I take the 70-pound barbell down from the rack. It’s on the top rack, about shoulder height.
Being a manly man, I do 10 reps, lifting the weight to my waist. I pause to admire my bulging biceps in the mirror. OK, actually to watch my arms twitching uncontrollably.
After a minute, I do 10 more reps. At this point the Grim Reaper is acting as my spotter. I am totally done.
One catch: Returning the barbell to the rack. Being unable to do even one more rep to my waist, how am I supposed to raise the barbell to shoulder height?
Maybe they won’t notice the blob in the corner with a towel over it. Barbells should come with instructions.
For some reason, I can’t imagine why, this post made me curious and I looked up the etymology of “dumbbell”. Apparently in Tudor England church bells minus the clappers were lifted like weights for development of strength, hence “dumb” bells. Don’t know why your blog made me think of that.
I’m just relieved there wasn’t a photo of me next to the definition.