Weight Lifting

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I first wanted to take weight lifting class because I had been going to the gym every now and again but didn’t see much progress and thought that I could learn to better my workout and learn new ways to use weights. I used to be quite active when I was in high school playing basketball and I was in JROTC that required us to do p.t everyday but once I graduated I slowly dropped off the active train. I either had no time to exercise or just didn’t have to will power to get up to do something and this was my biggest enemy. Weight training class gave me the push to get up because I have to go to class for a grade. My goals in the beginning of class was to gain muscle mass and thicken up a bit. Before class started I was working out going to the gym about 3 days a week but didn’t really see difference in my body. I learned in class the difference between building muscle and toning muscle. To build muscle you add more wait and do fewer reps and if you are looking to tone use less weight and more reps. I target my upper body including biceps, triceps, and shoulders. I like to use free weights for my biceps, I use a free bar and I started out with a 10lb bar and progressed to a 20lb bar and I am currently lifting a 30lb free bar doing bicep curls. I also started out using 10lb dumbbells doing a hammer curl I’ve progressed to 20lbs dumbbells. I do at least 10 to 15 reps once I feel that I don’t strain to much at my 14 rep I add more weight and slowly make my way up to 15 reps. I keep a log for every week to keep track of my progress and looking at it every week I can see the improvement. When I am not in class lifting weights I go to an outside gym about 6 times a week. I do cardio as my first exercise which includes either running for 20 to 30 minutes or doing an optical for about 20 minutes. Then I do some free weight lifting, bicep curls and hammer curls.
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