How “Getting Older” Actually Improves Muscle Tone

September 22, 2007

When I was young, I was always kind of worried about getting old. I looked around and I never saw anyone over 30 that was in good shape. I was told that “father time” would eventually catch up with me and I would be overweight…all my other relatives put on weight like crazy once they reached their 30th birthday.

I Chose a Better Path…You Can To!

I’m now closing in on reaching the age of 40 and I’m displaying more muscle tone than ever. What is crazy is that I have better muscle tone now then I did when I was 25! How can that be? I have thought about this in detail and now I know exactly why this is happening.

The Great News About Getting Older

In my post, Muscle Tone VS Muscle Mass Workout Routines, I speak about working each body part often because if you contract a muscle often enough…it stays “partially contracted, even when you are completely relaxed”…this is what causes muscle tone.

Workout Consistently for 15+ Years and You Will See A New Level of Muscle Tone!

Imagine contracting a muscle tens of thousands of times over a 15 year period…the mind-to-muscle link becomes so strong in that muscle that you are certain to display a very high level of muscle tone! You will begin to see definition on body parts where you never did before. I can now see all 4 muscles in my quads…it only took 13 years of working out consistently for this to happen…LOL! You will be pleasantly surprised at how good your muscles begin to look as you age.

Why Aren’t There More Toned 40+ Year Olds?

The reason you don’t see more toned older people is that most people don’t workout for more than 1-5 years before becoming inactive. It is an attitude thing…people believe that there isn’t anything they can do about looking their age and putting on weight.

The Playing Field Clears Substantially, Once You Hit 35!

Most people begin working out in their late teens to early 20’s. About 1/2 of those people drop out their first year never to workout again. I would estimate that another 25-30 percent drop out before making it to their 5th year. By the time you reach the 10 year mark, I bet 95% of people have given up. If you are talking 15 years of consistently working out…I am almost certain than less than 2% of the population ever reaches that point in their lifetime.

Want to Be in Better Shape Than 98% of The People Your Age?

All it takes is a decision! Just decide you are going to workout for the rest of your life and follow through with it! It really is that simple. Don’t stress over getting older…look forward to it!

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Tyler Durden September 22, 2007 at 6:09 am

hey you have really good looking and fit friends especially if i take their age into account!At first I thought they’re some models you found on the internet!
Seattle has to be a place of very health- conscious people right?
In your older posts you claimed the reason most people put on weight after 40 is the decreased level of HGH in their body.

Jonneh September 22, 2007 at 10:51 am

I, too, was fooled! I was thinking it was just another random picture to put in your post, haha. They all look like they’re in their 20’s!

admin September 22, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Tyler,

Yeah…I’ve know these guys for over 18 years. We kind of do everything together. In fact, the two guys also bought those skimpy “James Bond” swimsuits and they have similar pictures like I have on the main page of this blog. All 5 of us rented a beach villa in Mexico recently…it was the best trip I’ve ever been on. Our next destination is Greece. Seattle does get voted the “fittest city” in the U.S. each year according to Men’s Fitness magazine. People are very active here.

Jonneh,

The two guys along with me look good for our age, but the two girls look especially good for their age. When I compare those two to the typical women in their mid-30’s, I get blown away! Seriously…these girls look outstanding…even more so in person.

Rusty

Jennifer September 22, 2007 at 2:47 pm

I just want to send out a reminder that mid 30’s is NOT OLD!!

I just finished University a couple of years ago and am now in my mid 20’s, but I feel pretty young, and people think I’m 18-20 all the time!

I am from Canada (just outside Toronto) and here it is expected that women (and men) look incredible well into thier 40’s and even into thier 50’s. I don’t think “age” should be an excuse not to be in shape. There are men in their 60’s that play squash at my fitness club and they are still “keepin’ it tight and sexy”! I know an 80 year old man that lives in Whistler (British Columbia, Canada), who snowboards for hours several times a week. In fact, I think he has as much muscle as any of the 20 year olds on the mountain, albeit his skin is probably not as tight!

Your friends look great and so they should…they deserve to look great whatever thier age…even into their 80’s.

Magnate September 25, 2007 at 8:00 pm

I’m not sure if this link will go through or not, but this is a truly inspirational man, competing in bodybuilding in his 60s, certainly displays great “tone”.

http://www.t-nation.com/tmagnum/readTopic.do?id=1599841

64 Years old.

Sai May 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

What picture are you guys talking about? I don’t see a picture in this post. Just VERY curious!

admin May 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Sai,

I took the picture down, because it was a picture of my 4 best friends…two girls and two guys. The girls are both 33 and the guys are 38. Once my blog starting getting large levels of traffic, I figured it was best if I didn’t include pictures of my friends.

You may or may not know this, but there are a few massive bodybuilding forums that don’t like what I’m doing here. I’m a bit controversial, in that I don’t think “excessive muscle” looks good on anyone (they take exception to that). I don’t mind if they attack me (I actually enjoy it, because the links from those sites increase my rank in Google)…I just don’t want them to attack my friends.

Does that make sense?

Rusty

Sai May 23, 2008 at 6:34 am

Yeah absolutely, good call!
This is your fight against the steroid freaks

Keep the ‘war’ going, you’ll eventually win

Cheers
Sai

Abril December 23, 2008 at 12:53 am

True! I also find my body snaps back quicker. I used to be in the military and although I’ve been out a long time…I can still knock out those pushups (with good form!). I think it’s muscle memory. One of my former personal trainers couldn’t believe it. He gave me a fitness test and I knocked em out after years of not doing them. He had to put my feet on a ball to make them harder. I’ll be 33 soon and I have a toddler son….I find that I am getting better muscle definition now. I look better now when I was 18…still room for improvement but I wouldn’t trade this 30 something body for my teen one.

Plus…everyone thinks I’m 10 yrs younger. I love being in my 30’s!

Rich November 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Your right on point in this article. I am 44yrs old and I have been lifting since I was 13 believe me bro I am in better physical condition than the majority of the younger dudes in any gym I go to. I took years of dedication to stay this way but it has been well worth it.

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