I'm sure there are some of you who think weight training is a dirty word because you equate it with muscle soreness. I have one thing to say to you: get a life! Muscle soreness tells you the muscle hasn't been used in, and this is a presumptive guess, YEARS! Most likely because you're middle aged and lazy. "No pain, no gain" is just as true as "use it or lose it." The choice is yours. You can maintain the muscle you have, maybe build a little on it, or you can continue to slowly waste away. Let's put some emphasis on the word waste. Maybe you want to be 85 and have the muscle tone of an 8 month old baby. I don't. So get your ass out the sweet spot of you Laziboy and grab some weights. Now there is something you need to be very much aware of, your age! If you're in your mid-twenties you're probably not going to have much of a problem. However, if you just happen to be middle-aged, like me, you're not going to want to start swinging around 25 pound dumbbells. Start easy! Ten pound dumbbells are fine. In fact I'll let you in on a little secret, when you're a young, strapping Adonis having big biceps and shoulders and pecs capable off poking out some one's eye is important as hell, poundage is fine.
|See, even back in the Greco - Roman days they used dumbbells
The bigger the plates the bigger the muscle. However, if you're middle-aged, like me, your days of even dreaming of looking like one of the statues above are long gone. However, if you lust for six pack abs and don't mind working your balls off there just might be hope for you (slim hope to be sure). The truth about abs like that? We all have them, they're just covered in body fat. The truth of the matter is that you should be more concerned about muscle maintenance at this stage of your life and lower weights is the way to go. The results you want are strength not size. Muscle mass disappears as you get older, this is normal. The only way to keep your muscles from doing a fade out is to work them and when you work them it should be a repetitive routine. This doesn't mean you should stick to low poundage, medium (for your body weight and size) will work just fine. You just need to workout regularly, on a fixed schedule, otherwise all you will end up doing is wasting your time, which is the type of thing a porko deluxe might do.