I worry myself over the silliest things sometimes, or at least some people think so, especially ones that don’t workout on a daily basis. I read a lot about lifting weights/females and weight lifting. I read to find out what others do and how much they lift, and how often. What I’d really like to read about, but can never seem to find, is how long people have been working out/lifting. How much experience and time in lifting to get where they are now.
Not that I am always comparing myself to others, but I kind of would like to know where I am in the broad spectrum of the weight lifting world. Well, I know I’m kind of near the the bottom of the barrel still.
I have been lifting for about only 10 months now. Although, I have made progress, I feel like I should be doing more but I’m not real sure. I am still only dead lifting 62 pounds, I still can’t do a very good deep heavy weight squat, I really suck at lunges because I have no balance. I went from lifting 5 lbs to 17 lbs. I can still only bench 62 lbs., from 5lbs. dumbbells. I have lost 40 pounds and several sizes and managed to keep it off so far. And I do have some visible muscle tone now. So, is that expected progress, or am I really slow? Remember I haven’t done any fitness since before highschool.
I follow the same workout week after week, because if I don’t, I think I will lose strength. I did stop for awhile about 4 months ago, just to try the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, but it didn’t help me much and I got back on my schedule. But my schedule is always the same: chest and triceps, back and biceps, rest, shoulders, chest and Tris., back & bi’s, rest, repeat repeat repeat. I sometimes try doing supersets and cross training but not often. I try to do legs 2 times a week and abs 3 xs a week.
I recently started trying to add running to my schedule, and now I am even more confused. I’m not sure if I should do legs the same day as running or the day before or the day after or all of the above. Well, won’t I overwork them? But I want them strong.
I guess what I’m getting at is I just wish that there were more blogs or websites about how long it takes for someone to go from 0 to 135 lbs on chest presses. Or from 60 to 250lbs squats. I know everyone is different but I’d like a general idea. Well I am 42 years old and would like to bench 150lbs before I’m 50. Is this possible for me??