Hi all, I'm back to MDA after spending the last 18 months finishing up my dissertation (molecular genetics and analysis of genomic data). While I've had brief spurts of "I've gotta get back in shape", it never lasted past the next deadline, or I'd injure something in the first 2 weeks in the gym. Well, I'm done with school now and it's time to re-claim my body and stop hunching in front of a computer all day!

I plan on following Mark's plan (of course!), but at age 46 I've noticed that I gain muscle strength faster than I gain tendon/joint strength and seem to get tendon-related injuries if I try to increase my weight as fast as I'm "able".

So I'm looking for advice on the best/optimal way to work on my ligament/tendon strength and get back into exercising without injury!

Thanks!