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My Mom's Results are Encouraging

My mom turned 70 this summer.  She has performed an average of 1 workout per week at Discover Strength since she was 57. Occasionally she misses a workout due to vacation or time spent at the cabin, and over the years she has participated in an occasional “Body Comp Challenge” which calls for twice per week training for a one-month duration.  Specifically, over the last 6 years she has performed an average of 1.24 workouts per week.
Over the last 2 years, she has Bod Pod tested more consistently. Her results reveal that a woman over 65 can add significant muscle and lose fat even after many years of training.
To be clear, her results defy common wisdom that (1) experienced trainees can’t add muscle after the first few years of training, (2) that older women can’t add muscle, and (3) a low frequency of 1.24 workouts per week can’t add significant muscle.
I’ll share my mom’s results below, but I’m only going to show the change, rather than the actual results (you are welcome, mother).
Her earliest test on record was September 2017 so I’ll compare that with her most recent test earlier this month (December 2019):
  • Lost 7.4% of body fat (this is incredible)
  • Added 5.5 pounds of muscle (in just 2 years from age 68-70!)
  • Lost 12.4 pounds of fat
Take home message: Older, experienced trainees can add muscle and lose fat with very little (but very intense) strength training.  My mom’s results are… encouraging.  

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