Trying to find somewhere to train events last week was an absolute nightmare, and I still haven’t practiced them properly. Aside from that, my workouts last week were a bit wishy-washy and everything felt quite heavy. It made me start to question this program (again!) as I’m still nowhere near my competition weights.
Monday – Squats
Back squats: 20kg x 8, 8, 40kg x 5, 60kg x 3, 67.5kg x 3 x 8
Box squats: 72.5kg x 3 x 6
Straight leg deadlifts: 50kg x 10, 60kg x 10 x 4
V bar pulldowns: Approx. 45kg x 12, 10, 8, approx. 50kg x 6, 4
It was a public holiday here, so I did a two hour-plus workout with two other ladies. I was very worried about doing box squats (as they are what caused my glute/back injury earlier in the year) and, sure enough, I spent the next three days barely able to walk and convinced that I had injured myself again. I think I just need to accept that I can’t include box squats in my programming! Strong(wo)men don’t need to squat anyway.
Wednesday – Pressing
Log press: 30kg x 8, 35kg x 5, 37.5kg x 5 x 5
Seated dumbbell press: 14kg x 8-10 x 5
Narrow bench press: 20kg x 12, 30kg x 8 x 3
Rope pushdowns: 30kg x 15 x 4
Face pulls: 45kg x 15 x 4
Standing cable crunches: 15 x 3
This is the workout I mentioned last week, which I did after eating a burger and brownie. I felt so nauseous and light-headed (to be honest, I still don’t think my stomach has recovered!) after finishing up my log pressing, that the rest of the workout was basically a waste of time.
Thursday – Deadlifts
Conventional deadlifts: 50kg x 8, 70kg x 5, 90kg x 2 x 8
Trap bar deadlifts: 55kg x 8, 95kg x 5, 105kg x 5, 115kg x 4
Bent over row: 50kg x 12 x 3
Log press: 30kg x 6 x 2
Cable row: 50kg x 12 x 3
Front squats: 20kg x 8, 40kg x 5, 50kg x 5
I did this workout in less than an hour, which is bloody impressive! I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much. Reason being was that I was being filmed for a strongwoman documentary and I was trying to race through as many exercises as I could. Outside of my deadlifts, everything else was not in my program and purely for the camera.
They ended up filming me for four hours in total – two of which were just me talking. The documentary is being produced by a powerlifter, and it will follow three women as they prepare for the England’s Strong Woman Championship on September 20. I will also be filmed on comp day, just to add to the pressure!
Afterwards I made a new favourite dinner that I created all by myself: blueberry and mint-glazed salmon with strawberry, almond and blue cheese salad. Recipe, anyone?
Saturday – Events Training
Trying to find a gym in London to practice strongman events is hell. My gym has packed all of its strongman equipment away (except the logs) and there is no space to practice events anyway. I usually go to my coach’s house, but he is currently not training.
I was planning on heading to Commando Temple, where I attended the Andy Bolton workshop. Luckily, I phoned the day before and found out I would have to complete an hour-long induction before using the gym, even though I am a PT and competitor. To top it off, the only time they had available was 8.45am! At this point, I just wanted to cry.
I ended up going to Genesis Gym instead, which turned out to be a good thing as I didn’t crawl into bed until 3am on Saturday morning. The guy on the phone had no idea what the weights of any of the strongman equipment were, but at least I didn’t have to do a silly induction. The major downside was that it took 1.5 hours to get there and then the lightest stone they had was 90-100kg!
I was able to do competition weight (70kg) farmers, but I really could have done that if I borrowed the handles from my current gym and took them to the park.
I tried five or six times to lift the stone but it wasn’t budging. Despite what the guy on the phone told me, they didn’t have a Hussafel stone so I loaded up an empty keg with 40kg of plates and practiced running with that instead.
I felt like I hadn’t really done anything by this point so called my “events training” a day and did some barbell pressing. It wasn’t a complete waste of a day as I’d been wanting to check out the gym for ages, but I doubt I would go back.
Hopefully this weekend I can get to Commando Temple (at a reasonable hour!) and lift some stones. I wouldn’t be so worried if they hadn’t increased the weight of the stones. The ironic thing is that the woman responsible for the weight being 70kg (she complained that 60kg for reps was too light) is the same one that pulled out of the competition last week!
On Sunday, I took a much-needed rest day and went for brunch with the training buddies instead.
For the next two weeks I’m going ultra low-carb (for me, anyway!) to make sure I can eat like a normal person in the week before the comp. I can’t believe how quickly it is creeping up!
Have you ever felt completely frustrated by a gym? Have you ever been filmed for anything? I felt like a cross between a celebrity and a complete douche!