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Maybe I Just Grew Up

k, I’m now 51.5 years old.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve been under general anesthesia 18 times for misc things due to a military injury. However, around age 27 I had a 1RM of bench at 335, Squat 615. Didn’t do deads, sorry. I did curl 135 for reps tho…then at age 31, I became totally disabled due to that injury.
Past 5 years, life has “happened a lot.” However, I now find myself at this age, feeling really dang good…I’m not attempting to move heavy weight at the gym, just going very regularly and moving light weights twice as much.
I don’t give a hoot now about how much I can lift, so much as I care about how functionally capable I am with day to day things.
It has been a looooong battle over the past 20 years, but I think that my attitude cured a lot of immaturity and added a ton of happy.
To those over 50 who still lift, I salute you all!

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Good to hear.
30 years ago I did a few deads but I didn’t know what they were for. You rarely saw them in Muscle and Fitness.

Fair play to ya mate. I’m not in my 50s yet, but I suffered a debilitating stroke at 24 (ill be 44 next month), plus I’ve degenerative disc syndrome. So I know first hand how hard it is to get back to a position of feeling good or being functional.

To your future success

Thx for the replies bros.
Having just got my arse back to the gym 24 hrs ago, I’ve been 3 times…LIGHT stuff, bike etc, light weight resistance… intend to change up styles of workout often, but within reasonable bounds I used to give a crap less about y’know??!

We’re fortunate to have t-mag n all the resources here to research how to reach goals.
I came here many moons ago when it was www.testosterone.net if that rings a bell for anyone. Have done my homework here since however long ago that’s been.

Thx again. Best wishes all.

Stay with the workouts and post them. At this age being flexible trumps weight totals in gym.
Think great sex.

Post them?

Here’s example of recent 1, but not sure I desire to post more

*recumbent bike, 1 mi
*weighted crunch machine, 50lb x 50
*DB shrugs - 50 x12 w 3s hold, 2 sets
*shoulder press machine 50x12, 70x8, 90x8
*Rev per deck, 50x14, 60x12, 70x10, 60x8, 40x16
**Pec Deck 70x12, 80x10, 90x8
Lat pull downs, supinated grip 70x12
Lat pull downs, wide prorated grip 70x12
Seated row, 50x20, 70x12, 70x10, 60x14
Ez curl 60x8, 40x10, 30x12, 20x20
standing dB curl, 10x50
TriRope 70x10, 60x10, 50x10,40x10,30x10
Rev d handle tri ext: 20x 20
Leg ext 70x12, 80x10,90x8
Ham curl 60x12, 70x10, 50x16
Weighted crunch nach 70x50, 50x50
Recumbent bike 0.8mi

Note: every rep slow, controlled, tempo of 1-2-1, rest between sets 30s, between movements 1m