This past summer I wrote a post about how I felt fat after seeing some pictures of myself on Facebook. I ended the post by sharing my weightlifting stats at that time. Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my progress by showing how much stronger I’ve gotten over the past 6 months. My weight hasn’t changed much, if any, but I have lost a few inches around my waist & I’ve definitely gained some muscle, as you’ll see in the stats below, so I’m not too worried about the number on the scale anymore. Additionally, my husband & I are planning to start a family later this year so my hope is that the stronger I am & the better shape I’m in before I get pregnant, the easier/healthier the pregnancy & delivery will be. I know it’s not guaranteed, but there is definitely research that shows that women who are in good shape tend to have smoother pregnancies & deliveries, so I’m hoping that will prove true for me.
Anyhow, here are some of my current weightlifting stats with the numbers from 6 months ago listed first.
Chest press: 50 lbs >> 65 lbs
Seated leg press: 135 lbs >> same (I guess I need to do this one more!)
Incline shoulder press: 20 lbs >> 25 lbs
Flies: 60 lbs >> 70 lbs
Hip abduction/adduction: 140 lbs >> 175 lbs
Lying leg curls: 65 lbs >> 70 lbs
Deadlifts: 80-90 lbs >> 110-125 lbs
Bench press: 40-45 lbs >> 65 lbs (I did 80 lbs last week but only 1 rep)
Tricep press: 85 lbs >> 90 lbs
Lat pull down: 70 lbs >> same
Rows: 60 lbs >> same
Glute press: 75 lbs >> 90 lbs
As you can see, I’ve made the most progress on the deadlifts, hip abduction/adduction, & the benchpress, & I am seriously proud of that. As a former band geek who was often picked last in gym class, I still have to remind myself sometimes that I belong in the gym as much as anyone else. But these stats definitely serve to remind me that I’m doing at least a few things right.
Ladies, I’m no professional, but please let me assure you that weightlifting will not cause you to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger as some of you seem to think. That’s just not biologically possible. What it will do is increase your confidence, contribute to an excellent figure, & make it much easier to open jars without having to ask your husband/partner/brother/any other male in the vicinity for assistance. The last is just an added bonus! 😉