Ending 2013 with a bang!

Ending 2013 with a bang!

Thank you all for your comments regarding my visa situation. It sucks but there’s really nothing we can do except wait and hope for the best. Rob left for Canada this morning and I will spend the next two months on my lonesome killing time before I can go back to Australia. Sob.

This means that, even if I wanted to, I can’t compete in Britain’s Strongest Woman as I will likely be in Perth on March 1. It doesn’t mean I will stop training hard! Here are last week’s workouts, including a big PR 😀

Monday – Deadlifts
Axle deadlifts: 52kg x 5, 72kg x 5, 92kg x 4, 102kg x 1, 112kg x 1, 117kg – F, F, 114.5kg – F
Sumo deadlifts: 60kg x 5, 80kg x 5, 100kg x 1, 110kg x 1, 120kg x 1, 125kg x 1 (PR!)
Axle rack pulls: 112kg x 5, 132kg x 4, 142kg x 1, 147kg – F

I felt awful during this workout. Something is going on with my hips – my hip flexors are so tight that I feel agony any time I do more than one rep. I can’t pull conventional at all, hence all the sumo deadlifts. Considering it was my 14th set and I was feeling as awful as I did – I also had a cold! – I was surprised to hit a PR.

I knew I would be able to pull 130kg (287lbs) when I was feeling better. So yesterday, that’s what I did! I know I’m cheating by recapping yesterday’s workout in this post, but I can’t help the spoilers when PRs are involved!

I pulled 130kg (link to video), which isn’t bad considering I only started lifting sumo less than a month ago. It’s a bit of an ugly lift, and I hitch it slightly – but that’s all allowed in strongwoman 😉

My axle deadlifts still suck, which you will see by all the unacceptable failed lifts. Having the bar an extra inch away from your body makes a surprising amount of difference. Thankfully I don’t have to stress too much about my axle deadlift as I’m definitely not doing this comp. I’m now going to back off the heavy singles and work on sets of 5 for a while.

My gym was closed over Christmas, so I took a few days of much-needed rest. The only exercise we did over Christmas was a bike ride along the Thames on Christmas Day, and lifting my fork to my mouth repeatedly.

thames

Christmas crepe tradition!

Christmas crepe tradition!

Friday – Pressing
Axle clean and press: 32kg x 5, 37kg x 5, 39.5kg x 5, 5, 40kg x 4
23kg keg press and carry: two rounds, eight presses total
Crucifix with 7kg dumbbells: 28 secs, 27 secs
Face pulls: 45kg x 15, 15, 15

This was my first time pressing a keg, which was crazy fun. You have to use a surprising amount of hip and lower back force to get the weight up, and it’s awkward trying to press the weight while water sloshes around on the inside. We need to get a heavier keg at the gym though!

Sunday – Pressing again
Narrow log press: 30kg x 5, 35kg x 5, 40kg x 3, 45kg x 1
Wide log press: 40kg x 3, 42.5kg x 2, 45kg x 1, 1, 1
Crucifix with 7kg dumbbells: 28 secs, 24 secs
Face pulls: 45kg x 15, 15, 15
Farmers holds: 40kg x 20 secs, 60kg x 20 secs, 70kg x 38 secs

I can never get enough pressing! My technique has gone backwards again, and I’m now strict pressing the 45kg fat log rather than using my legs. If I get my damn technique right, I’m sure I could press 50kg. I was doing lots of singles in preparation of leaving the country and my beloved logs behind, but now that I know I’m staying for a few more weeks I can reduce the load and amp up the volume.

And now some back and booty progress pics for fun!

back progress

booty progress

Happy new year! Thanks for following my ramblings for another year 🙂

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