Last edited by Meshuggah; 01-13-2017 at 05:52 PM. Reason: Found the article
And now for a complete change in perspective: I'm 64 and attempting to get my two 30-something sons to start serious lifting. Both are doing light machine weights and "cardio". I squat 285 and deadlift 350. How would you young guys advise me to proceed?
I'd say demonstrating how you are twice their age and can out lift them could shame them into it. Make a video and show it to their wives.
You might get them to prescribe to the weekly newsletter from startingstrength.com
Just put their emailadresses on the site and ask them to confirm the subscription
- I was pretty crippled up in spite of doing a program like you sons for several year (lots of cardio and "as seen on TV / Total Gym") 7+ hours per week
- Special snowflaked the SS model for 4 months
- Helped them move, (a shocking development)
- Tuned back the special-ness of my snowflake status, got up to 76% of your numbers in the next 6 months
I suspect the stark nature of the me before and after was both wonderful and terrifying.
Getting big results while working out less seems too good to be true.
- Ask them how much time they are spending getting "current" results? (I only spend 2-3 hours per week now, far less than half of failed methods)
- Let them watch you eat. LOL. (Perhaps the reason you are not gaining weight should be discussed)
- Never pass on an opportunity to shake hands or bear hug (or wrestle LOL)
- Talk up the Barbell Prescription to others in their circle.
- Listen for talk of injuries... there are plenty of solutions / explanations within this forum or the books.
Sometimes we lose traction on certain issues with those close to us. My advice is look for "easy sales" to people they are influenced by. Or listen to their conversations about working out and health and insert a link from Jordan Feigenbaum, or other forum experts.
And what 57Bergstrm said.
Three very good responses from fellow geezers. Still very interested to hear from OP and other young guys about their thoughts. PS this is not a hijacking, it's a "shoe on the other foot" scenario. What would a young guy advise?