When I was at the gym today, I saw a man and a woman next to me who were taking turns bench pressing dumbbells. When the woman’s turn came up, the man would stand behind her and spot her, and I saw that she was pressing 20’s. She seemed like she was struggling a bit, and so the guy was doing what spotters do, and kept his hands near the weights in case she needed his help.
I bring this up because pressing 20lb. dumbbells is light weight for me now. But! It always wasn’t. I remember when I had trouble bringing up the dumbbells (at any weight) in unison and stabilizing my arms enough so as not to hit my hand with the opposite hand’s weight. And just like this woman, lifting the weight at all was a challenge. But now, that’s no longer an issue. Now, I can press 40lb. dumbbells on my own, and 45 pounders with a spotter (not yet confident enough that after a couple reps, I won’t drop the 45’s on myself, lol)
Anyway, some of the points are: Progression is awesome! We all start somewhere. Little by little, a little becomes a lot!
I use the bench press exercise as an example, because it’s one of my favorite exercises (and the one I get the most excited about when I go up in weight on) and it’s also what the woman in this story was doing, but the same goes for every other exercise.