Iï¿½??m a 59-year-old male and a body builder for most of my life. At my best, I weighed about 185 pounds, at 5ï¿½??5ï¿½??, with a 320 bench and 425 squat. This was when I was around 18. I abandoned training for a number of years and, when in my 30ï¿½??s, or mid-to late 20ï¿½??s, I started training again.
Unfortunately, my size and strength remain stuck and have not moved appreciably in about 30 years. I have never used steroids and will not do so. Although I regained a bit, I have not been able to go beyond 155-to 165-body weight, and my poundageï¿½??s remain stuck also. I have altered training and supplements to no avail.
Around my mid-fifties I had my hormones tested for general health and they were found low. I received bio-identical hormones (in a topical cream, by prescription) from the doc for several years. But there was no difference in gains.
Recently I have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The counselor wants me to see if I can receive information as to whether or not that may be having an effect on my lack of gains, perhaps due to high cortisol levels.
I had my cortisol level checked and the doc said they were only slightly elevated and he didnï¿½??t think it was anything to worry about. Still, perhaps there is some effect. The lack of gains started before I ever heard of post-traumatic stress disorder or consciously experienced any effects of it. But still, perhaps it was affecting me anyway.
My own view on my ï¿½??stucknessï¿½?? is that due to a serious training injury during my comeback, my subconscious mind is not letting me become bigger or stronger in order to keep me safe.
In any event, I am interested to see if anyone can offer any ideas on my lack of progress. If you have any thoughts of what I might be able to do in order to go forward in my training, I would really appreciate it.