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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by BCR, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    Well folks, I finally convinced myself to bump up to the 100 pound dumbells for flat bench.

    This has been a goal of mine over about the last couple of years. Every time i worked up to them I'd get sick with the Flu or have some weird crap happen if my life where I'd be out of the gym for a month or so, and have to start all over again.

    So up until last week I'd only ever done the 95's for about 8-9 reps a few times, but usually do the 90's on a regular basis. I try to get a consistent 10 reps with a certain weight before I bump it up.

    So I finally grabbed the 100's for the first time ever and flopped my *** on the bench and cranked out 7 reps. Hooray for me.

    I'm not the strongest, or the weakest, but this is a VERY satisfying moment for me @ 6' tall and about 185 pounds, plus or minus.

    Thumbs up to everyone who conquers their goals, and keeps on progressing!!!
     
  2. jdsumner

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    Way cool!
    achieving a goal is what brings one the satisfaction to reach the next one. I think it is also great to have a board like this to post on, in order to hear positive reinforcement. So, let me be the first. Congrats!!! Stay safe, and keep the foreward progress.

    Dan
     

  3. Mister Joshua

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    Taking the 100's for a ride is a real accomplishment... it is a heck of alot tougher than benching with a barbell, the shorter rom and lack of stabilization...

    Congrats man, that is a mega dose of "good stuff(tm)"
     
  4. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    Thanks guys! I really appreciate the encouraging comments!

    Yee-haw!!!;)
     
  5. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

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    Congratulations!

    I started jogging on a treadmill 3 weeks ago.
    Day one, 1 mile.
    Day two, 1.25 miles.
    Day three, 1.5 miles.
    Day four, 1.75 miles.
    Day five, sore, swollen ankle.
    The next week, recuperating that ankle.
    The next week, vacation.
    Tommorrow, 2 miles.

    At 5'10" and 275 lb each of these distances were the longest distance I'd ever jogged in my life.
     
  6. walangkatapat

    walangkatapat Millennium Member

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    Only 185 that's pretty good. Do you need to use straps for grip?
     
  7. walangkatapat

    walangkatapat Millennium Member

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    What treadmill are you running on?
     
  8. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    No straps for benching. I've avoided straps in the past and have a pretty strong grip.

    I do shrugs with the 105's -115's and don't use straps. But if I get over about 275 with a barbell (for shrugs)I do use straps. I have carpal and cubital tunnel, and my grip strength is suffering a bit.

    Avoiding straps in the past on all exercises really boosted my grip strength.
     
  9. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

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    There is no reason to use straps while benching. Holding on to the bar when benching is a function of wrist and forearm strength, not grip strength. The arms and hands should be in a position so that the hand could be nearly open and the bar will stay in place.
     
  10. C0BRA

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    Excellent! You could probably get 3-4 with 115's if your REALLY wanted to ;)
     
  11. Glock13

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    I was thinking the same thing. I just started using straps here, but I only use them on back and shoulder days. How do straps help when benching??
     
  12. walangkatapat

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    Straps for getting the dumbells out of the rack and into position if needed.
     
  13. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    I figured that was what you meant.