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by BendtheBar 05-29-2013, 12:28 PM

I talked about John Grimek and his legendary 400 lb. squats that he performed for repetitions well into his senior years.

My good friend Grant brought up some interesting points regarding the long term practicality of using heavy weights while doing squats in advanced years.

Here's his letter:

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Hello Bill,

Like you, I was very much a fan of Grimek.

However, knowing that he had at least one hip replacement, one has to ask how much of a factor was his doing 400 lb. squats while in his eighties insofar as having to have this surgery!

I have been told that his demise occurred not long after his surgery.

If this is indeed the case, one has to question the wisdom of doing 400 lb. squats in their eighties in order to keep the "legs straight"!

On a similar note, if I recall correctly, didn't Paul Anderson have at least one hip replacement before his death.

As you know, Anderson was prodigious in his squatting.

One can't help but wonder if heavy squatters are more prone to hip related problems in their "later" years?

Yet another example might be Clarence Ross who I understand had to have at least one hip surgically replaced in his senior years.

While I have only sited these three old timer examples, I'm quite certain there are sure to be others.

With this in mind, I can't help but think maybe the great Chicago Bear linebacker, Dick Butkus, was right when he was quoted in a Sports Illustrated article as saying that years of heavy poundages turns the joints into sawdust!

I would appreciate your views with regard to these individuals as well as the Butkus remark.

Sincerely, Grant from Ontario, Canada

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My question at this point is...

How many orthopedic surgeons would be in business if the only patients they had were weightlifters or, for that matter, athletes of any kind?

In other words, are weightlifters any more prone to get hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery than those who don't lift weights?

The answer is...

No!

I believe the percentage of people getting this type of surgery that have never touched a weight is by far higher.

And just how do I know?

Take a look around.

Furthermore, ask an orthopedic surgeon.

You may be surprised.

How many of you know someone who has had joint replacement surgery?

Did they lift?

I'd be interested in hearing from you, Steven.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for the best instruction for getting bigger and stronger check out the following best seller on the subject.

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A veritable masterpiece providing practical training routines centered around the king of lifts...the squat.

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Again, got a question, fire away...I look forward to hearing from you.

Until the next time...

Yours for greater strength,

Bill Hinbern

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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It's a very good point, hubby's joint replacements are a direct result of year's of damage caused by prescribed medications, that have to be taken to stay alive (so no way out of it); someone else, who we saw with knee replacements, had hers because of medical illness, not meds.


Some people's joints, don't handle things so well, whether that be ordinary daily activity, lifting, or meds...or more to the point a combination of those things.
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My mom is in her 50's and getting ready to have her second hip replacement. She hasn't been active in a looong time, and I'd bet that she's never done a resisted squat in her entire life. She DOES spend almost all day sitting and has not really tried to take care of her body. Instead, she focusses on a low fat diet, so she eats lots of processed carbs and has continued to gain weight year after year. It's been really hard to watch, but she's committed to it and it's really sad.
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My mom has had a hip replaced. Did not squat.
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Been doing variants of the squat (front squat, Back squat, etc) for several years.

Be 52 this year. Knees and hips couldn't feel any better.

What I do know, is that at age 45/46, things began to change more noticably physically, and my knees and lower back did hurt at the time. Been really active the years prior with the military and police work, but gained an emmense amount of fat weight over a large period of time.

When younger, I always had a very strong "set point" of strength and endurance, and litterally never had to train to pass PT Tests and what not, it was always there for me to pass these sorts of things, but this changed post 40.

I owe a huge set of gratitude to the iron and it is the reason it changed my future history....in the present, and is the very reason being middle aged, I do not have hip or knee issues (as compared to the rest of my family....brothers, sisters, they do have these sorts of issues, and do not exercise). One thing I have learned over the years, is that we all do not react to stresses of life the same nor to the stimulation under the iron, and some experiences can be different dependent upon the variables involved.

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I am over 40 - when I squat and deadlift, I feel great.

If I step away from training for any period of time, I feel like crap. ( Which I have done lately)
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Who cares if your body breaks down from lifting, it can be put back together.

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