These things are harder than they look. I’ve never used so little weight to achieve so few reps as when I do the overhead shrug. Today I moved up from just the Olympic bar (about 40-45lbs in weight) to the Olympic bar plus two little five pound weight plates on each end. It is almost enough to make me laugh when the partial rep, sloppy technique guys in the gym– who feel the compulsion to load the bar with tons of weight (and proper form be damned) and grunt every time they move the bar an inch– stare at me like I am from the planet pansy– population me.
Luckily, no one yet has decided to come over and educate me on how I am not lifting right. BTW, if you’ve been to a gym for more than six months you’ve probably had some well meaning (or possibly conceited) lug nut come over and try to explain to you why you are doing a particular exercise, or even your whole workout, all wrong.
Overall, I raised the poundage in half of the exercises, but performed roughly the same number of sets and reps. I felt good for most of the workout, but I did begin to crash out a bit at the end. The problem. I had trouble falling asleep last night and only got a little less than 5 hours sleep. I will be sure to get plenty of sleep to night as I recover from today’s workout.