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Newbie questions about bar weight

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Blerg Mon 29-Jan-18 19:18:54


Actually not quite a newbie but returning to weights. I’m doing StrongLifts 5x5 because it seems doable and not lots of twiddly bits.

I did my first one today and tried, and failed, to follow the app recommendations on bench press. I managed to do 10kg on bench press instead of 20kg, but the bar was flipping heavy. How do I factor that in? Is that just disregarded and / or bars in lifting stations a standard weight? I’ve not lifted this heavy really before and was pleased I could do most of it.

abitwrong123 Mon 29-Jan-18 19:22:16

Standard bar is 20kg, most gyms will also have a lighter 15kg bar too.

So if I am reading your post correctly you added 10kg to the bar, so lifted 30kg?

Start off literally with the empty bar if you're struggling and get used to the feel of the bar. I always warm up with 10 reps on an empty bar and then add weight.

Blerg Mon 29-Jan-18 19:37:49

Thank you. I did the warm up with the empty bar, yes. I think added 10, so I guessed the total was 30kg.

I didn't see a lighter bar and went around feeling some. They had those pre-loaded ones but they wouldn't work with the rack thing due to lenght.

Blerg Mon 29-Jan-18 19:38:47

So - does that mean I bench pressed 30kg or 10kg - as an 'official total'? I want to know where I stand as a starting point.

MsMartini Tue 30-Jan-18 13:26:17

You pressed 30kg smile

Blerg Tue 30-Jan-18 16:23:07

YAY! Pleased. I can lift my children up today mind 😄

Blerg Tue 30-Jan-18 16:23:26


MsMartini Tue 30-Jan-18 16:56:56

That's normal too smile. Well done!

MsMartini Tue 30-Jan-18 16:57:55

There is an ongoing weightlifting thread in main exercise section, by the way, lots of very knowledgeable and enthusiastic people.

Strongbeatsskinny Thu 01-Feb-18 16:43:10

Did you put 10kg plates both sides or two 5kg plates?

Blerg Sat 03-Feb-18 10:56:11

Thanks MsMartini I have been reading through it and will join. I have questions.

Strong 2 x 5kg plates.

Strongbeatsskinny Sun 04-Feb-18 22:58:54

If it was an Olympic bar it weighs 20kg so you lifted 30kg if the bar was a 20kg or you lifted 25kg if it was the 15kg bar

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