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  • Couldn't tell for sure which is why I asked,...

    Couldn't tell for sure which is why I asked, since the feeling would be obvious to you if they were. Also, you don't need to blur the back of your head. :P
  • Side video would be helpful. Do you feel your...

    Side video would be helpful. Do you feel your knees caving as you lift?
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    I don't know what "first year lifting properly"...

    I don't know what "first year lifting properly" means. When I started if you didn't want to pay for a magazine subscription you did whatever stick figure diagrams were on the box of your spinlock...
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    Gonna take a long time at this rate, next year...

    Gonna take a long time at this rate, next year will be 6.25%. Talk about diminishing returns.
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    Then you're prob on schedule for 12.5% this year,...

    Then you're prob on schedule for 12.5% this year, based on "what they say".
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    Try focusing on moving your hips back first so...

    Try focusing on moving your hips back first so you can keep your knees out of the way when you start to lower the bar, and then bend the knees once it gets lower. You might also have to play with...
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    Again, it's been one week of not lifting until...

    Again, it's been one week of not lifting until failure - a little too dramatic perhaps talking about crawling progress?
  • If you have an overuse injury from lifting there...

    If you have an overuse injury from lifting there are prob other factors involved beyond whether or not you rotate lifts, including poor programming, poor form, age, mileage on joints, etc.

    There...
  • Depends on where the weight ends up on your body,...

    Depends on where the weight ends up on your body, whether muscle or fat.

    If you're strictly talking in terms of wardrobe and squeezing into a particular pants/jeans size, sure.
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    It sounds like you have a lot of things on your...

    It sounds like you have a lot of things on your plate... it's not what you asked, but if you don't have close friends or family to lean on, consider joining support groups for depression, quitting...
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    There's nothing wrong with setting goals but...

    There's nothing wrong with setting goals but you've been training for 3 years and have a 145 bench, so it'd help to be realistic and not shoot for arbitrary goals at all costs.

    I know you say...
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    Happy bday old man! :)

    Happy bday old man! :)
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    If you're still training in your 40s and beyond,...

    If you're still training in your 40s and beyond, you're going to look back and laugh at all the maximizing gains in minimal time stuff. Just gain, don't burn out and don't get seriously injured......
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    If you ever interview for a job you should use...

    If you ever interview for a job you should use this if they ask, "What would you say is your biggest weakness?"
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    Improve your form if you want to keep doing them....

    Improve your form if you want to keep doing them. Post a form video if you'd like feedback.

    As you heal, you can also start out with trap bar DLs if you want to take it easier on your back at...
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    Dude it's been a 1 week of "everything right on...

    Dude it's been a 1 week of "everything right on paper". You're not a total beginner anymore so not sure what you're expecting. You can find good programs that'll give you some of the freedom you'd...
  • I suggest acknowledging to yourself that your...

    I suggest acknowledging to yourself that your body is what it is not because you're 54, a hardgainer, a supposed ectomorph, done with newbie gains, etc. - but because you took a several decade...
  • There's a whole world of food and eating habits...

    There's a whole world of food and eating habits out there between getting 2/3 of your cals from mass gainer or 6 meals/day of the specific foods you name.
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    You can also do db lateral/side lunges, which is...

    You can also do db lateral/side lunges, which is more similar to sports movements.
  • Who knows, but if he plans to keep red meat, ice...

    Who knows, but if he plans to keep red meat, ice cream, junk food, fried food, etc. as the cornerstones of his diet even though he's at risk for heart disease and diabetes, I'm guessing he could also...
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