I posted this pic on Instagram yesterday, during a great legs and abs workout.
As you know, I have really gotten into lifting weights and I post a lot of pics of me in the gym doing just that. I love the feeling of having all of that power in my hands.
I lift weights 3-4 times per week, in addition to doing cardio 5-6 days per week. I love keeping track of my workouts over at Bodybuilding.com. The site analyzes your workouts and lets you know where you are progessing and not progressing. There’s a great community of bodybuilders too.
When I started lifting, I started off really light, but am slowly creeping up to being able to move some real numbers. Here’s how my lower body has improved, based on 1 Rep Max:
- Deadlift: March 1 = 118#, April 10 = 143#
- Barbell Squat: March 1 = 118#, April = 149#
- Barbell Lunge: March 1 = 81#, April 10 = 124#
I am very careful with my weight increases, only increasing 5# whenever I feel I can handle more. Since I workout alone, I don’t have a spotter, so I am bit afraid of adding anything more. So I wait until I feel strong enough.
Unfortunately, the only thing that has increased in my upper body are the Lat Pulldowns. I’ve gone from 70# to 85#. I need to work on that. My upper body is so weak. This is why I can’t do pull ups yet.
But I am a constant work in progress.
Do you lift weights? What’s your favorite lifting exercise?
Edited to add: I am doing the Spartan Sprint Race at Citifield tomorrow. EEEK!!!