As I led a morning workout session with my veteran crew of many years. One of them complained that they felt weak. I have worked with this person long enough to know that they are limiting themselves right away and giving themselves an out or an EXCUSE to not give their best effort. It’s cry out to be heard but not a cry to take action. This athlete has the most ability but uses negativity to stay in one place. Instead of taking responsibility for getting Stronger they would rather enjoy a cry for criticizing them self.
Now onto my main point. Gaining Strength in the beginning of your lifting life for either pure strength or for fitness is easy the first 3 to 5 years. Motivation and progress keep climbing with relative ease. Especially when you start training your habits outside the gym like eating healthy, sleeping right, staying hydrated and developing a healthy mindset which means no outside disturbances (which means stability). All of theses variables can be controlled or at least managed enough to help you start to build new habits that will lead to progress in the gym.
When you age gaining strength Becomes more and more mindset driven. We have to really want to become Stronger and Train with Intention and Purpose. That purpose is to become Stronger by adding more weight to the bar in your chosen movement. So maybe we do have to limit our cardiovascular training so that we can fully recover from each strength workout. Fitness might take a back seat for 2 or 3 months. As a masters athlete I still add in 10 to 15 minutes of cardio training 1 to 2 times per week. This is also just called energy management. Using most of my time pushing and training my mind to get stronger or just maintain. You still have to make a choice to get stronger and dedicating yourself and your life to hitting a new Personal BEST or just being stronger than average person of the street. So be careful what you cry about or complain about especially if it’s getting stronger. Everyone one can become stronger at any age.