Im being honest... i don't know much about weight lifting. I started in january and I just recently decided to get serious with it. Ive drinking whey protein+milk shakes and creatine. I use a home weight lifting machine labeled "Competitor (WM1505)" that has been with the family since christmas.
I alternate one day of rest and one day of working out because I was told that's what I should do by a friend (he also recommended the shakes and creatine). I chest pressed 100lbs (the whole stack) 16 reps, then 18, then 20 over the period of one week. Today I could only 16 until I couldnt anymore. Am I training too hard? I've heard it is possible to damage your muscles if you train too hard... is that possibly why I cant do as many now? I'm a small guy.. I don't know how that factors in to weight lifting but I'm only 5'5 and I think 135 lbs. Maybe that's as much as my muscles can go?
Sorry for all the silly questions.
thanks a bunch. I cant get a gym membership because I cant drive to a gym. Is there any other way to train chest and abs more (Im ab-crunching the whole stack already, too) other than a gym?
Also, I was wondering if there was a different way to train hamstrings? the excercise that the machine reccomends for hamstrings hurts my knees... it is like a leg press but backwards... forget what its called.
Are you doing any other exersises.... ?
I think you need to dump that machine in the garbage. Then get yourself a sturdy bench a barbell, two dumbells, and an assorment of weights. And you will be much better off.
Just depends on your routine! how much are you doing? are your trashing your chest on the first day or are you just working them a good bit?
well, i go until failure... but afterwards my chest doesnt feel worked out that much. so, i guess im not training hard enough?
lower your reps and do heavier weight. one thing I like to do is start at 10 reps with a decent weight and go up in weight every time till i get to 2 reps with heaviest weight I can do possible. Even if I need help at the end. But I just looked back and the machine you got isnt going to cut it.
get a routine started, ample amount of reps (10, 12), go heavy, eat well.
muscle soreness aka DOMS may happen.