Lordmuppet wrote:getting good spotters are a real problem. What I try to say is
'don't touch the bar unless it goes up and starts coming down or if it is at the bottom for more than three second'
'don't even touch it like this *puts finger on bar*'
Best solution is a training partner but that brings all sorts of other problems (and possible benefits) of course.
Or you could learn the 'roll of shame' google it you'll see. I've just found out about this. Seemed like a stupid idea to me at first but apparently it can be quite safe.
edited to add: course roll of shame is only for getting it off you when it is trapped at the bottom but that's the main problem.
I always tell them not to touch the bar unless I'm dying. But, most everyone in my gym isn't trying to get stronger, so they don't understand that someone else touching the bar counts as a failed lift. I'm not really sure what they are trying to do actually. I see people completely fail a lift, with their ass way off the bench and another guy lifting the bar for them, then the "spotter" or one of the other guys with them will say something like "that looked too easy" and they'll throw on another 50 lbs and do it all over again.
A training partner would be good, and I may start training with another skinny guy I met at the gym. He doesn't like to squat though, so not sure how well that will work. He seems to be following a routine from mens health
or some similar magazine. But, he wants to lift the weight himself, so I already like him better than anyone else over there.
I don't trust the "roll of shame." Not even with the dinky weight I can press.
1x5@ 95 lbs
1x5@ 135 lbs
1x5@ 150 lbs
1x3@ 170 lbs
1x6@ 190 lbs
Not so happy about that really. I could have done 1 more I think, but was seeing stars after 6, so went all emo and racked it.
5x10@ 115 lbs - harder than last week. So much puffingLeg Curl Machine
5x10@ 80 lbs
Was planning on some ab work today, but so tired after this. Will do something tomorrow
Edit: forgot to put, bodyweight up to 185 lbs (83.9 kg) and was at 197 lbs after breakfast with shoes and coat on at the scale in the grocery store