Good for you bro.
Your back at it. Thanks for the reps. I stay pretty steady but as you know it's hard to keep the strength we once had.
The main thing is to stay regular.
3 years back now. First year I played circuit training and some heavy lifting. 2yr I stared lifting heavy. Got a 35 yr. old partner and some Dball. I'm on TRT but stay around 900 to 1400 so no real big deal. I tried to hit it like the old days. Each muscle 2x pr week @ 8 to 10 sets 8 to 12 reps always to failure. Was not really impressed with my results. The kid dropped out on me cuz it was to hard and I'm afraid it was for me too. I was not feeling good, recovery was slow and growth was nominal for the efforts. I was shooting for a lifting comp. and was right at the state AZ bench record for my age/weight but not up to my standards.
I was working as a trainer and lifting at a collage gym and their corp. bull shit sent me packing. Went to a fitness rehab gym at the hospital and decided I had to do something really weird to find a nitch again, so I pretended I was a newbi just starting to train. So...after one year of cardio first and 10 to 100 rep training, drop sets under 50 reps and one light weight all the way on 60 to 90 reps (@ 90 on shoulders I end up finishing the set with just my arms! Like a big stupid dodo bird...weird). I do circuit each day. Hit every muscle one set (sometimes 2 maybe 3 for arms chest). I do a two week cycle. 1. start at 10 reps add 10 each day. 2. Start at 50 and add 10 each day. I tried a 100 rep work out and it was a bit to much (might try it again). I pick a weight that will fail at the number of reps I am shooting for. Drop sets don't matter I just keep going till I get the reps for that day. Weird I know. But I was really pissed off and had to try something not on the books cuz I was feeling like quitting.
I am happy to report all is good. I feel happy to be alive again. I've dropped 45 pounds BMI 18% and just stared an all out jihad on my gut with zero carb. or as close as I can get it...probably around 10 to 15gr pr day looking for a 10% BMI. I have lost a pound a day for 3 days straight this week. Pretty amazing. Getting over the big as a mac truck addiction is hard but the big body is simply becoming to high maintenance so now I call myself a fitness lifter! I know...pussy!
I have about 25 amino acids, every vitamin, 90% whey and soy ISO, I use at least 1gr pr body weight with food around 320 to 350pr day. I am attempting to cover every base and give my body a chance to be the very best it can be at 63. One thing for sure...I can't do the max weight to failure training of days gone by...it simply makes me feel like shit (But I may have to give it one more 12week power program eventually LOL).
I don't worry about the weights anymore (very hard to break that addiction). And this gym is mostly machines and cardio so I was forced off the weights. A small dumbbell set that goes to 50 nothing else free. Weight stack machines and I max them all out (one of the reasons I started doing high rep training). Funny working out around people over 60 that are rehabbing joint replacements! I do enjoy talking with them. I have never in my life trained cardio this hard...and I feel wonderful!
But amazingly...I was doing DB curls yesterday and thought I would try the 50's with some hammer curls. I got to 18 reps and was thinking...the last time I used these I was only getting around 8. A 100% increase? Something weird is going on. So my new "old guy" crazy as bat shit work out seems to be paying off. If I can hold my muscle while dropping the weight I think I'll be happy with the results. I'm good with the 284 down to 245. So I'm looking for 220. That is off the BMI chart at the hospital that only goes to 18.
So anyway...ya...keep going! I have not missed a training day in over 3 years.