I am 37 - I feel a hell of a lot stronger, fitter and faster than I did in my twenties - but then I didnt start training till I was 34. After a year of training Judo 5 times a week I beat the winnder of a black belt division after five fights. HE was half my age !
I feel great (=;
I just turned 36 (am I too young for this thread?). After a 14 year hiatus, I've been training for a little over 3 months, now, and I'm in the best shape of my life. I have an hour or more in the dojo 3-4 times a week, and off-days I'm doing pushups, situps, yoga, and mild weight training at home. Boot camp didn't get me this hard half my life ago. Then, again, it was Navy boot camp, so take that for what it's worth.
However, I never used to sweat when I was younger. Now, I'm like a portable rainstorm. Also, I overstretched my right adductor back in April, and that took over 6 weeks to get back to normal. That was about the worst injury I've suffered in my lucky life, but it seems like it shouldn't have taken so long.
36 too. Barely trained at all last year due to injuries (broke my foot in January, that took a couple of months to heal), then in the early summer I broke my tailbone while bicycling -- still hurts when I sit too long. Then work is crazy, having 2 young kids doesn't give much recovery time.
And outside of a shoulder that likes to dislocate, a crushed disk in my back (from slipping on ice almost 20 years ago & acts up when I don't sleep well, which is most nights), and a partially torn tendon in my thigh (that took a while to heal)... Oh, and lingering arthritis from a bout of rhumatic fever as a child (no evidence of residual heart problems, but I'm way over due for a checkup, and that is a concern).
The years haven't been kind physically, and I haven't even hit 40 yet.
I've finally signed back up again for BJJ and MT and should be starting again next week. Looking forward to it. But I've got to be smarter, and not just rely on my stubbornness (I don't like kids half my age getting the better of me). I used to heal so quickly, but my injuries and my job last year kept me out of training which really really sucked. I don't want that to happen again -- I switched jobs earlier this year to reduce stress (my previous employer was constantly on the verge of bankruptcy so lets say constant stress about loosing my job, and being the sole income for my family was an issue).
At 39..I am probably stronger than I have ever been.But I also feel like I have slowed down a bit. I am weighing in at around 210-220 on average and hit the gym 2-3 times a week for weight training, (basically maintenance lifting at this point, I move up in weight maybe every three months or so) heavy bag work, swimming and try to get in some rowing machine and bike riding as well. I have not actively sparred for about two years now and I am sure that my timing and hand speed has suffered as a result.
My injuries over the years were few, torn rib cartilidge from wrestling, fractured orbital bone,busted fingers, deep bone bruise in my left leg but nothing that really kept me out for more than a couple of months.
I have tried hard to keep my back strong since I stopped actively training because I have to lug furniture all the time for our side business and a back injury is something I worry about because I have seen how much it can screw people up.That is one thing I would strongly advise other bullies who are 'gettin' up there'.Keep your back strong and watch yourself when you lift things.
My nagging recurring injury is my left leg which gets wonky every time I do heavy lifting reps standing up or lug some heavy stones around in the yard..I have had a lot of problems with it over the years including deep vein thrombosis and it is the one thing that concerns me as I get older. I can see myself with a cane when I am an old man..I used to jog regularly when I boxed but my leg would not be able to take it now which is too bad because I wouldn't mind doing it again for cardio during the cooler months.
I don't forsee myself returning to regular full contact sparring down the road, as much as I miss hitting people and getting hit.But I would still like to try judo if I could get hooked up with a good teacher.