I have moved to a new country for a few months with work and I have signed up to a gym in an international 5* hotel (there is literally nothing else here) near where I live. The gym is not very well equipped but does have kettlebells, a chin up bar with a neutral grip bit, the attachment to do face pulls and a bench press with a grand total of 110kg of plates in the whole gym along with a load of other machines I don’t use/haven’t even examined. My programme then, pretty much made itself, is the 10,000 kettlebell programme with chin-ups as the “other” exercise and then bench press every 2nd day. The problem is there are no 1.25kg plates and in about 4 sessions I won’t be able to load 5kg to the bar each time.
My question then is: how can I keep improving with progressive overload without having smaller plates? There is absolutely no way I could find any to buy here in this country either. I was thinking of maybe doing 2/5 sets on the new higher weight and the other 3/5 on the lower weight from the previous session and then the following session do all 5 sets at the new higher weight but I am not sure how effective that would be. I could also try mixing up reps and set numbers to try and achieve the same effect i.e. do 5 sets of 3 reps at the new higher weight and then 5x5 the following session. I am not sure. Any suggestions welcome!