN’T the easiest time to build muscle, for a number of reasons.
For one, our metabolism is too fast, and two we’re much more active. Our lives are consumed by sports and chasing girls (sometimes literally chasing girls). We burn more calories on a daily basis partially because we’re much more active when we’re in school, but also because our metabolisms are as high as they’ll ever be. While we may want it more, we’re too stubborn to slow down, recover, and train in a way that’ll get us the muscle we want.
As we get older gaining mass gets easier – whether that mass is muscle or fat is completely up to you. When I run into guys I went to high school with, they’re all bigger than they were in high school or college. The vast majority are fatter, too – I’d say 95%. This is because their schedules and their metabolisms have slowed. They have more stress now than they did in college, and more things pulling them away from the gym, and pulling them towards a Twinkie or a burger. I find it much easier to gain mass today than I did in college for those same reasons, I’ve just chosen to have that mass remain lean.
The obstacles we run into as we age regard our priorities and our hormones. We have the capacity to gain mass, we just don’t have the time, the discipline, or the desire we once had. I mean, why gain muscle mass when we’re already married, have kids, and we know that the bodybuilder look is far from a desireable physique? So we focus on fat loss and cardio rather than lifting heavy weights, and we see in increase in skinny fat men in their late 30′s and 40′s.
Why You Should Lift Weights As You Age
Men are warriors. For thousands of years we’ve been maintaining a certain physical condition. We were hunter-gatherers for thousands of years. We’ve been lazy and fat for decades – maybe hundreds of years. Being in great physical condition is in our DNA. We were warriors facing death in hand-to-hand combat long before we ever had the opportunity to sit on our asses and watch TV.
Men are supposed to be in great shape. A man is a warrior. Apart from that, doing some form of resistence training will serve as a fountain of youth of sorts. It keeps us strong, and our bodies young. Lifting weights helps us burn fat, lower fat levels correlate to higher testosterone levels. Resistance training also correlates to more energy and a greater quality of life. We’re more vibrant, healthy, and active when we’re, well, active.
How to Gain Lean Muscle After 40
As we age, the trick starts to be lean mass, not just mass gains. The following tricks will help you in your fight to gain lean muscle after as you enter your 40′s.