You've trained for years and justified your strength. Now it's time to plan for the long game. That means listening to your body more, and a program less.
For most people reading this, it goes without saying; you’d be a fool to enter the gym without a training goal. Anything outside of this structure is a waste of your time as a lifter. And I’d usually agree. But my age and personal experiences have me singing a different tune at this point in the game. It’s likely an unpopular opinion subject to ridicule from purists – but I believe there’s a time and place for fitness goals.