Originally Posted by rod9301
I'm 66, ski about 90-100 days a year.
In the summer, I mountain bike about 10 hours a week, and climb 2-3 times a week.
This takes care of aerobic conditioning, but I find that I need to lift heavy weights to maintain muscle mass.
Twice a year, I work my legs hard for six weeks, in may and October.
Leg press, where I do a few sets of 8 reps @600 lbs, and hamstring curls@200 lbs.
In mountain bike and ski seasons, I work my legs once a week, same weight, but only two sets of 5 reps each, this way I don't get sore.
I find that if I don't work my legs during mountain bike or ski season, they get progressively weaker during the season.
I also to pushups and pullups, weighted, with a backpack, 65 lbs for pushups and 45 lbs for pull ups.
And core work a couple of times a week.
I know that a lot of people believe in more reps with lower weights.
Personally, I think that as we age, it's important to stress our bodies, not to lose muscle mass.
But, I also rest enough, and sleep 9 hours a night.
I feel that I ski better now than 20 years ago.