Brief history of my training:
Started lifting at 14, lifted very consistently for about the next 7 - 8 years with my upper body, and about 4 - 5 years with my lower body.
My height weight peaked out at 5’11 and 170 - 180lbs, with 10% or lesss bodyfat
Bench 300, Squat 400, Military Press 190
Lifted sporadically in my 20’s occasionally reaching these numbers, maybe slightly above in the bench press and military press, rarely squatting or doing legs at all.
Weight stayed pretty steady in the 180’s and `190’s, definitely somewhat fatter.
In my early 30’s I began lifting even less, if I trained half of the time in my 20’s, I probably trained a quarter of the time, most likely less than that. Weight was now regularly in the low 200’s
After 35 I barely lifted at all until recently, weight kept increasing to 220, 230, 240+, which started to bother me a bit, so I began trying to train again in 2020, had some good success before Covid-19, but didn’t lift at all from March until September 2020.
Weight has now increased to 260, and I have been lifting fairly steadily since mid-September.
Long story short, somehow I am still quite strong! I’m still getting back into it but I have been able to do the following lifts recently
Bench 235 x 10
Squat 315 x 5
Military Press 175 x 5 for 5 sets
Is my strength level due to all the weight gain?
It seems strange that I can lift this much right now based on my training history
Should I try to “slow down” to protect my joints?
Elbows have recently started to hurt, never really hurt before when lifting
How much weight should I try to lose, and how quickly?
I don’t know my bodyfat % right now, but it is probably 30%+
It’s hard for me to believe that I gained much muscle mass, if any, from
when I weighed 180 lbs, but maybe I gained a little, does this mean I need to lose 60lbs+ to be in “good shape”?