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My OHPs at 60lbs (like I'd been doing...failure of last rep/last set thing) and they weren't happening, so I ended up just pressing the bar and trying to fix my form. Figured it's better than nothing! Honestly, I'm trying to find something (or several something's) less awkward than OHPs. Maybe dumbbell overhead presses would be better...or just doing separate rear/front/lateral delt dumbbell exercises instead? Now that I'm doing all this bar work I kind of miss dumbbells.

 

Thoughts?

 

My workout last night:

 

  • Squats 2x5 45lb
  • Squats 3x5 125lb (I know I should probably throw like an 85lb warm up in there too, but I suppose that depends on your philosophy about warming up).
  • OHP 3x5 45lb (and 2 reps of 60lb before failure).
  • Deadlifts 2x5 135lb (new PR! w00t!
  • Dumbbell lateral raise/push up supersets 3x5 15lb
  • 3x5 inverted rows on Smith Machine.

Overall a good workout! :)

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Everything. I just don't like them. They're not enjoyable, and I lift weights primarily because it is an enjoyable way to train. I don't want to torture myself every week just to get in an exercise that I feel I could be replaced fairly well with other exercises. 

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I've missed dumbbells. I feel super-satisfied doing compound barbell work, but I love dumbbells so much, too, and I've been neglected them. 

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The only issue with dumbbells is that it may become hard to further progress the lifts with dumbells.  Hard to hold a 50lb DB in each hand.  But play around with stuff, question everything.  Become reunited with your dumbbells. Just lift and crush the weight.

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I like my dumbbell OHPs too.  What would be better about using the barbell to do them?  

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According to conclusions made by Norwegian scientists who did a study comparing them:

 

"-For those interested in increasing muscle size, the more instable the better. Dumbbells are more effective than barbells and performing it while standing is more effective than performing it while seated. In addition it may be more effective for those wishing to enhance their sports performance as many sports require both strength and stabilization ability.
 

-For those interested in increase maximum strength or power, barbells are more effective than dumbbells and performing it while seated allows more weight to be lifted as well."

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Sounds like you are crushing it! Well done, keep up the good work!

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1 rep Max found Monday!

145lb squat

135lb bench (I've apparently been a wimp about my bench presses)

Whoop!

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Congrats!!!

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I found out yesterday that I don't have the muscle endurance to do 12 squats @ 105lb after I've already done 3 sets of 5. I'm considering switching from strength to hypertrophy on my squats (for definition purposes) for a few weeks. Maybe someday I'll be able to do 12 squats @ 145lb! :P

 

My workout yesterday:

 

  • 3x5 squats 130lb.
  • 3x5 OHP 55lb.
  • 3x5 stiff-legged deadlifts 130lb (limits of my grip strength).
  • 1x12 squats 105lb (then I did the next set to failure...managed 6 of the 12).
  • 4x5 inverted rows (alternating sets overhand/underhand)
  • 3x15 decline crunches (going for core definition).
  • 1x5 leg raises (my abs had sort of given up at this point).

The plan on Thurs is to do squats, bench presses, and inverted rows for my main routine. Then I'm planning on one-armed dumbbell rows, back hyperextensions (unless there's a better lower-back isolation exercise) and oblique crunches on the hyperextension bench. I separate main routine from the rest of it because I decide on the isolation exercises as I go.

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Hope you're just busy pumping iron!!

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Hey all. I wish I had the time!

 

I'm going to start doing more bodyweight exercises, because I've just gotten so busy with work and school getting to the rec is making an impact on my sleep. As a result of this lack of sleep, I feel WAY less healthy...

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Ouch. 

 

Sleep, water, and a good diet trump strength training in terms of priorities.  I often fit in body weight exercises around other activities during the day ..... good luck!!

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Bummer on the workload. I second CTJ on the priorities. Heading into cold and flu season, you don't want your immunity to suffer!

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