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Bro, do you even lift?

Another workout complete.

music selection:  “Lubricated Muscle Drive” — Mother Love Bone

waistline:   40.5 inches

The Stronglifts 5×5 iPhone app is a little bewildering.  It adds weight to the exercises when I don’t expect it.  So it is now recommending things I literally cannot lift – yet.  I may delete the app and re-install after reading some documentation.

I am already having a little trouble with the squats.  I got through all 25 reps but I was feeling it.  Overhead press was today and I think I need to work on my form.  My back feels awkward during that exercise.  Deadlift felt clean.

Devour your prey raptors!

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  • David May 31, 2018, 12:53 pm

    It should be adding 5 lbs per workout unless you fail the set. It adds up really fast early on since every increment is almost 10%. However, you’re not meant to increase by 5 lbs forever. You’re supposed to increase the weight, fail, reduce by 10% and progress back into it. It should be a seesaw increase and not a straight line.

    • The Lizard King May 31, 2018, 7:31 pm

      I started everything with 20 pounds. Squat went directly to 45. Deadlift is increasing in 10 pound increments even though both are set to increments of 5. It may have different behavior for very low weight settings. I want to build up slow and develop my form as I’ve never been athletic or physical. I’ll get it figured out.

  • T June 4, 2018, 2:10 am

    Raptor,
    I meant to write this when you started posting about starting stronglifts. I’m not sure this is the appropriate program for you to start with. I understand it is a beginner program, but it is really designed for younger people. It doesn’t sound like you really have any experience lifting, and for this program to be more effective for your goals you will need to increase weights significantly.
    I took 10 years off lifting at one point and got back into it with the book New Rules of Lifting. This is what I would recommend you look at. If you finish that program you could move on to stronglifts or starting strength since you would be stronger and more experienced moving weights.
    Also, I’m not sure a pure strength program is the best program for your goals. The New Rules as I remember it actually has a few different phases which I think will better fit your goals as an older beginner.

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