I'm 34 and was very athletic in my teens and college..... and then more or less tried to "maintain" for the next 10 years. "Maintain"means on and off exercise, staying somewhat bulky, but putting on an average of 5lbs / year from 200 lbs at age 22 to 255 at 34. OK time to hit RESET.
I started Rippetoe's "starting strength" program and it's going great. The reason I realized I was a "beginner" was that my 1 rep max deadlift was 395, but I was in fear of getting stapled down by anything over 195 on squat (real full squats). On Rippetoe's program my 5x max squat has gone from 185 up to 280 in 5 weeks. My other lifts have gone up too, but by more like 20%, not 50%. My weight has stayed right at about 250, but my % fat is down from 33% to 27%. So far so good. The thing is, though, I simply don't have the energy to deadlift any real weight on the same day as I pust a 3x5 PR squat. I got really down about this - I know I could pull 405+ if I were fresh, but just yesterday I couldn't even get 315 off the ground because I was just so gone from squatting. I had to cut down to 285, which I did no problem, but was then pissed off because it was too easy. I'm pretty delighted with the program but feel like somehow I've got to change something to make the deadlift aspect work. Any suggestions?