Hi, everyone. Been lurking for a while and decided to join the fun. I'm 54 yrs old, been weight training for some 35 yrs. Unlike everyone else, I didn't get out of shape and now trying to get back. Now actually in best shape of life.
Growing up, I was a skinny thing. Born with heart defect, was in and out of hospitals for a few yrs. Also had asthma and allergies. No one wanted me on their team. At 15, decided to put an end to that. Started doing calethenics, then in college hit the weight room 3 times every week. (Small school, just had an Universal machine.) Didn't eat too well, though, graduated 135 lbs at 6 ft, still weak.
I've hit gyms since then. One gym owner wouldn't let me touch the free weights, no explanation. (He was a national level lifter - go figure.) Others put me through training that didn't help any. Eventually started on barbell exercises like squats and deadlifts. First squat I put on 2 plates for 135, it almost crushed my spine. Had to start a lot lighter. Then they diagnosed scoliosis of the spine. Decided to take deadlifts slowly to build up the supporting muscles.
Kept pushing. Ten years ago realized I had food allergies and went Paleo. Felt way better, lifting got a bit better. Diagnosed with depression (probably inherited from Dad), got medication. Worked hard but slow progress. Took a couple of years before I could finally bench 95 lbs. About 10 more years of work before benching 115. Several more years and got to 135. Now at 155.
About 8 yrs ago developed heart arythmia, pops up now and then. Two yrs ago got heart palpitations. Under control now with meds, although really tough squats or deads make it flare up. A yr ago went for broke. Really kicked up food intake plus protein shakes. Basic barbell exercises, nothing fancy, pushing for strength. Getting loads of sleep. Got my squat up to 205 lbs x 5 and deads up to 275 x 1. Bodyweight finally got up to 210, a bit soft around the middle but feels much better.
Planning on entering a local contest this April. They give you choice of bench or deadlift, will take dead. Hoping to lift 300 lbs by then, wish me luck.