Is old man strength at least mildly plausible?

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  1. Tard Carnival

    Tard Carnival New Member

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    I'd always heard it joked about, but now I'm a believer.

    In about 6 months, my 52-year-old dad has gone from struggling to bench 25lbs dumbells, squat 95lbs, and deadlift the same to benching 65lbs dumbells 8 times, squatting 215lbs without issues (I'm sure his 1rm is approaching 240lbs+ but I won't let him go higher for the time being :o), and deadlifting 225lbs multiple times (He could easily go much higher), with a standard 3 day a week split and average diet. I'm fucking impressed with him, and just wondering if (taking his age into consideration) his progress is at all remarkable.
     
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    tobagator But see drugs and plastic thugs, ain't gon change

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    its probably muscle memory from his youth coming back to him. Has he bulked up much to accomplish this?
     
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    He'd NEVER worked out with resistance training until just recently.

    He's always been in decent shape just with hiking, biking, and such as hobbies, and weighed around 183lbs when he started. His weight stayed about the same while all of his numbers continued to increase, so I'm assuming he had some newbie gains of muscle offsetting any possible loss in fat.

    We've been cutting for a few weeks and he's down to 175lbs, with minimal strength loss anywhere.

    I'd call muscle memory if I didn't know for a fact he'd never lifted prior.
     
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    tobagator But see drugs and plastic thugs, ain't gon change

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    those are some nice newbie gains. I haven't seen any newbie gains like that at all.
     
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    Me neither, and that's why I'm asking. :o

    I'll admit, I'm more than mildly jealous. In my initial 8 months of consistent lifting, I never got to those numbers. I picked it back up around the same time he started ~6 months ago, and we're pretty much neck and neck in most lifts (but I can significantly show him up on DLs and squats).

    Got my 112lbs mom's genetics. :sad2:
     
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    tobagator But see drugs and plastic thugs, ain't gon change

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    Yeah he seems like his strength is mostly chest. Cause he squats like me, but i am at 150. My chest press though is closer to 40lbs.

    Could just be him getting confortable with the exercises.
     
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    I didn't mean to make it sound like that's his only strong spot. He can do... I think around 18 pullups over 3 sets, works out with 50lbs dumbells on shoulder press, can calf press over 800lbs for reps on a leg press machine. Obviously the numbers themselves aren't anything to write home about, but I think that factoring in his age makes him pretty remarkable, especially given this is progress over only 6 months.
     
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    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    My dad is 53 and has been working for a year. He can almost keep up with his 21 year old son. Squat is close to 300, DL is close to 400 and bench is around 240-250.
     
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    Fucking crazy, mang.

    Height, weight, beginning numbers?
     
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    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    He's like 5'9'' and 235ish. I dont really remember his starting numbers exactly. I think he started off repping 125 on the bench, repping 225 on DL and squats were like 135 for reps. And he can actually curl and leg press more than I can. :eek4:
     
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    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    Oh and theyre are some old men way stronger than me at my gym. On bench at least, They are 60+ and gotta be pushing near 350 pounds.
     
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    I believe in old man strength
     
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    I do too
     
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    My dad is better than your dad? :dunno:
     
  15. bear

    bear frankly rover i dont give a "woof

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    :rofl: I knew someone was gonna say something like that.

    My dad beat up superman once. :coolugh:
     
  16. Skeletor

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    my boss at my old job was 62 years old and never really did anything to work out, but every once in a while i'd need help lifting a heavy piece of furniture and he'd do it like a piece of cake without giving me time to help.
     
  17. yamaha_rgx

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    it's amazing what a lifetime of heavy work will do for someone's natural strength. My grandpa started working when he was like 6, he's now 73 and still strong as shit.
     
  18. Professional

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    My dad is 45 and still has 1RMs of 315/405/425 b/s/d...

    Mine are exactly the same...and I'm 19.
     
  19. Skeletor

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    45 is not old enough to qualify as "old man" IMO... at leas tin this case. For example, the 70 year old dude who choked out the robber in Costa Rica :eek3: madness
     
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    So what I'm seeing is some truth to this notion.
     
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    Like said above, theres a lot to be said for a lifetime of hard work. I know construction workers in their 40s and 50s who are crushingly strong when I worked with them and looked like fat guys.
     
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    there is a lot to be said for learning how to do the movements. When you first try something you have never done before, you limitations are going to be a lot lower then your raw strength as your technique and focus are both going to suck.
     
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    I agree also, my dad carried fence & did pile driving for years, and when he was in his 50's & 60's he still had huge arms & hands and a remarkable amount of strength. I think old guys may lose thier endurance, but when their muscles are subjected to hard work for many years, some of that strength is gonna stay.

    Also, I think it's different cause most older guys got strong from real world work, not from lifting weights 5 hours a week or whatever most young guys do. I guess some people still do back-breaking labor though too.
     
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    My dad hasn't worked a physical job as his career. :o
     
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    overhead squats give you dad strength
     
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