I have been lifting weights since I was 13. I am a former USN SEAL. I would like to know if anyone out there has a really good weight workout for a 60 year old man. I have a bench and pairs of solid dumbbells from 3 lbs to 120lbs.

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No I am not. Rudy joined the Navy back in WW2. I trained with him at SEAL TEAM TWO when I was on my two weeks active duty. All my time was at SEAL TEAM ONE.



I am 8 years your junior, a former police officer, and had lifted weights for nearly 40 years, whereupon I gave it up due to various injuries and took up Yoga instead.  I did a comprehensive study about ten years ago on the subject of Yoga and discovered that the people who consistently remain in the best physical health up into their declining years and beyond are yogis.  I find my Yoga workouts to be at least as challenging as the weight workouts were, and I never felt so good after a workout as I do with Yoga.  I still do certain resistance exercises, such as grip work and the farmer's walk, for purposes of functionality, but I no longer pursue the traditional exercises.


I can, however, recommend a good book to you:  Gray Hair and Black Iron, by Brooks Kubik, 5-time national bench press champion and author of Dinosaur Training.  This book, along with a number of classic weightlifting courses from back in the day, are available at:




This book has a lot of advice for the older weight trainer.  Good luck to you, sir, and I would strongly advise to you to look into Yoga to, if nothing else, supplement your weight training.  Flexibility is exceptionally important as we age, and as I'm sure you're aware, we can't train the same way now we did when we were 25.  When you go to that website, I suggest having them send you a paper catalog, as it's much easier to pursue at your leisure.

Okay, just checking. 

You might want to check out Pilates. I discovered the system recently and it works for me. It beats massaging a wet telephone pole.

Yoga is decent. I'm not a fan though.

Thank you all for your great suggestions. I appreciate your help.


Gray Hair and Black Iron is an excellent book for us older lifters. I agree that Yoga should be a part of your workout, but certainly not all of it. You might take a look at getting a few Kettlebells as well. You can do a tremendous variety of exercises with them, and they work strength, flexibility, endurance and cardio all at once.
In my opinion, between Yoga and bike riding, that's all I need.  Yoga builds strength in ways that those who have no experience with it do not realize.  The transition from up-dog through down-dog alone is amazingly intense when done several times in a row, more intense than many weight training workouts I've had, and I used to work with considerable intensity.  As I said before, I had done a study of Yoga some ten years ago and learned that Yoga keeps people physically active and healthy well into their advanced years.  People have been doing it for literally about 5000 years, which should tell you something.  I would have to respectfully say, Michael, that there is absolutely no problem with Yoga being all of the workout (although, as I said, I like bike riding as well).  Open-minded research and actually giving it a try will certainly bear this out. 

Thank you Curt.


Andy, Thanks. Your varied workout system sounds good. I appreciate the time you took to answer. Thank you for your service to our country. John Chalus
Has anyone tried the Convicts Workout? It is an E book available from B&N and Kindle. Dragon something is the publisher.


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