Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Weight Training 101

Weigh-In: 217.4 lbs (new low)

So I finally started my lifting routine last night with my buddy Dan. We did chest and biceps.

I'm sore. I mean, I can still lift up the phone, drive the car and whatnot, but I'm pretty sore. We didn't "max out" or anything like that, but did 10-12 reps for 4-5 sets.

We did bench presses (I maxed out at 115 lbs for 4 reps, I told you my upper body strength sucked), curls, flies, some above the chest type thing, and a few other things I can't remember. I let Dan do most of the planning and basically tell me what to do. Once it becomes routine I'll write down some more details here.

Dan can lift much more than me which is good because it makes me push myself. He maxed out last night at 195. Both of our goals are to be able to bench our body weight, and right now we both weigh around 220. So I have a bit more work to do than he does to meet our goal.

Tonight we'll be working triceps and back, I think.

I brought my camera to the gym this morning and took some pics before and after my workout. They're not serious pics or anything (as you'll see in a minute).I wanted something other than the normal poses so I could really see what I look like in other positions. They're to serve more as a record of what I looked like after the first day of lifting for later comparison. Hopefully in a few months I'll be able to see some real progress.

I still have love handles and a small gut that I want to get rid of, which is why I'm looking to lose another +- 10 lbs.


Beck, now you can see why I really need that new Monkey Hair Style you were talking about in your blog..


Geoff said...

Yeah, you definitely need to get some muscle on that frame :). Building muscle will provide the biggest change in body composition for you, but don't rush it. Getting stronger and adding muscle is a *lot* harder and takes a lot longer than losing the fat that was covering it. You should make some good gains initially due to the fact that you're new to training, though, so keep at it.

kyle said...

I literally feel your pain. I just started my weight program yesterday morning doing chest and shoulders. I'm quite sore as well, but I love this feeling. It just makes me feel like I'm working hard. Keep up the great work!

Ripx180 said...

looking good Brian. Gaining muscle will help trim the fat down the road. Looks like you have a good foundation, cant wait to see what you do with it.

billy said...

Wow, I had no idea how weak you were! (JK) Honestly though, I bet you will see some great improvement all around from adding weights to your routine. In my opinion, it's absolutely the best thing you can do.

Melissa said...

Great job starting the weight lifting program. Im sure those last pounds will come off faster than you think now :)

I love your serious picture with your headphones on, you look so concentrated :)