Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cramps from HELL

Hit me last night hard. I don't know if it was dehydration or if my inner lady-parts were committing painful suicide but it was non-stop labor pain horrific. I had no idea what to do, tried drinking a glass of cold lemon water and it helped for a bit, so then I had the man get me a much bigger glass while I laid there pitifully. After a couple of hours during which I contemplated going to the hospital, the cramps finally released and I could sleep.
I was meeting a friend at the gym at 11 so woke up at 10 and went.

Squats 1 x 10 x air, 1 x 10 x bar, 1 x 5 x 65, 1 x 5 x 85, 1 x 5 x 105, 1 x 5 x 115, 3 x 5 x 120, 2 x 5 x 95. Overhead press 1 x 8 x bar, 3 x 5 x 57.5. Cut this workout short, so for tomorrow (please gym be open, MLK would approve) bench press 3 x 8 x 80 or AMRAP and 1 x 3 x 135, 1 x 3 x 145 deadlifts.


  1. Hi Terri, I've been following your blog (you introduced me to it via Starting Strength Forum, (I'm "Weightlisted" by the way. ) I am doing TM and was trying to hit 1x5 #120 Squats today, and they felt way high and shaky. How were yours? Nice blog as well. It seems like progress takes a long time when the weight gets heavy. I am 45 years old. And how are your knees holding up?


  2. Hi Carolyn, the #120 squats felt good, and I'm going for 125 today. That said, I have had ups and downs in the past year lifting, and have reset many times. The first time I seriously stalled on SS (more then a month at the same weight or lower) I started doing a modified program where I would aim for 3x3 at a given weight.
    After the holiday with two weeks of infrequent, sporadic workouts I reset everything back and since have been using Rip's classic beginner progression. So far so good. This is heresy as far as newbie gain mythology goes, but I think I had to get stronger via lifting over the past year to even start the beginner program successfully this year, and possibly because of that my knees have been okay so far.

  3. I suspect that it should take a little longer for us to get stronger so our joints, tendons and what-not can catch-up to the load they are bearing, that and the time needed to train neural pathways (my brain seems a little slow in that regard). We have time right? I bet you are already impressing/ freaking out others in your gym already!