|Hitting it hard at age 60. The older you are, the more fun it is!|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
What's the difference between a serious, hard
charging weight trainer at age 30 and the same
trainee at age 60?
And to clarify, I'm talking about someone who
keeps training from age 30 to age 60 -- not
someone who stops training somewhere along
The difference is 1.514.
That's the difference in the age-coefficient
formula used in Masters Weightlifting to
compare the relative performance of athletes
of different ages.
The coefficient for a 30 year old lifter is 1.00.
So if the lifter clean and jerks 300 pounds, his
relative performance is:
300 x 1.00 = 300.
The coefficient for a 60 year old lifter is 1.514.
If the 60 year old lifts 200 pounds in the clean
and jerk, his relative performance is:
200 x 1.514 = 302.8
That means that the 30 year old is stronger
on a weight lifted basis -- but on an age-
adjusted basis, the two lifters are virtually
It also means that if the 30 year old lifts 300
pounds -- and 30 years later, when he is 60,
he lifts 200 pounds -- his relative strength on
an age-adjusted basis is almost exactly the
same as when he was younger.
In other words, if you're "only" lifting 200
pounds at age 60, you're doing pretty darn
good - and probably better than you think!
Of course, there also are formulas to compare
the relative strength of different lifters of
different bodyweights. Or you can compare
your own performance at different body-
I cover all of this in detail in Dinosaur Training
Secrets, Vol. 2 -- the "How Strong Are You?"
You can grab it right here in your choice of
hard copy, Kindle e-book or PDF.
Do the math, and see where you rank. It's a
lot of fun -- and you may surprise yourself!
If you prefer PDF courses, it's also
available in PDF - just go to our
Products page and look for the
If you're an older trainee, it's very useful to
see where you compare NOW to where you
were 20, 30 or 40 years ago. You may find
that on an age-adjusted basis, your current
workouts are the hardest and heaviest of
your life. That doesn't mean you're going
to win a gold medal at the next Olympics,
but it does mean you're doing pretty darn
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. Older Dinos can build and maintain
very surprising levels of strength and
development. But you need to train the
right way to get there. Here's a PDF
course for older trainees that tells you
exactly what to do:
For more detail about effective training
for older Dinos -- and for more than 50
great workouts for older trainees, grab
Gray Hair and Black Iron:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses
are right here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Two words:
stay strong!" -- Brooks Kubik
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