Yea. Want to know how to build muscle at 50?
Watch the old guys training in your gym and do the opposite.
Remember George in the Seinfeld “Opposite” episode?
George : So what? What am I supposed to do?
Elaine : Go talk to her.
George : Elaine, bald men, with no jobs, and no money, who live with their parents, don’t approach strange women.
Jerry : Well here’s your chance to try the opposite. Instead of tuna salad and being intimidated by women, chicken salad and going right up to them.
George : Yeah, I should do the opposite, I should.
Jerry : If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.
George : Yes, I will do the opposite. I used to sit here and do nothing, and regret it for the rest of the day, so now I will do the opposite, and I will do something!
( He goes over to the woman )
George : Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice that you were looking in my direction.
Victoria : Oh, yes I was, you just ordered the same exact lunch as me.
( G takes a deep breath )
George : My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.
Victoria : I’m Victoria. Hi.
Step 1. Know what you’re doing.
Like how to lift. And how to put a workout together.
Step 2. Know what not to do.
Check out the videos below.
Be careful of some of the machine exercises in your gym.
Some can do more harm than good.
Watch this short video.
Just because you did it as a young dude doesn’t make it right.
I did all these exercises for years but have now learned better (maybe a bit too late as my shoulder is royally screwed up).
Some movements put you at high risk of injury. And the prime directive for how to build muscle at 50 is to stay in the game. Don’t miss workouts.
Rule #1 is “Don’t Get Hurt”.
Watch the video.
Rule #2 might be “Anything is Better Than Nothing”.
True but some shit is just a waste of valuable time.
Spend your time on the 20% of exercises that get 80% or better of your results. Yep, the pareto principle applies to lifting too.
Check out the video.
Do you know any exercises that are best left alone? Comment below.
Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark works with Active Boomers wanting to squeeze back into their college jeans using his signature Spartan Method system.