I am wondering if the common thing to do when recording your lifts is to include, or exclude the weight of the bad. Personally, I have always excluded the weight of the bar since it remains constant.
So in your signatures, do you include the bar or not?
the bar is weight! include it
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Hell man, I even include the clips if I remember to (at 1lb apiece).
As the owner of my old gym used to put it: "Hell, you're lifting it, ain'tcha?"
yeah enclude it all. my high school weights teacher told us to count the clips as 2.5lbs to round the "bar" weight to 50lbs. LOL
Yeah I never count the clips but the bar is 45lbs, which for somepeople is a big chunk of the lift.
Well it looks like there is an agreement, include the bar. Thanks for the replies, happy lifting!
inclduing everything as if you go to a new gym with a different weight bar, your have to know what you lift.
my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.
Sometimes, though, I use machines, and I'm not sure how much a "zero weight" lift would be. For example, the seated calf-raise: the apparatus has to weigh something. But all I record in my journal is how much weight I put on. Ditto for the leg sled. But for curls, I know the bars weigh 45 and 25 pounds, so I add that amount to my journal. Ditto for bench (though lately I've been doing db presses for a while).
(And just to be faceitous, shouldn't we include gloves or straps if we use them? We're lifting that, too. )
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theres a balance, however to weighted machines
but in all honesty, lbs mean nothing on those machines...they're all completely different
if i do cable crossovers...i write it down as 10 reps at 6...not 60. That 6 is most likely not the same 6 on another machine.
I always wondered how much those clips weight, thats why I use the smaller spring loaded ones, because they are so light they barely count.Originally Posted by DenimDemon
*Cough* maybe we should include the amount of weight in our arms for arm exercises too huh? Good luck weighing that one though lol.
BTW I'm just kidding.
The light spring ones are supposed to weigh 1lb each. The larger circular ones that you clamp on weigh about a kg each I think- I just round them to 2.5lb, because who the hell uses kilograms anyway? (get it? )Originally Posted by Node
Ye just to add a standard olympic size bar is 45 lbs. Its also the most common. I have a 25 lb one though in my basement cause they are much cheaper, but the grip is much smaller.