# Writing the Weight Used

Silly question but best place to post I guess.

I presume if you are doing a db exercise the logical way to write it is the same as my notebook, which is example Db Press 3 x 10 @ 30kg. This means 30kg each hand.

Is that how most people record weights for db exercises or Db Press 3 x 10 @ 60kg?

First is correct me thinks

Nope, you got it that dumbbell exercises are typically written the first way - weight per hand. Writing the total weight used, like the DB Press 3x10 @ 130 pounds, is confusing and definitely not the standard way.

Barbell exercises are written with the total weight including the bar, so if thereâ€™s 70 pounds on each side, it would be written as 185 pounds, not â€ś140 poundsâ€ť. Even saying â€ś70 pounds per sideâ€ť is less common, but slightly more accepted and understandable.

Also for general reference, something I see beginners sometimes switch around, itâ€™s Sets x Reps. So 3x10 is 3 sets of 10, 8x3 is 8 sets of 3, 5x5 is 5 sets of 5.

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Reminds me of when I started and I would just jot down the weight of the plates on the barbell (ie. I wouldnâ€™t include the barbell weight). It just seemed easier.

Then I saw guys saying they lifted more than I did and I couldnâ€™t have that, so I started including the bar weight.

I set a 20kg PR on all my lifts overnightâ€¦ true noobie gainz.

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I doubled my lifts overnight when i started posting here regularly and started thinking in lbs not kg.

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I think you got it backwards; 5x5 is actually doing 5 reps for 5 sets

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I have always thought 5 x 5 means 5 sets at 5 reps.

Written example:

Bench 5 x 10 @ 100kg

Exercise name, 5 sets of 10 reps at 100kg

A program such as Starting Strength is written as 3 x 5 which everyone knows is 3 sets for 5 reps not 5 sets for 3 reps.

Youâ€™re correct and @Chris_Colucci was correct. I was joking. You canâ€™t get 5x5 backwards

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Thatâ€™s most common but not all coaches do it that way.