I'm turning 41 in August and have been lifting seriously since 2013. I am 100% natty (and it shows) and my testosterone level was most recently tested at 270. My most recent PR's are Squat 370 (belted), Bench 300x2, OHP 190, Deadlift 410. After my 370 squat I had some pretty intense pain on the outside of my right knee so I took a full week off where I continued to do LISS cardio and foam rolled. I was feeling good and my knee was not painful at all after that week off. This morning I went in to start my new 5/3/1 cycle with a goal of a 335x5 squat. Well, during my warmups with just the bar I felt a lot of pain in my quads at the bottom of the squat. It's like my quads just tensed up and yelled at me. I continued to warm up with 135, 185, and 225. But the pain did not subside and I didn't want to risk tearing something so for the first time since I can remember I just packed things up and went home. I didn't have muscle pain in the quads the whole week so I'm wondering if the quad pain is tendinitis?
So here I am at home wondering if age has just caught up with me and it's time to do machine circuits! Okay, I'm kidding there (sort of). But I am rethinking my goals and strategy in the gym. I don't want to be in pain and gimpy all the time. I lift to enhance my life, not make it worse. I'm also 6ft1, 240lbs and 30% bodyfat so I know I should trim up a bit too. Any other 40+ lifters have advice? Maybe just do a serious reset with lighter weights? I have been lifting 4 days/week like this:
TUES: OHP, light bench
THURS: Deads, light squat
FRI: Bench, light OHP.
Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.