Weightlifting past 70 years of age

I came across your Web page while surfing about weightlifting. I just turned 72 and have been lifting for 7 1/2 years. I do the compound lifts recommended by starting strength and the barbell prescription. I substitute weighted pull ups instead of a power clean or row. Also, I use a trap bar for deadlifting.

I tolerate volume pretty well. I do at least two working sets for each exercise. I lift three days a week, alternating between an upper and lower body split. So there are weeks where I have two leg days. I have found that I prefer the 6-9 rep range for lifts. Squatting 305# for 5 reps, became a daunting mental challenge. I now squat 265# for 7-9 reps, depending on how it's feeling.

I have also gone to deadlifting for higher reps. My experience is that using a little less weight is more forgiving. Skipping the last rep or two, if something is amiss, is no big deal. Having your hips come up too quickly with 300+ pounds on your back, can be a big deal.

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