Just an intro.
Long, long ago (late teens to mid twenties) in a galaxy far, far away (good health) I took up weightlifting / bodybuilding, with good results. Not great, but I didn't care about competing, anyway (too much hair emoval involved in that)I just wanted better strength, and of course be muscular.
Along the way I lost interest, and when I took up training again last year, at 44, I was in pretty bad shape.
First was walking, then I took up Kettlebell training, but went too fast and tweaked my left shoulder doing KB snatches.
Okay, bodyweight, then. so I went to doing bodyweight stuff.
Along about this time, my wife had to go into pysical therapy, which meant a gym membership after the actual therapy so she could hit the machines and the heated pool.
Of course this 'fitness center' had a 'power alley' with free weights, a squat rack (no power rack, though) so I decided to get under the bar again, and I decided to use the Stronglifts protocol.
By the time I hit 1xBW deads, I already had recovery problems, so I got Wendler's 531 after trying Madcow for a few weeks.
Well, there goes the shoulder again, and I'm currently on a layoff untill it heals.
Meantime, I did some research about training with bad joints, as my knees have started grinding pretty badly. I suspect my squat form sucks and I've probably created an imbalance between quads and hams/ glutes because of it, and I found a lot of info here, including one by Nick Tumminelo called joint friendly training that spoke to me, so I decided to join here and get away from the dogma that only the big five barbell lifts are worthwhile.
In fact, I've started thinking at least for some of the population (me included) barbell lifts for the upper body might not be the smartest way to go.
After all, we use our arms unilateraly a lot more than bilateraly day to day.
Anyway, after a layoff I'll start back with training, with maybe more of a focus on bodyweight stuff untill I get better conditioned.
One good thing I got out of this, with the wife also interested, once she understood how poorly the gym was equiped, she agreed to a healthy investment in home gym equipment.
We have a Body Solid Power rack, an olympic weight set, two decent barbells (first one is going bad, Troy gave ne another under warranty, but the first one hasn't failed so far) Iron Woody bands, and Kettlebells.
Might need a sled, too, if the knees aren't going to allow squats.
I'm not trying to be a powerlifter, or even a bodybuilder per se, i just want to be stronger in a meaningfull way, and of course a muscular physique. performance is the most important thing, though.