Muscle Building and Cardio at 62 Years Old

by Pete
(Redditch, Worcestershire, England)

Muscle building and cardio at 62 years old...


Question: I've kept fit most my life, I swim 3-4 times a week (about 6 miles). To give you some idea of my overall fitness I can do 55 arms across chest, knees bent sit-ups in a minute and can hold a full plank for 7 minutes. I'm told that's quite good for my age.

I've recently started on weights along with working out on my elliptical 3-4 times a week. I take whey protein during and just after my weight workouts.

What I'm trying to do is get more muscular and lose body fat (body fat% is 20) and I can't seem to be able to get it any lower.

I'm 12.7 stone at the moment having put on half a stone in the last 2 months through weights. Any tips on speeding up muscles gain and losing body fat?

There is another problem I have which you may be able to help me on, and that is... Since I've been working out on my elliptical for the past 12 months... (and I'm quite pleased with my results... The reason me doing it in the first place was to help me with my cardio for swimming, which is very important to me as it's competitive training) ...it seems to have the opposite affect and my breathing etc seems to be worse, but only when I'm swimming not anywhere else.

I work really hard on the elliptical doing everything I'm supposed to do, HIIT most the time. But everything I do doesn't seem to work.

Be grateful if you could help.

Answer:

"Any tips on speeding up muscles gain and losing body fat?"

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"Since I've been working out on my elliptical for the past 12 months..."

"...it seems to have the opposite affect and my breathing etc seems to be worse, but only when I'm swimming not anywhere else."

It may not be the Elliptical. There's a high probability that you may just need to work on your breathing techniques for swimming, so that you can better utilize oxygen.

All swimmers, whether they're using an Elliptical or not, at some point have to develop breathing techniques for swimming.

Search for:
How to master breathing techniques for swimming.

Many great sites out there will definitely cover this for you.

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