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Just starting to weight train at 56

Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
Well, I guess the title tells it. I'm 56, in terrible shape, and started weight training back on Oct 26 of 2019.

Goals are as follows:
1) Change my mindset. I want a fighting spirit as I age and step into my final chapters.
2) Lose enough weight to fit into my racing leathers again and get back to the track come spring.

Back in Oct I joined a local gym, hired a trainer to design a weight program for me. I workout every 2cnd day. I have not missed a workout yet. I have a determination in me that now that I have a course set I will carry on with it.

Take care all.
edited December 4

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  • chickencerealchickencereal Posts: 36Member Member Posts: 36Member Member
    I’ve been consistently lifting since January, I had a lot of fighting spirit to begin with but now I feel like anytime I set a goal I can accomplish it and it’s no longer wishful thinking and that’s gonna carry me through the rest of my life. Congrats on starting now! I fit in my leathers I just need the bike now too.
  • mcemino2mcemino2 Posts: 368Member, Premium Member Posts: 368Member, Premium Member
    Good for you. I have weight trained off and on since I was a teenager. Last year at 57, I decided To lose weight and workout more. I have lost 40+ pounds since then, still need to drop another 20 or so. About six months ago I started lifting seriously and decided I wanted to look like Arnold:), not really going to happen, but have made a lot of progress, even while eating at a deficit most of the time.
  • Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    mcemino2 wrote: »
    ... even while eating at a deficit most of the time.
    Being little more than a month in, diet is a major focus. Like you I have been running a calorie deficit and have seen weight come off, but while I am doing this I have been trying to keep protein around 200 grams per day. I weigh 215lbs.

  • Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    I’ve been consistently lifting since January, I had a lot of fighting spirit to begin with but now I feel like anytime I set a goal I can accomplish it and it’s no longer wishful thinking...
    Sounds like you are doing well. Best of luck in the future!
  • DanyellMcGinnisDanyellMcGinnis Posts: 288Member Member Posts: 288Member Member
    Best of luck to you, it sounds like you have a great start with the trainer and all. I am only 42 and have done strength training off and on over the past decade or so but have been more serious about it lately. I was lucky enough to have all four grandparents into my late 20s or 30s and to spend a lot of time with them. Since they are the source of all my genetic material I know what sorts of problems to expect in the future and I believe strength training and especially focusing on the core and on balance will help me a lot in the future to avoid some of their problems.
  • Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Good luck Danyell
  • mcemino2mcemino2 Posts: 368Member, Premium Member Posts: 368Member, Premium Member
    Williamk69 wrote: »
    mcemino2 wrote: »
    ... even while eating at a deficit most of the time.
    Being little more than a month in, diet is a major focus. Like you I have been running a calorie deficit and have seen weight come off, but while I am doing this I have been trying to keep protein around 200 grams per day. I weigh 215lbs.

    I started around 227, now average about 185. I struggle to keep protein up and calories down. Usually around 150 grams.
  • billkansasbillkansas Posts: 239Member Member Posts: 239Member Member
    I got back on the horse at age 48. The program/book "Starting Strength" got me motivated and within a year I could squat and deadlift more than when I was in my twenties. Going for the 1000 lb club.... might hit it next year at age 51.
  • Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    billkansas wrote: »
    I got back on the horse at age 48. The program/book "Starting Strength" got me motivated and within a year I could squat and deadlift more than when I was in my twenties. Going for the 1000 lb club.... might hit it next year at age 51.

    That's awesome Bill, hope you hit that target
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 15,625Member Member Posts: 15,625Member Member
    Williamk69 wrote: »
    2) Lose enough weight to fit into my racing leathers again and get back to the track come spring.

    Beware!
    You might find like me that your old race leathers are dreadfully unfashionable.....

    Good goals and determination William. I started back on the road to losing weight and getting in shape in my 50's too and it's been great. Best of luck.

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  • Williamk69Williamk69 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
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    The fashion police might be after both of us lol. But check out my enthusiasm: new knee pucks!
    edited December 6
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