my 5x5 results
COPIED AND PASTED FROM MY JOURNAL.
this is the progress i have made from start to finish:
bench press- start = 95 kg. finish = 103.5 kg. got as far as 105 kg but couldnt do 5 sets of 5.
military press- start = 45 kg. finish = 67 kg.
dumbbell incline - start = 25 kg. finish = 45 kg
deadlift. start = 80 kg. finish = 147.5 kg
barbell rows. start = 55 kg. finish = 90 kg. had to switch at 92.5 kg to wide chins due to injury.
barbell curls. start = 45 kg. finish = 41 kg. went backwards due to injury and wanting to eliminate any cheating.
squats. start = 90 kg. finish = 155 kg.
sldl. start = 60 kg. finish = 135 kg.
weighted crunches. start = 32 kg. finish = 47 kg.
on most exercises i have made ok progress. bench press is not impressive but maybe 2 exercises were too much. i can curl more for barbell curls but i hate using form which is not strict and i get more for my money doing them strict. i am certain i plateaued on these 2 exercises. bench press i think was due to no direct tricep work and maybe the workload and barbell curls due to lower back and forearm. but i am not complaining.
the weights i started with were easy enough due to uncertainty regarding possible weight increases and incorrect form on many exercises and a lower back injury. i have been able to find my feet and get a better idea of how i should train and it has been a welcome change to the normal drudgery of training financed by ignorance.
next time round i will do:
barbell bench press
standing dumbbell military press
standing dumbbell curls
havent bothered with 1 rep maxes so i dont know what they are. i have put on 12 pounds - although not all muscle but i dont care. now weigh 14 stones and 12 pounds.
thanks to all of you for your advice and encouragement.