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At what age did you make best strength gains?

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    At what age did you make best strength gains?


    what age did you pack on most mass/strength? I guess this question is for the older fellas'

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    At age 36 I was at my best.
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    if your hormones are at their max, from 15-21, then why do so many people see best strength/mass gains in mid 20's too early 30's?
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    30-32 have been my strongest years so far.
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    I didn't expect to see any vote 15-19, not what I expected, but still interesting.
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    26-29 was my peak period. I could pretty much eat what I wanted, do no cardio, and still maintained good strength and a 33" waist. After that it was downhill and, now at 38, I need to watch my diet and do cardio to keep my waist at 35/36" There seem to be more strength plateaus the older I get as well.
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    well hopefully i will never get old haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by james1 View Post
    what age did you pack on most mass/strength? I guess this question is for the older fellas'
    27 -30 were great years. I'm 47 now and I make good gains last summer but I was using some super supplements so it doesn't count as much. Bottom ine is you can make great gains well into your 40s if you want to make it a goal.
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    I think most guys overtrain and have some erroneus concepts about weightlifting. I know I overtrained for years, it wasnt till muscle growth slowed that I really learned to maximize my workouts and rest. JMO
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    As you go from 19 to 27 you obviously gain weight, what are the main changes in body hormonally, other then slowed metabolism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by james1 View Post
    if your hormones are at their max, from 15-21, then why do so many people see best strength/mass gains in mid 20's too early 30's?
    I would say because hormones aren't enough to facilitate massive strength gains. You have to have a solid understanding of the concepts behind weight training and proper nutrition to grow, which takes years to acquire and most don't understand it for a while.

    The poll was easy for me though, seeing as how I'm 20, and my best weight gain was probably this summer on TNT stack (Mainly the divanil to free up my testosterone).
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    18 was my best year, but seeing as how i just turned 19 thats not saying much. But I have to say I train much more than people recommend and have never experienced any symptoms of over training. I've tried lightening up on the volume but my body doesn't respond.

    From reading this and personal experience it seems like during the summer people make the best gains, does this seem accurate and does anyone know why?
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    im the strongest ive been, but im just 18 so i dont think it counts lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteonblackL View Post
    im the strongest ive been, but im just 18 so i dont think it counts lol
    haha yea doesnt count lol, but i agree im starting to see some serious strength gains now at late 18
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    Quote Originally Posted by james1 View Post
    if your hormones are at their max, from 15-21, then why do so many people see best strength/mass gains in mid 20's too early 30's?
    I don't think my hormones really kicked in until my early-mid 20s. That's when I really started getting results. However, its also when I really became focused and dedicated, so who knows?
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    I didn't even lift from when i was 20-25.. which i am now, and i am stronger now than I was when i was 20 without even working out at all... can't wait for my first 6 week workout in over 5 years... almost done with week 2!! after a workout some of my shirts don't even fit..
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    I was about 22 when I made the biggest improvements....
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    I'm glad too see all the responses.
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    it seems from this that it depends on when people become the most focused and serious about it, which can be any age. i was curious about an answer to this too, but im not sure. im only 21 but i think im fairly close to being at my strongest. theres not really anything else i can change to make much progress, my workouts are way more intense than anyone i know and my diet and training is pretty clean. kinda depressing then that im not gonna gain a whole lot more. i gained a lot fo strenght recently and im maxing out many of the weights in my gyms. oh well, il see. so in response to this it doesnt really seem to be any inherent age issue, just depends on when people become the most dedicated? i could be wrong lol
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    Yea the only thing wrong with that theory is that, I have been very dedicated for a few years now, and I'm not 215lbs lol. I think its just maturity and learning what things work best for your own body.
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    I'm 43 and I'm still surprizing myself with some of the things I do.Stay strong and young in your mind and your body will follow.Up the Iron!!!
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    I was the strongest I have ever been at 45 years old. Though I gave up powerlifting, I can still lift some pretty big weights for any age and I am 52.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveoph View Post
    I would say because hormones aren't enough to facilitate massive strength gains. You have to have a solid understanding of the concepts behind weight training and proper nutrition to grow, which takes years to acquire and most don't understand it for a while.

    The poll was easy for me though, seeing as how I'm 20, and my best weight gain was probably this summer on TNT stack (Mainly the divanil to free up my testosterone).
    I'm 19 so the poll was really easy for me too. LOL
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