The longer you’ve been training, the smarter you have to train to continue to gain.
A long time ago strength training researchers suspected that significant gains in strength could not be achieved by veteran weight lifters. However, this notion was dispelled in the results obtained from a well designed, 2 year-long weight training study (published in Journal of Applied Physiol. 65:2406-2412. 1988). The participants in this study were highly experienced powerlifters and bodybuilders. The training programs they followed and the gains they achieved were assessed over the two-year period.
The results were very interesting. The strength athletes that utilized maximum overload, low volume (high intensity training) experienced significant strength increases right throughout the two-year study. I believe significant strength gains can still be obtained right through an athletes training lifetime. These gains all seem to depend on the quality of the training program that is followed. I couldn’t recommend a more effective program than Max-OT. Max-OT takes high intensity training and packages it into a highly effective and easy to follow program.