I’m 49 and have been lifting since 45. I did lift a bit back when I was in my teens, but nothing serious. So, a complete novice, 5’9" 174 lbs and reasonably lean.
I got on T cause my levels were low back in 2011, then later started training with a powerlifting focus. I battled a lot of weird issues the first 18 months. Inflamed hip joint, mid back, lower back, shoulder, etc. I felt like humpty dumpty. Every time I fell, it took a village of professionals to put me back together again (chiro, deep tissue, AIRROSTI, trigger point, acupuncture). Figured out what worked and what didn’t, stayed away from anti inflammatories, and today, I have very few issues as long as I pre-hab aggressively. I’m a big fan of body tempering and fascial work 2x/month.
Now I’m a bit soft at 18% body fat and 210 lbs, but I hit a 500 lb squat, 550 lb pull, and, well my bench is shitty at 285.
I feel great. My mom (visited her this week) says I’m too bulky and need to trim down cause my neck is 18.5" and I have a noticeable powerlifting belly. But other than than I’m pretty jacked according to my girlfriend and others.
Been having a blast. Just take care of those aches and pains, and not with drugs.