Quote (smoked @ Sat - Mar 6 2010 - 16:24:32)
leg machines are pretty lol, the leg press pic i posted in my topic only goes to 505, i know this because thats what i did for like 40 reps to try and get tired
yeah i hate leg machines and even the leg presses that go to 1200 pounds at the gyms i've been to still feel like maybe 500 pounds of raw weight. there's a manual press that's pretty sweet at the gym but the fekking bar is too short so you can't get over like 600 pounds on it. i'd rather get into squats but i was doing a plyo workout and some fast running on the same day so i didn't want to mess up my legs too much (mostly the explosive stuff is what got me sore anyway). i'll probably start off with sets of something like 300-325 LBS for reps on squats when i get back into them since i'm already pretty strong but i'll need to ease back into it before going for heavier loads into the 400s (which would be epically stupid to try before making sure the mid-300s still feel okay). so maybe i should shoot to start at 275-300 again even if it's a steep cut back from a few yrs ago, since it's not a few years ago nao.
at some point i'd like to do jump squats with relatively heavy weight, but i don't think i've ever gotten off the ground comfortably with over a 180 pound load (including the bar), even when i was going hard at it for rugby. it feels really really iffy to go heavy with those so i'd probably start the jump squats with 35s or 45s (1 per side) and play it from there.
this is why i need to slow into things; otherwise i end up going too heavy too fast because i love lifting heavy weights.
btw started bench pressing again doing sets of 180 LBS, moved up to 200 LBS @ free weight bench @ home in same starter workout. it felt pretty good so i'll start with 200 or 210 next time and chop at them from there because going up to 225 will take at least a few weeks if not a month+.
good news is i feel relatively strong for starting out again. i was expecting less tbh.