I decided to subscribe to Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS) because I enjoy keeping up with the latest research. My very first video I watched was called “Training and the Aging Process, Part 1.” After watching it I was pretty depressed. Dr. Mike Zourdos went over all the science that shows how as we get older it becomes harder if not impossible to gain muscle.
After a bit I thought about it and went wait a minute, I started this journey at 46 and am now 53 and I have definitely added some decent muscle over that time frame. I still feel I can add more so while it may be harder it is still possible.
Increasing protein intake per meal can help overcome the anabolic resistance that comes with getting older. I try and get at least 40 grams with every meal. Then I wondered if there was something else I was not doing that would help me add more muscle?
Researching I came across HMB as a possible supplement that would help. The idea being that it helps prevent protein break down which increases as we age. It can also occur when we diet to extremely low levels of body fat. I actually took this during my last contest prep just as a precaution. The body also creates HMB from Leucine which is the trigger ammino acid for muscle protein synthesis. Supplementing with HMB should mean more leucine is available for muscle protein synthesis.
Many people have written HMB off as any kind of muslce building supplement which appears to be true for younger people. Perhaps that is why none is available where I purchased them online for my last contest prep? I still had some left over from my 2014 prep so I have started taking 3 grams a day. I also found HMB available in Canada at Canadian Protein. It’s very reasonably priced and I think its worth trying. As an older bodybuilder I do feel this could help overcome some of the bodies limitations to adding muscle as we get older.
I am looking forward to “Training and the Aging Process, Part 2” coming out in the next issue. Mike is going to explain how modifying training could also help.