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Posted on 02/07/2012 1:23:59 PM PST by mamelukesabre

Is it normal for a male in his 40s to experience a rapid increase in muscle strength? I am mid 40s, and about 6 months ago I discovered by chance that I can now do one handed pushups. I just did 20 of them each hand (just to see how many I could do)just minutes before posting this. I have NEVER been able to do one handed pushups in my life. I am not working out either. In my 20s I was a fitness fanatic and did weight training, boxing, cycling, and running. I was never this strong even then.

About a year ago I shocked some people when I picked up a heavy object and put it on my shoulder and walked up a flight of stairs. After discovering the object was in fact OVER 200lbs I was shocked myself.

This whole one handed pushup thing has stirred up a childhood memory. I remember my dad talking one day and marveling about his own curious strength gains which he described as "unbelievable". He then proceeded to prove it to us kids and mom by going down to the basement and doing a bench press with every last weight in the whole weight set on the bench press bar. After he scared my mom out of her wits, I took all the weights off the bar one by one and counted it all up and it was around 350lbs. He was in his early to mid 40s at that time.


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I havn't attempted a stunt like my dad did, and I don't really plan on it either. I'm just curious if anyone knows if this is normal.
1 posted on 02/07/2012 1:24:10 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Have you been bitten by a radioactive spider lately? :^\


2 posted on 02/07/2012 1:26:26 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Cyber Liberty

LOL


3 posted on 02/07/2012 1:27:02 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: mamelukesabre

BFL


4 posted on 02/07/2012 1:27:28 PM PST by firebrand
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To: mamelukesabre

Maybe you’ve gotten to the age where you can’t feel your knees anymore, so you’re lighter when doing those pushups.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 1:28:31 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Knock it off Newt, this isn’t going to work either.


6 posted on 02/07/2012 1:28:38 PM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Must be a genetic thing. Or have you been on testosterone therapy? Hmmmm, so what else can you do better than you did in your 20s?


7 posted on 02/07/2012 1:29:03 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: mamelukesabre

Early stages of testicular cancer can be associated with increases in testosterone.

A checkup is in order.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 1:29:15 PM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: mamelukesabre

9 posted on 02/07/2012 1:30:13 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mamelukesabre

Have you recently been doing any Angel Dust or PCP?


10 posted on 02/07/2012 1:30:40 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: mamelukesabre
Yeah, pretty normal. They did a documentary about that stuff a few years ago. Unbreakable
11 posted on 02/07/2012 1:30:57 PM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: mamelukesabre

Did you steal Pop-Eye’s spinach???


12 posted on 02/07/2012 1:32:07 PM PST by InspectorGadget
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To: mamelukesabre; Cyber Liberty
My wife was just last week commenting on how our new pool guy was extremely strong and healthy and had so much energy for a 40 year old.

Do you have any red marks on your neck because I saw him with several the other day when I came home early........

13 posted on 02/07/2012 1:33:46 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: mamelukesabre

Did you see Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in the movie “Unbreakable?”

More seriously, have you noticed any increase in muscle bulk or tone which would point to some hormonal change?


14 posted on 02/07/2012 1:33:50 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mamelukesabre
Is it normal for a male in his 40s to experience a rapid increase in muscle strength?

What about the love muscle? How's that working?

15 posted on 02/07/2012 1:33:58 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: mamelukesabre
Some sort of kryptonite exposure?

Early onset senility?

A waking dream episode?

Vanity post fever?

LOL!
Just kidding...wish I could do one handed pushups
(or any kinda pushups)


16 posted on 02/07/2012 1:36:17 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: mamelukesabre

That’s nothing. At 62 I can carry $100 worth of groceries in one hand. I couldn’t do that when I was 21.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 1:37:20 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: mamelukesabre

Eat more junk food.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 1:37:20 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: mamelukesabre
How many of these...
 

class=rg_hi
 
 
... are you knocking back each day?
 
(just wondering)


19 posted on 02/07/2012 1:39:01 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: muir_redwoods

Haaahahaha!!


20 posted on 02/07/2012 1:40:16 PM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: muir_redwoods

“like”


21 posted on 02/07/2012 1:41:46 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: mamelukesabre
I'm just curious if anyone knows if this is normal.

I wouldn't worry, but call your doctor if it persists more than four hours.

22 posted on 02/07/2012 1:41:46 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: DallasDeb

Nothing that I’m aware of. No hormone therapy. I seem to be losing my hair at an increased rate the last 3 or 4 years. That’s about it really. Oh, I had knee injuries in my 20s that hurt now and then ever since. About 2-3 years ago they just quit bothering me. I don’t know why.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 1:42:01 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Maybe you're becoming a lesbian?

24 posted on 02/07/2012 1:42:18 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: muir_redwoods

>> At 62 I can carry $100 worth of groceries in one hand. I couldn’t do that when I was 21.

ROFLMAO!


25 posted on 02/07/2012 1:42:40 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: muir_redwoods
That’s nothing. At 62 I can carry $100 worth of groceries in one hand. I couldn’t do that when I was 21.

HAHAHA! That's right! I think all Americans are a LOT stronger nowadays. ;-)

26 posted on 02/07/2012 1:43:21 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: mamelukesabre

Mr. Dingle, the Strong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp8fNoB68r4&feature=related


27 posted on 02/07/2012 1:44:18 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: mamelukesabre

Hope and Change


28 posted on 02/07/2012 1:44:57 PM PST by Diggity
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To: mamelukesabre
What a remarkable coincidence!

I recently broke my hand, and after the doctor fixed it up, he said to me:

"It looks like you'll still be able to play the piano."

And I said: "Thanks, doc! I could never play it before!"

29 posted on 02/07/2012 1:45:12 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Anyone can carry a small grocery bag of caviar and lobster. Ask Moochelle.


30 posted on 02/07/2012 1:45:47 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: mamelukesabre

You’re gifted. Im happy just to jerk off.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 1:47:31 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The only muscles I’ve noticed being bigger than they used to be is my forearms.


32 posted on 02/07/2012 1:49:27 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

It’s like a lightbulb... a brief bright flash, then it goes dark.


33 posted on 02/07/2012 1:49:44 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: NewJerseyJoe

P4L


34 posted on 02/07/2012 1:53:39 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: goseminoles; mamelukesabre

goseminoles: “You’re gifted. Im happy just to jerk off.”
mamelukesabre: “The only muscles I’ve noticed being bigger than they used to be is my forearms.”

You can’t make this stuff up! :-)


35 posted on 02/07/2012 1:53:58 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: mamelukesabre

I can do no handed pushups. Well, actually just one no handed pushup.


36 posted on 02/07/2012 1:54:31 PM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: mamelukesabre

Not sure about you, but I just finished an 11 mile bike ride to work. I’ll do the same coming home tonight at 11:30. I also did 4 miles with my grandson this morning.

I’m 57.


37 posted on 02/07/2012 1:55:24 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: mamelukesabre

How long have you been taking HGH and getting the injections in the buttocks? That’s the first LOGICAL question that popped into MY beady little mind. Things like this DO NOT just happen.....at least not in Realville.


38 posted on 02/07/2012 1:56:17 PM PST by Tucker39 (Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; mamelukesabre
It’s like a lightbulb... a brief bright flash, then it goes dark.

It's always dawnest, just before the dark.

39 posted on 02/07/2012 1:56:45 PM PST by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: donmeaker

Yikes. Maybe I will get a checkup.


40 posted on 02/07/2012 2:00:07 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I’m over 40 and routinely bench over 400lbs, deadlift over 600, and squat 500+.

Of course, I was a professional athlete and still train 6 days a week.

Males continue to gain physical strength until early 50s, if they put their minds to it.

Cadiovascular peaks in the late 20s.


41 posted on 02/07/2012 2:06:59 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: irishtenor

I am not experiencing any endurance increases...in fact my endurance is probably declining. But simple short duration strength is noticeably much greater.


42 posted on 02/07/2012 2:07:32 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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43 posted on 02/07/2012 2:08:20 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Interesting. Does their rate of increase also speed up?

I had to quit all forms of exercise in my 20s. First a shoulder injury forced me to quit lifting weights. Then I screwed up my wrists by spending too much time punching the heavy bag. THen the knees went from too much running. I was running 20-25 miles every sunday and about half that the other days until about age 28 or 29.

Then all of a sudden a couple years ago I noticed my knees weren’t bothering me anymore. Last summer I started jogging again, very slow and for short distances. I seem to be sensitive to the cold more than I used to be and couldn’t keep up the jogging when mornings started to get chilly. I thought I’d try some very basic exercises in my living room to do SOMETHING besides jog. That’s when I discovered I could do one handed pushups.


44 posted on 02/07/2012 2:21:31 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I’m 47 and having the same kind of “strength spurt”. Have you changed anything in your diet? I did and my doc said I raised my testosterone levels because of it. Packed some muscle onto my forearms and thighs, too. Who knew that garbage about eating your greens was true?


45 posted on 02/07/2012 2:26:50 PM PST by Zerowc
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To: mamelukesabre
The only muscles I’ve noticed being bigger than they used to be is my forearms.

The reason I asked is that muscle strength is related to both size and "tone" in the sense of muscle mass versus softened, embedded fat. We've all seen stringy strong guys and bulked up really strong guys, but there's usually some indication of unusual strength. Even the skinny strong guys have a knotty, wiry look. And since you've noticed a change in strength, I thought you might have noticed some physical changes in yourself.

46 posted on 02/07/2012 2:34:21 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mamelukesabre

Yes, I found that I was stronger in my early and mid forties than I was at any time prior, unfortunately I found that I was more sore afterwards.

I think it is a mental thing.


47 posted on 02/07/2012 2:36:09 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Zerowc

Actually, yes I have been eating differently now that you mention it. I decided to wean myself off of prilosec awhile back and through trial and error I learned if I wanted to eliminate heartburn the natural way I had to eat only fresh meat and fresh produce very plain with no spices or sauces.

You say your testosterone level goes up from eating greens? Fascinating.


48 posted on 02/07/2012 2:37:42 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I don’t think it’s beyond the norm, you’ve just noticed it, your body has probably been capable of it for a while.

I’m a bit envious though, I’ve hit the weights hard and have made tremendous strides in my strength and endurance while in my 40’s. My bench has more than doubled, my endurance has increased substantially, but every bit of it has come through deliberate planning, training and diet, every bit of it has come through hard work.


49 posted on 02/07/2012 2:42:35 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: mamelukesabre

You’re pulling our legs.


50 posted on 02/07/2012 2:44:34 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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