Dr. Catherine Walter on Weightlifting in Her 70’s — At 71-years-old, Dr. Catherine Walter of the University of Oxford holds every record for her age and weight in the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Federation. “It’s good to have the records because it shows people that older people can be strong. After the age of 40, your muscles start deteriorating.
Cycling won’t help it, swimming won’t help it, walking to the shops and doing aqua gym won’t help it. The only thing that will keep your muscles from deteriorating is resistance exercise, lifting heavy weights.
You’re concentrating on what your body can do instead of what your body looks like, which is important for me, and important for a large number of younger women.”