I am 63, and I love working out or training. Learning how to train. Recently I did a Bench press of 220 my best so far. also did a squat of 240lb and a trap bar dead-lift of 240. I’ve cleaned 170 at 177 179lb and pressed and cleaned 167.5 In a smith machine I got 175 with little to no training there. But when I push it i do end up sore. I try not to push more than 20% of my best lift, and most of the time its only 5 to 20% more so.
I’ve had 2 herniated discs one of which was operated on and the other healed on its own after 9 months. I’ve had quadruple by pass in 2005 and a few operations on my colon in 1990 and 1996.
In the last year or so I’ve actually gotten stronger but at my age there’s always the thought that I could be out of the gym, ( or my cellar) if i injury myself. I’ve learned how to back squat and keep my back very tight plus I squat to a box, just touch it at parallel. When I bench i keep my body tight and scapula are pulled back and down. I am not a big guy at 5’8".
I just started with the trap bar dead lift around 3.5 weeks ago. I hadn’t really done any dead lifting since i injured my disc in 1997. Technique is extremely important as is concentration on doing what one needs to do.
Currently I’m fighting a nasty head cold, no big deal but it just throws one off. As they say “shit happens” or “it is what it is” both of which don’t explain a thing. But at my age progress can be made but sets backs halt progress and take a longer time to recover from. It forces me to conclude that the human being is a being moving through time and that as its been said " there is a time for all seasons." I believe that comes out of the Bible and which the Birds sang about in the 60’s. In one sense growing old, allows one to see just how ephemeral life is, or how reality is in constant flux, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus told us.
Well that’s it just wanted to introduce myself and specifically hear from guys in my age group.