Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Wednesday will be squats, 3x5x115, overhead press 3x5x67.5, deadlifts 2x3x145 either before or after Coralette's class. Thursday off.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Back to training: Today will be squats 4x4x115, Bench press 5x3x77.5, then... I don't know. It should be power-clean day but I've become off-schedule with them and have read so much conflicting information on doing them correctly that now I'm more confused about them then ever. That said, my other choice is deadlifts and my lower back doesn't feel normal yet. This could be from the raised weight on squats Saturday as well as Romanian deadlifts. Deadlifts are pissing me off anyway, I keep seeing women pull higher weights then me who have been lifting the same amount of time and it is frustrating. I need to generate more income so i can afford two gyms, bet there are some Oly lifters at the real gym I talked about in an earlier blog.
I sent the owner an email asking about meets in the area, so when he gets back to me I'll see if we can work something out for 'drop-in' sessions. Now I have a couple of hours to go before the gym will hopefully be not too crowded to lift.
Squats and bench were successfully completed, and I did 4x4x77.5 on standard bench presses. Next bench session will be 80 lbs. I think I just didn't know how to bench and switching to dumbbells helped me get the motion down. Squats were okay at 4x4x115. The new rep scheme has really been helpful in preventing stalls so far. No pull tonight, on the bright side my lower back feels normal again, so I will pull tomorrow night after Spin.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Monday squats will be 4x4x115, bench press 3x5x77.5, power cleans 5x3x 80. Those are the goals. If I get up early or can't sleep again I will take the 6am Spin too. I'm taking my little niece sometime this week so flexibility will be important, thus i better lift while I can.
Also, my Tamara Cohen t-shirt from Wild Gorilla Man arrived. The size chart on the site had me concerned so i ordered an xl, but the shirts have a nice generous cut and drape. A large would have been fine. The fabric is so nice I think I'll wear the shirt out and about rather then to work out in. Let's see how my image mojo is....
Monday, July 18, 2011
One thing I have noticed, is no matter what slop my form check is, there is always some goof doing some odd exercise in the background.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Later, I called my sister and mentioned that we all may have body image issues. Her response was, "Well we need to lose weight!" We are pretty much the same size, 10-12 US. The truth is, we don't need to lose weight. Both of us can walk into any store that caters to adult women and find clothes that fit. They may pull across the bust in my case, or gap in the waist in hers, but it isn't a matter of everything being too small. We fit comfortably in airplane, roller-coaster and ski-lift seats. Men find us attractive and ask us out. We could probably live another 40 years this size in good health.
Her need is actually a desire. I think it stems from being little girls in the 70s, when there were only three TV stations. Images of Chrissy Snow and Charlie's Angels are burned in our psyches as the right way an adult woman looks. I don't know how to fix this. I know that when I'm struggling to keep good form with a heavy weight that that is the only thing on my mind, and I like it.
Good lifting day, squats were good at 5x3x110 (finally!)then back off sets 1x5x105, 1x5x95, bench press 3x5x75, I will switch the rep scheme to 5x3 next time at 80. Deadlifts 1x3x135, 1x3x145. I did a couple of sets of overhead press and bicep curls with the bar to finish off. So for Monday, squats 4x4x110, overhead press 5x3xwhatever I can, power cleans 5x3x65.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Having read tons of nutrition info on various weightlifting sites, the need to get lots of protein has been pounded into my brain. I aim for 100-150 grams and often fall a little short of that. I have never been a dieter, so when low-carb proponents enthusiastically discuss the thrill of being able to eat steak and bacon, it's like, okay whoop-de-doo. But I am trying to give it a shot.
Earlier today I picked up some lean steaks and portabella mushrooms, which I made for lunch today. I sauteed them in olive oil and finished off with red pepper flakes and sea salt. It just wasn't that great. A baked potato, steak frites, or piece of crusty buttery garlic bread would have complemented the meal perfectly, but of course that is not recommended. That meal was a lot less enjoyable then working out! The protein thing isn't always a depressing failure, last night I had a sauteed chicken breast and the man made a big yummy mixed greens salad, so that was good. Oh well, every meal can't be great. Maybe shoes will cheer me up.
The 6am Spin class today was fun. Tomorrow the plan is squats, work up to 5x3x110 (pr) back-off set 1x5x105, 1x5x95. Bench press on the standard bench, 3x5x80, if that doesn't work I'll do 3x5x77.5. Then deadlifts 1x5x135, 1x5x145 really working form. If it deteriorates I'll adjust the number of repititions at the time. I'll try to get form video too.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Maybe Karma was getting me because overhead presses sucked ass. I ended up struggling to do 5x3x65 instead of the 3x5x65 planned. 2x5x95 Romanian deadlifts, 2x8x45 overhead presses, yes just the bar, and 2x10xbar bicep curls. After that I took Coralette's combo class which is much harder after lifting and dragged ass home.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Squats, 1x10xair, 1x8xbar, 1x3x55, 1x3x65, 1x3x75, 1x3x85, 1x3x95, 1x3x105. I waited for a crappy Mariah Carey song to end, then did 4x4x107.5, 2x5x105. These squat sets were good, totally video worthy, I kept form and concentrated on each rep, no flopping. Being Monday it was too busy to film but I am proud of those squats none the less. Next heavy squat session will be 3x5x107.5 and soon- the bigger plates! Rippetoe dislikes 35 lb plates but I can't wait to put those on the bar.
Overhead press , 1x5xbar, 1x5x55, 3x4x65, the fourth rep was a fight each time. All of the standard benches were taken so onto dumbbell bench press and one-handed. I worked up to 30lbs, 3x5x30, regular and then one-handed. By now i was so done so no pull tonight. After running around doing a couple of errands home and eat.
Thought of the day, 10 lbs of added weight on the bar per month equals 120 lbs in a year. Less then a year for my 225lb squat! That will be a great 45th birthday accomplishment.
Side view coming along okay, I started taking note of what bloats me. So far in addition to powdered coffee creamer, ice cream (doh!).
These are the Quads of Doom baby!
Proof that genetics are king; I never work my calves. Maybe they are like that from carrying the rest of me around! As tempting as it is to re-name this post, "Big-legged Woman" I hate to imagine the search engine results that could happen. In three months, I'll redo these and see what changes.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Squats, 10 with no weight or bar, 8 with just the bar. Then 1x4x55, 1x3x65, 1x3x75, 1x3x85, 1x3x95, 1x3x105. Water and pee break, then 4x3x107.5, 1x4x107.5, 1x5x105, 1x5x95.
Overhead press, concentrating on the shrup at the top, 1x5xbar, 1x4x55, 5x3x65. Deadlifts; 1x4x115, 1x5x135, 1x4x137.5, 1x3x135. Felt weak. Barbell curls 1x10xbar, 1x6xbar. Home and had a roast beef sub and dried cranberries. What I really want is 10 beers!
Monday will be front squats, bench press and power cleans after Spin or combat class which is really a pumped up type of Tae-bo.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Lifting fasted and after cardio was new. Having read several articles lately that say we are capable of more then we know, I decided to do it and see. Squats, 3x5x105, then 2x5x95. These were tough but okay, next I need to woman up and put those new micro-plates on the bar for 107.5. Dumbbell bench presses weren't as good, maxing out at 2x5x30 both hands, 1x5x30 one handed. I just ran out of gas with my arms/ chest.
Not wanting to completely wuss out, I went back to the rack and did a set of RDLs with just the bar, then 2x5x95 working with the form tips on the video posted below. They were rough but okay. Finished the workout with 1x10xbar overhead press, and bicep curls 1x10xbar. Home and ate.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Oh the neighbor redid an animal shelter website and I wish I didn't look. So many sweet cats that need a house with a couch by the window. My boy cat is sitting right here, and I almost think he read that last sentence as he rewarded me with a stinky kitty fart. He still hasn't gotten over the addition of the other cat. Okay dear, the two of you are enough for now.
Tonight didn't start out great; my least favorite Spin instructor was subbing so I left and tried to get into the Combat class but it was full, which resulted in treadmill time. The later combo-class was good though, and we did upper back work which I need. If the cats get me up early I will take the 6am Spin class tomorrow and then lift later when the gym should be empty.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Okay, was also doing the Romanian Deadlifts wrong today. It seemed odd that the bar was so far away from my body, need to pull it back in. The good thing is that we only went up to 55 lbs as this was a completely new workout. Here is Rippetoe showing how one is supposed to do an RDL.
Tomorrow I will do Coralette's Pump class, and possibly take Spin beforehand, then Thursday will be squats, 3x5x110, bench press 3x5x 77.5, Romanian Deadlift work up to 3x5x 95lbs. This will be my first session incorporating real RDLs as opposed to the practice sets at 55lbs today, so will be conservative on weight.
Monday, July 4, 2011
The alternative barbell workout is, overhead squat 10 reps, hang clean 10 reps, standing press 10 reps, bentover row 10 reps, lunge 10 reps per leg, Romanian deadlift 10 reps, front squat 10 reps. For the first time we will use the bar only, then the next two go-rounds 55 lbs. Not being even sure I can do an overhead squat with the bar, we will decide whether to use a lighter bar or do back squats instead.
These are the squats from yesterday, I do flop down a bit when concentration is lost. That guy next to me loading the calf raise machine (stupidest machine in the gym) did it but it is up to me to remain focused.
Interesting how a cute guy can become not cute when they are giving one bad advice. I pulled the trainer card as soon as he started talking about the Smith machine (thanks Kyle) and he chilled out a little. Who knew lifting would bring on etiquette difficulties? I can't just say, "Shut up, you're doing it wrong."
Today I did squats, work sets 3x5x105, struggling and slow. I read somewhere that one should do the sets as quickly as possible, which was a jeez moment. I think I will continue grinding them out for now. After the three tough sets I did a 1x5x95 to top it off, also the gym was, as mentioned, distracting today. Overhead press, 3x5x60. Cleans, backed way off on weight to work on form, 5x3x65.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
I didn't post the deadlift video because my belly looks like it is about to burst forth with Alien triplets. Having not left Earth lately, literally and metaphorically, pregnancy probably isn't an issue, and the boobs aren't any bigger (Thank GOD) which is usually the first sign. So we have a mystery.
Normally, if its fat, there is also fat added on my hips and upper back. Nope, hips okay, back even better then usual and in the morning the belly looks normal. Not flat, but not balloon either. Google gave me lots of possibilities from cancer! to PCOS, to bloating. Then, lots of tips from cutting all carbs, to eating more potatoes and bananas- no I didn't make that one up, and hate bananas anyway. It was like a Bing commercial so I decided to utilize my brain and figure out what the hell I am doing differently.
Coffee. More specifically, coffee creamer. This organic, non-processed, fresh food lover and cook has a secret. I love powered coffee creamer in coffee, lots of it. Thinking that disregarding the alarming label was okay due to the rest of my healthy diet was a mistake, and the giant belly does happen right after drinking a huge cup of coffee with loads of powdered creamer in it. As of today the creamer is hitting the trash and green tea is next up.
Here is the clip, hopefully the last one including Alien fetuses.
That set is the second of two sets of five, and it was hard. My back does want to curve up at the end too. Second verse, same as the first, next deadlift session I will repeat this weight. Warm-up 1x5x115, then 2x5x135 and work on chest up, pinch shoulder blades together cues. Heh, at the end of the set you can see a woman doing the 'drinking bird' behind me. She is the best Spin instructor there but only teaches at 6am so I hardly ever make that class.