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Gim Rat!

After a week of not feeling myself, I was back on the gym today.

It felt good.

The best part? I can now do squats with 25lb plates on the barbell. Right now, my goal is to graduate to 50lb plates. Yay me!

I find this very cool because, as much as I exercise and weight-lift, I had always been afraid of doing squats with a barbell. For some reason, I figured that I would not be able to go back up without a) injuring myself; or b) dropping the barbell and plates and injuring myself.

Because of that, my squats were usually done either holding hand weights or on the Smith machine.

I hate the Smith machine. For some reason, I have never found a comfortable way of accomodating the durned bar over my shoulders, and I thought that going free-weight with the barbell would be the same or worse.

Much to my surprise, it was much more comfortable, and I have not dropped anything or injured myself. Of course, it does help that I started doing it with just the bar and no weight, adding plates over the weeks as I got stronger.

I feel like Wonder Woman.

Or scratch that. I feel like Linda Hamilton in The Terminator.

Now, if I could only get her triceps.



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Nov. 9th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
You know...at first I read that as 251 pound plates on the barbell. I was like "HOLY S**T...don't screw with Belfebe!!"

Nov. 9th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Gimme time babe! Gimme time!

So far, my total is 50 pounds (two 25 lb plates.) But I'll get there! 250? It will take me a while, but it will get done!

Nov. 9th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
don't forget what the bar weighs. I have no idea how much, but it weighs something.
Nov. 9th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)

I am not sure how much it weights, but it is enough for a good workout. Although I have been able to conquer the bar in squats, and I am able to put plates on it, I still cannot do lying chest presses with anything but the bar.

Nov. 9th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Crikey! Your arms are gonna be looking like Linda Hamilton's before you know it!
Nov. 9th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
I hope so! Right now, they look like Michael Chicklis's!
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I feel like Linda Hamilton in The Terminator. Now, if I could only get her triceps.

Good for you! Linda Hamilton in Terminator was my inspiration for doing strength training. I, too, wanted her triceps. Unfortunately, I wasn't willing to work hard enough. And I stopped going several years ago. I need to start back. I really enjoy that type of workout.
Nov. 9th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Strenght training rules, and Linda Hamilton is da bomb. :-D
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