On Monday I went to the gym to lift weights with my lifting buddy, Sharon. She and I lift almost the same weight, so it's really easy to lift together. This week is week one of the schedule we follow. We have a certain weight that is our estimated maximum amount that we could lift. Then over the course of 3 weeks we lift progressively larger percentages of that weight, take a 4th week to de-load (take a break from those particular lifts) then move our numbers up and start over with week one. Sometimes I'm not ready to move up. Like with my overhead press. I haven't moved that number up in the last 3 rounds. But my deadlift numbers have kept going up, and that is pretty exciting to me.
When I first started weight lifting, about a year ago, my max for deadlift was 155 pounds. This week I moved up to 210 pounds, which means I actually did 5 repetitions at 135 lbs., 5 more at 160 lbs., and was then able to do 9 reps at 180 lbs. Next week my final lift will be at 190 lbs. and the week after that will be 200 lbs.
I'm actually going to take a break from this lifting program after these three weeks, but I will keep lifting once a week. I want to keep myself in the habit. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to be able to lift something so heavy and do it without hurting myself. I like feeling strong!