Quick scenerio. As I have the summer off, I’d love to get back to the gym…more for my cardio and toning than anything else. But here’s the kicker. I’m 6’2" 220. Not fat but not lean either. I’m 33 and at this age it’s tougher to get the fat away from my love-handles. (they are not big, they are just there)
I used to compete in weight lifting as a teen and young adult. I stopped when I was 25. If you saw me now you’d think I was a big guy, I have big pecks and biceps but they are smoothed over with chub. You can tell I used to lift alot because I don’t have the build of a fat guy, more of someone who lifted for a while, got pretty big and then stopped. Weight-lifters will know what I’m talking about. I want to know a couple things.
Why can’t I put up 250 like I used to ? (I recently tried on a try-out day at a gym I want to join. I couldn’t do it. Coming from someone who could put up 350 at my best, I was sorely dissappointed)
Is it possible my muscles have degraded? Atrophied?
How do I turn it around, and do I have to lift regularly to do it? 3-5 times a week? 2-4?
Should I concentrate on reps rather than bulk to regain my tone, or do I have to lift bulk because I used to have it?
**I am a hands on person. I do a lot of work outside at my house, lifting things like stone etc…etc… This may be why I’ve kept my bulk. Anyone know?