- Doing the bench press with a regular bar and weights is way harder than trying to do the same amount of weight on a machine. So many more of my muscles are devoted to keeping the bar in place and stabilizing. (On the other hand, it really requires a second person, so once I'm no longer hiring a trainer I'll need to switch to slightly-safer dumbbells or the machines.)
- 125 pounds actually looks slightly impressive. I'm starting to be able to lift big-boy weights now. (Comparatively, I can't do curls with much more than the bar, so even though I'm still lifting a decent amount of weight for a curl, it looks like I'm lifting roughly nothing.)
- I'm getting to a point where the amount of weight I'm lifting can be uncomfortable on my hands. I'll probably need to get some of those fancy weightlifter gloves.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Today I bench pressed 125 pounds. It was really tough, but I managed to get two sets in (12 and 8). It made me think of a few things.