Just thought I’d share this with you, I thought it was quite funny. Im 5,8 and weigh 135pounds. I’ve been training seriously for just over a month (2 months before getting into it).
I recently transferred from machine weights to free weights, I’ve been reading these forums religiously for about a month now. Not wanting to look like a complete pussy I looked into what most people were starting out benching at (turned out to be around 65) so I put 35kg on the bar and went at it (3x5). I found this quite difficult considering it was my first attempt at bench pressing. The next time I went to the gym I stuck on another 5kg and lifted again. I found it very hard but struggled through with horrible form (no spotter so I get a little tentative towards failure).
Anyway… after looking into why I was finding it so difficult (assuming it was me being ridiculously weak) I realised that all the beginners were taking bar into account and that I was supposed to add the bar weight i.e. 45pounds. So rather than start with 5kg on each side I’ve been attempting 20kg on each on my second attempt at benching and almost killing myself in the process. Made me feel a little better about myself, but I think i’ll be dropping the weight a bit. I’m just glad I got the weight up without breaking my neck.
We all make mistakes and we all have to start somewhere, I guess.