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starting strength -no training partner?

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  • 07-03-2011 8:04pm
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    How can I do starting strength without a training partner, Its a must when doing bench press I feel and how many sets should I rest in between sets and if im too heavy to do even 1 pull up are there any substitutes?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭mrpink6789


    Hey,

    You dont need a training partner. You can get a spotter for bench once it gets very heavy and you worry about the bar dropping on you.

    Are you only starting off? If so you have a long time before you even have to worry about it. I have been doing it for about 9 months and I am nowhere near needing a spotter.

    In terms of pulls ups I used to not be able to do any, once I got stronger and the body weight dropped I can gradulaly do more, only max about 8 mind you! Try negative pull ups to get started, jump up and try and lower yourself down as slowly as possible.

    In terms of rest, if you are starting off maybe 30 seconds between sets. As the weight gets heavier whatever you need to make sure you complete all the reps. I take 3 minutes in between sets for squats and OH press.

    Best of luck!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,921 ✭✭✭Remmy


    mrpink6789 wrote: »
    Hey,

    You dont need a training partner. You can get a spotter for bench once it gets very heavy and you worry about the bar dropping on you.

    Are you only starting off? If so you have a long time before you even have to worry about it. I have been doing it for about 9 months and I am nowhere near needing a spotter.

    In terms of pulls ups I used to not be able to do any, once I got stronger and the body weight dropped I can gradulaly do more, only max about 8 mind you! Try negative pull ups to get started, jump up and try and lower yourself down as slowly as possible.

    In terms of rest, if you are starting off maybe 30 seconds between sets. As the weight gets heavier whatever you need to make sure you complete all the reps. I take 3 minutes in between sets for squats and OH press.

    Best of luck!

    He should be talking waay longer than 30 seceonds rest between sets.


  • Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭mrpink6789


    Remmy wrote: »
    He should be talking waay longer than 30 seceonds rest between sets.

    I can only speak from experience, when I was squatting, benching and pressing the bar I took 30 seconds between sets. As things got tougher that increased to 45 seconds, a minute and so on.

    Each to their own I suppose!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,921 ✭✭✭Remmy


    mrpink6789 wrote: »
    I can only speak from experience, when I was squatting, benching and pressing the bar I took 30 seconds between sets. As things got tougher that increased to 45 seconds, a minute and so on.

    Each to their own I suppose!

    Yeah fair enough everyones different.Im the total opposite.I need a good 2 mins in between sets to make sure to make sure im not going into fatigued.:rolleyes:


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 21,981 ✭✭✭✭Hanley


    Remmy wrote: »
    Yeah fair enough everyones different.Im the total opposite.I need a good 2 mins in between sets to make sure to make sure im not going into fatigued.:rolleyes:

    :rolleyes: Your level of fatigue and length of time between sets is going to be directly proportional to your level of experience. A dude lifting the bar is gonna need f*ck all recovery time.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,166 ✭✭✭✭Sangre


    According to his log, Mrpink is squatting 140kg 5x5 - even 1 minute seems like f-all!!

    But as Hanley said, your rest period depends on the experience of lifter, along with the weight and the intensity of particular lift. As a rule of thumb, just lift when you feel able to. Be honest with yourself though, don't take unnecessarily long breaks.

    In relation to the spotter, just ask anyone near by. No one minds! As you lift more you'll become better at judging your fatigue so you can anticipate when you'll fail. As you lift more, this means you'll only need a spotter for top sets or every other work out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,304 ✭✭✭✭Mellor


    How can I do starting strength without a training partner, Its a must when doing bench press I feel and how many sets should I rest in between sets and if im too heavy to do even 1 pull up are there any substitutes?
    You won't need a spotter for ages.

    Even when you do need one there are alternatives. i never have a spotter.
    you can bench in a cage with pins, although make sure that it isn't the only one availible.
    There are two flat benches in my gym, both have multiple hooks for holding the bar, if I don't get a rep out I just re-rack on a lower hook. Bottom hook, which is right above chest

    Sangre wrote: »
    According to his log, Mrpink is squatting 140kg 5x5 - even 1 minute seems like f-all!!
    He said short times starting off.
    mrpink6789 wrote: »

    As the weight gets heavier whatever you need to make sure you complete all the reps. I take 3 minutes in between sets for squats and OH press.


  • Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭mrpink6789


    Sangre wrote: »
    According to his log, Mrpink is squatting 140kg 5x5 - even 1 minute seems like f-all!!

    But as Hanley said, your rest period depends on the experience of lifter, along with the weight and the intensity of particular lift. As a rule of thumb, just lift when you feel able to. Be honest with yourself though, don't take unnecessarily long breaks.

    In relation to the spotter, just ask anyone near by. No one minds! As you lift more you'll become better at judging your fatigue so you can anticipate when you'll fail. As you lift more, this means you'll only need a spotter for top sets or every other work out.

    And if you read my post above you would have noticed I said I take 3 minutes rest between squat sets.... ;)

    Edit: just noticed Mellor covered that off for me!


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