How I Lifted One Million Pounds

November 10, 2007 · 6 comments

I passed the 1,000,000 pound mark in my strength training program today.  On August 13th, a couple of weeks into my weight loss program, I started the strength training portion of my plan.  I started light, lifting a total of 6,750 pounds over 4 exercises.  I’m now up to 22,110 or 24,075 pounds lifted in a day depending on if it is my upper day or my lower day.  Today’s workout pushed my total lifted weight to 1,010,430 pounds.  Over 500 tons.

What, you thought I lifted it all at once?  There I go with the misleading headlines again!

I’ve documented the details of my strength training plan here.  Of course the secret to lifting one million pounds is longevity - over time it adds up, particularly if you slowly bump the weights up and stick to the plan.  This week I lifted every day and my max for the week is now 135,495 pounds, meaning if I was able to stick to the plan every day it would take less than 8 weeks to get another million in.

Keep in mind I’ve never been very strong, and these weights, while having been increased, are still pretty light.  Guys like Israel or John probably lift this much in a week.  But it’s a big milestone for me.

One million pounds.

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John November 10, 2007 at 9:11 am

Do you do the math after each workout, or do you have a computer program for that?

john - from fat to fit November 10, 2007 at 10:00 am

I use an Excel sheet to track everything, including marking what weights I’m going to increase for the next session. It has the formulas for doing the multipliers correctly to give me total weight, then I have a column where I summarize each week. It’s nothing fancy but it is allowing me to easily track my progress.

Israel November 10, 2007 at 1:13 pm

I have never tallied up my numbers like this, I may give it a try after todays workout though. Should be interesting.

Your Darn sneaky eye grabbing title got me! Your becoming a natural marketing guru.

diana the scale junkie November 11, 2007 at 5:02 pm

WOW!! Great week!

Steve November 13, 2007 at 11:19 pm

I keep track of my miles in the same way. At one point I had a goal of going coast to coast (ala Forrest Gump) but in Canada. On the treadmill of course.

I don’t know why I stopped that. Might be a good time to start it up again.

A million pounds is great, do you have a goal for the year?

john - from fat to fit November 14, 2007 at 7:44 am

I use Excel for the cardio as well (which I then transcribe to my cardio page on here. I like the idea of turning those miles into something real, though I don’t see myself going coast to coast!

No goal at this point other than to just continue to lift and increase the weights.

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