Hi T-Nation! Just joined and wanted to introduce myself.
I’m brand-new to focused strength training. As part of rejoining a local gym over the winter (after too many years away), I took a 6-week weight training course. During that time, something clicked and I fell in love with lifting. This time around I’m paying attention to protein, form, supplements, and hypertrophy-- something I never did when weights was just what was done for 15 minutes after cardio class.
It’s kinda funny that hypertrophy has suddenly become a priority for me at this stage of life, having just turned 50. While I am naturally strong, that’s one factor that probably works against me to some degree-- that, my sex, and current fitness level. I have to manage my expectations a little more firmly than a 19-year-old guy would! lol
Space, budget, and that bastard Covid-19 dictate that my current workout revolves around resistance bands. Got strong enough in the gym that the bands are no substitute for the stacks, but hey, you work with what you’ve got. I do six days a week, alternating between heavier and lighter sessions-- the former mainly for “strength”, the latter mostly for core. Since I’ve only been doing this since mid-January, the exact exercises have been evolving (and/or been modified for home workouts) as I figure out what works for me.
Nutrition-wise, I rely primarily on shakes for protein atm. When the gym was open, I only had time to test-drive creatine and desiccated liver. Been researching other kinds of supplementation/ etc. and intend to check those out once we’re all back pumping proper iron again.
So that’s me right now. Looking forward to learning-- and hopefully laughing-- with you all!