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    Counting weights when lifting?

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    Hey, quick question about totaling how much weight I'm lifting. Let's say I'm doing squats and I'm racking plates on an oly bar. Do I count the oly bar's weight in the total or just the combined weights of the plates? For example, people say things like "I bench 190"-does that mean 190 including the bar, or 190 counting plates alone?
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    Include the bar. The end.

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    Yeah, count the bar... And if you remember certain "break points" it'll help you glance at the bar to see how much you have: i.e., bar + 25's on each side = 90, bar + 35's = 115, bar + 45's = 135, and bar + (2) 45's on each side = 225. Those are the weights that I remember the most so that as I'm changing weights frequently during warm up I can move more quickly...

    Somewhat tangental, but eh.

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    General rule: bar + (n)45's on each side = 45(1 + 2n) lbs.
    Proof: Let bar=45lbs. The first case is n=0, for which bar + (0)45's on each side=45(1+2(0))=45lbs.
    I claim, that if bar + (n)45's on each side=45(1 + 2n)lbs for some natural numbered n (n=0,1,2,.....,9999,...)
    then bar+(n+1)45's on each side=45(1+2(n+1))lbs.
    This is true, since if bar + (n)45's on each side=45(1+2n)lbs then adding 1 more 45 on each side will add 90 lbs, or
    bar +(n+1)45's on each side=45(1+2n)+90=45(1+2n)+45(2)=45(1+2n+2)=45(1+2( n+1))lbs.
    Since the general rule is true for n=0, and since if it is true for some number, it is true for the next number, it follows that it is true for all numbers n=0,1,2,.........

    So when I add 22 45's on each side for my seated military press, it's
    bar + (22)45's on each side= 45(1+2(22))=45(45)=45^2=2025 lbs.

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    I think functional exercises and functional fitness are the two latest buzzwords that have taken the world of health conscious people by storm.
    You can add 22 45's on each side for my seated military press, it's bar + (22)45's on each side= 45(1+2(22))=45(45)=45^2=2025 lbs.

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    Jeez, that thing weighs 20kg - I'll be damned sure I'm counting it! :-)

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    I'd like to see someone do a seated military press with 2025lbs. That would be quite a feat. That has to be a spammer.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Hey, you can even add the weight of your clamps to the total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I'd like to see someone do a seated military press with 2025lbs. That would be quite a feat. That has to be a spammer.
    I proved by mathematical induction that I could.

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