Am I Lifting Weights Too Often?

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The Old Man's Gym

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I received a comment on a recent blog post suggesting that for my age, I’m working out too often.

I asked the reader to clarify what he meant, but since he hasn’t had the opportunity to respond yet, I started doing a little reading.

I remember one of Logan Franklin’s newsletters from Gray Iron Fitness describing this 71-year-old man’s current workout schedule:

I exercise six days a week, alternating one day of resistance training with one day of cardio. That may sound like a lot, especially for someone my age, but the workouts are concise and brief. For variety, I use a mixture of dumbbells, cables, resistance bands, bodyweight movements, and kettlebells.

On resistance training days, I warm-up with a few light calisthenics before beginning a workout; I also do a few minutes of relaxed stretching after completing it. The entire session takes roughly 35- to 40-minutes.

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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4 Responses to Am I Lifting Weights Too Often?

  1. James says:

    Thanks for the reblog.

  2. Layla says:

    From what I know about lifting is that you should give the muscle groups enough rest between sessions. When I was hitting the heavy weights 5 times a week I had a schedule in which I would work on certain musclegroups at a session and work a different group on the next day. That way I would give the muscles enough time to recover. I made a lot more progress at that time instead of doing full body 4 times a week. I didn’t do any cardio because (for me) that was a useless burning of calories, but I’m pretty much underweight and I was lifting to gain.

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