after 43 years of drinking/smoking ( think Black Sabbaths verse...."smokin' and trippin' is all that you do " ) , I left that behind and took up powerlifting . just about to turn 48 .
estimated 1 RM's when I started ........ 125 on the bench ( thats right....125 ) ; 225 on squat and deads .
I remember missing a 5th rep with 120 on the bench ; I remember last sets of rack pulls with under 200 ; I remember last dumb-bell press sets with 35's ; and I remember feeling lika a total idiot every time I had to pick up these pathetic weights .
proven 1 RM's since are a 240 bench ( most recent) ; 385 deadlift ; and a 365 squat (over a year ago). as you can see , strength gains have been slow......but it is progress . Ive recently stumbled onto some programming ideas that have yielded the best bench progress I've ever made , and plan to apply them to the squat when I get back in the squat rack in September ( hernia surgery coming up ) ; so Im hoping to be smashing squat PR's by spring .
on the hormone thing.....Im no doctor , but Im convinced that lifting raises test levels . thats what counts the most