Can You Build Muscle After 50?


May 27, 2015


can you build muscle after 50

It’s more about attitude than anything else. Don’t act like an old guy. That’s your biggest problem.

What you think about you become.

If you think you’re old, you act old, lift old and keep looking older and older.

Can you build muscle after 50?

Watch the video for some ideas.


Skewed Thinking

A high school friend of mine mentioned on Facebook the other day how his chiropractor was a miracle worker. He had gone in for a “tune up” as his back was jacked up again.

I say again because I know from Facebook (see it’s good for something) that he goes to his chiropractor every few months to “fix his back.” It’s a common occurrence.

The Problem

He is mixing up common and normal. He is thinking like an old guy.

While it may be common for his back to “go out”, it isn’t normal. This shouldn’t be happening. There is something wrong that chiropractic visits aren’t fixing.

A bad back is a weak back

It’s almost certain that my high school buddy’s problem stems from weakness, not because he is over 50 or has any real physical issue.

But he thinks it is just part of getting old. That it is normal. It’s just what happens when you get older.

He is wrong. He needs to change his belief first and then fitness will follow (or at least have a chance to flourish).

As long as you think it is normal to get weak and fat as you age, that is exactly what will happen to you.

Never confuse common with normal.


  • Get your thinking straight first. Just because everyone else seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, doesn’t mean you need to follow.
  • Good health and longevity is achievable through a life of fitness. Focus on your fitness.
  • Don’t make it so damn complicated. Find something you like and start. Then keep doing it. Effort over time always works.

Can you build muscle after 50?

If you’re serious about your health and fitness, here is a step by step plan that is guaranteed to work.

Just add effort over time. No magic but it works.

About the author 

Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 64 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they live rewarding, fun lives using his signature 2 Rule Easy Fat Loss training program.

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