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I met my goal to do the 30 Day Shred workout by Jillian Michaels fifteen times in November. For my reward, I promised myself 5-pound dumb bells. Here’s how little I know about strength training — I had it in my head that you couldn’t buy 4-pound weights so I would have to jump from 3 to 5. So, I got to Sports Authority and discovered the 4-pound dumb bells sitting right there between the 3-pound and the 5-pound.
Given my great success so far at the cautious and gradual approach (no injuries! knock on wood!), I had to go with the 4-pound dumb bells. But I went ahead and bought the 5-pound ones, too, because it won’t be too long before I’ll be able to use them.
I’ve done one workout at Level 1 and one at Level 2 with the new weights. I have no problem doing all reps of curls and rows, but with presses and raises, I have to go back to 3-pounds for the second set.
How is your exercise going?