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David Tempest
David Tempest
February 25, 2020 07:04

I’m 53 and started lifting weights “seriously” about 5 years ago. I recently bought “The Muscle and Strength Pyramid” and initially was impressed – although I didn’t implement any of the recommendations. However, after having stalled in my progress for several years now, and having read the book several times, I realize what a goldmine of valuable information it is. I was always cautious, being an older lifter, trying to find the minimum that I could do to make progress. I recognize my thinking was misguided. With the use of deloads, periodization, and more frequency, I can make progress, while not overreaching or beating my body up. I can’t recommend the book enough.

Adam L.
Adam L.
February 15, 2020 00:43

Your stuff is so good. I hate when people use the age card, but at the same time, I feel like I’ve one. But what I’m hearing is, it’s not my age that has required a change of exercise programming, but perhaps doing the wrong (or stupid-ass) shit THIS body prolly shouldn’t have been doing for the last two decades!

Adam

P.S. When you were still producing your kick-ass podcast, you did one with Luka Hocevar. Well, what, over two years later?! I went to the summit he hosted in October of ’19 and am now receiving business coaching from him. Thank you for the “introduction”!

Dave Langford
Dave Langford
February 13, 2020 04:15

Hi Andy,I’ve been training for 2years since retiring and in a fit of madness started doing lean gains.Sure enough I broke down like an old race horse😳😁.I bought two sets of bands and devised a program for myself and still doing 16/8 IF(I know it only works to help control overeating)I seem to be losing about a lb a week from a starting point of being a fat bastard.Given the fact that I am also a pescatarian would your two books be of assistance to me in my endeavours,Thanks Dave.PS,I tend to read the mountain of conflicting advice on the internet which doesn’t help,and your advice cuts through the blather πŸ€”πŸ˜

Alan S.
Alan S.
February 7, 2020 05:11

I completely agree with you. I would mention that as a 57 year old lifter there are some exercises that I should rarely do e.g. leg extensions that stress the kneecap; so I do multidirectional lunges and squats instead. And no CrossFit ever! That shit destroys athletes of all ages!

Gary Gardiner
Gary Gardiner
February 7, 2020 04:49

Andy:
Thank you your emails are always inspiring. I am 56 and in better shape than I was at 40 (not sure about 30). Partly due to people like you who give of their knowledge and experience.

I probably speak for hundreds of people who also read but don’t take the time to say “thanks”.
Thank you very much!

Gary

Steve Lloyd
Steve Lloyd
February 7, 2020 04:18

Damn right Andy. Sick of all the bullshit on the internet, always nice when a truthbomb lands in my inbox.
As a former client and approaching 45 I can vouch for you being on the money with this.

Regards

Steve

Laurens
Laurens
February 7, 2020 03:44

Hello Andy,

First a big thanks for all this high quality and free information. It has really been of great value.

I would like your advice on some issues regarding volume and intensity.

My job gives a bit more stress than the average I guess, and It is often physically demanding. I really enjoy working out and improving my lifts. I started my β€œfitness journey” doing way to much (junk) volume and starting with too high intensity. This was leading to a lot of fatigue and plateauing in no time. I learned and made a lot of changes, but I think there is still room for improvement.

I am now making the best progress in my 2 years of training.

But I really need to deload after 5 weeks. Is this too soon? And what is the best way to lower my training stress and improve recovery? Should I cut my training volume or back down with intensity aka leave more reps in the tank?

Thanks again.

Constantin
Constantin
February 7, 2020 02:17

Hey Andy

This is bang on! I will turn 60 this year, and I started working out seriously some 18 months ago. Great progress, and very high level of intensity. 5 times per week, 70-80’ per session… Feels great! Thanks for the advice!

Constantin

Tony D.
Tony D.
February 7, 2020 01:36

Andy, you are the man….! Thanks. So very true.

Will Marler
Will Marler
February 7, 2020 00:29

I think this was a recent subject on the Stronger By Science podcast, was it not?

IIRC Greg & Eric said that this training philosophy & “don’t compare yourself to a pro athlete” mentality is applicable for 40 & 50 year olds maybe even 60 year olds, but after that, physiology starts changing.

What can I say to my 70 year-old dad who’s a) obese, b) active, c) tracking his calories, and (mind-blowingly) d) maintaining his weight, because he claims that when he goes into a deficit he feels tired & lethargic and “hungry all the time?”

I’m not sure I’ll say anything at all to him, because we’ve gone back and forth on this in the past and it’s kinda just better when we don’t talk, but I might, and at the very least it would be good for me to know things about his age group & understand his perspective better.

Thanks,

Will

Brendan Phelan
Brendan Phelan
February 6, 2020 20:01

Great feedback Andy – thanks a lot (47 years old) 😊

Bryan Krahn
Bryan Krahn
February 6, 2020 19:14

EXCELLENT!

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