PuroRock327 wrote:If you want to build strength, you have to eat for it.
In order to build the muscle to push heavier weights, you have to feed your body, you will need to increase your calorie intake.
Gradually increase the weight... force your body to adapt with heavier weights and workouts and feed the adaptation with calorie intake.
As for heavier people being stronger... I don't know about that.
I've seen some heavier people who are just naturally strong.
I've seen some who couldn't lift a 45lb plate.
As for the spotter issue... try to use benches and seats to support your workout.
But I promise you that you won't get stronger without a strength training program and the diet to follow. You HAVE to push with heavier weights.
Perhaps use barbells of different sizes (olympic barbells, ez curls, etc), as it's easier to add smaller weights versus dumbells which come in set weights.
It sounds like perhaps you've been working out and have been working out to lose weight and be toned.
All in all aside, I bet you look great.
Rule #1 of working out in a gym:
Don't worry about what anyone else is doing.
There will always be someone stronger and better looking. Keep your head focused on what you need to do.
If you continually compare yourself to others in a jealous manner, you'll always be disappointed. Look for pointers, and judge yourself and others for critique only.
Your route and the route of the other girl are different. Perhaps ask her what her diet is or ask about her routine, then beat her at it!
Boss Man wrote:Some people get effects on their lifting based on height.
Someone small who Bench presses at the same speed or cadence as someone significantly taller, has less time under tension, because their range of motion is smaller, so they should fight gravity less with each repetition.
This can help them lift a bit more when compared to much taller people with similar mass.
Also fat and water retention play their part, as they can determine power to weight ratio as well.
So these are certain things to consider.
Bonnie wrote:Maybe this explains all those people I see lifting so much weight, yet they retain a layer of fat, what for I had no idea.So how does the water & fat aid in the actual process ? Also there is the length of bones, length of muscle, attachment sites, muscle fiber amount, all predetermined genetically.
Puro has a point about the diet & caloric intake, however I'm still a firm believer in quality caloric intake over volume( fillers, junk type food to bump up intake ) I still am only at 1850 calories.As far as a spotter for bench press, someone solved that issue today, use the squat rack with safety bars & a low bench.You DO need to push yourself on the weights BUT heed the body signals, its easy to injure yourself with heavier weights, in the blink of an eye.
Finally don't be jealous of this woman.I say this because I get the same vibe from women ( & some men ) sometimes & what they don't realize is if they asked I'd be more than happy to answer any questions they had.We are all on our own path, with different goals.Sometimes the difference between success & failure is knowledge of how the body works, fuel it needs, adequate sleep, hydration & a huge commitment on your part.Good luck !
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