Nobody but you even notices — much less cares — what the number is on your dumbbells, or kettlebells, or medicine ball …
Here’s something I’ve learned, weight training in AbsoluteFIT: “Heavy” is relative.
And not just from person to person — i.e. what you can lift easily, I struggle with — but for the same person, i.e. what you can do with one set of muscles vs. what you can do with another.
Case in point: Today, among the dozen or so exercises we did in Marie’s 9 am boot camp were deadlifts, and a row/reverse-fly combo. I usually deadlift the heaviest kettlebell in the studio — a 62-lb. monster; it’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but I can execute the move with proper form for a decent number of reps or circuit time. Not everybody can do that (yet). And I can row — just straight-up row — 20-lb. dumbbells.
BUT … you add the reverse fly to that row, and even a 10-lb. dumbbell is too much for me to do the move correctly. So instead of worrying that I’m using “light” weights, I just get the heaviest ones I can use correctly; in my case, that’s the 7.5-pounders.
And as you’ll see here, it’s still a challenge:
So basically, you do you — there’s no judgment here. Just make sure the weight you’re holding is the right one for the move you’re about to do, and if it’s too much or not enough, make like me and go get another set. And another. And one more for those squats …
Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast whose AbsoluteFIT journey has resulted in major strength gains, nutrition education, approximately 25 fewer pounds on the scale, and dozens of new workout friends. She can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week — it’s basically her second living room, at this point, but with fewer Legos, Harry Potter wands, and Wimpy Kid books.