Without too much background, here's my question:
This summer I suffered from persistent knee pain over a couple months. Eventually I couldn't take it any more and went in for an MRI. The results were moderately-severe degeneration of the cartilage in my knee due to the family curse of Osteo Arthritis. It was recommended that I ditch the heavy lifting...especially for lower body.
Further advisements were no deeper than 1/4 squats with sets over 20 reps preferably. I figure I might as well just walk a stair machine with those recommendations. I'm not worried about losing strength so much in my lower body. Even when I wasn't lifting I was able to snap bottom brackets and chains on my mountain bike when standing and cranking hard. I am concerned about losing the overall training response and higher growth hormone/testosterone response to heavy leg training.
I've changed my training approach overall as a result; from heavy pyramid training to a template like such: one set of 20 / three sets of 15 / one set as heavy as I can for 5 reps.
I want to keep the muscle I have and lean down for less stress on the joints. I take regular fish oil gels every day [about 15gms] and protein shakes. That's about it for current supplementation. I also get 200mg injections of testosterone cypionate every other week for low T therapy through my MD.
So do you have any recommendations for me Christian??