So I have a small apartment, but I've talked things over with hubby and he would be fine sacrificing one corner of the place to store a set of barbell weights. Now I need to figure out what weight range to get, and where to get a good set for the right price!
I'm relatively strong in that bodyweight exercises are really just too easy for me now, but I'm still definitely a beginner. I research the heck out of techniques using exrx.net and youtube (among other online literature), and have a couple of full-length mirrors to examine my form. What would be a good weight to start with for squats, walking lunges and deadlifts? What about shoulder presses?
I currently do shoulder presses as part of my 30-day shred with 5lb weights in each hand, but that's just way too easy now. If I wanted to lift according to the New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women I'm thinking 20 lbs (10 lbs each hand being a step up from 5 lbs each hand) to start with, but I really have no idea what's a good starting weight for deadlift and squat. At Stumptuous.com she mentions 45lbs as if it were a good starting weight for the deadlift, and I'm thinking I should probably start with 30 for squats and work up from there if I feel like I can handle it as I'm still working on my form a bit (great form from start to knees-parallel-to-the-ground, a little shaky going into the full squat).
My height and weight are up-to-date there on the left. Would 60-70lbs worth of weights be a good starting set, you think? That would be two 25lb plates and two 10lb plates...or should I get six 10lb plates so that I have more control over the range of different weights I can stack? Is that weird?
I'd love to know your thoughts!