40 Year Old Muscle – Still As Good as 18, Great Birthday News to Someone Who’s Getting OLDER

dave drapper old man dave draper old and kicking

So you’re at your 40s or late 30s and you would REALLY love to train and lift weights, to you know, become healthy and stuff (actually lifting weights has more health benefits than you think). But you’re worried that because of your age, you would not end up getting the same results that you would IF ONLY YOU TRAINED AT A YOUNGER AGE!!

I bet you would expect me to tell you

“Suck it up ol’ MAN!! You’re old so you need it more than the young ones anyway! Who cares if you will not get any aesthetic or strength result! Phew!!”

Actually, I WOULD!! But since it’s my birthday, I have a gift for all you “mature” lifters (no it’s not what you think LMAO!), and that gift came from the lips of our lover, Science! Well, What can I say? Science is doing all the work for me!

SCIENCE doing the work


Yes, science has spoken and a study conducted using 800 or so subjects from 18-39 years of age found little to no difference with the gains that was gained in between the age groups. That means that the 40 year olds responded pretty much at the same rate as the 18 year olds, isn’t that cool?

You know, some hard core lifters even say that they got their best gains during their late thirties, so I guess they weren’t lying after all. So I guess that’s why Dave Draper looks like this even today:

dave drapper old man


Well you know it’s actually a good birthday gift for me (But I am not going 40s, FYI!), you know I am not getting younger; and it feels really good to know that my response to training would not be deteriorating and would stay as it is, well at least until I am at my 50s or 60s but anyways, like it will stop me from training if I’d have learned that response from training would be reduced with age?


So let’s see here; not only do we know that resistance training will help us “earn” more years into our lifespan and will help us live longer and be less prone to debilitating diseases, and NOW WE ALSO know that response to weight training is maintained at a much older age than we thought; isn’t that a WIN WIN for all?

Anyways below is the abstract of the study, enjoy and eat your eggs, people!

Association of age with muscle size and strength before and after short-term resistance training in young adults.
Lowndes J1, Carpenter RL, Zoeller RF, Seip RL, Moyna NM, Price TB, Clarkson PM, Gordon PM, Pescatello LS, Visich PS, Devaney JM, Gordish-Dressman H, Hoffman EP, Thompson PD, Angelopoulos TJ.

The purpose of this study was to assess the association of age with muscle mass and strength in a group of young adults before and after 12 weeks of progressive resistance training. Eight hundred twenty-six young males and females (age 24.34 +/- 5.69 yr, range 18-39 yr) completed a strictly supervised 12-week unilateral resistance training program of the nondominant arm. Isometric (maximal voluntary contraction [MVC]) and dynamic strength (1 repetition maximum [1RM]) of the elbow flexors and cross-sectional area (CSA) of the biceps-brachii using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were measured before and after training. Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated for size and strength variables and age. In addition, the cohort was divided into groups according to decade of life and differences assessed by analysis of variance. Age correlated significantly and positively with all pretraining measures of muscle size and strength (CSA: r = 0.191, p < 0.001; MVC: r = 0.109, p = 0.002; 1RM: r = 0.109, p = 0.002). Age was not related to the training-induced changes in CSA or MVC but was negatively associated with the change in 1RM (r = -0.217, p < 0.001). The study indicates that age does have a significant positive relationship with muscle size and strength in untrained young adults. Although age was negatively associated with improvements in 1RM, the effect of age was small relative to the improvements induced through resistance training, thus suggesting age does not limit response to training in any practical way during early adulthood.

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5 thoughts on “40 Year Old Muscle – Still As Good as 18, Great Birthday News to Someone Who’s Getting OLDER

  1. Right away I am ready to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming
    over again to read more news.

  2. Hey george

    This is a very interesting study. I thought that after a certain age there is a decline in testosterone resulting in reduced muscle growth capability.

    Regarding dave draper, he doesn’t look that way naturally..he was juicing in the past. But i get the point of the article.

    It’s actually pretty motivating that you can get results even when you grow up. Many people have a tendency to think they are too old for some things like transforming their bodies.

  3. I have been working out since I was 15 years old. I recently turned 37 and I can honestly say being physically fit has made my life a whole lot easier compared to my friends of the same age who do not.
    I have always been concerned with the studies that testosterone levels drop with age. I have yet to notice any significant changes, but I hope that the lack of these changes are in deed attributed to my religious approach to my health.

    1. YES SIR!!! I am so sure of it!!

      Congratulations!! I know we all will age gracefully!! I hope I will be like you


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