Older trainers may need to make some modifications to some of the programs listed within this manual.
What do I mean when I say older?
Well, I can't give a set number for what I mean by older trainers. Every person is different and the number of your age means absolutely nothing compared to another person and the number of their age.
Each and every person has different genetics and have taken care of their bodies differently. Some people have played sports for many years of their life. Many haven't. Some people have bad knees, some have bad shoulders, many have lower back issues, and any number of other issues.
A 60 year old male might have the body, hormones, and joints of a 40 year old male while a 40 year old male might have the body, hormones, and joints of a 60 year old male.
In other words, your age and the training styles that work for you are relative to you and only you. As you get older, your optimal training style will change. You will have to decrease weight training stress to your body as you get older.
So it all depends on what your individual body can handle as you get older. Some can handle more and some can handle less.
If you are an older trainer and have no idea what you can handle, start with low recovery training and see what types of gains you get from that style of training.
You can then step your way through the styles of training until a style proves to be too much for you. You'll know if it's too much because your progress will stop too soon within the workout program and you will overtrain. If progress occurs for a few months at a time, you'll know that training style works for you.
Remember… the low recovery style of training will work for you. Low recovery training will work for pretty much anyone. The results will be slower than other styles of training but it will lead to progress.
Just start with that style of training if you aren't sure and increase the work load by changing the training style to see if you can get better results. Your body must be able to handle the extra workload.
If you want to try a different style of training, simply pay attention to how you are feeling each day. If you begin to feel run down and not very motivated to hit the gym, you can insert rest days. Instead of resting one day between workouts, try resting 2 days between workouts. That might be the only change you need to make amazing progress.
Sleep well. Eat well. Keep stress low. Do everything you can to help your body recover from weight training.
You will get results.
You just have to find the training style that fits you best. That's all. Then, the results will be amazing. Just start out light and increase. Measure results so you always know what's working for you. Be patient. Give each style some time to work. Pay attention to strength gains as strength is the best indicator of progress in the gym.