How quickly should strength gains be made?

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  1. Daveee

    Daveee New Member

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    I'll preface this by saying that yes, I know this will vary for each individual... IBjustkeepliftinguntilyougetstronger

    I know, I know...but I'm just curious as to how I should gauge my progress, and I use the term "progress" loosely here

    I haven't lifted weights for a couple of years...just started doing a dumb bell routine loosely based around PurEvil's about three weeks ago. I'm currently using 15lb DBs in order to get my range of motion and correct form down. Yes, I know that 15lb DBs are pathetically light - but I would rather start where I need to start, even if I look like a pussy, so that I know how to do the exercises correctly and don't hurt myself.

    In any case, I am at the point where I have my form down, but 3+ weeks into it I'm still not throwing these 15's around like I would assume I should after nearly a month of lifting 3-4 times weekly. It's not like I'm dying trying to get through a set by any means, but I would assume by now that I should be ready to move on. I just don't feel like it's time to go up to 20's yet (or even just a 17.5 as a half-step up)

    Should I be trying to rack on more weight every week? Every two weeks? Every month? Somebody please let me know what the deal is here. Once again, YES I'm a newbie, and YES I have searched, both here and on google, and have found many answers. I'm just looking to hear from many people that I can actually bounce questions off of on this forum, rather than static text on a website somewhere.

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your maturity and any help received.
     
  2. GTLifter

    GTLifter Banned

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    you want to get stronger? start using heavier weight.
     
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  4. J

    J Active Member

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    I really hope you're female
     
  5. smb is me

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    I think he's lost
     
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    But to give you a real answer:

    After a year and half off, i was going up 10-20lbs on bench press every week just about while keeping reps and weight the same. this was on flat bench, basicallly until i got back up to where i was previously. Then the gains started coming a little slower, but thats to be expected. then my maxes went down as i've embarked on lots of cardio and trying to cut.

    Go up to 20s, NOW. Seriously, 15s? Unless you are a girl, or pre-teen you can do more.
     
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    LBSOHK do ya ?

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    you're benching 15lb DB ?
     
  9. 4cd-Air

    4cd-Air Rape seemed like the next logical step

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    umm hey is this curves am I in the right place?


    could be an ae, third member named dave (daveeeee)
     
  10. MaineSucks

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    you weigh 195lbs and you're using 15lb dumbells? dude...
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    wtfff
     
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    grab some damn 30's and start there........and if you can do six with proper form, up the weight, fuck im curling 45's with proper form and im only 4 months in so there is no reason why someone that weighs what you do should be doing any less on press
     
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    fuck and i thought i was weak
     
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    It seems if I concentrate on a certain exercise I wont make any progress on it, but then if I stop doing it for a while and do another exercise then go back to the previous exercise I can lift more. Guess it's just variety or somethin...
     
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    Yeah guys.. just hate on him - that helps. Everyone has to start somewhere.

    I remember getting pinned by the bar when I first tried to bench. My friend actually had to lift the bar off my chest. But I've stuck with it and progressed. Isn't lifting all about the journey and making progress and being happy with your own acheivements?

    To answer the question, yes your form matters, but don't be afraid to up the weight. Your body will be forced to adapt and that's how you get stronger. If you just keep using the same weight, there's no stress and no adaptation - which equals no strength gains.
     
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    :hsugh: no, I'm doing things like flys and lateral raises with 15s...
     
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    THE mister juice jfk→sea

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    every week, use a bar, not dbs


    use 5x5 if you're looking to gain strength
     
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    You shouldn't expect huge strength increases for flys and lateral raises... you should work hard on bench, squat, deadlift, military press, rows, pullups, etc, and expect your strength go to up for those lifts. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't do lateral raises and flys, it just means worry more about the big lifts.
     
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    is that a quote from your blog?
     
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    Werd.
     
  21. Daveee

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    Okay, fair enough...

    bottom line is that my core is fucking WEAK, and with a weak core I can't expect to accomplish much else in terms of lifting goals, right? That's why I've been focusing lately on crunches/situps/pushups/pull-ups/dips...and then the stuff like flys and laterals. If I tried to do a DB fly with a 25 I would probably rip my arms from their sockets. I'm weak as SHIT right now.
     
  22. 4cd-Air

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    what is your core?
     
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    I started benching 15lb DBs two weeks ago now i'm up to 70lb DBs.
     
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    dude in all seriousness, someone already posted this up the weight to 30s and so what if you can only do 4-5 with proper form in due time, 4-5 will turn to 6-8 then 8-10 once you hit 8-10 move up to 40lbers and repeat process and eat like a motherfuck.
     
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