Have been lifting for over forty years. Got introduced to it by a classmate in You Dont Stop Lifting When You Get Old You Get Old When You Stop Lifting shirt.The health benefits are aptly listed in other posts. There can be downsides too. Weight training needs to be approached in a sane manner. Unfortunately a lot of people today suffer from instant gratification syndrome. They do not have the patience to do what it takes to get there over time and think there are shortcuts to everything. This leads to use of steroids or steroid precursors. These all have side effects. Unfortunately young people are the most susceptible to these influences. They want big biceps yesterday. Bulking up is difficult and muscle does not just “happen” even if your natural testosterone is high. There are no 90 day wonders. It takes sweat and time in the gym. All steroids do is allow you to work harder and longer shortening recovery time. Use of things like creatine will bulk you up with water and feed your ego, but all of that is self defeating. I used to read all the muscle mags in the 1970’s and into the 80’s until I realized that the Weider Group just published the same crap every couple months, with new lifter of the month faces on the articles. Looking back, a large number of body builders from that era died in their 50’s from rampant steroid abuse. Two brothers both lifters died within weeks of each other. The mags were just vehicles for product sales. Besides all those mind blowing pictures are all taken when competitors are peaking just before a contest. They are not cut and ripped 12 months out of the year.
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If you want to benefit from weight training you have to listen to You Dont Stop Lifting When You Get Old You Get Old When You Stop Lifting shirt. I watch kids in the gym today, (I am 61 years old, bench 270, deadlift and row 450.) and it makes me hurt. They do not seem to know that the human body only has so many miles you can put on it. So abuse it in your younger years at your peril. The stupid things you do today that result in injuries might never heal and you might never get back to 100%. Crossfit practitioners need to here that every day. I had an acquaintance who was an Triathlon competitor, basically a ego junky. He had both his hips replaced before he was 50. Too much wear and tear on the old ball joints. Now ask yourself, is an ego rush competing in that kind of crap, putting money in someone else’s pocket, worth possibly wearing out your knees or hips just a little over half way through your life? I’ve had both my ACLs fixed and I pray that my knees will hold out for another 30 years. I’ve had one shoulder rotator cuff fixed, one biceps tendon repaired, suffered from a herniated disk (at 24 yo) resulting in a 12 month debilitating case of sciatica. Having said that, I am in the best shape of my life, and am stronger than I have ever been. I weight 250 lbs at 6 foot. (Yes I could drop 15lbs if I stopped drinking beer and totally laid off carbs, but who wants to live like that?) I also approach my workouts differently than I did 35 years ago. In the 80’s I worked out twice a day, mainly to stay buff for the ladies, but I was also in a rut, never giving myself time to fully recover. I avoid any kind of impact exercises or ballistic movement of weights. Let me diverge here….