One of the biggest reasons older men give for not working out is that their bodies can’t withstand the weights and muscles stop growing after a certain age. There is no truth behind these claims. These are just petty ways of escaping working out.
If you look closely, some of the best bodybuilders of all times tend to be relatively older men. While these pro bodybuilders might not be over 50 years old, they most certainly are 35-45 years old and kicking ass on the biggest competitive bodybuilding stages.
The reason behind this is the muscle maturity. Our bodies and muscles come into their prime shape at a later stage. Muscle maturity is as much about your age as it is about the work you put into building your body.
Unlike other sporting endeavors which focus mostly on fast twitch motions, joint functionality, and explosive movements, bodybuilding is about putting your muscles through years of intense training until they break down and mature to a level that will show increased definition and deep striations.
Best of Over 50 Years Old Body Transformations
1. Lose to Win
Let’s kick off our list with Matt Manning. Matt transformed by dropping 40 pounds, which led to a $50,000 grand prize win. He participated in and won Bodybuilding.com’s annual 12-week fitness competition called the ‘$100,000 Transformation Challenge’.
2. Photoshoot Ready
Mark Sisson is one of the pioneers of the “paleo” movement, defined by the desire to eat and exercise like our ancestors before the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago. The motto of his very successful fitness blog Mark’s Daily Apple is “primal living in a modern world.”
3. Legends Are Forever
Dave Draper (nicknamed the “Blonde Bomber”) is an accomplished bodybuilder who used to train with Arnold Schwarzenegger. As you can see from the photo of Dave at 62 compared to 25 years old (on left), the density of his muscles has increased and he is leaner.
4. Get Better With Age
Just like wine, some people get better with age and this guy is a perfect example. Just look at the upper pecs and abs on this guy. The effortlessness with which he’s posing is truly commendable.