Originally Posted by handcycle2005
Don't worry about tensing the muscles, just lift (real) slow until failure. It won't be as good as lifting the 55 but better than nothing.
High reps work endurance, not strength.
What is the gym equipped with?? I could probably suggest alternate exercises to do with what appears to be limited equipment .
It's a ladies gym and is average in equipment.
They have a the cable machines such as seated row, push down, lat machine.
They have the deadlift unit and the obligatory circuit machines which include pec, preacher curl, chest press, shoulder press, seated row.
They did bring me a 45lb plate that has a handle incorporated so I am getting up there.
Thanks for doing this for me.