Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pullups, dips, bench press and bicep curls

I found some motivation to go to the gym and do some bodyweight and strength exercises.  I started off on the dips and pullups since those are the hardest for me.  I managed 3 good dips with full extension and then two not so good dips.  I still can't do a pullup to save my life so I did ten negative pullups - putting a step under the bar and jumping up to get my chin to the bar and slowly coming down. I then did some dumbbell bench presses - 3 sets of 10 with progressively higher weights of 20, 25 and 30 lb dumbbells.  Maybe not so surprising, I found that in the dumbbell bench press, my left arm is slightly weaker than my right arm, this was most telling when I tried pressing the 30 lb dumbbells.  After about 5 reps, it took all my focus to get my left arm to get the dumbbell up but my right arm was acting like it was a piece of cake!  I definitely need to do dumbbells at least once a week to work on my weaker left side (true even for my legs also, my right leg is stronger than my left leg).  For extra credit, I did 10 bicep curls with the 20lb dumbbells.

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