Had a pretty good session today.

music selection:  “Thank You” — Tesla

waist-line:  39 inches

I am continuing with the Strong Lifts 5×5 program.  I am gaining strength on most exercises.  Most exercises are actually getting easier rather than harder as weight increases as my form and flexibility are improving.

The exception is the overhead press.  I’ve been stuck at 45 pounds for four sessions.  I finished 4 sets of 5 and failed on the last with 4 reps.  I think I may be able to get it next time but I’m not happy with my form.  I can’t seem to lift the left and right side of the bar level at the same time.  And I’m getting some torso rotation as I struggle with the weight.  I think I may try added a 20 pound warmup set to establish my form before lifting heavier.

Soreness is very low.  My weight has been dropping and my waistline is shrinking.  It seems to be mostly fat loss rather than muscle gain at this point but I’m probably too chubby for any muscle gains to show through just yet.

For once, I don’t hate going to the gym.  The SL 5×5 program is a shortish workout with lots of rest time between sets.  I don’t feel hurried or over exerted.  And for once, I think I’m getting actual results.

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4 thoughts on “Bro, do you even lift?

  • June 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Sitting all day sucks for posture and you need good posture for overhead press. Rounded shoulders will limit range of motion and do nasty things if you try to force your way through it.

    Before a set, I remind myself to grow taller by increasing distance between head and hips. That engages core, reduces lumbar and thoracic curve and opens up shoulder joints as a result. You could also make sure you don’t bend your wrists during the lift and raise your elbows instead of your hands. You have less compensation options if your elbows must remain under the bar.

  • July 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Reading through some older articles and saw this. I don’t know as much about investing, but I do know a thing or two about lifting. If your previous successful lift of 5×5 was 40 lbs, going up to 45 is quite a jump (12.5%). See if you can get some change plates that are 0.5 or 1 lb each and go up in smaller increments. 2 lbs/week for 3 weeks is still a 6 lbs increase, which would put you further ahead than missing a 5 lb jump 3 weeks in a row. Dumbbells can also work and would help fix the imbalance that’s causing the bar to rise at different speeds on your left and right side.

    Good luck and stick with it!


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