Friday, January 25, 2013

I'll Flex for You

Some of you may remember this post from a while back.  Well, I thought I was making progress - I've rededicated my self to the gym for the last 6 weeks and have paid more attention while using all the weight machines that I was supposed to  - I even finished my old tub of protein powder and ordered a new 10 LB bag! 

Then in the last week I've started feeling really antsy for some results - maybe it was my 5 year old niece doing hop push ups next to the dining room table after Sunday dinner(something like this just without the cones).  Maybe it was a self proclaimed "out of shape" co-worker tell me she's really trying to get back into shape and that she's really working on her push ups because she can only do 2 sets of 10.  Maybe it was reading up on the Starting Strength program and realizing that when they say start with an empty bar and then increase weight first in 20 lb increments then 10 and then 5 until you reach your 5 rep max that the empty bar weighs 45lb and I can't even lift that for most of the moves. 

This was all very depressing.  I am not strong.  I would say I am a weak little girl - but given the above reference about my niece - that wouldn't even apply :(

So I dove into the Starting Strength Wiki and other resources (I'll get to the actual book eventually!) and went to they gym determined to make it work.
The next day the following email was sent to my work out buddy Jamie:

Where did you go!?  I came to chat and you were gone!  (really i know that you went home from work)
I came to tell you that I went to start the "Starting Strength" weightlifting program last night at [the gym].  I realized two things

1.  I am super weak
2. There is no bar bell at our gym

Number 2 turned out to be OK because of number 1.  Turns out barbells without weights on them are like 45 lbs alone so it's OK that i don't have one because i can't lift 45lbs for all of the exercises.  So I'm just doing it with dumbbells!

The program says that the average person starts a dumbbell squat at 85 lbs.  I was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY lower than this when not using a machine.

I am a weak and sissy girl.

I'm just thinking that i will use the above text a a blog post    - maybe.

So you can see that in fact I am using the text as a blog post and now you know that I'm going to try to focus on getting STRONGER!

Any tips for a newbie? n00b? novice?


  1. Never fear. Very soon you will be like Fergie and all the other women in fitness ads and be able to lift FIVE WHOLE POUNDS of dumb bell weight!

  2. Does your gym have a class that involves lifting hand weighs? It is called Body Works at my gym and I think following an instructor is a great way to start strength training. Also I find swimmIng laps does great things for my arms.

  3. Don't feel bad! Generally, barbells are 2 different sizes; roughly 45 lbs (for men) and roughly 33 lbs (for women). You can tell the difference because the heavier bars are longer. When I do shoulder presses, pushes or snatches I either use just the bar or bar+ 10 or 20 lbs. So don't feel bad! You would be able to do that, I know you could. Just bring one into your gym yourself ;) plus, women are generally weaker on top, therefore focus too much on the lower half. On the flip, men are usually weaker on the lower half, focusing too much on the top (back/arms). You'll get there!