Hello people, I am new to the forum and wanted to pick your brain about an issue
I’m having. I am a 36 year old seasoned lifter who has competed in bodybuilding , boxing and powerlifting in my younger years and although I do not compete anymore I still lift 4 times a week religiously.
My job is physically extreme in its nature by most standards. I work for a mineral processing facility as a stacker. What I do every day is stack 1400 - 45lb bags on pallets in 8 hours (next time you lift a 45lb plate think about that). All in a biohazard suit and mask at 4500 feet above sea level. We have an 80% failure rate of new employees , all who are much younger than I.
As you can see Its extreme. Im careful to employ dynamic mobility and stretching as tools for preparation and restoration and training with weights has enabled me to endure. What I am asking you is that I cannot find any documentation on how to best cope with the rigors of my job while still employing a stable training template without burning out. I am a “Hobby” strength trainee seeking personal strength goals using an undulated periodization template.
Things like heavy squats and deadlift only aggravate my back now and must be employed sparingly. I use good mornings religiously as well as dumbbells for all upper body movement to promote better glenohumeral mobility. Changing careers is not an option as I am payed exceptionally well but im finding my age is now becoming a hurdle on its own. Any suggestions or links would be greatly appreciated. Thanks you.