Your suggestion to take it slow is a good one, and one I don't have much choice of at 51. I've lifted off and on since 17, so have some muscle tone and memory built up. Also, I was lifting quite a bit during much of last year, and had gotten into the best shape ever, for me.
I've been lifting again for about 3 months, and am starting to push myself into new territory, so want to make sure I do it properly and efficiently, as my time is limited.
Yeah, I guess I have more to learn about this than I thought.
I've never been ripped, but have been a little muscle-bound at various times. Right now, I'm kind of lean and mean, but want to add strength and some mass. As for getting ripped, I don't realistically expect that I'll be able to do that alone - I think some kind of support from an experienced lifter will be necessary. So, I guess what I'm hoping for now is to lay a good foundation down so that if I really get serious about it, I can move up from there.
The personal trainer I wrote about previously trains people for competition. Not pro level, but as an incentive to get in shape (most who go to him are overweight and/or have health problems). The competition is amateur and local, but it is an incentive. I don't know if he'll take me on as a client, but am interested in pushing myself farther than I've ever been.
Your suggestions to check out other parts of this site are good, and I'll do that - thanks.
Well, for rank beginners, it might be a good idea to go light simply because there is no muscle memory or knowledge of proper technique. Injury is a big setback.
I think your shorter rep workouts are a good strategy. I've always tended to start with 8 reps to failure and up the weight when I can do 12 reps. I've always thought that lifting more weight than you can do in 8 reps was too much, but apparently, that isn't the case?
Thanks for your responses, guys. I have some planning to do...