Strictly BBer for 30+ yrs, even though I incorporated the Pl lifts and had respectable lifts in all three. The older I get, the more it is for just staying ( and feeling) young. I just had a three month lay off, and during that time I've started having pains and aches in places I've never had. I can now imagine how the average person my age who doesn't workout feels. lol
Looks and strenght... The reason why i lift weight is simple - i love my body and take care about this.. It looks like a challenge for me to gain a couple of lb next month... or to add some weight on the barbell..
I started weight training for boxing in my younger years. Then it was in the prison yard. Then it was for football. Now its muay thai. I prefer to have FUNCTIONAL muscle but I admit I do approach weight training more for the aesthetic reasons than for strength. That being said, there is no greater feeling than smashing a new PR. And I LOVE deadlifting. I like to look good but at the end of the day I still wanna be able to shatter a mother fucker's face. What was the question again?
I am a senior citizen. Lifting for numbers would be ridiculous at my age. Today it's about how I look, mostly about how I healthy I am. Enjoy your youth and 400+ BP's while you can. Know when to hold' em and know when to fold 'em.