“Competition” can help you level up

We have found “competition” can really help you to “level up”. Not the bad, win or die, type of competition, but the overall type that gives you a big goal to attain. Performing or working in public can make you focus in a way that can really help you grow.

Training as we get older

Basics; there is no magic training plan or diet template you should follow. The same things that worked for you in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s will still work, you just need to be a bit smarter in your approach and recovery.

In short, recovery with the same focus as your work. 🙂

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There are no training plans for over the 40s / 50s / 60s. ⠀ You might see things advertised as such, but this is just marketing BS. ⠀ You aren’t going to age into a group where we can all of a sudden day that you, along with everyone else your age, needs to do X, Y, and Z. ⠀ All the training principles that applied to your 20-year-old-self will apply to your 40-year-old self. ⠀ ??If you’re still making progress and feeling good, you can keep your training volume as frequency as they are, or they can even go higher. ⠀ ??If you’re feeling worn down and that you can’t recover (and you are taking care of business outside the gym — sleep and stress), then pull back a little. But bear in mind this is because you as an individual aren’t recovering, not because you as a 43-year-old aren’t recovering. ⠀⠀ ??If you have past injuries or mobility limitations, make sure you’re not dogmatic about exercise selection. Choose exercises that target the muscles you’re aiming for, where you can work through a full range of motion (ROM) without pain. If you need to shorten the ROM or adjust the angle, feel free to do it. ⠀⠀ Two personal examples here: ⠀⠀ » I can’t press overhead without my right shoulder getting cranky. The solution for me is to press at a slight angle — half-kneeling landmine presses work a treat. ⠀⠀ » I also don’t have enough shoulder mobility to get my arms back fully enough to back-squat without pain. The solution is to front squat or do safety bar squats. ⠀⠀ Don’t make the mistake of looking at an athlete who is in their 40s, assume they have found some ‘special source,’ and copy them. They are an outlier; you are not. ⠀⠀ ✅Many powerlifters are still getting stronger as they age; many natural bodybuilders are also. ⠀ ✅Consider yourself as an individual, not your age. ✅Don’t get sold anything special. ✅Assume you’ll do great, push hard, but listen to your body and it will tell you if and when it’s necessary to pull back. ⠀ Click the link in my bio to take my free nutrition setup course » @andy_rippedbody ⁠⠀ #rippedbody #rippedbodycoaching #rippedbodynutrition #evidencebasednutrition #muscleandstrengthpyramids #powerlifting #bodybuilding

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