I survived my first week of training with Alanna! The programming was actually easier than I was expecting, as the weight is still relatively low while she works on identifying my weaknesses. The next couple of weeks look much tougher with cambered squats, zercher squats and banded deadlifts on the menu.
I won’t go into specifics about what I’m doing, but I will still provide a rough outline of each session for those interested.
Monday – Squat
I thought doing paused squats at 50kg would be a piece of cake. That was before I realised just how painful a three second pause is, and how terrible eight rep sets are. These were followed by front squats, split squats, some core work and another horrible exercise that looked easy on paper but made me want to cry: 15 heavy leg presses superset with 20 bodyweight squats. My legs were shaking so badly I could barely make it through all of my sets, and I was limping for days afterwards. Fun times.
Tuesday – Bench
I did a dumbbell clean and press, incline bench press, close grip bench and inverted rows. Everything felt easy.
Wednesday – Deadlift
I did deadlifts, high rack pulls, bent over rows, pull-ups and straight leg deadlifts. The hardest exercise was definitely the pull-ups! It’s been so long since I’ve done wide grip pull-ups, and three sets of 12 was not going to happen – even with the thickest band in the gym. Alanna’s not letting me get out of doing them any longer!
My weekend consisted of non-stop gossip, drama and emotion. Standard. I have finally found love again… with my new hooker boots!
I had steak on Friday night and burritos and burgers on Saturday. It was a good weekend of eating!
Sunday – Overhead
On the plan for today was two seated barbell press variations, lat raises, front raises and bicep curls. I felt like such a bro!
I did my hardest yoga class to date beforehand, so I was a sweaty mess before I even started my workout, and then I ran four kilometres after. Who the hell knows.
I’m still going through a super energetic phase. I don’t know what is going on, but I am usually still bouncing off the walls at midnight and then wide awake at 6.30-7am. I made it to five yoga classes last week, dance class (and I’m going proper salsa dancing this weekend!) and I’ve even been running. A friend of mine may have convinced me to sign up for a 10K, which I am doing so long as it doesn’t interfere with my competing.
This is going to sound completely cliche, but yoga is really changing my life. The mental side of the practice is definitely helping to keep me sane and calm amidst all the chaos. It’s definitely something I want to keep up after my month trial is up.
The good thing about doing all this exercise is that I am finally losing a bit of weight, without having had to cut back on carbs!
Have you ever done yoga? What was the best thing you ate this weekend?