Ya know what? I’ve just noticed that I’ve been calculating the number of weights on the barbell wrong in my log book. I just go by the number of weights of what I put on the bar. I don’t include the weight of the bar itself. For example, since I wrote down that my personal record for deadlift is 220 lbs, that’s excluding the weight on the bar. I forgot to count the bar weight with that which a barbell weighs 45 lbs. So technically my personal record for deadlift right now is 265 lbs. Since I calculated my personal record on bench as 110 lbs excluding the bar, including the bar my real personal record on bench would be 155 lbs. Since I calculated my personal record on barbell squats for 70 lbs. excluding the bar, with the bar it comes up with a total of 115 lbs.
So I found out that my actual personal records for these workouts are:
Deadlift = 265 lbs.
Bench = 155 lbs.
Squats = 115 lbs.
Yep, the bar weight counts in all barbell lifts. After all this time I’ve been calculating my weights in my log book wrong ’cause I excluded the bar weight so from this point forward, I will include the bar weight from now on.
This is actually a good thing that I made this mistake ’cause it made me realize that I can actually lift more than I thought. 265 lbs. for deadlift, that’s getting close up to 300 lbs. For bench and squats, I’m making my way up 200 lbs. but getting there.
Would I stick with these new numbers as my personal records for Powerlifting Meet at the Wilton Branch Y tomorrow? Probably, yes but I’m going to try to lift 5 lbs. heavier on all of them during warm-up to see if I got it. We’ll see. I’m going to try to hit 270 lbs. on deadlift to see if I got that.
Before the meet, I’m going to try to figure out my numbers ’cause I don’t want to fail any lifts. I want ALL of my lifts to hit three white lights. Not sure how different they do their powerlifting meet at the Wilton Branch Y but I’ll find out tomorrow. It’s gonna be a fun time and can’t wait.