The muscle part blows. I’m 44 and a half years old. I’ve been back in the gym for 3-4 months now. Going 5 times a week, really putting myself into it.
Except the muscle will not build. I’m not one of these people who has some bizarre expectation that I’ll go from benching 100 to benching 250 in six weeks. But the lifts are not getting easier.
I did some lifting before when I was in my late 30s, and oh god can I tell the difference. Back then, every week or two, throw another 5-10 pounds on until you eventually do plateau a little. Now, I’m damn near stuck at my starting weights.
It doesn’t hurt (well, some slight deadness in my quads), it just will not get any easier to do the lifts at the same weights. 10 years ago, the lifts would have felt “light” in a few weeks after doing them. Now, it feels the same difficulty every week, week after week, at the same weight.
I’ve managed to take things up a tiny little bit in the last week or so (added ten pounds to the bench and curls), but even then, I can’t do a full second set of reps for the bench, and it would not have taken me three months to add just 10 pounds 10 years ago.