Okay guys, I started WBB Routine 1 today and have some questions. Now first I want to say that the deadlifts had me sweating like a pig. They felt very strange since I have never done them before but I felt many of my muscles working hard to complete each rep. Once I was done with the workout I kind of felt like throwing up. I am not sure if it was the weird pre-workout shake I made or the deadlifts though. The bad part about the deads is that my workout partner did not have much faith in them and I had to force him to try them. He is not as fanatical about them as I am. Although I thought, the routine seemed a little short; once I had to put it in action I realized how hard it was. I am super impressed.
Now for my questions. When you guys say how much you deadlift and bench press, do your totals include the weight of the bar? I started my deadlight warm up with 135 pounds (including the bar which I think weighs 45 LBS.). When I finished my two actual sets, I did them with 185 pounds (Including the bar which I assume weighs 45LBS.). Is that a good start? My friend who happens to be 6’1 could not handle the weight so that helped my ego. However, since he is not as passionate about this as I am, I cannot use him as a guide. Was the weight I started with cool for a beginner?