I usually just read the posts and but I have a few observations. I am 42 years old and have been lifting since I was about 12 (like most of you). The way we use to lift back in the day was; monday, wednesday, and friday, this was a total body workout. When you first started to lift we did even more but when you're a teen you have enough natural test that it didn't matter.
Over the years the work load shifted to resting more and working one body part every couple days a week. Now most say to only exercise one body part per week.
Supplements were unheard of or were just roids. There were some really bad protein powders but for the most part no one knew the right way to eat. If you lifted then you would eat alot of meat and potatoes and that was your nutrition 101.
Magazines were still mostly black and white.. remember York Barbell or Muscle Builder? There were very few adds for anthing other than the "tiger gripper" or some Weider gimmick. It was more of a fraternity back then, now it is so much more commercialized.
I don't know about any of the other over 35 crowd but the only supps that i think that really work are; protein, creatin, and vitamins. I did have some luck with prohormones before they were banned but most of this stuff out there is over priced and pretty much goes straight into the toilet (Biotest did have the best prohormones..before i get flamed).
Any way I just wanted to put my 2 cents in and was curious about what any of the older crowd remembers about the early days. Things have really changed and I feel like my dad talking about the old days.