Too bad Meadows' forum isn't here anymore... I guess this is more related to general BB anyway so i'm posting this here.
I'm actually in my best shape, strength levels, and energy after a loooong beginner-to-intermediate plateau.
YET I'm feeling depressed (that's a big word, but still). My joints keep getting worse and worse, and I'm only fkn 26 feeling like my grandma when I sit down.
I remember exactly one year ago when I worked standing all day, I could deepsquat or grab something overhead without a single noise.
Now that I'm always sitting somewhere studying, being stressed with lower money incomes, BUT sleeping and eating better than ever...things are getting atrocious, and I feel that moving bigger weights are making things worse. Bones are cracking even when I walk up or downstairs...
So that's getting on my nerves.
Aside from the obvious "walk 5 miles all day long just like before" and "stress less" solutions, I thought that maybe switching to a more "joint-rehab'ish" workout would help a ton.
I remember some words of Meadows talking about the benefits of his very high repetitions sets for his shoulders. I've read some Hepburn's critics that say doing singles or doubles at sub-max percentages are also very easy to handle. But those 2 are completely opposite programs.
Maybe there are better AND simple programs that I should consider ?
numbers (most recent) :
bench : 80kg - 10reps
press : 60kg - 2reps
deadlift : 170kg - 1rep (not a big grind tho)
squat (parallel) : 140 - 1 rep, or 10x110 ATG
6"4, 83kg (from day 0 = 67...weight has been up and down for the last 18 months tho, peaked at 84 in summer 2013, and I've been lifting for 3 years... I've never been as lean as today though)