Whether your a novice, intermediate or advanced lifter, we have you covered with just about any dumbbell weight you need right here. If you saw the weightbelts post you might recognize the gentleman to the left. He has been featured in Powerlifting magazines and has in several Powerlifting feature films and has squatted 1,000lbs. several times. That’s my massive friend Scott “Hoss” Cartwright. Google him and see what you come up with. He got cut up and did his first bodybuilding competition not too long ago. He achieved a huge transformation by diet and doing lots of cardio all while having a full time job and taking care of and watching over his family. His kids are very intelligent and great in sports by the way. He is a great friend of mine and I do wish him the best in life…and he loves his mother very much…Sorry man. I just had to mention that.
This gentleman here is family to me. He married a beautiful cousin of mine. He’s originally from Kentucky so he is a Southern gentleman at heart. His family is as solid as he is. Let me introduce you to my In-law Rod Young. Now he tells me that when he first saw me years ago, he wanted to be built like me…Now, I don’t know about that but he has clearly surpassed me in every way in the body department…We met I’m pretty sure in the early 90’s…My goodness. I am old. Old as dirt as my kids would say to me. Anyway, Rod is a full time dad and works full time in a physically demanding career. His only son, his diamond that sparkles in his eyes, who by the way just graduated college last year. I remember him being born…My God. I am very old. Anyway he has competed in several bodybuilding competitions and has had pictorials done on him in the muscle mags. He has recently gotten back into competition shape and I think he will be competing later in the year.
Now the million dollar question. Do you think these guys got in this shape by wishing for it? Or by eating bon-bons in front of the TV every night? Nope!
They got in this shape by dedicating their time and energy in the gym or at a home gym lifting what amounts to tons of heavy weight over and over again. Do you have what it takes to be this dedicated?…Well, I’m waiting…
Anyways, You don’t have to look like these guys to be successful at the gym. Maybe your goal is just to lose a few pounds or even gain some. Or maybe you just want to tighten up a bit of flab.
Or Maybe you just want to be healthier you. Maybe lower your blood pressure, get more definition and energy. Exercise will do that for you. But I bet you knew that already.
As long as you ease into a program using weights and not do what I did which was to lift my very first time and catch the gym bug right away.
Which may be rare nowadays as millennials want everything yesterday. It takes time to sculpt a body with proper nutrition, which I screwed up on big time. In college a food pyramid was a pyramid of empty beer cans, emptied by none other than me.
Ask Scott Cartwright about that….uuummm…maybe you shouldn’t.
Barbell sets & Barbells
Let’s start at the beginning now of basic weightlifting. You have a bar, then you put weight plates at either end then you lift, (deadlifts & squats) press,(bench press), pull, (back & biceps), push, (shoulders & triceps). And there you have it.
Basic moves you can do with a weight bar and some weight plates. We used this tool before specialty machines were made to exercise one body part at a time. Which are fine if you the spare change to pay $2,000-$4,000 per machine for each body part. But now home gyms are being made and sold throughout the world.
And some interesting inexpensive alternatives to those machines are also available. This Gorilla Bow (Videos are in this link) really piques my interest very much. It takes just about any weight lifting apparatus and puts them in one convenient package.
Yup. I just watched the videos and you can indeed use these for effective weightlifting. Easy to pack, very portable and have 350lbs. of resistance if you load up all the bands. Remember the Gorilla Bow. Takes the gym and puts in a small lightweight package….very nice…I just learned something today.
There are many types types of equipment to choose from when working out. Some are small, like grip strengtheners to full out weight machines and squat machines.
This kind of equipment can take up a lot of real estate in your home. But luckily there are smaller options that you can use in a room at your house. Like a basic bench press.
I started out with a basic bench at my house that I grew up in. It had a bar rack on it so I could do a basic bench press with and had an incline so that I could adjust the angle of the bench as to do incline bench press motions.
It was very sturdy bench and my dad bought it for me. It also came with a barbell and dumbbell bars with locking clips at the ends. It also came with 135lbs. of cast iron plates.
As I grew stronger and bigger I bought more cast iron weight plates for my weightlifting set. I placed it in my room and worked for many hours on that set.
My dog would sit and watch me workout until he got bored and then took a nap. I gotta tell you. I learned to concentrate and to be more disciplined working out by myself. This was my drug for many years.
I also bought other accessories for my weight set as well. I will tell you and feature some of those items later.
We didn’t have cell phones in those days so there are very few photos I took of myself. Selfie pics did not exist back in the day. This was a pre-selfie era.
Yeah, I know. We had to chisel on a rock to take a picture…Hardy. Har. Har.