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Ok so be honest cause this shit bothers me constantly. Approximately what age did you guys really notice a drop of in overall performance? 40’s? 50’s?
 

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Ok so be honest cause this shit bothers me constantly. Approximately what age did you guys really notice a drop of in overall performance? 40’s? 50’s?

It drops in segments. Some things you retain longer than others. At 30 I could fight into the finals at national level. At 35 you could train at elite level camps. At 45 I could still travel around the world and walk into any dojo confident. At 53 you could still squat 315 for 22 reps. At 57 Squating requires way more ancillary work for half the weight. At 35 knee pain limits activity. At 45 back pain comes into fore. At 55 training style shifts dramatically. Health becomes more a priority. Downsize happens. Muscle memory comes in more and more to play. Volume becomes more valuable. Stretching and activities to maintain athleticism increase in importance. 60s come and you look better than you should and people are impressed and confused. You have a little stash of PEDs that work really well for you even when your health markers are in line. Ignoring people that annoy you becomes easier. You become selective to whom you provide your opinion. You know what works. You know your mistakes. You know the path. You don't care about opinions so much. You have success in other areas. You really appreciate music that is 40 years old. You realize the best women are not the hottest. You feel fortunate for the old days. You know you are still a badass. You know you are part of a brotherhood. You revel in the house of pain.
 
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I hit 50, and I realized I was a strong, but fat fuck. And I was getting fatter no matter what I did. Low T, TRT and you know the rest….
 

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Around 48 I noticed a definite slowdown but kept pushing and started TRT and found this group. I definitely have made better gains in 4 years than I ever have. The best part I finally have found my abs. I’m no Greek god but I’m pleased that I can take my shirt off and not be embarrassed!
 

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I've started slowing down at 50...but still kept plugging away even at 57 now.

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I hit 50, and I realized I was a strong, but fat fuck. And I was getting fatter no matter what I did. Low T, TRT and you know the rest….
Keep at it you'll look like that jacked grandpa in your avatar brother!
 

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It drops in segments. Some things you retain longer than others. At 30 I could fight into the finals at national level. At 35 you could train at elite level camps. At 45 I could still travel around the world and walk into any dojo confident. At 53 you could still squat 315 for 22 reps. At 57 Squating requires way more ancillary work for half the weight. At 35 knee pain limits activity. At 45 back pain comes into fore. At 55 training style shifts dramatically. Health becomes more a priority. Downsize happens. Muscle memory comes in more and more to play. Volume becomes more valuable. Stretching and activities to maintain athleticism increase in importance. 60s come and you look better than you should and people are impressed and confused. You have a little stash of PEDs that work really well for you even when your health markers are in line. Ignoring people that annoy you becomes easier. You become selective to whom you provide your opinion. You know what works. You know your mistakes. You know the path. You don't care about opinions so much. You have success in other areas. You really appreciate music that is 40 years old. You realize the best women are not the hottest. You feel fortunate for the old days. You know you are still a badass. You know you are part of a brotherhood. You revel in the house of pain.

^ Metric shit ton of wisdom here.

So yeah, somewhere in my early to mid 40's was my downturn. Got my test checked and was a paltry 93. Got to researching trt, stumbled across this site (so much more valuable information than anywhere else), and the rest is history.
 

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Late 40s is where I really noticed but I have some serious health problems that contribute.
 

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Genetics determines much of how you will age and everything else is far behind.

Treat yourself well as you get older and you will do well, abuse yourself and it will be worse.

In my 60s and I can say I am certainly not the stud I was earlier in my life but when it comes to heavy lifting at work I'm the first one they call on.

I look better than any other crew member and some are in their 20s. Besides the superficial part of it I still feel great and weight training will hopefully be part of my life until the end.
 

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Well thanks to all of you for replying. By the sounds of things I shouldn’t make plans to take the bridge just yet. Hell I may have another 20 good years although I definitely didn’t pamper my body so far.

Ok so sorry to go here and again this is a serious question. What about the sex part? Other than maybe having to take the blue pill are there any other changes I need to start preparing for? I’m assuming your mindset changes at some point where you could care less about this shit? Hopefully anyway.


Genetics determines much of how you will age and everything else is far behind.

Treat yourself well as you get older and you will do well, abuse yourself and it will be worse.

In my 60s and I can say I am certainly not the stud I was earlier in my life but when it comes to heavy lifting at work I'm the first one they call on.

I look better than any other crew member and some are in their 20s. Besides the superficial part of it I still feel great and weight training will hopefully be part of my life until the end.
 

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Well thanks to all of you for replying. By the sounds of things I shouldn’t make plans to take the bridge just yet. Hell I may have another 20 good years although I definitely didn’t pamper my body so far.

Ok so sorry to go here and again this is a serious question. What about the sex part? Other than maybe having to take the blue pill are there any other changes I need to start preparing for? I’m assuming your mindset changes at some point where you could care less about this shit? Hopefully anyway.


There's no dirty old men where you live? Weird.

Yeah, when my test was super low, then sex was a bit like taking out the trash. I did it once a week because it needed it. As many guys are on trt any more, it's really up to the individual if they go quietly into the night. Personally, I'll be pinning until they stick me in the nursing home.
 

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Well thanks to all of you for replying. By the sounds of things I shouldn’t make plans to take the bridge just yet. Hell I may have another 20 good years although I definitely didn’t pamper my body so far.

Ok so sorry to go here and again this is a serious question. What about the sex part? Other than maybe having to take the blue pill are there any other changes I need to start preparing for? I’m assuming your mindset changes at some point where you could care less about this shit? Hopefully anyway.

A lot of members are going to call bullshit on me. Having said that me and wife are having best sex ever.

TRT obviously helps but don't forget the HCG. It's like you are blasting the sex drive is so good. HCG for testicular health plus volume of sperm for a much more satisfying orgasm.

I wouldn't change this for anything, I have found my nirvana with this combination.

Cialis is best, slightly harder erection but nothing monumental. It's worth it but not a game changer.
 

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I hit 50, and I realized I was a strong, but fat fuck. And I was getting fatter no matter what I did. Low T, TRT and you know the rest….

Same here but at age 42 and laugh but my Test level was 45 ng/dl the first time I had it checked. I said "No wonder I feel like a whiney bitchman" to the Doctor. He laughed and said "yeah that is very very low." I am sterile because of an ATV accident that left major nerve damage. Accident happened at 25. Prior to that I was a machine but a crazy as fuck machine. My Nicknames were "Wildman" "Crazy Man" "Nemesis Enforcer"....etc...

I am in way better shape now at 44.5 but the health issues keep coming one after the other...... sigh.

I will say I am not afraid to fight anybody, even if I know it is likely a loss for me. That's just the warrior spirit. You either got it or you do not. But I freely admit I am tired of that lifestyle. I want to be left alone. So I avoid violence at all cost. Though if the country keeps going to shit I may come out retirement and do what I gotta do. I am preparing my wife for that scenario.....
 

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I've started slowing down at 50...but still kept plugging away even at 57 now.

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Keep at it you'll look like that jacked grandpa in your avatar brother!

You older guys that keep going are truly an inspiration. So do not stop until you truly have to. I know that day comes for most of us...
 

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I think I covered the sex part before. Hot lava. Oh well. Not like I’m skeeting up the back of a 19 year old anymore.

The thing that fucks me up is balance. The first time you misstep or fall it’s like you are watching from outside your body and someone else is piloting it.
Ever drive something like a boat and even though you are willing it to go a certain way with the controls, it just does whateverthefuck it wants to.
The first timethis happened to meit was incredibly disturbing.
That piss dribble thing that started in my late 40s sucked. A glimpse of things to come.
Not going to lie here…I figure it’s a matter of time before I shit myself.
 

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I think I covered the sex part before. Hot lava. Oh well. Not like I’m skeeting up the back of a 19 year old anymore.

The thing that fucks me up is balance. The first time you misstep or fall it’s like you are watching from outside your body and someone else is piloting it.
Ever drive something like a boat and even though you are willing it to go a certain way with the controls, it just does whateverthefuck it wants to.
The first timethis happened to meit was incredibly disturbing.
That piss dribble thing that started in my late 40s sucked. A glimpse of things to come.
Not going to lie here…I figure it’s a matter of time before I shit myself.
Still you inspire the young whippersnappers lol.
 

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50 for me, had to change it up for volume and lighter weights.
Luckily I still do grow despite lowering the weight.
yep had to do that now as well, sadly.
 

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I've started slowing down at 50...but still kept plugging away even at 57 now.

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Keep at it you'll look like that jacked grandpa in your avatar brother!

What, mindless you’re 57?

I’ve always felt old for my age, in a physical sense. Always achey, body just fucking hates me man. 30 was rough in that sense can’t wait to see what 40s has in store for me
 
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What, mindless you’re 57?

I’ve always felt old for my age, in a physical sense. Always achey, body just fucking hates me man. 30 was rough in that sense can’t wait to see what 40s has in store for me
Yup I'm 57 and still soldiering on despite some limitations due to serious injury from years ago. Perhaps you been pushing yourself so hard that brings about many issues and after 40 you will most likely slow down, so a good plan would be to go lighter weights with higher rep volume and I'm doing that now.
 

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Early 40's I felt like a tank but in my mid 40's I started having chronic pain from injuries. Around 50 strength started to fall off noticeably but I couldn't train as hard with herniated discs and rotator cuff issues. I had to stop training altogether for about 6-7 months when the discs kept getting inflamed.

Best piece of advice I can give is keep perfect form, warm up a lot and don't ego lift. It seems like the injuries take guys out of the gym more than anything.
 

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Yup I'm 57 and still soldiering on despite some limitations due to serious injury from years ago. Perhaps you been pushing yourself so hard that brings about many issues and after 40 you will most likely slow down, so a good plan would be to go lighter weights with higher rep volume and I'm doing that now.

Naw man it’s unrelated to lifting, it’s actually gotten better the more active I am. Some of it like, my lower back pain, I’ve been living with since my teens. Had mri and everything doctors just say it’s muscle pain, nothing skeletal…
 

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Early 40's I felt like a tank but in my mid 40's I started having chronic pain from injuries. Around 50 strength started to fall off noticeably but I couldn't train as hard with herniated discs and rotator cuff issues. I had to stop training altogether for about 6-7 months when the discs kept getting inflamed.

Best piece of advice I can give is keep perfect form, warm up a lot and don't ego lift. It seems like the injuries take guys out of the gym more than anything.
Very good advice right there and that should even apply to the younger guys as ego lifting and poor form will most likely bring about chances of major issues later in life. My injuries didn't occur in the gym but did have impact on my training...
 
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