Steve Maxwell Article : Dear Over-45 Trainee

Discussion in 'Masters (50+ years old)' started by Adam R Mundorf, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Jak Nieuwenhuis

    Jak Nieuwenhuis Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Maxwell is certainly eccentric and a very creative trainer as well

    I think the folks at Strongfirst generally go against the idea of "grading on a curve" for basis of things like age and that is why this article is receiving conflicting opinions
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  2. Ken_

    Ken_ Double-Digit Post Count

    Personally I found Steve's article useful, especially the part where he put focus on intensity of effort, rather lifting a certain weight. That's kind of what I'm doing now as an older guy coming back from injury, focusing on an appropriate level of effort such that I don't get injured again, and only going up in weight when everything is 100%.
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  3. North Coast Miller

    North Coast Miller More than 2500 posts

    He's a wealth of info when it comes to rehab and correctives. Also on how to make simple, effective programs esp for group fitness.

    I paid to have my kettlebell 1.0 cert through him, but when I found he was close enough to drive, I went mostly to train with him for a day - well worth it.

    He recall he mentioned hangs and the research behind it. And of course talked about everything from Crossfit to Systema.
  4. H. Mac

    H. Mac Double-Digit Post Count

    Steve Maxwell’s article is excellent. However, it may have been wiser to either identify the source of the genetic information that he relies on (6th para. “[V]ery few people have the genetic propensity. . .”.; and 9th para. “While most men do not have the genetic ability . . .”) or to omit it.

    I’m fortunate. I’ve been working out since my teens, but at age 64, I’m stronger than ever, and my greatest gains came after age 50.

    The real good news is that my doctor tells me that I’m as healthy as a horse.

    On the other hand, my wife tells me that I’m almost as smart as one! ;)
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  5. Carl

    Carl Double-Digit Post Count

    I love Steve’s work and increasingly look to the work of people like him, Clarence Bass and Richard Winnett who have all trained for years and are still training (and look the part). I hope to do the same.

    All have different approaches but have found what works for them (and what they are motivated to do).

    I didn’t find the post negative but it is a perspective from someone that has been in the trenches for years. However, I am a mid-40s trainee who has made some progress in lifts that have been in my routine for a long time (chins, dips) recently so my hope is, I continue to do so.

    Great thread.
  6. Carl

    Carl Double-Digit Post Count

    Clarence is a great example of what is possible and none of what he does is extreme. In fact, his approach to training and diet is refreshingly simple. Simple, but definitely not easy otherwise there’d be more ‘ripped’ trainees in their 80s! ;)

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  7. Jan

    Jan More than 500 posts

    Oh, by the way, @H. Mac : welcome to the forum :)
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  8. H. Mac

    H. Mac Double-Digit Post Count

    Thank, Jan! This forum is informative and inspirational! I’m glad I found it!
  9. BrianCF

    BrianCF More than 300 posts

    Going into reading, you need to understand, Steve's a card or 2 short of a full deck. But he makes sense.

    I read this article and subconsciously was nodding my head.

    Maxing out your muscle, check
    20-30 minute workouts, check
    Maintenance, check.

    I just turned 50 and am nowhere near as strong as I was 6 or 7 years ago. I used to press double 70's for 3-4 reps no sweat, 5 ladders. Even for 7 once. I'd be lucky to get it twice now.

    Snatching a 55 feels really heavy now. I tested the 45, did 100 reps in 4:45. That's my new snatch bell.

    Loved EDT. EDT is like 3 scotches. It doesn't love me back anymore.

    Want to play basketball, hip pointer starts acting up, 200 yards into any type of running. Effects golf swing. I'd rather golf.

    Loved playing baseball, had a really good arm until about age 46. I remember playing catch and heaving the ball like Peyton Manning at the end of the road. Could get it there, but with zero zip.

    The mind knows what it wants to do, The body doesn't want to cooperate.
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  10. offwidth

    offwidth More than 5000 posts

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