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Dumbbell Upgrade, Muscle Failure + Arm & Upper Body Workout

This week I had a triumph! 

After a week of being on a 10 pound dumbbell, I finally upgraded to 15 pounds! This may not seem like much, but for me, this is such a big triumph! I was able to do 4 sets of 10 bicep curls before I experienced muscle failure in my right arm. 

If you are new to weight training and working out like I am, here is the knitty gritty of muscle failure.

So what is muscle failure?


  • Muscle failure during weight training is repeating an exercise over and over until the point of repetition fails due to inadequate muscle strength. Basically in a nut shell, you're just repeating it over and over again until you can't do it anymore.

My right arm is still pretty weak, but I'm seeing a lot of improvement in my upper body strength. I also moved up in the tension / weight when I do face pulls as well, so I'm seeing a lot of positive gains as far as my arms and upper body is concerned. I also bumped up the reps I do for sets for close grip bench presses. Instead of doing 10 I moved up to 12. 

Right now my exercises that I'm doing for my arms and upper body are:

  • Face Pulls
  • Bicep Curl
  • Triceps Push-down
  • Seated Triceps Extension 
  • Kneeling Triceps Extension 
  • Close Grip Bench Press
  • Forearm Grip 
Yes, this is very basic since I'm just starting out but, I try to do 4 to 8 sets of 10 for of each of these. 

Today, we are going to be dead lifting so I'm really excited to see if I go up in weight. Last week, I was dead lifting around 90 pounds, which for my first time I was super proud of myself.

However, I still need to work on keeping my butt low and my spine in alignment when I dead lift. I tend to want to keep my head up / extended during my workouts (I noticed that I do this even when I'm massaging too). So I'm defiantly trying to be more self aware of this and focus harder to get myself out of this bad habit.  So that's something I'm going to be working and focusing on to correct this week.

Happy Friday ya'll!


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