Today is my first day. I am really afraid of lifting too much weight at the start. I think I may start with lighter weights in week one in order to work on my form. Any thoughts? Is this a mistake? Also, I need ideas on how to work out my back muscles without going to the gym... I have dumbbells and a bench. I can do dumbbell rows, but need suggestions for a second back exercise... Push ups?
That is not a mistake! You have a good plan, exacty what I would have suggested. If you can't do it with good form, don't do it. That's how people get hurt ALL the time. I have trouble with the back stuff too because my arms get sore before I feel it in my back muscles. Pushups are good for that.
If you feel like the weight isn't bringing you to a 10 with 12 reps, I just keep doing reps until I hit the 10. It is the best way to go. I tried doing dumbbell curls with 20 lbs half way through and I couldn't do it with my arms totally still at my sides, I used momentum to bring the weight up. It was too much and it messed me up. For the next 2-3 weeks I couldn't even do 15 lbs with good form like before. So if its a burn when you do it slow that's good. If it hurts and you have to do it fast with momentum, that's bad.
Awesome idea on doing higher reps at the start... I'm going to do that, at least for the first week.
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