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Introduction to Free Weights and Progress (Start) Pics

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ugh, can't sleep. On my day "off" of all days! I thought I would just get up and go ahead and go swim, but the roads are pretty nasty this morning and they are having a lot of problems in Nashville. Since I'm in a rural area, I figured I better wait until it warms up a bit.

Actually, today I'm taking off from work to volunteer at my town's food bank. We are now required to volunteer eight hours each quarter. The good news is that we get a paid day off to do it and we can pick where we want to volunteer at. I know the paster that runs the food bank, and he's a cool guy. Plus, even though it's snowy, I can actually walk to the food bank, which means...more fitness minutes, yay!

So last night went pretty well. The trainer seemed like a nice enough guy, though it was someone different than the guy I was expecting. I definitely felt a lot more comfortable using the different pieces of equipment. He watched my form on both the squat and deadlift and said they looked really good. He advocated a higher bar on the squat though than what I'm seeing in Starting Strength, so I think once I get the rest of the form down I'm going to slowly lower the bar on my back. I know there are a few tweaks I can make as I read through that book, but at least I don't look like an idiot.

I think he was impressed that I could handle the 50-pound bar OK. Apparently they don't have any lighter bars except the 15lb one on the smith machine. I didn't like the idea of using the smith machine for squats, so I was all like, sure let's just try the 50lb bar. And I did it with ease during the squat and the deadlift. Heck, I was impressed too. Apparently the strength training I've done that last few months has already been paying off for me. I'm still going to use just the bar for a week or two and try to focus on form before I move to actual weights.The chest press is a challenge with the 50lb bar though. I barely managed 4 sets of 8 with that thing. But hey, that's a good starting point!

So 30 minutes on the bike last night (15.9 mph pace, felt pretty good) and 30 minutes of ST:
4 sets each:
Deadlifts - 10 reps, 50lb bar
Chest Press - 8 reps, 50lb bar
35 sec Plank
Inverted Body Rows - 10 reps
Box Jumps - 10

So ADARKARA mentioned something about before pictures in a previous blog of mine. While I have come a long way towards taking progress pics and showing my stomach/leg areas, I'm still not quite ready to post any pics in my underwear. And I don't have a bikini, so that doesn't work. However, I believe I have found a compromise that doesn't involve progress pics in a onesie or a turtleneck.

However, be forewarned: if you have an issue with a sports bra and shorts, blindingly white legs, or goofy faces because it's 7am and someone hasn't put on any makeup yet, you might want to skip the below pics:

These were taken today. Weight? Not sure, but hopefully under 208 (my starting weight on March 1). I've already had about 2 weeks of the new ST plan and 2 1/2 months of tri training.

I had no idea how much bigger my right arm is than my left. I guess I need to do a little more ST with my left arm to hopefully even them out.
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    Awesome! Great job... you're killin' it! Keep up the journey!
    1853 days ago
    You are my ST hero! Good look on the pics, can't wait to see the progress pics. I think I'm going to join the gym and work with a trainer in the summer when there's more daylight and I'm not running back anf forth taking my daughter to school.
    1853 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    You've got the right attitude, orientation, master plan, and progress. Keep it up.

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    1853 days ago
    Hot damn, gurrrlll, that's awesome! Let's get ripped together! :-D
    1853 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    Good luck with the free weights I am a big fan (mostly because I cannot afford my own universal) . I get ONE volunteer day a year but Harper will probably get rid of that (I work for the federal Gov't in Canada). Its nice you have such a generous employer. Sometimes a change is as good as a rest.
    1853 days ago
    Good starting point and nice work on the squats and bench press.

    Interesting about the 50 lb bar....never heard of one before. Most standard bars are 40 or 45 lbs....may want to weigh it to see

    Good luck with your program....results will be noticeable soon enough!
    1853 days ago
    I don't think you have a goofy face! I like your face. :)

    I am continually impressed with your ST work and plan!

    I think I've decided I'm going to take the 6 week small group ST class at my gym. The next one starts April 29. It's groups of ~4 people, so it's like the middle between personal training and doin it on your own. Hopefully they teach me some stuff I can use on my own, and then maybe I can get personal sessions here and there where I need improvement. I'm super nervous, but also excited.

    Keep up the awesome work!! I can't wait to see your "after" photos! (Bet you can't either!)
    1854 days ago
  • BANDMOM2012
    Check out those guns! Keep it up sister, you have a great start already!
    1854 days ago
    Keep up the great work!! You look really toned to me. I weigh less than you, but I am so flabby. I would be prancing around if my legs and thighs looked like yours.
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    1854 days ago
    Progress pics can be so difficult to take and even more difficult to post. They will be SO worth it though! I think you're doing a fabulous job with the ST. Way to go!
    1854 days ago
    you are doing great. emoticon emoticon
    1854 days ago

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1854 days ago
    You are awesome!! Amazing job, and your pictures are great; can't wait to see your continued progress. Also, the "turtleneck or onesie" comment made me snort my coffee while laughing. emoticon
    1854 days ago
    Your arms look great already! I'm due for some new pics, too, I've just been avoiding it because of my eczema. =(
    1854 days ago
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