"Last night I did 6 sets of squats with a 20 lb dumbell in each hand and it was easy. I don't have any soreness in my legs today."
Do you have only one dumbbell? Try supersetting your squats with bench step ups. Or swtich to one-legged squats with that 20lb DB.
"I'd like to increase the weight significantly but my hands give out even with straps. Is there another way?"
Again, you can incorporate super setting and other methods, such as drop sets and negatives to heighten the intensity.
I suggest you not lift with the straps as much as possible. You need to strengthen your grip (forearm).
"Should I invest in a bar, or those big round flat weights you can strap to your back like a backpack?"
I think if you are going to have a home gym you should at least have a variety of different weights in dumbbells, at least one bar, a bench, some resistance bands, and possibly even a fitball and BOSU.
"I did stiff legged deadlifts yesterday with the same weights and that was even easier. Investing in a bar is the only option for that excercise, right?"
Again, it's not the only way. You can lift heavier with the dumbbells, incorporate single leg DLs, or superset, drop set, etc. Where there's a will, there's a way.
"Finally, my last question is for seated calf raises. I put my weights on top of my knees to do the calf raises. It was so easy that it didn't feel like I was doing anything at all. Is this just not an effective move or are you supposed to put like 50 lb weights on each knee? I ended up doing regular standing calf raises which worked. I just wanted to have a bit of variety. Are there any other calf raises to mix it up?"
Single-leg, jump rope, one-leg jump rope, supersets, drop sets, etc., etc., :) A killer calf workout that involves not much weight at all is like I said above, superset standing calf raises (20 to 30 reps) with single-leg jump rope (15-20) reps each leg.
Play with variables! Jumps or explosive moves, combine exercises as in supersets, uni-lateral exercises, negatives, holds, drop sets, fast reps, slow reps, etc. there are so many ways you can intensify your workouts. Play with it and find what works for you. There's nothing in the "rule" book that says you have to do 15 reps. Do a set of 50 reps with your weights if it's too easy, until you are getting burned out. Trust me at this point, you would be surprised at how little amount of weight it would take to fry a specific muscle. :) Once you exhaust it, you could lower reps and add weight. SO many ways to play. HAVE FUN!
Edited by: FINDINGSTRONG at: 10/1/2010 (14:40)
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