So lifting heavy does not equal strength it turns out - for me at least.
About 18 months I was at my peak lifting. 90kg bench, 220kg dl, 190kg squats, 150 inverted row, 85kg military press. I had added a fair bit of bulk and felt strong af.
I was running my business from the office and doing a fair bit of freelance stuff on the side.
Since then my work has become much more hands on and physical. Now I don't have time to get to a gym other than for bjj twice a week and kb every second week. I've just crunched the numbers and I'm shifting over 12 TONNES of produce 5 days a week, and half that on saturdays on and off a truck by hand. I do 300 milk crates and 120 kegs on and off by hand every morning, often off one truck, onto the ground and back on another, then rolling them in and out of venues. I normally just manage our contracts from the office but a couple of drivers are off injured so I'm running a few by myself in person and it's awesome.
I've dropped down to 87kg now and am lean and mean. I probably can't squat 200kg's but am moving 70kg kegs around like they're carry on suitcases. Don't think I'll ever work in an office again!
Carpel tunnel did slaughter me for the first month or so but that went away without surgery thank fook!!!
Farmer strength bro. It's the way to go for us mere mortals.
My body can't really handle heavy lifting anymore for long periods plus i was never that genetically gifted with that anyway and i was always more focused on being more all around athlete. Plus when i bulk up i gain fat which is unacceptable to me and if i go tew spartan on my diet while i will look great i will start feeling like chit and break down a little over time.
I've found that while i may not get the same gainz look wise with heavy lifting but i can get similar results strength wise with high volume or high intensity with moderate weight and good form and it doesn't tax my nervous system, joints & ligaments nearly as much.
I'd probably have to get on the Mexican supplements if wanted to be mini-hulk superman because i'm definitely not invincible healing wolverine anymore lol.