Apr 27, 2020
Matt and Scott discuss several ways to modify linear progression for senior trainees. Seniors have many challenges to overcome when they first start training with barbells: low muscle and bone mass, low testosterone levels, obesity (others have very low bodyweight), lack of mobility in their joints, and a general state of deconditioning. Consequently, seniors often get the best results by modifying the typical approach to linear progression.
To start, Matt and Scott recommend senior lifters acquire a 15lbs barbell. While some lifters will be able to start squatting and deadlifting with a standard 45lbs bar, many will struggle to press a 45lbs bar. Some will require a 15lbs bar for all the lifts, so it's a useful tool to have in your arsenal.
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