Pressing progress and deadlift frustration

Pressing progress and deadlift frustration

Last week still felt a bit all over the place in terms of strength. I hit a couple of PRs but also struggled with some weights I shouldn’t have. No matter what else I achieve with my training, I find that if I struggle with deadlifts, all my other lifts feel meaningless. I guess it’s because deadlifts are my best lift so if I can’t do them right, I feel like a complete failure.

I haven’t been deadlifting much and I know I should be at 120kg by now. It’s hard when I see other women from my competition – who I beat – deadlifting more than me. I then start thinking I’m a fraud and have some nerve calling myself a strongwoman, and so on it goes, an endless cycle of self-pity!

Moving on, here’s what I did last week:

Monday – Pressing
Yellow log: 30kg x 5, 5, 35kg x 3, 37.5kg x 2, 40kg x 1, 42.5kg – fail (WTF)
Red log: 40kg x 1, 1, 1
Axle clean and press: 27kg x 5, 37kg x 3, 3, 3, 42kg x 1
Band-assisted chin ups: 4 x 6-8
Single arm dumbbell press: 17.5kg x 3, 20kg x 1, 17.5kg x 2, 2

That's my 'grr' face!

Axle clean and press with tyres

Tuesday – Sprints!
15 rounds of 30 metres

Wednesday – Upper Body Mix
Paused bench press: 20kg x 12, 30kg x 8, 40kg x 4, 4, 45kg x 2 (came *this close* to failing that last rep!)
Overhead barbell press: 20kg x 10, 25kg x 5, 30kg x 5, 35kg x 2, 3, 37.5kg x 1
Inverted rows: 3 x 8-10
Seated cable row: 4 x 8-12 (machine says 110kg but doubtful!)
Band-assisted chin ups: 3 x 6
Static dumbbell holds: 35kg x 30 secs x 3

Thursday – Legs
Front squat: 20kg x 8, 40kg x 5, 50kg x 3, 55kg x 2, 60kg x 1, 65kg x 1
Back squat: 50kg x 10, 10, 10
Glute bridge: 50kg x 10, 70kg x 10, 80kg x 10, 12
Step ups holding 15kg dumbbells: 3 x 8

This was the first time I’d done front squats in a really long time! I was actually surprised with how easy they felt. I’ve always hated front squats and never tried to go super heavy – I think the most I’d done in the past was 50kg. I guess all those bag carries and Β stone practice has paid off!

I kept the back squats light and stuck to high reps, per coach’s orders. OMG. I can’t remember the last time I’ve done a set of squats with more than 5 reps. I wanted to die.

squat rack

Sunday – Pressing & Sandbags
Yellow log: 30kg x 5, 35kg x 3, 40kg x 1, 2
Red log: 40kg x 2, 2, 2
AMRAP in 60 seconds with 35kg: 8, 9
Axle clean and press: 37kg x 5, 5, 5
4 rounds of 50kg sandbag carries for max distance

Between the AMRAP log press sets and the sandbag runs, I wanted to die. I haven’t done much cardio lately so I was definitely feeling this more than I should have! I was naively thinking that I wouldn’t have to do sandbag carries for a long time, but coach wants me to do them to work on my foot speed for farmers walks.

I’m soooo close to getting out sets of three reps on the red log. I remember the first time I tried to clean that log – I missed the lift and almost started crying because I was so scared to have all that metal literally crushing my chest. I never thought I’d be able to press it once, let alone for reps!

log press

You may have noticed that my weights this week are slightly lighter than previous weeks. Lately I’ve been feeling really drained from doing so much maximal lift work, so I dropped the weights back and focused more on technique this week, rather than trying to go heavier and heavier all of the time. It was definitely a nice break for my body!

The sprints I did on Tuesday happened in a rare moment of cardio inspiration. The weather was particularly nice so I wanted to take advantage of it. Bad idea – my legs have only stopped hurting today! My calves, quads and adductors were so sore that I had to foam roll in the middle of the night.

My competition is in less than two weeks now. I haven’t really thought about it very much, to be honest (I’ve got a lot of other things going on at the moment!). It’s a less serious comp than the last one, so my training is less intense. I still haven’t practiced two of the events. This weekend is my last chance, or I just wing it on the day…

I’m more excited about the fact that some of my friends are coming along, so I can hopefully rope them all into strongman training!

I’m sitting at around 73.5kg, so should cruise into the weight class with ease. Training is being fuelled by meat, pasta and brownies!

Buffalo meatballs and cheesy mashed potatoes, with a boar and bacon burger topped with cheese on the side

Buffalo meatballs and cheesy mashed potatoes, with a boar and bacon burger topped with cheese on the side

Chicken and bacon alfredo

Chicken and bacon alfredo

Cheesy garlic bread, goat's cheese 'cigars', a Mexican rice bowl and a chocolate brownie!

Cheesy garlic bread, goat’s cheese ‘cigars’, a Mexican rice bowl and a chocolate brownie!

When you perform a certain lift badly, does it negatively affect the rest of your workouts? Have you ever surprised yourself by doing something you never thought you would be able to?

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