Starting To Powerlift When Older

Create: 03/29/2006 - 08:03
One of the beauties of powerlifting is that those of any age can participate and compete. Masters classes allow one to remain competitive against their peers as long as they'd like. But what about starting powerlifting when you're already a master. A 48 year old has decided to take it up and asks for some advice and routines. The advice illustrates the community that is powerlifting:

Go to and find the four part article series in the articles section called "The 8 keys..." by Dave Tate, - that should put you on the right path. Try to find a powerlifting gym and join it. We have two guys who started at ~58 and ~64 respectively and they are both doing great.

Try to find a real powerlifting gym (not a "health club") in your area and join. Try and hook up with some guys who are the real deal and can teach you how to lift. A new guy in his mid 40's just started with our team in my gym this weekend. Strong as all get-out, but needs a lot of work to become a competitive powerlifter. He learned a ton with us in just one Sunday afternoon. If you are motivated, work hard, stick to it, and are ready to learn, you will have great fun. I started competitive PL-ing just over 2 years ago after "lifting" for many years but never competing. It has been a blast! I am 39. Also, keep reading these forums. The best in the business post on here and are willing to help you and answer your questions. They have helped me IMMENSELY. Then, as you learn, share your knowledge with other newbies.

Welcome aboard! I'm 50. Made my comeback after no meets for 15 years at 45. Take the advice you've just gotten to start and we'll watch for your future post and questions. Tons of knowledge on this forum.

I would say find someone that nows what there doing and perfect your technique before you start to use some serius weights. Start slow and work into the heavy weights SLOW, and again use perfect form every set every rep nomatter if its 135lbs on the bench if you screw around and not use good form you will get hurt very easy

I'm just gonna say Welcome aboard and the advice given above is all great stuff. Take your time read up on alot of stuff and dont take it to seriuosly or you will get burnt out. The biggest thing hands down in this sport is to HAVE FUN!!! To many big guys like myself let it get to them and we forget about having fun and giving back.Just train smart and work your techniques hard and HAVE FUN!!!!!

I am a 61 yr masters lifter who started at the age of 55 and I am still getting stronger. Like everyone said find some people in your area that knoew what they are doing and train with them if you can.

I train with a few guys who did not start till in there 40's or make come backs after 20 years off till they were 50. They have all had great success. One of my training partners made great progress starting out much like you. Just find some one to show you the right way!

I had been lifting for years and years and years in a gym, but only got into competing last August, at the age of 51. My wife joined me at my third meet--one day before her 59th birthday. We just did a full power meet Saturday. It's fun! We are champing at the bit for the next one. We're kind of a geezer--excuse me, masters--power team. The only regret I have is not having jumped into competition sooner. So here's what I'd suggest to you: don't wait too long to enter a meet. (Don't enter untrained, of course, but don't follow my example!) Perhaps you could go to one as a spectator first. You'll meet some people who will be happy to help you and you'll know how things work before you actually lift. And you'll find out about some good places to train.

I'm 50 and didn't compete until I was 47. Just remember, "if you think you've reached your limit, you're right!"

I think it's great to see a guy starting at an older age, there's nothing but benefits from lifting. On top of adding muscle mass, your bone density is gonna go way up from the constant pressure building it up. My coach set his highest bench around 40 years old after having broken his back in a construction accident and havning multiple surgeries. I'm a firm believer that weightlifting knows no "peak" age, lookin forward to hearin from some of your meets.