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avid 11-04-2012 10:37 AM

building muscle at age 63?
I have been going to the gym pretty regularly for the past 5 months.
I am 63 and in decent shape for my age.
It seems to me that I have gained a little bit of muscle mass over the past few months. My friends say it's all in my head because at my age, the best I can hope for is to slow down the loss of muscle. Gaining new muscle mass is out of the question for someone my age.
Anyone have knowledge about this?

Leo41 11-04-2012 03:04 PM

I am 71 and have been strength training for the past year. I don't claim to be building 'new' muscle (because I'm eating at a caloric deficit to lose weight), but I definitely have developed my existing muscle quite significantly. It's obvious visually--and in the way my clothes fit.

Kateee 11-05-2012 05:28 AM

This is interesting. I just googled building muscle in your 60,s and alot of info came up.

E.W. 11-05-2012 07:50 AM

Heck there is a 93 year old body builder who started at 87!

93 year old bodybuilder - Bing Videos

RDeschain927 11-05-2012 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by avid (Post 16057949)
Gaining new muscle mass is out of the question for someone my age.

That is a fallacy.

It's NOT impossible to add lean muscle to your physique at 63. It's very doable in fact but several pre-requisites must be met and they are:

1) proper training regiment (with a barbell) that includes mostly if not ONLY compound movements. Isolations are a waste of time for a beginner looking to add size and strength.

2) proper nutrition

An excellent book I'd recommend is called "Starting Strength" by Mark Rippetoe. It's for beginners (of all ages) who want to add size and strength.

You've been working out for the last five months with regularity? Can you describe your training regiment? Also Do you keep a log?

RDeschain927 11-05-2012 01:47 PM

Sorry I misread your post. I see that you actually HAVE gained some mass since you started lifting. Nice work!!

It is DEFINITELY possible to gain mass at your age (especially if your nutrition is on point, meaning your protein and caloric intake is very high at least on lift days).....so keep at it!

avid 11-05-2012 04:57 PM

thanks for the encouragement!
I too did some research and yes, absolutely, without a doubt seniors can add muscle mass.
I go to the local Golds gym and most of workout is on the machines. I work every muscle group with particular attention to my core muscles. I've never felt better.
I know that my strength is increasing because I'm able to do sets with heavier weights.
My pace is "easy does it" because injury is the last thing I want.
I no longer have backaches. I get out of chairs effortlessly, I can stoop, bend, and lift things around the house with ease.
It's wonderful.
Thanks again for the support.
P.s. That 93 year old is amazing!!!

inatic 11-10-2012 04:34 AM

you can definitely gain muscle... congrats. My uncle is near 70 and he did it too.

a detrained state, a newbie or a change to effective training will have you gaining muscle. Over time, you might not develope as much without specifically feeding your growth.

Pcola Girl 03-21-2013 01:51 PM

Hi everyone. I am 67 yrs. old and have been trying to work on building my muscle to and strength also. I am just getting over having both my knees replace this last year and my legs was left with hardly no strength in them at all. because I went for yrs. with my knees hurting me so bad that I hardly did much walking at all, but now that they are feeling better I am trying to get out and walk some in our neighborhood. I know it will take time to build it up but i got the time. I was in theraphy with them for over six months and they made me walk and do all sorts of leg and knee exercises so I am trying to keep that up to.
Three yrs ago I fell and broke my left arm and did alot of nerve damage in it to so the muscle tone in my shoulder area is not what it should be either so after alot of rehab on it I also work on my shoulder area when I exercise.
I made one of my extra bedrooms into a gym with all my exercise equipment so I do not go to the gym. I just do the exercises they showed me to do in rehab when I went.
I have a treadmill, arm pullies on the wall for my arms, exercise bike, arm weight rack. I have all I need here right now to work with. I am doing my outside walking to...

What are you all doing to help build your muscle tone?
Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot rebuild muscle when you are older, mine is already beginning to build some, it may take us longer to rebuild it but it will happen if we stay with it.

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