Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Bench...

Truth be told I have never really had a strong upper body. Growing up my legs were always extremely strong but I could never do a pull up or a real push up or even climb a rope. I remember in high school during weight lifting class and football conditioning I always put up great numbers when it came to the leg press, squats, and deadlifts but I would always hate when it was time for the bench press. I was always embarrassed of how low my max was.

Honestly until today it still bothers me but now its different. I now realize that one of the greatest things about lifting weights is that you set your own limits. If you got a goal you gotta work hard, you gotta bust your ass for it. The weight room isn't going to just GIVE you anything, you gotta take it. You gotta push yourself beyond what feels comfortable, beyond what feels good, and beyond what you think you can do. Thats the only way you will move forward in the weight room.



The more I lift the more I fall in love with it. I have made a lot of progress with my lifting but the bench press is still something that taunts me. I have always wanted to be able to bench 225 lbs for at least 1 rep. When I first started lifting seriously in 2010 I was barely able to bench press 115 lbs for 10 reps. Since then I have gotten stronger and I am currently lifting 160 lbs for 5 sets of 10 reps. To me thats great progress but I still have my eye on 225 lbs.

Every week I load up the bar up with four 45 lbs plates, I lay down on the bench, wrap my hands around the bar and slowly lifting it off the rack and hold it above my chest. In the few seconds I hold it above my chest I imagine myself slowly lowering it to my chest and exploding back up. Even though I know I am not ready the other night I was tempted to go for it to see how far I got but it was 1 am and the gym was empty with no potential spotters around and I came to the conclusion it wasn't the best idea!

I know its coming soon!  I just gotta be patient and keep pushing myself beyond any limits I can imagine...



4 comments:

Jen Comas Keck said...

You will get it! I have faith in you!
Drive your feet into the floor, squeeze your glutes and blow that bar back up!

Mike said...

Its funny you write this, I am the opposite. I have (stronger legs than most cause of the weight I carry around) but I could never do the crazy leg presses and squats (yey two knee surgeries before the age of 15) but I have always had strong upper body.

I guess what I decided I couldn't do with my legs I would do with my arms and chest. I guess the saying still stands strong, "the grass is always greener ..." right?

Jeremy Logsdon said...

Oh, I am right there with you. Squats were always impressive; my bench was (and still is) pretty pitiful. However, I can at least take solace in knowing I am stronger now than I was at seventeen, which is saying something.

I look forward to reading about the day you pound out that 225. :)

kristen said...

i have no words. no words besides: yes.