I used to lift (fitness, not bodybuilder level) in my 20s and early 30s, bicycled, ran, played racquetball - I was in pretty good shape. My workplace had a weight room, I was still in college (adult taking night classes) so I had access to my university’s fitness facilities and racquetball court.
I kept up with the running / walking later on after graduating college at 35 (better late than never, eh?) and changing jobs, but I let the lifting slide. I changed from a job that required a reasonable level of fitness, to a more sedentary desk job.
I always had a set of dumbbells with plates and would occasionally get back into some light lifting / toning with those + bodyweight - mainly situps, pushups, knee-bends (what you kids call squats now). On and off though.
About 10 years ago when another one of those “big number” years rolled around, age 50, I got back into both walking, lifting and “eating right” which of course meant low-fat, reduced calorie - lots of salads and skinless chicken breasts. I hit it pretty hard and lost about 40 pounds in 9 weeks, going from 285 to 245. Problem was I got lazy and didn’t stick with it, so it slowly came back along with some more.
So here at age 60 (when I started) I was trying the same formula, but with keto instead of low-fat reduced calories.
I was actually surprised at how quickly my strength returned, and how fast I was able to pile on the extra weight. However, I guess 60 (turned 61 a couple of weeks ago) isn’t 50, and it sure isn’t 30.
So now I have tendinitis in that right elbow, and anything that works the triceps hurts. I tried some standing military presses, incline pushups, chair dips. No go.
I know the drill with tendinitis - lay off of it until it heals up. Maybe go in for a cortisone shot, but you still have to let it recover.
So I am going to be focusing on other stuff, like squats, lunges, abs, curls, rows, and maybe some static exercises like planks and bridges until after the 1st of the year, then work back into chest slowly.
I need to keep reminding myself that it is not a race or a contest, and that I have the rest of my life to get up to benching 500.