This is my first post so be kind or flame me if you want.
I am a 53 year old liftime lifter who has stayed in pretty good shape all my life, football, cycling, sports blah blah blah. 2 years ago I decided to up my fitness level to get my BF down. Well I’m blessed with good gynetics so after being put on a high protein diet by my trainer and doing splits in my lfiting I increased my muscle by at least 10% and lowered my BF probably 5 %.
Decent improvements but I still wasn’t that serious. 6 months ago I decided to up the program again. This time going on a high protein,(325g) low carb (200g) med fat (80g)diet and double my trianing to 6 days a week, hitting each body part twice a week. I blew up in about 4 weeks and lost more body fat. Everyone in the gym wanted to know what drug I was on. I really respond well to lots of volume.
But the truth is and only me and my trainer know this, I bust my ass in the gym everytime I lift a bar. I follow the Dorian Yates philoshpy of warming up properly and giving maxium effort on the last set of every exercise. To give you an idea at 53, I’m 230 lbs with around 10% BF. Chest is 53, waist is 35 and bicep is a legit 19 1/2" cold.
Here comes the problem: Playing football in the 70’s I lost my left knee ACL which in turn ruined my right knee and it had to be replaced. So I haven’t trained legs in over 10 years! Needless to say, I don’t have symetry at all! My trainer has helped ( 6 weeks in)me start training legs starting slowly and pinpointing my hams to strenghten. I don’t do any leg extensions to keep the pressure off the knees. I do leg press, hack squats, dead lifts and lots of leg curls.
Ok, now you know me, here’s my question: should I enlist some help to quicken the leg development? There is a competition coming up in 12 weeks and I’m in pretty good shape to start focusing on getting lean. Lots of folks have suggested that I try some test to jump start the leg development but I really don’t know enough about it to make a judgement.
I asked my doctors about testing for test and after looking at me they just laugh. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have a good trainer and he has given me his advice but now I want to hear from others they my have experence in this. Oh and by the way, my cheolesterol numbers and blood pressure are very good.