You’re not going downhill once you reach 40. You simply have to adjust your training to match your changing physiology. Here’s how

I’ve had the privilege of training many of the world’s top strength athletes. Surprisingly, many of them are over 40. Two of my former training partners even achieved world-class feats of strength into their fifties. George Brink became the first person over 50 to deadlift over 800 pounds, and Odd Haugen, at 55, was still winning professional strongman contests.

We’ve been told that the body begins a gradual decline after about age 30, and for anyone over 40 the best years are behind us—at least physically. But I’ve seen the opposite first hand. If you’re over 40, you can still surprise yourself—and everyone else!

You may not aspire to push your body to the level these elite athletes do, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up your lifting belt. Here’s how to keep those strength gains coming!