First off, you should go to Mark Rippetoe’s training on barbell workouts. Guy is just a genius.
You know, it’s amazing to me what YouTube has brought forward. I mean, here’s a guy, Mark Rippetoe, a true professional in Texas, and yet because of YouTube I can watch his videos and learn..for free.
Now, I did buy his book, Starting Strength too because I want to support they guy. But think about what you’d have to do BEFORE YouTube….the only education you’d get was from the library.
Nothing wrong with that of course, but man oh man, I’m a visual learner. It’s just the way my brain processes stuff. I can learn probably ten times faster from watching a video as opposed to reading a manual or book.
Anyway, so check out ole Mark. A lot of his stuff can be found here too: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRMqL3hLrIYhxNCac4vR3w
Okay, so what we’re doing here is basically three exercises in one, overhead press, deadlift and squat.
You can do a lot more weight on any of those exercises individually but it’s the combination that kills you here.
Trust me when I say this, your heart beat will accelerate 30% or more simply from this exercise.
And that’s good. You want your heart pumping. It’s good for you and best of all, it feels good too! Especially when you’re done with the exercise. When you’re in the midst of 5 sets of 5 reps and you see that damn bar staring at you, challenging to do 2 more sets, man, that’s painful.
But when you knock it out and show the bar who’s boss, you are in charge and it’s a great, great feeling.
I warm up with no weight, just an empty bar. Then add 10 lb plates, 25 pound plates, 35 pound plates etc. Until I get to where I struggle to get those last 2 reps in the last 2 sets.
Here it’s 135. Next time, I’ll add 5 pound plates to each side and try to see how many sets of 5 I can get. Once I get the 5 sets of 5 reps, with just a bit of struggle, I’ll add another 10 pounds.