The reason lifting has become so important over the past couple of decades, is that men didn’t need weight lifting years ago. Vanity aside, I’m talking about health, testosterone and self-confidence. When the world was more secure, predictable, you had a job for life, and masculine values such as strength, courage and independence were actually celebrated, lifting wasn’t a necessity.
The world is not like that anymore. Instead, we live in a world dominated by the parasitical nature of long-term Socialism with its bloated welfare states, all whilst the time bomb ticks ever closer towards the next inevitable crisis (with no real economic recovery). Masculine values are now scoffed at. As The Family Alpha correctly states, lifting is now a necessity:
This is an interesting question I’ve toyed with over the past few weeks actually. Namely, how big and strong would I be now if I’d started lifting even earlier? Who knows.
Anyway, if you have kids and are interested in introducing them to weight lifting, what is the best age? I would argue that there is nothing wrong with kids doing bodyweight stuff. Weight lifting may require a bit more maturity. This article reckons stage 4 of puberty for weight lifting. Sounds fair enough, read more to find out more details:
Eric Helms has recently released a study on appetite regulation and activity. Paul has done a video on this talking about Eric’s findings, and how activity relates to appetite control. I’ve spoken before about how I was recently reminded of how the sedentary corporate lifestyle is horrendous for both stress and appetite regulation, and this study confirms my anecdotal findings.
Doing daily activity and MAKING THE TIME to get off your ass, will control your appetite far better. Long-term success with manipulating your physique (both muscle and fat) comes from appetite manipulation. I’ve talked about how I lowered my body fat set point here. Paul talks more about Eric’s study in this video:
For Men Over 40 who are very busy, it may be time to revisit the “3 lift rule”. If you’re struggling to balance everything from a time management standpoint and your only goal is to lose fat whilst maintaining muscle, you will get at least 80% of your possible stimulation (in any given workout) from the 3 big movements. Performing 3 sets on these big 3 movements will give you the vast majority of your gains. Top it off with a little isolation work.
Jason talks about how all the old school lifters used to do this:
I realise that the deadlift, if done incorrectly, is the ONE exercise that is most likely to injure you. Especially Men Over 40 with back problems. This is a very useful video from JTS in a 5 part series on deadlifting technique.
These guys have been a great resource I’ve used for strength programming and technique for many years now. I highly recommend: