Sooner or later, is it for us?
The answer to this question is easy. It's never too late, it's important to choose their exercises and intensity if you're at the upper limit. Is it too early to start with the gym? We would advise you to wait for a 16-year-old without a Bodybuilder body in the coming years.
Fitness and training for teenagers
The bodies of young children are too unformed, their bones still too soft to withstand the burden of weight training. We all see boys at the age of nine being forced to exercise weight by their parents and shown on television as alleged bodybuilders. We also saw a very small boy weighing about 30 pounds, which "raises" (ie, barely moving) about 180 kilograms of Hacken-dough machine. We hope that no child has been injured in these activities because we do not believe that this kind of exercise or physical stress is appropriate for any child and his immature, vulnerable body.
Training in pre-teen years should be based on athletic activities to develop all bodily physical potentials, with more emphasis on calisthenics or gymnastic exercises than on weight training - exercises that use body resistance, such as push-ups instead of push-pulls, simple squats (knee-bends) instead of squatting, etc.
Once the body begins to mature, weight training can begin.
It takes a couple of months, maybe a year, as they just learn the exercises and begin to understand what is the feeling of the workout. In addition, during this phase, it is important to use light weights, with the number of repetitions being relatively large. The sooner you decide to engage in serious training, the better your chances are to go all the way.
Start of training in adulthood
With age, the muscle structure usually begins to atrophy faster. The ideal remedy for this is sports.
But when it comes to racing, it is obvious that you are put at a disadvantage because you start too late. Of course there are athletes who started very late and have continued to become great athletes - for example, Ed Corney - the master of all time.
Not only can you start relatively late in bodybuilding, but you can continue to achieve success long after the point where most athletes (the golfers are the most obvious exception) have retired. Of course, a 40-year-old bodybuilder will not be able to achieve the form he could achieve a few years earlier.
There is an element of wear and tear in the muscles, there are gradual hormonal changes, shortening of muscles, and the fact that older athletes usually have more duties in their lives (family, children, business interests) and more distracting activities than a young person who is just starting out, so it will be much harder for him to dedicate 100% of his workout and dietary programs.
Exercise and fitness for advanced / late age
As we said earlier, one of the main signs of aging is the gradual deterioration of muscle mass. A recent study has shown that muscles do not necessarily have to atrophy to the extent we have always believed. In fact, muscle mass can be increased to a surprising extent by appropriate training, even in the elderly. In short, current scientific research shows that sport can be a spring of youth.
Of course, the older you are, the more careful you need to be when you start practicing sports. "Consult a doctor" is not just a warning made pro forma when it comes to someone who is in the 60s or 70s of his life. Consult a doctor, find a good coach, take all possible precautions. Learn the right techniques. Walk slowly into the workouts. When a person is older, it takes longer to heal the disability, so do your best to avoid any problems.
However, the results can be impressive. You can experience a return to more youthful levels of strength. Your body can rejuvenate; to feel energy, mobility and increased quality of life; self-confidence and independence.
Remember that much of what we consider to be irreversible aspects of aging is actually just a symptom of reduced use and neglect. You do not have to waste your muscular or bone mass with aging - you can keep what you have and build from it.