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Old Man Strength: How to Train Better With Age

Who say’s you have to grow grey and weak with age?

That’s what most believe. That after an early peak the body will wear and break, and lifting weights just won’t be very fun anymore.

But is that true, or does the descent begin the moment you stop having a good time?

There is a remedy, but the answer isn’t to train more intensely. There’s nothing for you to prove. With the love and support of family, and great teammates by your side, there will be no limits to your strength.

And ultimately, your most productive and blissful lifting years will begin the moment you start having fun again.

I hope you enjoy the show. If you have any questions about training to be strong, for life, just leave them in the comment below.

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Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?


  • I gotta say, there is nothing better than listening to this podcast with geniuses like Travis Mash, feeling so full of knowledge, and so inspired to keep learning, and fueling my passion for lifting, and sharing this information. Great episode guys! #lifechangingpodcast

      • I’m dying right now bc iv listened for months now on podcasts but have never seen a video. Sooo I had all these images of what I thought tou guys looked like. I seriously could have almost drawn a picture of what I thought you guys looked like. You guys are still big dudes and know ur stuff and I listen to a podcast everytime before I lift just to get myself in that mindset on my way to the gym. It’s just funny watching the videos and being like why does that guy have dougs voice or that’s not who I drew up in my head for Chris haha

  • Hey man! Exactly what I expected, another awesome episode. I really enjoyed meeting ya’ll at the MSS. I would also like to thank Travis for putting all that together and I think its going to grow into the greatest thing in the strength in the Southeast. Thanks to BB shrugged and all the other vendors and sponsers. I would also like to use this chance to Thank everyone that helped get me wrapped up and iced down after my quad tear. Nothing but first class folks around there. Keep up the greatness! See ya’ll next year!

    • Zane!

      Hope you’re feeling better, and back under a heavy bar soon. It was great meeting you a few weeks back.

      Cheers, 🙂


  • Great show. Travis seems to be a real genuine guy. Didn’t know much about him prior to the episode. You guys keep providing great content. Will follow Travis to learn about his methods. Thanks guys.

  • That was by far one of the best episodes I’ve seen make someone it’s in the 40s know that they can still wait left and do it heavy

  • Great show as always! Really enjoyed Travis’ perspective and fire for continuing to progress after all he has achieved. I’m wondering if you guys have a perspective on an approach to oly lifting as someone gets older. I just learned the lifts via my Crossfit gym a few years ago and technique in the full lifts is def a limiter. At 43 yo, I question sometimes the risk vs reward of working at perfecting a full Snatch vs just focusing on power Snatch in the limited gym time I have. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Marquise. I think you can only benefit from doing the full lifts. That will give you a big mobility and athletic advantage, which is just better for your life. That, and when people skip full in favor of power, they just end up limiting themselves. Mobility issues get worse. There’s a FEAR of getting low that gets reinforced, and that can’t be undone really. It’s good to go full. Just take your time and progress reasonably.

  • I have always enjoyed your podcast and this episode is probably one of the best I have watched, really love the information provided, keep up the good work!!! Greetings from Mexico city!!!

  • The people in the video seem to be drunk and if it’s going to address “How to train better with age” it is sure getting there slowly. I’ve watched a few videos from this site now and it has mostly been guy seemingly making it up as a group as the talk.

    • Do you know what a podcast is? It’s a conversation…And yes, conversations usually unfold as people talk. And yes, we had a few scotches, because again, the whole premise is friends hanging out and talking training. Many folks enjoy it, but perhaps you’d like something more traditional and structured.

  • Old man strength? Really? Travis is 42. I’m almost 42. Yeah, I’ve got some parts that don’t work as well as they did 20 years ago, but I hardly feel “old” 🙂

    Overall, yet another great episode with lots to take away. I look forward to every Wednesday and eventually working my way through the entire back log that I’ve never seen. Keep up the great work.

  • Inspiring podcast. As a less-than-young athlete, it really resonated with me. The longer I’ve been at this, I feel a much greater appreciation everything. It’s more than PRs. It’s everything. Man…it’s such a gift to be able to do what you love.

  • Love the video! It’s great to see someone addressing training for us older guys without a condescending attitude. Thanks for not stereotyping us. I’m 58, not a powerlifter, and this video has inspired me to move my 30 lb dumbbells and bench out of storage. Thanks again Chris!

  • Really enjoyed this episode. I am 52 and have been training for 3 years now. Sometimes I regret for not weight training in my youth, but those thoughts are few. I enjoy training, lifting heavy and hitting PRs. No truer statement from the podcast than hitting mobility training on a daily basis for us old guys. Keep up the great work.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more William! I bought a treadmill and I’m starting to alternate cardio and moderate lifting days. I’ll be 59 in 2 weeks and I’m looking for better work. There’s no better way to exude strength than being strong.

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