Gains Can Be Made At Any Age

September 15, 2011

Good news for Baby Boomers: There's no age limit on building muscle size and strength through exercise. A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences compared the effects of a 10-week resistance training program on untrained women in their 20s and 60s.

Both groups performed 3 sets of leg extensions and curls for 10 reps each at an intensity of 50% to 75% of their predetermined maximal strength. Workouts were conducted 3 times a week. After 10 weeks, subjects exhibited between 7% and 28% increases in strength with similar increases in muscle size. Age did not factor into either of these measures.

Remember the noticeable changes in muscle size and strength you realized after training for those first couple of months? Turns out, you can relive the moment if it's been a while since you were counted among weight room regulars. Age is no obstacle to realizing newbie gains. For a simple beginner's exercise intensity test, check out today's Breaking News post at