My Ongoing Weight Lifting Numbers

On the last Saturday and Sunday in May, I got into a dispute with owners of The Pit Gym in Dickinson after I updated my December 2017 blog post about their gym, and I wrote a new blog post titled “The Beginning Of The Ruining Of The Pit Gym”.

The gym owners strongly disagreed with what I wrote about their gym, and they shared my new blog post with other people.  As of today, Monday, this blog post has received about 1,200 views.  I believe that the comment numbers are at about 60 comments.  About 25 of these comments are my response.  Of the remaining 35 comments, many of these comments are from the same people.

Altogether, out of the 1,200 blog post views, about 20 people commented.  Though most of the comments were negative and intended to be insulting, there was some exchange of information.  I was told many times that there were women power lifters who would kick my ass in the gym.

I looked up the power lifting women record holders to see what their numbers were.  All of the women power lifting record holders, except one, had a bench press of about 240 lb or less, a squat of about 450 lb, and a dead lift of about 450 lb.

I was kind of interested to see if I could beat these numbers of the women power lifting record holders.  I am 49 years old, and not in very good shape.  I didn’t say that I was weak, I said that I was not in very good shape.

I do not like to do squats and deadlifts because I injured my back very badly in 2011, to where I could not walk for more than about 50 feet and sometimes not at all, for several months.  It took me one year, to regain about 90% of my back functionality.  Here is my back X-Ray from 2011.


Like I said, I do not like to do squat and dead lift exercises.  In 2012, I did a lot of stomach and back strengthening exercises, most often doing sit ups and back raises using a bosu ball.  One year later, at 90% recovered, someone who had broken their back recommended to me that I take the supplement glucosamine with chondroitin, and this supplement helped me to become almost completely recovered.

After recovering from this back injury, and being able to walk again, for a long time I was protective of my back, and I tried to be careful not to lift anything so heavy that I would injure my back again.  Especially not doing squats and deadlifts.

Myself, I was contented to walk 4 to 8 miles, do some leg machine exercises, do some sit ups and stomach crunches, and reverse sit ups, to maintain my leg and back strength.  There was no need for me to do squats or deadlifts, being 49 years old now.

I received so many insults from The Pit Gym owners, their friends who they shared my blog post with, other power lifters, and especially women power lifters, that I will now begin again to see how much weight I can build up to in squat, dead lift, and bench, though I have no interest in power lifting, and think that this is a good way to get injured.

Here is where I am at now:

  • Flat bench press, 270 lb x one rep……………………now 290 lb
  • Incline bench press, 240 lb x one rep………………now 260 lb
  • Seated overhead press, 195 lb x one rep
  • Dumbbell press, two 100 lb x six reps
  • Prone triceps curls, 135 lb x two reps
  • Standing biceps curls, ??
  • Dead lift, 345 lb x one rep
  • Squat, ??

I did not say that this was a lot of weight, I said that this is where I am at now.  I will update this list above, as I make gains.

All I was looking for, before the insults, was to get back to 315 lb bench, 265 lb incline bench, 245 lb overhead press,  120 lb x 6 reps dumbbell press, 165 lb prone triceps curls, 135 lb standing biceps curls, which were what I used to do.

When I dead lifted 345 lb today, I had not dead lifted anything in the past seven years.  It was not difficult, but I could feel that there were parts of my lower back that were not ready for it.  I expect to be able to dead lift 405 lb, in about six weeks, more or less.

4 thoughts on “My Ongoing Weight Lifting Numbers

  1. For a person with beside the biggest complaint about women and children was the fact they took up the squat rack.. ect, maybe you need to think before you become a keyboard warrior


    1. Your injury is unfortunate but does not give you the right to judge others from lifting, I have my children lifting at this gym for the simple fact of the knowledge of the owners, great things start with the youth, and no better place than to learn proper techniques. Oh and Btw they are now all record holders as well as am I so no excuses. They all have the chance of a huge future in this sport! As for myself I am 39 and like the drive to push myself to the best my body allows. So who are you to judge who should or shouldn’t be allowed in a gym!


      1. Doug,

        Your reading comprehension is not very good. I explained at least three separate times in my blog post, that I do not like the distraction of women and children, I do not like having to stop what I am doing and worry about women and children getting too close to where they are going to get hurt, and I do not like women and children fooling around, joking around, and taking up equipment that they do not need, or are not using.

        How could you read this blog post, and your take away is that I am unfairly judging people? Today at the West River Community Center, some kids pulled the fire alarm, the strobe lights and audible alarms went off, and the intercom announced that everyone had to leave the gym immediately. The alarms, strobe lights, and announcement to leave the gym went on for twenty minutes, the police had to come, the fire department had to come, and the gym maintenance people who were off on Memorial Day had to come. So I don’t want to hear about kids being a good thing to have in the gym.


    2. Douglas,

      It looks like your comment is missing a word or two, were you trying to say, “For a person with back problems, whose biggest complaint was women and children taking up the squat rack, maybe you need to think before you become a keyboard warrior.”

      If you have been in The Pit Gym even once, you will know that they only have two squat racks, two bench press benches, and one dead lift platform. If you want to do seated overhead presses, there is no military press rack with a back rest and a high bar rest, you have to place a bench with an adjustable seat/back inside of the squat rack, and move the bar rests to shoulder height.

      If you want to do shoulder shrugs, there is no bar rest or bar rack, other than the two squat racks. You could do shoulder shrugs at the dead lift platform, but you would be doing dead lifts too because there is no bar rest.

      Also, when you are in the gym by yourself,one of the best places to do bench press, is by using the squat rack, and adjusting the safety bars to where the bar is even with your chest, that way, you can perform repetitions to failure, or try to find your maximum weight, without the danger of getting the bar stuck on your chest or neck.


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