Strength Training for Life After 40

Strength Training for Life After 40?

You may be asking if I am crazy?   Maybe you never have barbell trained in your entire life.  Maybe you gave it up years ago.   No I am not crazy.  At 57 I swear by barbell training.  Fortunately the science backs me up.   It is even more important now than when you were younger.  You do need proper techniques and basic equipment.  That will be covered in other posts.

Do you want to get the most physical benefits of working out in the least amount time? 

Do you want to trade in the sick aging phenotype of loss of function, metabolic syndrome, muscle and bone loss, loss of independence, and dependence on pharmaceuticals for a healthy aging phenotype? One of the keys, I’ll address diet in other posts, is exercise medicine.  Yes medicine.  There are general exercise prescription criteria (from The Barbell Prescription – Strength Training for Life After 40):


  • Our exercise medicine must be safe.
  • Our exercise medicine must have a wide therapeutic window.
  • Our exercise medicine must be comprehensive.
  • Our exercise medicine must specifically and effectively combat the Sick Aging Phenotype.
  • Our exercise medicine should be efficient and as simple as possible.

A barbell-based strength and program meets this criteria better than any other exercise prescription. 

Strength training is a key for the extreme sport of aging.  Bet you never thought of yourself as competing in an extreme sport did you?  Book The Barbell Prescription – Strength Training for Life After 40 backs this up from the cellular level up to the practical training plan level in a jam packed 366 8.5×11 inch pages.


The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40 directly addresses the most pervasive problem faced by aging humans: the loss of physical strength and all its associated problems – the loss of muscle mass, bone mineral loss and osteoporosis, hip fractures (a terminal event for many older people), loss of balance and coordination, diabetes, heart disease related to a sedentary lifestyle, and the loss of independence.

Here is a good article breaking down more reasons why you should engage in barbell strength training no matter your age.

Why Barbells for Aging Trainees
Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, Starting Strength Coach and author of The Barbell Prescription, explains why strength training with barbells is optimal for people over 40.

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