Im only 20, Im ripe for heavy lifting and I recover from training sessions pretty quick. Be careful, weightlifting is a great way to get hurt! Believe it or not, middle-aged powerlifters are often the strongest, the strongest guy at our gym is in his mid thirties if I am not mistaken. It takes time for the muscles to fully mature, they have separate divisions in powerlifting for age groups. I was told that it takes 25 years of age before you can expect to really be able to give max efforts…and low and behold, the best lifters at my gym are all 25 and up, save for one beast of a 20 year old who is already elite class. Kid is my age, 220lbs and squats like 750. Im 165 and squat 330. I might be able to squat 350 with tight knee wraps (I just learned how to properly wrap my knees yesterday and got 5 reps easily when I expected to struggle to get 3)
But my hobby is ridiculous and extreme. You should try bodybuilding, it’s much less risky, more comfortable and provides lots of structure to your days. I was a bodybuilder in my senior year of high school, I got about to about 180 and was satisfied with looking like a gorilla. You have to eat like a poop machine though.
Or martial arts. Krav Maga is getting very popular and is in lots of cities, its a great workout and it’s also very practical and no-nonsense self defense. It’s the hand to hand combat used by the Israeli military. I did it for about a year and a half, did some weightlifting, lots of squats and bench pressing and shoulder pressing, got a couple of belts, then studied the textbooks and beat everyone except the chief instructor in a sparring day. I decided I knew enough Krav Maga right then and quit, but I still have some heavy bags to practice on when it’s warm outside.
Before I got into Krav, I would do calisthenics (pull ups, push ups, using your own weight exercises) and I did a 45 minute run every day. I was lean and muscular but not powerful. For longevity, heart and joint health, that kind of military exercise is the best. But I just can’t be satisfied without hundreds of pounds being pushed or pulled.
Anyways that was another of my rants but I have been a fitness junkie since I was 16 and wanted to share my thoughts.