Okay, so after a few months of working out with my boyfriend, and figuring out that I wanted to lift for ME and not him, I decided it was time that I take it more seriously.
So, I ordered Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength! What a great program! I have learned so much, gotta put it out there though, I didn’t read the whole book! :/ And I have definitely seen a difference in my strength.
My squat went from 95 to 135, bench went from 55 to 80, and deadlift went from 135 to 190. That shit really works if you work it correctly.
Once I got that high in weight, I noticed that my form was really sucking. For squats, I felt like i was leaning over my front tooooo wayyy to much and my knee’s, they were going in. Terrible form. My bench wasn’t so bad, there times I was bouncing off my chest. That is a NO NO!!! For my deads- I wasn’t keeping my chest up, my back straight, and it was really hard lifting 190.
That’s when I decided that I needed some help. I had my boyfriend help me. He taught me a squat form, which is amazing and have actually starting to LOVE squatting and not being scared of it! The results have been very nice too ;) I squat low bar and I don’t wrap my whole hand around the bar. I will post a picture of my grip sometime to show you. And I have slowed down my bench so it is bouncing as much! Then, for deads, my boyfriend helped me revamp my form totally! It looks a lot better!!!
With Starting Strength there are two workouts. A and B. You can pick from a new different variations. I picked: Workout A: Squat, bench, deads. Workout B: Squat, Press, Cleans. Each workout you increase the weight by 5 pounds. Well, not everyone is at the point in lifting that you can increase that much. And that is what I was doing when I started. But, once I had the boyfriend fix my form, I started the program over again. I only got 1 ¼ lbs. each workout. By boyfriend bought me baby weights!! :) how sweet is that!
I was doing that program for a few months. And I totally loved it! I would totally recommend it to everyone who is trying to get stronger!
I have just started a program, call 5x3x1. I am going to make a separate post about that!