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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #262 Growing up with barbells
November 01, 2019

November 1, 2019

In this newsletter . . .

Growing Up
with Barbells

I was a skinny kid when I first saw a barbell. It was the early 1950s and my teenage workout goal was to gain weight and put on muscle. I read Iron Man and Strength & Health magazines. You’d often see John Grimek or Steve Reeves on their covers. It fed my youthful passion.

And I wasn’t alone. There were always young workout buddies around. We’d go on a fundamental bodybuilding program, stick with it a month, pumping iron like crazy, then change the routine and go another month. Diet? You’d eat anything put in front of you, with an emphasis of course on protein and more protein. And it worked. You got bigger and stronger.

Of course that was then. Maybe you were once a skinny teenager too, and you know the familiar story. But this is now, and today your goals are very different. As a senior, ravenous eating and pounding away, workout-after-workout, doing the same routine and eating like a horse is probably a bad idea. Unless you’re still really skinny, portion control eating is a must.

And what about sticking to that same old workout routine, month-after-month? Not such a good idea either. For one thing, even the most dedicated exerciser can get tired of doing the same exercises endlessly. When you’re young, going full-bore with the same basic movements workout-after-workout is just fine. It produces bigger, stronger bodies. But mixing things up usually works better as you get older. It’s easier on aging joints, for one thing — and that’s a very important thing — while it also defeats boredom. Just be sure any program mixture includes regular doses of resistance work, cardio, and some stretching.

Have you been doing the same routine over and over again, month after month? It’s surprising how many people have been doing just that. Now may be a pretty good time to reevaluate your workouts. Here’s a sample workout mix that I have followed:

That’s just a sample to provide some idea of how you might break things up. Put together a mixture of your own and see if you enjoy the variety. I bet you will.

My own workouts are brief (about 30- to 35-minutes). They’re fun, they’re balanced, and because of the varied training protocols my chance of overuse injury is practically nonexistent. That’s a huge plus as you age.

Important Postscript: Seniors who are total beginners should first begin here.

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