PBs. Personal Best. It’s a term I’ve seen and heard bandied about throughout the fitness articles and videos I’ve read and seen. It’s a measure of how strong you are, man or woman. A PB is the best you can do. But I’ve never bothered to worry about my own PB as I’ve never lifted or curled heavy enough to warrant me even thinking about it.
I look at all the magazines and articles and read or hear that somebody has hit their “PB” at 150kg for a deadlift or back squat or something; I’m just impatient at heart. But I’ve so far ignored the temptation to just slap the weights up incredibly high.
The most important reason not to is simply that: injury. Putting an extra 100kg onto your barbell without working your way up in small increments is only going to have one thing happen: a trip to A & E. That sudden spike in weight without proper strength will most definitely create a hernia, at the very least injure your lumbar spine (lower back).
That’s why, as much as I’ve been lifting and curling weights, I’ve also been making sure I do elbow planks EVERY day, so that my core is fully built up. I’ve certainly noticed the difference in my midsection, even being able to “suck in my gut”. All exercises lead back to the core, all connected in some way, which makes the core (obliques and abdominis) so bloody important. Not just abs (the six-pack), but the entire core, back and front. This is why I include the planks every day.
“A stronger core means a stronger lift” –Brandon Myles White (Buff Dude).
So, now that I’ve side-tracked nicely, what’s my PB you ask? It’s not a PB as such, but here’s my heaviest up until this week:
Bench Press 30.6kg/67.46lbs
Overhead Press 22.6kg/50lbs
What’s your PB? With weights, times, whatever you’re doing. Comment below and celebrate!