How competing against somebody helps with weight lifting

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    May 24, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    This is my n=1 trial.

    My trainer started working out legs with me and another client on weekends (we still pay him, of course). Prior to that I was just doing my routine 12x3 set exercises and seeing rather slow gains. After a couple weeks, I started being able to do more weight, to the point that I've matched my trainer's sitting calf raise (I started out with 35+35, and now I can do 55+55). Of course I'll never beat him on the seated hamstring curl...

    Some time later, my trainer's brother (who's a tall skinny guy) joined us (kinda haphazardly). I started measuring against him and actually beat him (my mode of thinking was "if he does x, I'll do x+5"). Same thing happened today when he joined me in doing chest exercises...I actually did 45's with incline dumbbell presses today (which I've never done before) simply because he did 40's.

    I realize that for tall guys, lifting the same weight actually requires more strength, but hey, it's motivation.

    Anybody have the same experience?
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    May 24, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    What you just described is the exact reason many people get injured from "ego lifting." icon_wink.gif
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    May 24, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    Or I (and my trainer) just didn't push myself hard enough. Haven't gotten injured yet, but I'm still sore from this past Sunday's leg workout (DOMS x2)...icon_redface.gif
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    May 25, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOr I (and my trainer) just didn't push myself hard enough. Haven't gotten injured yet, but I'm still sore from this past Sunday's leg workout (DOMS x2)...icon_redface.gif
    Injuries don't always surface immediately. Sometimes they go unnoticed for a few weeks and gradually build up, then slam you on an "off" day when you least expect it (especially with herniated disks and rotator cuffs).

    That's what happened to me last year.
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    May 25, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    Will back off from whatever really hurts. I think my trainer will probably stop me from anything stupid.
    On the other hand, I just realized that I secretly gloated today when he couldn't do the 45 pound dumbbell presses 12 times (he only did 8 ). That's got to count for something.icon_twisted.gif

    (I hope he's not reading this...he's got a girlfriend)
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    May 25, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
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    q1w2e3 saidOr I (and my trainer) just didn't push myself hard enough. Haven't gotten injured yet, but I'm still sore from this past Sunday's leg workout (DOMS x2)...icon_redface.gif
    Injuries don't always surface immediately. Sometimes they go unnoticed for a few weeks and gradually build up, then slam you on an "off" day when you least expect it (especially with herniated disks and rotator cuffs).

    That's what happened to me last year.

    Agree. Better to record your lifts and compete against yourself, doing better this time than last time. Even here you sometimes don't do better each time and need to know when to push it and when to back off.
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    May 25, 2011 7:02 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidWill back off from whatever really hurts. I think my trainer will probably stop me from anything stupid.
    On the other hand, I just realized that I secretly gloated today when he couldn't do the 45 pound dumbbell presses 12 times (he only did 8 ). That's got to count for something.icon_twisted.gif

    (I hope he's not reading this...he's got a girlfriend)
    First bolded line: You trainer can only stop you from what he is aware of. If you don't tell him the extent of your pain - even small pains - he won't know.

    Second bolded line: What a puss... icon_lol.gif