Originally Posted by SCStrong
Beyond recovery, what are some other considerations for the over -forty, lifter?
How much do you feel that age affects (i.e. limits) lift progression and or bodyweight changes for the older versus young lifter?
Well I think there are several benefits an over forty lifter has. They know their bodies well, and their limitations. They also don't have this belief that they are invincible, which can be beneficial as well.
The main limitation is that they do not have a fast metabolism. This commands a more precise eating plan.
I don't generally recommend starting with programs like Starting Strength. It might be better to ease into a lower frequency approach, learn form and then go more frequently as confidence and conditioning improve.
I also don't think over-40s should start with crazy volume, nor crazy splits. 2-3 days per week is plenty.
Plan for the long haul, eat smart, go slow and gains will come. generic, general advice right?