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Supplements for Older Lifters

I have just returned to training with weight after a long lay-off and thinking about which supplements would be best to use.

I am 56 btw.

Reading around the subject especially about age related muscle loss, which i am hoping to avoid big-time, i have come across occasional comments that older lifters should maybe be concentrating on protein intake and that possibly the protein form might be different to that for younger lifters.

I have previously used whey protein, currently still have some useable MAG-10 which i use after workouts based on not eating during the day, similar to CT’s pulse feast idea.

I have found that my digestion is not as great as it used to be (I am nearly 50), and liberal use of MAG-10 and Plazma have resolved that for me.

I think for a lifter of ANY age, using Plazma during peri-workout windows and MAG-10 at other meals is the way to go. Indigo-3G is also definitely something to consider since as we age I strongly believe our sensitivity to carbs degrades.

I should also add that i tend towards getting fat really easily, always have done.

Second thing is that i am on a much tighter budget so what i do use has to be the most bang for buck.

Priorities then :

  1. a slow muscle gain over time rather than a gradual loss.

  2. Avoid laying down fat.

  3. Assist in recovery from workouts.

If you’re training hard, the same core supplements are needed, and they happen to fit your goals:

<a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma for optimal workouts, fast recovery, and muscle gain. (Or <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/surge-workout-fuel"target=“new”>Surge Workout Fuel as a budget alternative.)

<a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/indigo-3g"target=“new”>Indigo-3G for maximizing nutrient uptake in muscle, releasing and burning fat-cell content and preventing the storage of body fat.

Those two would be the foundation and they may be all you need. If you like Mag-10 already, then the <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/packages/plazma-super-stack"target=“new”>Plazma Super Stack has all three and will save you a few bucks since it’s a package deal.

[quote]Chris Shugart wrote:
If you’re training hard, the same core supplements are needed, and they happen to fit your goals:

<a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma for optimal workouts, fast recovery, and muscle gain. (Or <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/products/surge-workout-fuel"target=“new”>Surge Workout Fuel as a budget alternative.)

<a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/products/indigo-3g"target=“new”>Indigo-3G for maximizing nutrient uptake in muscle, releasing and burning fat-cell content and preventing the storage of body fat.

Those two would be the foundation and they may be all you need. If you like MAG-10 already, then the <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/packages/plazma-super-stack"target=“new”>Plazma Super Stack has all three and will save you a few bucks since it’s a package deal.

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Thanks Chris.

I hadn’t come across Plazma before so i need to look into that.

What i am now planning is to get everything in place for a 3 month concentrated ‘blast’ of solid work and i want to get everything lined up to do that.
I had sort of ignored Indigo because of cost although i did take part in the Indigo project first time around.

I have to agree with Buff’d: for older lifter especially the Plazma, MAG-10, and Indigo-3G protocol is just great. I am mid-60s and started this protocol seriously about two years ago. In that time I’ve gained about ten pounds, but to my eye (and my wife’s…) I have lost body fat while gaining strength and muscle size. My old pants fit fine in the waist but some are getting tight in the thighs, and my shirts are getting tight through the chest, shoulders, and arms.

I use 2 or 3 servings of Plazma with every workout (normally 4 times a week) and do 2 MAG-10 pulses every day, before lunch and dinner. I follow the directions for Indigo-3G, though I usually take 5 instead of 6, just to stretch the budget. One word of caution though: If you are starting back at weights in your late 50s after a long layoff, try to progress slowly rather than too quickly; otherwise you risk seriously injuring a tendon, ligament, or joint right away and not being able to continue. Been there, done that. Good luck with it all!

[quote]dbickley wrote:
I have to agree with Buff’d: for older lifter especially the Plazma, MAG-10, and Indigo-3G protocol is just great. I am mid-60s and started this protocol seriously about two years ago. In that time I’ve gained about ten pounds, but to my eye (and my wife’s…) I have lost body fat while gaining strength and muscle size. My old pants fit fine in the waist but some are getting tight in the thighs, and my shirts are getting tight through the chest, shoulders, and arms.

I use 2 or 3 servings of Plazma with every workout (normally 4 times a week) and do 2 MAG-10 pulses every day, before lunch and dinner. I follow the directions for Indigo-3G, though I usually take 5 instead of 6, just to stretch the budget. One word of caution though: If you are starting back at weights in your late 50s after a long layoff, try to progress slowly rather than too quickly; otherwise you risk seriously injuring a tendon, ligament, or joint right away and not being able to continue. Been there, done that. Good luck with it all![/quote]

Absolutely right.

My workouts wil seem ridiculously light and easy to anyone here, i am resisting the urge to start chasing ‘plates’ (more weight) and i have a very different attitude to it this time. Last time i was here was almost a reaction to a job that i was beginning to hate and i could take out some anger and stress in the gym. Now i am in a much better mindset, the last year has been almost continous physical work so i have generally improved things like core stability just by shifting everything from bags of cement, rocks, soil etc.

The actual workouts are kind-of the icing on the cake ! but geared soon towards the specific idea of preventing later age related frailty.

What i am intending to do is get everything in place for a harder push for a 3 month period , the supps will be an expensive part of that but i believe worth it.

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