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    How much could you lift when you started?

    Hey guys I am 20 Years old, I just began traiining, I eat well and always have, I have always had a good balance of protein, carbs, and fats in my diet.

    Anyways Im 5' 10" and about 175 pounds. I just started training and my upper body is extremely week. When I bench press free weights with 2 barbells, I dont know if there is a proper name for this, 20 pounds in each hand will give me a challenge for about 10-12 reps, I could do more but that is lots of work, and for curls 20 pounds in each hand is enough to kill me doing 12 8 and 8 reps. This is very small amount is it not? Oh well maybe it will be easier for me to grow? I know exercises are harder when using 2 barbells but still?


    What could you guys lift when you started? I am in decent shap as far as cardio goes, I can run at 6 miles for 45 minutes no problem my joints get sore before i get tired


    anyways what could you lift? is that a real small amount?

    I dotn even lift weights at the gym I joined I just do cardio there cause im embarresed I just lift weights at home. I only have a couple barbells and a small amount of weight but it challenges me.
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    hey bro,how are you? i'm going to give you a tip that i wish was given to me when i first started. 20 is kind of light, really it is too light. do this, first find out what you can press for 1 time, then get the weight that is right below that. start heaviest on your first set, then work untill th lightest. YOU HAVE TO STRAIN HARD IN ORDER TO GAIN STRENGTH AND SIZE! do every set( 4 sets) 6-8 reps. GO HEAVY, DONT BACK DOWN FROM HARD TO LIFT WEIGHT, TRUST ME, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THIS IN THE FUTURE!
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    ok... thanks for tha advice....

    I dont knwo if I made it clear but its 20 in each hand which makes 40 and I think its more difficut cause its two barbells....

    But when I was at the gym and on the machine not free weight I put one plate on each side and after 10 reps I felt challenged

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    are you talking about dumbells or barbell?
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    ahh barbells i guess sorry like I said im new to this game

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    dumbells are the single hand weight and barbells are the bars with weight
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    Weakling said:

    Hey guys I am 20 Years old, I just began traiining
    You started young, that's great. Everyone is going to start somewhere different than the next guy. We were all raised differently. If you grew up on the farm you usually could kick most city boys butts when it came to strength. But don't worry about where you are starting....look at where you're headed. You'll get past this point soon enough. Get a good routine.....eat well.....get good recovery time and in no time you'll look back on the beginning and laugh about it.

    As Ironman57 said, Use enough weight so that you're finishing in the 6-8 rep area for 3 to 4 sets in each exercise. Lots of good people here that will help you in this area if you desire it.

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    Thanks for all the poitive advice you guys it is really appreciated I am speaking of barbells them then

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    oh im sorry, i didnt read it good the first time, you meant curls, i was thinking presses, ok that is decent weight, keep up the good work!
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    I am sorry I was rushing when I typed that here is what I was trying to say:

    I Bench Press with 2 Barbells which weigh 20 pounds each (I have one in each hand and lift them simutaniously).

    I also Curl with the same Brabells which weigh 20 pounds each.

    Also when I bench on the Machine with 1 Plate per side I can feel the workout. That is on the machine not with free weights.

    Sorry for the confusion it is clearly my fault.

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    Here Weakling, Hope this will help. Take a look around these pages and you'll have a easier time with your descriptions.

    Bench Press (Barbell)

    Bench Press Dumbbell

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    Yes the second on is the one I do with 20 pound dumbells

    so what kind of wait did you guys start with anyways?

    Thanks for your help

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    i dont remember exactly but now i train with 110lb dumbells, not bragging but for my size i have always been pretty strong. i think i started with 40 or 45 back in high school
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    Well, first of all welcome to the board!

    Glad you started working out. I honestly have no idea how much weight I lifted when I first stared because it was over 16 years ago.

    But, everyone has to start some where, and you will only get stronger!





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    your first couple of months will be hard but are possibly the best because if you eat, rest and train properly you will make gains rather quickly. trust me it feels great. when you look in the mirror after putting on your first 10lbs of muscle you will feel like a new person.

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