Weights, dates and protein shakes

Weights, dates and protein shakes

Last week’s training was meh. I’ve committed to a second cycle of an Andy Bolton-style training program, but I’m not entirely convinced it will work as sometimes the weights just feel too light to progress with. I plan on testing my maxes in six weeks’ time so we will soon find out!

Monday – Squats
Back squats: 20kg x 10, 40kg x 8, 60kg x 3 x 8
Paused squats: 50kg x 5 x 2
Inverted rows: 8 x 4
Seal rows: 6kg dumbbells x 8 x 3
Back extensions holding a 10kg plate: 12 x 3

I don’t mind doing what feels like a million sets of the other compound lifts, but squats just kill me. I am bored after three sets!

It was my first time trying seal rows and I thought my back had ripped in half. I had to skip over the fourth set of the last two exercises because it hurt so much.

Afterwards, I ate a whole pizza and polenta fries with Em, so life was good again.

pizza_express

Tuesday – Pressing
Log press: 30kg x 8, 32.5kg x 5 x 8
Z press: 25kg x 10, 10, 30kg x 5, 5
Dumbbell overhead extension: 7kg x 12 x 4
Tricep pushdowns: 30kg x 12 x 4

I feel like such a pussy using these weights. Not much else to say!

Thursday – Deadlifts
Rack squats: 20kg x 10, 10, 40kg x 8 x 4
Deadlifts: 60kg x 8, 80kg x 3 x 8
Barbell cleans: 30kg x 5, 40kg x 5 x 4
Paused Pendlay rows: 30kg x 12 x 4
Blue band low rows: 8 x 4
Cable pull-throughs: 40kg x 12 x 4

Who would have thought 40kg squats would hurt so much?! The one good thing about this program style is that I don’t need much food to make it through my workouts. I had barely eaten anything on this day, but deadlifting 80kg doesn’t exactly require loads of energy.

All I'd eaten... but oh so good!

All I’d eaten… but oh so good!

Friday – Pressing
Bench press: 20kg x 10, 32.5kg x 5 x 8
Band-resisted push press: 20kg x 10, 25kg x 4, 5, 5, 5 (band adds about 10-15kg resistance)
Overhead rope extension: 25kg x 15, 30kg x 15 x 3
Kneeling cable crunches: 50kg x 15 x 4

Benching and cable crunches? I de-bro’d it by eating cheesy bacon pasta afterwards. Om.

bacon_alfredo

I know you are all really just here for the updates on my love life 😉 I had two dates last week, with a second date already booked in the diary (this is rare!). I also have a date on Saturday – I don’t want to put too much pressure on it but I haven’t been this excited for a date in a very long time! I think our compatibility is all down to the fact we are texting the perfect amount, ha. Having all the butterflies is a wonderful feeling.

I bought the red dress from Friday’s post, so hopefully it arrives in time!

Mmm brunch

Mmm brunch

I had a jam-packed weekend, including a bit of a wild night in Soho on Saturday where I received two marriage proposals. Sunday morning consisted of a girly catch up over brunch, followed by a date and then an evening spent on the couch in front of the fire with one of my girlfriends having an L Word marathon and eating all the ice cream. Bliss. My hips and calves are so tight from a) being in heels so often and b) sitting on my arse for many hours yesterday. Squatting tonight should be interesting.

Saturday night selfie!

Saturday night selfie!

Sometimes I think I should start an anonymous blog to keep track of my shenanigans as I do have a lot of crazy experiences but I gotta keep it professional around here, yo. On that note, I better leave it there before my blog completely morphs into a personal diary.

I have officially pulled out of the strongman competition on November 22, so I will not be competing until next summer. This is good as I really don’t need to worry about cutting weight on top of everything else. What’s interesting is that despite eating barely anything for the past four weeks, I have not lost any weight. Just goes to show the effect stress has on the body! I do believe a lot of my difficulties in losing weight before my last competition were due to relationship-related stress, but that’s another story for another time.

Should I turn my training log into a Sex and the City-style column instead? Joking! Or am I…?

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