I have been in terrible shape. I've been sleeping poorly, staying up too late, sleeping in, barely making it to the gym once a week. I have not been healthy at all. It is all I can do to make sure I get a little sun each day and try to eke out at least 8 hours of sleep.
Tonight I managed to get to the gym and I just tried to break it in without injuring myself. I was not trying to do anything other than get my body back in the swing of things.
So I was doing overhead press and I tried to work in with a really huge guy when he was resting. He was a nice guy and he asked me if I needed to pull some weight off when he finished with his set. He was doing three sets of 180 kg super-slow, very good form. He was roughly twice my size, obviously a professional body builder. 22 inch arms, probably a 52 inch chest, I would put him somewhere well over 320 pounds or thereabouts.
I asked him if he would put another 45 kg plate on his side for me. I told him I was trying to take it easy because I was coming back from injury. I then managed to knock out 11 reps with good form of this overhead press.
When I finished, he giggled really loudly. "I don't understand how you could even move that. You don't look big enough. You should stand over here where I am, it looks like some kind of optical illusion. I am at least twice your size and I don't think I could even budge that. If I didn't know better I would think it was some kind of magic trick you were doing. I've been coming to the gym about 8 years here and have never, ever seen anybody that strong. I don't want you to think I'm winding you up, dude, but frankly you just don't look strong enough to lift that kind of weight that easily. It's the most incredible thing I have ever seen, hands down. If you are taking something, please tell me what it is so I can get some of it."
Hyperplasia was lost to Homo Sapiens. It was present in every single species of hominid up to that time. It is also found in the big cats, the large mammal predators like bears and sabre tooth tigers. It enables a person to double up on muscle fibers without doubling up on mass. An increase in muscle mass always results in an increase in strength it is just that the Neanderthals, Homo Erectus and Homo Giganticus could have increased their strength exponentially with much smaller gains in size than Homo Sapiens. Their density of muscle fibers was much greater than that of Sapiens. I believe I have retained hyperplasia. You might think I am crazy but I am just sticking to the facts. I am fifty years old and I am certain I have retained hyperplasia. Considering all the other screwy physical traits I got that leave me so out of sync with modern civilization I don't know if I got a fair trade or not. The other crap effectively cancels out the hyperplasia. Fail to get enough sleep and there isn't a gym in the world that will keep you healthy. Without proper sleep not even a Neanderthal can ever operate at his best.