Charles Staley


"One of the signs of a great teacher is the ability to make the subject matter seem simple. Charles Staley is one of these rare teachers. After listening and talking to him, you suddenly achieve a new awareness of training. You go to the gym and, suddenly, everything makes sense, and you wonder why you haven't been doing it his way since day one." —Muscle Media 2000 Magazine, August 1999

Charles Staley's primary interest is providing inspiration and education for older guys looking to reclaim their physicality and vitality. At age 58, Charles is leaner than ever, injury-free, and in the best shape of his life: a few of his recent bests include a 400-pound squat, a 510-pound deadlift, and a set of 17 chin-ups.

Charles is recognized as an innovative coach and a thought leader in the field of human performance. His experience, reputation, and self-effacing persona have led to appearances on "The Today Show" and "The CBS Early Show," along with numerous radio and podcast appearances. He has penned more than a thousand articles for major publications and online websites in the industry.

Charles is not only a thinker, but also a doer: Currently, he competes at the national and world level in weightlifting and powerlifting on the master’s circuit and holds three World Championship titles in the sport of raw powerlifting.

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  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: What's the Best Machine Move?

    What gym equipment will pay off the biggest dividends for an athlete looking to stay strong as the years go by? Here's your answer, from an elite strength coach!

  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: What's the Best Nutrition Tip for Older Lifters?

    Aging athletes don't need to completely re-envision the way they eat to see benefits. Just a couple of small tweaks can make a huge difference!

  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: What Strength Standard Should I Aim For?

    There's no shortage of goals you can aim for on classic lifts. But should you? Here's the unvarnished truth from the strongest 50-something coach in the biz!

  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: What's the Most Important Muscle Group?

    Where should your priorities start in the gym? Our expert on training for older lifters says it all starts with a single muscle group that can have the most impact on body composition, quality of life, and overall functionality.

  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: How Often Should I Strength Train?

    Confused about training frequency for older lifters? You're not alone. Here's straight talk on effective programming from an elite coach!

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: How Should I Train The Squat?

    Is your approach to leg training fending off Father Time, or hastening the end of your lifting life? Here's what every older lifter needs to know about the back squat, and squats in general.

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: Should I Give Up Benching?

    With the amount of gym rats who say they "can't bench anymore," you'd think there's a reverse age limit on the movement! No, you don't have to give it up at 35, but you'd better get serious about doing it right. Here's how.

  • This Is Full-Body Training Done Right!

    Try the first workout from the new Total-Body Strong program, and be prepared to feel it from head to toe! Hit three days a week of this style of training hard, and it just might be all the lifting you need.

  • Ask the Ageless Lifter: Does T-Therapy Work?

    Wondering if legal testosterone therapy is the same as taking steroids? Will it make you an ageless animal in the gym? Here's the inside scoop from a lifter who's been there.

  • Total-Body Strong: 8-Week Full-Body Muscle and Strength Plan

    Add size and strength in just three lifting sessions each week with this flexible, straightforward program! No matter what you want to do next, do this first.

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: Is HIIT Too Intense?

    High-intensity cardio is all the rage. But is it the all-upside, no-downside miracle that some fit people claim? Here's what you need to know, a surprising cardio solution that's hiding in plain sight.

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: Is CrossFit OK For Me?

    CrossFit gyms and training methods are becoming more mainstream all the time. But are they useful or just dangerous for older lifters? Here's one elite coach's take.

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: Are Pull-Ups Worth The Trouble?

    If pull-ups are something you once did, or a nut you could never quite crack, you may be tempted to write them off. Here's why you should think twice, and put pull-ups back on the goal list, no matter your age!

  • Podcast Episode 23: Charles Staley - How to Lift to Stay Strong and Healthy at Any Age!

    Strength coach Charles Staley offers up his hard-earned wisdom about how to balance strength, body composition, and overall health as the years go by. From programming to choosing movements to flexible dieting, he touches on everything you need to know to plan out your lifting life!

  • Ask The Ageless Lifter: Is Going Heavy A Young Man's Game?

    Anyone at any age can get stronger. But is 1RM strength worth the risk as time rolls on? An elite strength coach breaks it down.

  • 5 Key Strategies For Mature Lifters

    The way you train in your 50s is a lot like you do (or did) in your 20s. You just need to understand some basic things about how your strength potential and nutritional needs change.

  • 7 Ab Drills That Don't Suck

    In your quest to tighten up your midsection, it's possible that your programming is what's gotten flabby! Focus on these essentials for the next two months, and prepare to be amazed.

  • Bench Presses Don't Have To Cause Shoulder Pain

    Many of us accept shoulder pain as a fact of lifting life, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are solutions you can put into action today to save your shoulders for tomorrow!

  • 7 Ways You're A Serious Workout Injury Waiting to Happen

    Tired of feeling like your training is just the stuff that happens between injuries? You can change course, and it doesn't have to involve spending hours on a foam roller. Here's how to save yourself from yourself!

  • Why Full-Body Work Make You Stronger

    Are you setting yourself behind the eight ball by training either too rarely or too often? Here's how to build your week so you can take your strength where you've dreamed!