Nice and Tidy

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A non fitness post (surprise!).

I had to clean up my blog a lot since it’s getting more traffic than I’m used to, which meant I have moved older posts into private archives; if you’re trying to find something that I have randomly posted from ~5 years ago, sorryyyy!

Feel free to contact me about it by commenting somewhere on my blog and I’ll see if I can find the post you’re trying to find.

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Week 6: Halfway Done

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I went from not knowing a damn thing about lifting weights to somehow surviving to Week 6 of my Powerlifting class and the first session of this week was an insane way to kick it off.

Today was a lot of bench pressing exercises that seemed excruciating: the pause bench press, which consists of a 2 second pause at the bottom of the movement; and what my coach called an ‘eccentric bench press’ which is a reallyyyyyyy slow movement down (5 seconds from top-to-chest), and then explode up.

Surprisingly, the exercise that kicked my ass the most was the barbell curls. I had to do 3×12 @ 25 lbs. and I failed my third set. I’m a little upset but at the same time, I know that I pushed myself as hard as I could and there is still room for improvement; I don’t think that I’ll be able to raise my arms to wash my hair tomorrow.

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It’s all Overhead

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I’m still working on my 5-rep-max for other workouts at my gym. Keep in mind that I’m not using any machines for these workouts, just me and the barbell.

Last night, I worked on my max for the overhead press. I ended up at 55 lbs. for my 5-rep-max but I am bummed that I messed up on my 5th rep @ 60 lbs. and couldn’t clear it, so I had to dial the numbers down. I know that it’s typical for a female to not do very well on overhead press when compared to males due to anatomy, so I don’t feel so bad.

I’ve had a shoulder problem for a few weeks, if not two months now; the causation (according to my chiropractor) is that my front shoulder muscles are stronger than my rear shoulder muscles (the deltoids???), and it’s a continuous tug-a-war that my rear muscles are losing, thus the moving of the humerus bone.

Because of my overhead press work last night, I am paying a very big price with slight pain in my left shoulder due to it already having problems before and I am being a doofus and adding (lots of) weight to it.

Not only will I have to work on my overhead press work, I’ll need to do deltoid work to keep everything in line.

Squat Work

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The squats are hard as hell for me, I have not perfected my form. I feel like my squat stance starts too wide; it makes it hard for me to track my left knee over my toes, and it makes my knee hurt. I can’t go narrow stance because my hips just won’t let me.

I am able to break below parallel for reps 3 through 5 on a 5-rep set, but never able to break down low for reps 1 or 2. I’m being told by numerous people such as my coach and gym mates that it’s not a mobility issue. They are basically telling me without telling me that I’m mentally roadblocking myself, and I’m having issues un-roadblocking myself.

Still, I managed to do a 70 lb. 5-rep-max, and I’m a little disappointed that it wasn’t more, but I don’t want to injure myself because my form isn’t close to perfect yet.

THE BIG GIRL BAR!

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Yeeee~~~

I was pretty weak when I started my powerlifting class about 4 weeks ago, and today, they finally let us attempt 5 rep maxes for weights.

Today was the first day for the 5 rep max, working on different lifts through the week, and it was with the bench-press. I had started with just a 15 lb. aluminum training barbell and had slowly worked my weight up to 60 lbs., being very slow and cautious.

Today, my coach encouraged me to go “balls-to-the-wall,” and I managed to upgrade to the 45 lb. steel barbell — THE BIG GIRL BAR!

I ended up being able to do a 5 rep max @ 95 lbs. — I surprised myself!!!

Semi-Updates

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First, Bae totally surprised me with plane tickets to New York City for next month since I’ve been suggesting that we go on vacation. (YAY!)

Second, I’m getting better at my powerlifting stuff. I graduated to the big girl bar (45 lbs.) for deadlifts and will soon hit triple digits for weights. I’m able to squat better since Bae suggested I foam roll my IT band out, which seriously puts me on the edge to tears since I’m a wuss for pain and my IT band is tight as a mother (shut-yo-mouth)…

Third, TREAT YO SELF – I got some DC shoes that were on sale. This is my first time trying out/wearing DC brand shoes, and OMG, I should have done it sooner. I love the ankle support with the neutral soles on it.