Saturday, August 7, 2010

Basics again

Came home at 10pm. As I've mentioned before, I have not trained at all this week which results in me being extremely cranky and unable to de-stress. I was feeling sluggish at first but I went ahead with a few basic lifts.

Just for maintenance, I told myself. Well, that 'just for maintenance' became more of a warm up session as I piled on the weights to my barbell (that barbell is turning out to be a fabulous investment).

Below are the stuff that I did. Like I said, very basic. Nothing fancy. But definitely a total body workout.

5 sets of 5 reps (6.75kg)

5 sets of 5 reps (20kg)

Bench Press
5 sets of 5 reps (11.25kg)

The weights represent one side of the barbell. I think that's the right way to calculate how much you lift. But please, correct me if I'm wrong. I'm open to ideas and opinions. Admittedly, the weights aren't that impressive. I think I can improve on my squats most definitely.

But the ass was definitely on the ground when I did squats. Having the correct form is of the utmost importance.


KevL said...

One should be able to at least bench 1.5x his/her own bodyweight, and squat/deadlift at least 2x of bodyweight. That's probably the bare minimum of what a person can do WHEN one reaches his/her maximum potential, and you're doing pretty good already for your deadlift and bench, IMO.

I count the weights as such: 20kg (barbell) + right side weights (kg) + left side weights (kg), multiply with 2.2 if I want the numbers to be in lbs.

Aizan Suhaira said...

KevL: Yeah, I have a long way to go. I know I can do heavier squats but I was being being conservative. Like you've mentioned before, it's better to have lighter weights but with correct form rather than lift heavy but have bad form.

Come Monday, I'll try to see if I can squat heavier.