How much do you weigh? Any injuries holding you back?
Originally Posted by wuss
About 170 at 6', with a pretty high fat percentage. I need to lose some weight. More than anything else, I believe a lack of time working at it is what's holding me back. I've always been naturally weaker than most people around me, and I never even knew it was possible for me to lift until a couple of years ago. I think I just need to train more. Edit: Those are my numbers for doing 5x5. Never tried to max out.
Originally Posted by thatrugbyguy
Last edited by wuss; 10/10/2011 8:29pm at .
I just started lifting in the last month, first time I've been in a weight gym my whole life (in my defense I've been a competitive runner for most my life and have single digit BMI). Started all those lifts at the 45lb bar, still haven't hit max. Don't feel bad starting light, all that's important is that you're starting and working to the end. I felt like a real tool squatting a bar for a week, but...
Originally Posted by wuss
..well I still feel like a tool when I'm told to just leave my weight on the bar for someone else to warm-up with, but I imagine it'll get better.
For the thread's sake (3x10):
5'8" - 155lbs - 21ya
I'm not making much progress with my bench anymore, but my squat still keeps going up and I still feel good with it. I'll return once I've maxed out and stopped being such a *****.
Originally Posted by Aikironin21
I had many shoulder problems, and quit benching for a while. I found some rehab videos on youtube, from smittydiesel, louie simmons, and ripptoe ( of course ). After doing some of the band work and l-flyes. I restarted benching, and it started hurting again. I decided to 'fix' my form, and found this video to be helpful:
I am now benching more than ever, without all the shoulder pain. On the rare occasion that they get sore, I back off and start moving back up. Monday night I benched 290lbs for 10 reps and 315 for 6. Not record breakers, but I'm proud of them. I've similarly started fixing my squat form, and am hopeful to keep my back happy. Don't have a link to the vid, but there's an excellent one from Ripptoe about squat form.
Squat 5x5- 210
Bench 5x5- 165
DL 1x5- 275
22 5'10ish 168
Foot healed, and then I go and tear a ligament in my wrist the day I was supposed to renew my gym membership haha
Lost 20lbs bodyweight now that I've been out of training since July.
Start very light and work on form for awhile, as you add more weight form and technique is the difference between injury and strength. Google Stronglifts 5x5 for some good beginner information.
Originally Posted by Michal
I'm 5'9, and stay around 155 lbs. I haven't really squatted in 2.5 years (old knee problems from hockey) and don't competitively powerlift.
Best squat was 325x10. If it counts 720x10 on the seated squat press. I never really found my 1 rep max.
Current bench = 5x3 pause reps @ 200. Max out @ 235 lbs
- I was higher on max bench but I sprained my A.C. Joint in my shoulder, and my U.C. Ligament in my elbow in fall 2010 -
Last edited by Kung-fu Jesus; 10/17/2011 7:54pm at .