Epic food porn

Epic food porn

Last week’s training was a little rough. I think I’m in need of a deload week, but I’m holding off until next week when I’ll be away for a few days. It was really bloody hot in London this week and I think the heat got to me as I felt like I was going to faint during every single workout (my gym has really poor ventilation which doesn’t help in the evenings when it’s crazy busy).

This coming Sunday I’m doing a squat, bench and deadlift workshop with Andy Bolton and Benedikt Magnuson! For those of you who didn’t immediately go weak at the knees at the mention of their names, Andy is the first person to ever deadlift more than 1000 pounds and he is the current world record holder for highest powerlifting total (1273kg), while Benedikt took the title from Andy as the current deadlift world record holder (1015lbs/460kg). Eeeeek. I will be taking a few days off towards the end of this week and certainly don’t plan on going heavy or deadlifting at all this week in preparation.

Monday – Squats
Back squats: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 8, 50kg x 5, 60kg x 3, 75kg x 3 x 5
Paused squats: 50kg x 6 x 3
Standing leg curl: 20kg x 8 x 4

I swear I thought I was going to faint during every single rep at 50kg and above. I must have drunk about 4 litres of water in the gym but I still felt super light-headed. I had to cut my workout short so I could get some juice into my system as I was convinced I was having a low blood sugar moment.

Even my awesome pre-workout meal of yoghurt with berries, buckwheat porridge and an almond milk iced coffee wasn't enough to sustain my energy!

Even my awesome pre-workout meal of yoghurt with berries, buckwheat porridge and an almond milk iced coffee wasn’t enough to sustain my energy!

Wednesday – Pressing
Wide log press: 40kg x 5, 5, 45kg x 3, 3, 47.5kg x 3, 50kg x F, F
Seated dumbbell shoulder press: 11.5kgv x 12, 14kg x 10 x 4
Dumbbell lat raise: 6kg x 15, 7kg x 15 x 3
Band-assisted dips: 8 x 3

I was training with someone who didn’t want to waste time warming up with the lighter log, so it meant I went straight in to the heavy one. I don’t know if that threw me off, or again if it was just the heat combined with claustrophobia, but I failed 50kg twice which I should have gotten. I even tried taking smelling salts but that didn’t help.

smelling_salts

Thursday – Deadlifts
Deadlifts: 60kg x 8, 80kg x 5, 90kg x 5, 100kg x 5, 110kg x 4, 115kg x 3
Deficit deadlifts (off two mats): 80kg x 8, 100kg x 5, 105kg x 5
Pendlay row: 60kg x 8 x 3
Narrow lat pulldown: Approx. 50kg x 10 x 3
Seated bicep curls: 9kg x 15 x 4

This workout was going well until a douche canoe stuck his arse right in my face during my third rep at 115kg. Despite watching me massively psych myself up before the lift and really grind the third rep, he still thought it would be a good idea to stick his bits two inches from my face instead of waiting for five seconds. I swore at him and yet he was the one who looked insulted. It completely threw me off so I stopped my deadlifts there.

I also did sprints so needed to carb up with pasta before deadlifts

I also did sprints so needed to carb up with pasta before deadlifts

Friday – Squats and Pressing
Front squats: 20kg x 8, 40kg x 5, 55kg x 3 x 6
Back squats: 50kg x 5 x 2
Strict barbell press: 20kg x 8, 30kg x 8, 35kg x 6, 37.5kg x 5, 40kg x 5, 5
Close grip bench: 20kg x 15, 30kg x 12, 35kg x 10 x 2
Rope pushdowns: 30kg x 15, 35kg x 12 x 3

My front squats went okay, but I have no idea what happened with my back squats: I could not stop myself from folding in half during every single rep. I tried a second set as I thought it might be a bad fluke, but it just wasn’t happening. It was embarrassing how hard just 50kg felt! After that I felt so sick and tired I’m surprised I managed to do anything else at all. I went home and had burgers with pulled pork, sweet potato fries and salad to make me feel better.

pork_burgers

I spent the entire weekend watching weightlifting competitions so would really like another day off, please! On Saturday, I watched Em compete in her first powerlifting competition and qualify for the British Classic. I’ve been to a couple of powerlifting comps before, but this one sucked the life out of me: I had to leave after 5.5 hours, and they hadn’t even started deadlifting yet. It was SO hot and stinky in the gym and I thought I was going to pass out (such a common theme this week – what is with these gyms not having air-conditioning, or fans for that matter?!).

em_comp

 

We were supposed to go for burgers afterwards but obviously ran out of time. That evening, I loaded up on pasta and Ben and Jerry’s to make up for the burgers I did not consume that day.

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Well done, Em! Although this now means she won’t be coming to my competition in September 🙁 #billynomates

On Sunday, I went to Maidenhead to watch a strongman competition. I ate pasta, chocolate bars and drank Red Bulls – anyone would have thought was the one competing! Again, it was hot, hot, hot and I even got a little bit of a sunburn in the English sun.

Pre-competition bagel - I clearly earned it ;)

Pre-competition bagel – I clearly earned it 😉

This comp only went for 2.5 hours, which is practically a blink of an eye in the world of weightlifting competitions, so I was able to get back to London at a decent enough hour to have burgers AND fro yo.

Just casually doing an arm over arm pull with a convoy of cars

Just casually doing an arm over arm pull with a convoy of cars

My burger was from a place called Burger Craft, which has a few locations across London. I had the bbBLTc burger which had beef, bacon, bacon dust, bacon jam and cheese. Obviously. With a side of something called “Bastard” fries (fries with chipotle ketchup, blue cheese sauce and jalapenos) and mini hash browns. It definitely satisfied that burger craving (I just realised I had burgers on Friday night too, but that didn’t count because it was homemade 😉 )!

burger_craft

I then rounded it out with frozen yoghurt from my favourite place in London, Samba Swirl. It’s the only place I’ve found that lets you serve yourself (you usually pay by topping) but it’s dangerous – this cost me £7 (about US$12)! I had a mix of chocolate, choc mint and red velvet fro-yo with oreos, cookies, smarties and granola. Om.

froyo

Man oh man, did I eat some good food last week! Hopefully it will make for a much better squatting session tonight. What was the best thing you ate on the weekend?

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