6 months. That’s about how long it takes to get strong, and it’s well worth it. You won’t regret getting strong because you’ll exist more optimally inside a strong body. Clothes fit better, you’ll have more confidence, and even though you don’t care now, wait till your Squat goes up. You’ll love it.
You already know that each year you age faster and faster. No one feels a difference in turning 24 to 25. But turning 59-60 is a different deal. Your hormones like testosterone and estrogen aren’t quite what they were. You have lost muscle mass. Your knee and back hurts and your shoulder ain’t so great either. Time to push back. Hard. Time to get strong. It’s the best anti aging remedy there is.
First let’s define what I mean by getting strong:
It means increasing your ability to produce muscular force. That’s it.
I am not talking about bodybuilding. Bodybuilding and strength training are not necessarily synonymous. Bodybuilding involves building the largest amount of muscle mass possible while displaying the least amount of fat for cosmetic purposes. Sure, the bros at the gym are strong, but almost never as strong as they look. Most male bodybuilders cannot even strict press an 88 lb Kettlebell, not exactly a feat of strength. Screw bodybuilding.
Yes, strength training involves adding some lean tissue–muscle mass. The more muscle you have the better off you are. Higher amounts of muscle mass are associated with living longer and better. But unlike bodybuilding, the type of muscle you build with low rep strength training is of higher quality than the puffed up fluffy muscles that bodybuilders have. Look it up.
If you get strong, you’ll enjoy the following:
Have more confidence
Sense of achievement
Stay strong for life
Emotional well being
Control body weight/composition
Avoid the temptation to water down your strength program with sub-par exercises. Pick the big movements that count, like Squats, Dead-lifts, Presses and Chins. These are the movements that matter. The rest is mostly fluff.
Push back hard against the aging process by moving some serious iron. Take care of yourself, protect your mobility.
Chances are you are over 35 and never done a serious strength training program. It will be the best decision you ever made for your health. Ever.
Get strong. Push back. Toss out all of the other fitness nonsense and get your Squats up. Put those big healthy muscles to work in a properly designed program. I can help you get strong in 6 months. It will be the adventure of your life.