Building Muscle Over Age 40 - Complete How-to Guide

How-to Build Muscle Over 40

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Building Muscle Over Age 40 – Complete How-to Guide

Up until now you’ve been told that you have to go to the doctor and get some special treatment in order to actually build muscle over the age of 40. I’m here to tell you that if you understand your body and you understand timing and you understand cellular rejuvenation properly, you don’t have to do that. You can build muscle just by knowing timing and knowing the specific kinds of workouts, even if you’re over 40, okay? Even if you’re over 50, 60, 70. So we’re going to break it all down for you. I’m going to teach you what’s happening inside, unfortunately, the aging body, right? I’m also going to teach you just different little tips and tricks that you can apply to get the most out of your workouts, the most out of your nutrition, and the most out of your timing. So you’re going to have a solid answer to it.

So the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine published a study that found that as you get older, you do need to increase your protein to maintain muscle mass. In fact, they said, based on their standards, it goes from 0.8 grams per kilogram up to 1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight. Now that’s based on that scale. So if we take that into consideration, we’re basically looking at like a 30% increase in protein.

Now the hard part is as you get older, you have less muscle and you also have less secretion of this apelin. Less secretion of the protein that preserves muscle. So how do we combat this?

So let’s jump to autophagy for just a second, okay? So autophagy, again, is going to be the opposite of what you think. We normally think of autophagy as associated with fasting and just shrinking things down. But again, it’s all about efficiency. You see, the journal Cell Metabolism published a study that found that autophagy is what allowed muscle to be spared.

So now we have to break this down with when should you train? Should you train in the morning? Should you train in the evening? Should you train fasted? What should it be? Well, there’s a study that was published in the journal PLoS One, okay, and this study took a look at people that worked out in the morning and worked out in the evening.

They found that people that worked out in the morning had significantly higher levels of norepinephrine. They also had higher levels of cortisol and higher levels of testosterone. So that tells us at first that we think we should work out in the morning. Okay, I’m all for working out in the morning, but here’s what we have to remember. A lot of people say that working out in the morning is better because testosterone levels are higher. Well, I have another study that I have to reference that proves that that isn’t necessarily the point.

The Journal of Applied Physiology published a study that found that muscle protein synthesis was actually higher in women post-workout than it was in men, despite the fact that men had 45 times higher testosterone levels after the workout.

So I know this was a lot, but the general point of this is 30% more protein, timing your fast how I suggested, and I know it’s complex. And the other days, eat a lot more protein and add those autophagy- boosting foods. So this will help you build muscle. And I’m sorry it was long-winded, but I had to explain it. As always, make sure you’re keeping it locked in here on my channel and I’ll see you in the next video.


Protein Needs (The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine):

Autophagy & Muscle (Cell Metabolism):

Morning vs Evening Workouts (PLoS One):

Men v Women Muscle Growth – Testosterone (Journal of Applied Physiology):

Leptin (PLoS One):

Omega 3 & Protein Synthesis (Clinical Science):

Vitamin D & Strength: