Well I have been doing Rippetoe for about three weeks now and I brought my friend along for the ride. We’re using DB’s – crappy school gym that I only have to use for a few more weeks – and just following the program using rows instead of power cleans.
I’ve made some good progress so far, though I am aching to get under a barbell soon. My friend on the other hand is convinced he’s making no progress, well, because he isn’t. He skips days at the gym, he eats like shit, hardly drinks water, and just doesn’t want it bad enough. To top it all off, I walk into the gym today and find him doing curls and lateral raises because he doesn’t feel worn out after Rippetoe. I tell him he isn’t lifting enough weight then he complains how the weights hurt his hands.
On one hand, I tell him he’s a little bitch, lift harder, but on the other hand I almost feel the same way. We don’t have enough weight for the rows, deadlifts, and squats really so I’m left doing them with 50lb DB’s. It’s the right weight for the squat but definitely not enough for the deadlift and row. When I get out of the gym, it just feels like I haven’t fully exerted myself.
Any ideas? Am I wasting my time with the DB’s for the next few weeks?