Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I should reach 300 lbs. by Christmas

You probably think I am talking about gaining or losing bodyweight, but you would be wrong.

I am talking about setting a new personal best record for bench pressing. As some folks know, I enjoy lifting weights and I have even entered a couple of contests just to test my strength against others in my weight and age group.

Of course, when you reach age 64 and weigh-in at 198 there aren't a lot of old men who enjoy weightlifting, so to win one of these contests I typically only have to beat two or three other crazy old men!

Right now, my best bench press is 290lbs which I can handle pretty consistently. Earlier this spring, I was having difficulty with 225lbs so you can readily see the kinds of improvements that can be brought about through a regular twice-a-week training program geared at increasing strength.

My weightlifting goal is to achieve a 300lb bench press by Christmas.

I am absolutely convinced that weightlifting is a sport for just about anyone at any age, and it is good training for the heart, mind and soul. A good, yet modest weight training program can improve cardio, flexibility, prevent osteoarthritis and a myriad of other problems associated with older Americans.

2 Comments:

Blogger woodysquared said...

Did you reach your goal of 300 pounds by Christmas?

December 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger The Quick Consultant said...

No, unfortunately I did not reach the goal. Read my most recent post on the subject. At least I have something to work towards in 2009.

December 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM  

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