I was reading an article on alararagon.com, which is a very good source of health information and learned something I have never heard before. According to Alan Aragon, a man’s muscle mass and skeletal formation peaks at age 30. He also said that many bodybuilders, compete well into their 40’s and these men are much more impressive than the younger guys competing at the shows. At first this was confusing to me, because most people say your done growing at age 18, but when I actually thought about it, it made perfect sense.
Compare an 18 year old and 30 year old and see which one has a bigger bone structure, muscle mass, and weight. The 30 year old is obviously going to be bigger. That means maybe your done growing HEIGHT wise at the age of 18, but definitely not done growing overall. In the article, Alan Aragon brought this up in response to what a 19 year old should do that was interested in building muscle. He basically said the answer was slow consistent process of progressive weight training until he hit his peak. Once he turned 30 years old and maybe a little before, his gains would slow down.
Even if the 19 year old put on a very slow 4 pounds of solid muscle each year that would be 40 pounds over the course of 10 years, which makes a substantial difference in a man’s physique. Definitely an eye opener to show that even the most basic approaches can yield very impressive results if given enough time to run its course.
Alan also cautioned against extreme approaches to health and fitness. Mainly about how a simple hobby and interest can turn into a deep obsession if taken too far, and he is exactly right. Long term, slow and controlled, balanced diet is what its all about.
Here is the article it came from: Interviewed by Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University (Alan Aragon Blog)