ArkhamFantasy Member Oct 25, 2017 8,089 Feb 28, 2020 #8,401 Violence Jack said: Need some advice. I had to go to the doctor recently about back and hip pain. I was told that at my age (I'm 39) I shouldn't be doing squats or heavy deadlifts anymore. I've been lifting heavy most of my life, but my doctor suggested maybe looking at trying to tone instead of lifting for bulk. Is it wise to do that as you hit middle age? Click to expand... Click to shrink... If you have the option i'd look for a physical therapist and ask his opinion, you need to find out exactly why you have pain during those lifts, then find corrective exercises you can do to address the problem, your form could be off or you could have an injury. If you can't find or correct the issue then find replacement lifts that you can do. Alot of people can't back squat or deadlift, but usually there's a varation of those you can do, like a bulgarian split squat and stiff legged deadlift. Also there's no such thing as tone muscle and bulk muscle, muscle growth is muscle growth, your size depends on how effective your diet,effort, programming, and rest are. High reps builds muscle, heavy reps build muscle, metabolic training grows muscle, eccentric training grows muscle.