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Building Muscle Over 40: Natural Strategies Reveal the Truth

by Gym Slacker

You Can’t Build Muscle OVER 40 Naturally!

Fact or Fiction? Debunking the Myth

It is commonly felt that you can’t build muscle over 40 naturally or without the use of PED’s. In this video, I’m tackling this conception head on. This comes in the form of a question and answer session where we open up our comment section to our viewers to ask their most burning questions. One of the themes that repeatedly comes up is on the subject of how much muscle can be built over the age of 40 naturally.

“You can’t build muscle over 40 naturally” is what they’ll say.

That is simply not true. There have actually been numerous, well conducted studies that have been done that prove otherwise. The key is a dedicated consistency to the cause.

Dispelling the Stereotypes

If you listen to most social media influencers, or simply look at their physiques, you may have noticed a trend in the last couple of years towards unnatural development. With the great media push of the benefits of testosterone in “replacement” dosages, we have seen a record number of men move towards exogenous forms of T to help them build muscle.

In fact, some will have you convinced that it is the only way to build muscle, or even look good, over the age of 40.

I couldn’t disagree more.

This has been used as a copout on a grand stage, for a reluctance to engage in hard work and consistent effort in training. In fact, the most rampant use of this strategy for building muscle is occurring in an age bracket far below the men in their 40’s. We are talking about kids in their 20’s who are abusing TRT and engaging in PED use in an attempt to speed up the natural process of bodybuilding.

As someone who has pursued my career as a lifelong natural, I find this to be discouraging and a disturbing trend in the wrong direction. Far too many social media influencers are knowingly or unknowingly leading many men, young and old, down the wrong path to fitness and better health.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Not to mention, the times that the admission of TRT is actually a mere smokescreen for the things they won’t tell you they are taking are countless. Ever see a guy who wants you to think that the only thing he’s using is some replacement dose of hormones, when he has not only a history of long-term PED use but a tendency to be caught up in supplement scams and legal troubles? I’m sure you have because there are quite a few of them.

The point is, when PED’s are the first place our young lifters turn when they want to make muscle gains, we have a major issue and it’s one that has been caused unfortunately by the very platforms that have delivered the education to a hard-working alternative.

The Power of Consistency and Dedication

No, I’m not talking about working out and eating right for a few weeks or even months. I’m talking about making sure to have all aspects of your training and nutrition in check and to continue on that path for years and years on end. It’s actually much easier to do when you are following a workout plan that doesn’t break your body down but makes you feel better or when you are following a nutrition plan that doesn’t rely on starvation and deprivation but on eating in a way that is enjoyable and still progressive in terms of fat loss and muscle building.

If you look even at the case of a younger guy like Jesse from ATHLEAN-X, you can see what realistic muscle gains can look like. Some have witnessed his body transformation and called the 5-year results amazing. Others have viewed the very same videos and said that he is scrawny and hasn’t made any gains at all. It just goes to show you how distorted the perception of natural progress has become because of the blurred lines that have been created by social media and phony fitness influencers.

The Key to New Gains

The key to making new gains starts in your head.

You need to realize that the degree of muscle growth and fat loss you desire is likely achievable through nothing more than hard work and dedication. It truly is. There are people who walk around right now with the type of body that you may desire, doing nothing more than staying true to their goals and leading the healthiest life possible in the pursuit of them.

Does it take more time?


They don’t call them performance-enhancing drugs for no reason. They will not only speed up the pace of the muscle-building results that you can experience, but they increase the degree and the amount of them that are possible. But that doesn’t mean that you need to choose that path.

If you’re looking for a complete workout and meal plan to build muscle and burn fat, be sure to check out athleanx.com via the link below and start training like an athlete today.

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Peter Hawkins June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I'm 58 and i'm building muscle quite easily, inner pushups, preacher bench curls, standing armcurl bar, and widegrip chinups

Northerner June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

being accused of juicing when youre natural is probably the biggest insult you can get.

Rick B June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

"No Muscle Over 40" is literally just a lie that PED dealers tell to scare you into being their customer. Older people generally don't recover as easily as younger people, that's it. Don't be a simp for some shrinkyballed dealer.

Jackson Baxter June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Who of you actually eat 6 meals a day everyday? Who of you actually drinks minimum 1.5 gallons of water a day? How many of you take vitamins your body needs daily? Oh and BTW TRT isn't steroids, if you are just in testosterone to have your levels be at optimal range to be healthy that ain't steroids, and also age don't have shit to do with it if you put the work and time in.

kazi rahman June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

im 44 yr old man and have 120 kg body weigth and im only 5ft6 ,i recently brougth 115 kg weigths and olyimpic barbell and dumbell ,im fed up of people in london wher ei was born always abuseing me and im not confrontational guy but now to build my confidense and to scare off peopel from starting on me i started this 2 weeks agos ,you speach about people over 40 can gain muscle and dont need drugs for it has motivated me thank you so much

Tony Tavarez June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I’m 60 and I’m putting on muscle.

Cobruh June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

i made a ton of excuses throughout my whole life and even i have to say: people who think you cant grow muscles over 35 or even 40 have something seriously wrong with their head. must be the american geography system, they are so famous for

White Goodman June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Diet and dedication is key. Cutting out alcohol too. That robs your gains when you get over 45. I quit drinking and started working out, after about 40 days you see a great improvement.

Tuan Badoordeen June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Come on Rock is on stuff…

Jujitsu Man June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

TRT guys remind me of menopausal woman. Or the chicks that get addicted to plastic surgery. It’s ridiculous.

Jay Bman June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

no, the rocks all natural😂😂😂

Jay Jai June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

IMO, I'm not as good as many of you are, but whatever people do to build their bodies, I'd just grasp how correctly they r doing, get the inspiration and keep moving.. coz if u start thinking of all behind scene they do, it is obviously, well, likely dfrnt from your scenario and u will end up degrading your inspiration yourself. Only grasp something that adds to your positive fuel and ignore the rest.

thelonepainter June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I feel it’s harder for us older dudes to put on muscle, than the younger dudes. We older guys have to work harder to get gains. I noticed a difference in my power now , then when I was in my 20s.

RogueNinja June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Your content is very good but let me be honest regarding those fans that are disheartened because they want "fast gains". If they want magic pills they wont respect their bodies during the road to the objective, whatever that is. They re not willing to go through a process that will take time, loads of patience, perseverance and method above all. You say 4/5 years to some people they imediately turn to their "fast bulked" friends for advice on what to take.
If on the other hand they really appreciate natural proportions and gains that evolve according to their own physionomy then it s going to take a while. It is what it is.

dvdbrgdn June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I'm 36 and just got on TRT after finding out my TRT tanked down to about 200-250 peak levels. I didn't want to go on but the lethargy, depression, and muscle loss were getting to be too much. If you have a need for TRT then get it. Mental health is the most important thing and that ALONE will lead to better gains, not to mention the higher testosterone level.

Andrew Przybycien June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Would love to see more Vshread slamming.

Hike Dayley June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I gotta tell Jesse that you are a great inspiration for me. Your dedication and commitment has inspired me that I can make it happen by following Jeff's advice and your never quit attitude. I thank you both for being here for me on my journey! God bless both of you!

John Wieczorek June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

So, if I can't increase muscle at 73, what can I do to keep what I have left?

Full Time Fatherhood June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Great word of wisdom to all of us in fitness and health. Good word

Jer K June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

The comment about being a dad is HUGE. Life is about balance. I want to work out an hour every morning so I can have the energy to be with my kids and pick them up etc for the long haul. My body isn’t perfect but I’m feeling great. Some people get obsessed with things to the detriment of others.

Lee Lewis WelshmanStudios June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I recently went back training about a month ago, and I'm 44, and I've seen a change in myself, people have already commented to me on the street I've put on muscle, I did steroids when I was 27, and got off them not long after, after that I always did it naturally.

Lunar Mystic June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

You are sn inspiration jeff. Ty for opening up snd being vulnerable. I appreciate your videos so much!

Ok Doky June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I have always been thin my whole life and tried to put on muscle and could not. It wasn't until the last few years when I hit 50 that I actually started bulking up and looking muscular and I am lifting more and I am stronger than I have ever been in my whole life. Everyone is different.

John Olenik June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I always knew you were a good guy Jeff. And now I have even more respect. You’re a good dad.

momo June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

This is one of the biggest lies ever told!!!!

James Virgill June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

great shirt jessie

Biggus June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Hi, I’m 82 and still packing on muscle. My suggestion to boost testosterone is to jerk off at least 5 times a day.

Wolf Wreader June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Oh my lord it is rampant. I signed off facebook for about 5 years, and just got back on to it with a dummy acct so I can chat with a particular person. I swear – It has zero of my personal information on this new account, and every 3 posts it puts up for me is some kind of juiced up body builder. It's giving me body dysmorphia lite. I can't even imagine what it's like to grow up with that.

nvader88 June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Dwayne Johnson is absolutely using ped's. No question at all.

Gerhard Strydom June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I am 54. Building muscle by only body weight excercise and eating whole food – veggies, quality protein (no supplements), quality fats.
Feel super👍💪

Mike Briggs June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Of course the rock

Jose Cardoza June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I'm 41 and still growing

bill brown June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm


Deki K. June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Material luxury and easy life is making us mentaly weak. We need:

Michael Meckelborg June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I love this guy's candor and honesty about working out. Positive attitudes promote positive attitudes.

jimgardner44 June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Amazing video. Top fellas 👌

Tom Maguire June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

I’ve been strength training since I was 12. I’m now 42 and it takes more effort these days (no booze and more discipline) but I’ve never even been tempted to take any PED’s. There’s something sad about risking your health for looks. Great vid as ever 👍

Joey Joey June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

You can grow muscles naturally over 40. Just comes down to training , diet, sleep , mindset etc

Tencog June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Is it worth wasting time trying to convince lazy losers that hard work is at the root of all positive gains?

Chris Chiba June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

You hit on something that rarely gets mentioned. Get a full panel blood test. My son had the same experience with extremely low T at 37. Following his lead, at 62, I got tested, my T was fine, above midrange, but my DHEA was nearly tanked. Upping my DHEA, changed all the negative symptoms I was experiencing.

Kerri Parr June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm


Richard Guntle June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Im going on 61 years old and know you can build muscle when you are my age without any juicing etc. Diet dedication etc. I have pulmunary hypertension. I started this journey again after 25 years off. Weighing 368 lbs. Lost tons of muscle due to covid. Im see gains slow and steady.

Mikey G June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

The way I look at it at age 47 and I hit the gym Mon-Fri …… I look at training as a healthy lifestyle. Yes I've had small gains but if you take PEDS at my age I don't think you will ever stop and The reality of it is you are going to have too eventually

Thibaut Lecarpentier June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

We should'nt be obsessed with muscle anyway,
why not use Sport in our life as a tool for Wellbeing, Good health and FUN and be less supeficial and self-obsessed?

Going out for a run, playing ball,going for a hike, for examples, is already a source of 'feeling-good' by itself in the first place, isn't it?

Faz S June 15, 2023 - 9:04 pm

Good content.


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