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2005/07/24 02:53:24 (permalink)

Low weights

Hi folks.

I see a lot of posts on here and in the progress journal section about how much weight folks are shifting...

In comparison my lifts seem really really small, granted I've only lifted for 2 weeks - but they still seem really small.

For example:

Deadlift 43kg 5x5
Squat 36kg 5x5 - legs were really buckling under this weight!
Bench press 21kg 5x5
Bicep Curls 16kg 3x8

I have that 'skinny but fat' kind of body - the too much beer not enough food look.

Are my lifts low? I physically cannot lift anymore weight for any more reps per workout....

Probably just paranoid!

BTW I'm 26, 5' 10'', ~156lbs and really unfit.
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/24 03:54:43 (permalink)
    They do seem a little low for your size, however don't pay too much attention towards other people's lifts. What's important is the poundage you lift is going up progressively and you're gaing strength and size. This isn't about who can get the biggest/strongest the fastest!
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/24 04:05:24 (permalink)
    Thanks for the reply Odin.

    Yeah I understand the no-comparison thing, it's just hard not to wonder sometimes when people lighter than you are shifting double the weight you are!
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/24 04:24:55 (permalink)
    Your body will get used to the movements and you'll get alot stronger before you even gain size, it's all a waiting game so keep at it mate
    post edited by Rambo - 2005/07/24 04:25:06
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/24 04:28:04 (permalink)
    Yeah i hear ya. My little bro who's a fair bit younger than me and little smaller and hasn't done a day of training can pretty much bench the same as me which is a bit of a blow, but hey nevermind LOL! Some people are just more naturally stronger than others. I suppose what you're training for. If it's for size then, what you lift is pretty much irrelevant to others, aslong as you're gaining.
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/24 09:06:28 (permalink)
    for me, numbers dont mean anything

    as a beginner as long as you are excecuting the movement with the correct form and completing required reps and sets the numbers shouldnt matter

    as stated above, as you progress your strength will go up

    havent seen your diet, but if you are on a limited calorie intake your strength will suffer somewhat

    for many of my guys i dont give them numbers, often not allowing them to see what they are lifting whilst i train them as i am more cincerned about their form and technique over their male ego, i would prefer them to gradually build a better body and avoid injury than tell their mates they can bench X amount and squat Z amount

    numbers can come into a structured plan later down the line but for now focus on form and technique, enjoyment and learning new things to aid with fat loss
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/25 20:34:00 (permalink)
    hey, I have the same hieght as you, but i weigh 210LBS (15 stones) and i lift around the same as you.

    I belive because you havnt lifted weights before it takes few months before you can shift some decent weights.
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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/25 21:10:03 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: FatInsomniac

    Hi folks.

    I see a lot of posts on here and in the progress journal section about how much weight folks are shifting...

    In comparison my lifts seem really really small, granted I've only lifted for 2 weeks - but they still seem really small.

    For example:

    Deadlift 43kg 5x5
    Squat 36kg 5x5 - legs were really buckling under this weight!
    Bench press 21kg 5x5
    Bicep Curls 16kg 3x8

    I have that 'skinny but fat' kind of body - the too much beer not enough food look.

    Are my lifts low? I physically cannot lift anymore weight for any more reps per workout....

    Probably just paranoid!

    BTW I'm 26, 5' 10'', ~156lbs and really unfit.


    Listen to the above mate they realy know there s**t but to put maybe to put your mind at rest Im smaller and heavier than you after 8 weeks my Squat has gone from similar to you 30kg 3x8 to 100 kg 3x 8 etc etc the weight will come but form is the most important you may see peeps in the Gym with you that lift more weight but there form is pants and subsequently in the long run will do more harm than good in respect of building muscle and mass...

    as long as your diet is good and you are getting good food sources in you will gain it wont happen overnight some of the peeps in the Gym I go to look awesome but when I ask them how long they have trained many of them come in at around the 5-10 Years mark ! it just dont happen overnight set yourself realistic targets and go for it once you see the changes as time goes on to your body which You WILL you wont want to go back

    Good luck

    P.S Ive learnt so much from just asking and reading the posts on this forum remember everyone started out as you


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    RE: Low weights 2005/07/26 09:06:40 (permalink)
    Thanks folks, I'll stick with it then.
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