So this is about weight lifting. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you naturally excel at and what do you struggle with?
What's your BEST weight lifting exercise or body part, and what's your WORST. What do you HATE? Time to bitch about it and time to praise yourself a little!
My favourite part to train is triceps. At one point I was benching 80kg and lifting 60kg on my triceps (seated dumbell). I don't know how that happened but it's always something I've progressed on very easily. However, my best aesthetically pleasing body part is my chest. It's well defined and looks great in shirts!
Worst: biceps. My biceps have never been strong compared to others and progress has always been slow. They're just comparatively weak. Also delts come in a close second. I need to work on them for sure. I'm trying to do more over head work to sort that out, but yeah I have ****ty weak shoulders!
I have a love-hate relationship with squats. I dread doing them because they take such a massive effort, but I get the most satisfaction completing them. "Oh no it's not ****ing squat day again?" is not an uncommon reaction.
Best: squats. And deadlifts cos I'm about half the size of everyone at the uni gym even though I deadlift double what they do!
Worst: the presses. I suck SO DAMN MUCH at the presses it's unbelievable. Even with a perfect diet they just don't move. In fact, upper body lifts in general... deadlifts can go in here as well since I hate how after a PR set of deadlifts, I can't be bothered to do.. well, anything really.
My back is my weakness. My lower back is/was injured and part as a consequence my lats are weak. My traps are fine though and even my lats look pretty decent. I look better from behind than I do from in front. My grip isn't amazing either but it's not too bad.
My strength is my legs, mostly my quads. My legs are probably a bit disproportionately big and I've no idea how that happened. I started with almost no upper body strength and average legs. It's not balanced out yet, maybe it never will but I'm not bothered.
I love to squat and when not broken I think I am good. I'm getting really into front squats too now I feel like I know what I'm doing with them. I enjoy benching even though I'm not particularly good but spotters make it much less fun- I really love floor pressing since it avoids the problem. I love pushups if they count. Since my legs are the heavy bit and my triceps are decent I find them easy
I hate glute ham raises. The machine at my gym is designed for people taller than me so I can't do them quite properly but I also struggle to convince my subconscious I'm not going to hit the floor face first. I hate target arm stuff and shrugs, it bores me. I hate pull ups because I'm so crap at them.
I think my best is my back, its defo the best looking bodypart, and I've always been strong on pulling exercises (however I don't deadlift or BOR anymore). Back when I did deadlifts for the first time, I was doing around 120 and was up to 140ish in no time at all. Pulled 220 in less than a year of training deadlifts and was going to go for a 230 but my back got injured. That was over two years ago, so without that back injury, who knows where my deadlift would be now.
I also enjoy squatting, though I'm not really built for it
Tricep exercises I have been pretty strong at, my CGBP has always been close to my bench. I can do heavy tate press and extensions
Hamstrings are really strong too, prob back from all the squatting days.
Arms are awful because of the length of them, very hard to make them look big though I am working at it
This limb length obviously carries over to bench press and mil press - long arms do not work well for pressing movements.
Annoyed that I have to work around a lot of exercises to stop hurting my back
(Original post by McHumpy92)
Does your back still bother you? And what did you do to it?
Warming up on deadlifts something happened to it,
after seeing countless physios and osteos , diagnosis seems to be that hip keeps knocking out of place - this is what causes pain. It does it every few months or so. When it happens I go and get it put back into place Daily foam rolling and glute work helps a lot but I always forget lol
apparently it'll be like that the rest of my life, but for the past year or so I've stayed away from anything that'll put a lot of pressure on lower back and it hasn't been bad, just tight.
it's actually very common too, osteo said to me that most of his patients who have it are older people who do something simple like step off a kerb wrong lol