Crikey! 44 inch chest? What's your body fat %age, if you know? With those kind of stats you may convince me on that meogenic lifting stuff you do (though the few weeks I tried it a few years ago I found it excruciating - especially leg work).
I still have a good deal of fat. And, worst of all, I had a rotator cuff inflamation that kept me from working my arms and shoulders for two years. I finally gave in and went to a doctor. Fix your posture, lose a little weight the guy said. Didn't care how it happened (I tried bag work, did it wrong), he said "it doesn't matter how you got the problem, all that matters is how to fix it." Sure enough, I worked on my posture, lost a little weight and my shoulders suddenly were fine. Argghhhh, so simple, I still feel foolish.
I'll give you a secret. For many people, at least for me, if I'm a notch off of failure I still make steady progress, and it is a lot less painful. I'm really curious if that works for most people or not. I found out by lifting after a long lay off. I didn't want to hurt myself, so I started with pretty light weights. Figured eventually I catch up to the "painful" sort of thing. I ran out of weight first on a number of machines. Right now I'm building my arms and shoulders and my thighs and hamstrings. Everything else is pretty much within a weight or two of maintenance (when I switched to a better meo -- a full four seconds on the negative, I had to give up some weight, but I also made steady progress on one work-out a week instead of it just letting me keep even).
I found that being at failure just was more painful, I don't think I made progress any faster. I'll find out with my legs and arms/shoulders as I get closer. Right now I'm only 25% of the way up the stack on my arms/shoulders, but I move a weight about every three weeks. I'm hoping to be much stronger by October.
But, the lose skin is shrinking, on the stretches where I feel the fat bunch up in the way, the fat is going down, and 160 is probably just perfect for me. Since it is a weight class and i want to compete a little (I don't expect to really get far, but to have some fun) it makes a great target (178 is a weight class too. Before they went metric, the weight class was 172, and I used to compete in it).
Keep me posted on how the weights work for you.