1RM Back Squat PR at 210lbs! Not only did I not expect to even match my old PR today, but definitely didn’t expect to pass it by 10lbs. Unexpectedly good weightlifting day. I know I have more in the tank but maybe when I’m prepared for it, haha.
I’m also thrilled that not only am I NOT losing strength while on a reverse cut (cutting weight while increasing food intake) but I’m making GAINS. Flexible dieting FTW.
Just a little cleaning action at 90# to work on form. Got bar path pretty good but need to work on speed at third pull more.
Hello Globo Gym
Saturday after CrossFit and running some errands, I decided to go to 24 Hour Fitness (yes, I still have my membership just in case…I have a cheap rate) for some strength work that I haven’t been able to work on in a while at CF310.
Mind you, I’m wearing my typical CF attire: striped knee high socks, short shorts and my deadlift girl tee.
I do a quick warm up, stretching, then head straight to the weights - not machines, and lucky girl I am, there’s an empty barbell not being used. I decide to work on front squats.
Start with 65lbs, then 75lbs, then 85lbs, then 95lbs - starting to get pretty heavy at this point, so I’m making faces, slightly grunting. Get up from that and notice the looks from the guys around me (because as usual there are no women in that area). Surprise? Awe? Creeped out? Haha, who knows. I just giggle to myself and proceed to add weights to the bar. I move onto 110lbs (my PR) and balls, that was a toughie, but I made it my bitch.
When I finished three reps of those, a guy who had been watching me, approaches me and says, “That is one awesome shirt by the way, I love it, have a good workout.”
I felt weird, bit uncomfortable, yet proud to be in there, showing that girls can be strong, too, and that no, it’s not weird.
I AM NOW A PROUD AUNTIE TO MISS EVIE BELLA
Today, on 1/8/11, Evie has entered the building, yes, she now shares a birthday with the one and only Elvis! Words cannot explain how I feel about her! She is so precious!!!
My second time being in the delivery room, but this time with my only sister and her husband. I cannot even express how proud I am of her. She was in labor with full on contractions for two full days, and she handled them like a champ. Then when it came to pushing, she impressed even the doctor and nurses! The nurse was amazed at how strong her muscles that she even had to press the muscle down so baby can get through. Mind you, my sister is normally 5’3” and about 110lbs, she was all belly, and a large belly it was. She pushed for about an hour and did so like a champ, she did not cry or scream and barely broke a sweat, she was calm and focused and then she pushed out Evie.
All 8lbs 6oz (19 inches long) of her! Little compact chubby baby!!! Perfectly healthy little baby girl welcomed to this world!
And my sister goes to prove that it most definitely helps to be fit and healthy prior to getting pregnant. My sister planned her pregnancy, she prepared for it by getting fit and toned and eating right. I’m sure everybody is different and pregnancies and deliveries vary, but I am sure that her being fit and healthy prior helped a lot!
Did I mention she has my fingers? Can’t see them there much, but she has long fingers with long nail beds just like me :) She sleeps with her mouth open like her daddy, peaceful like her mommy, and let’s be honest, most chubby babies are just jolly.
Guest Post: Life Beyond the Treadmill
By: Stephanie (Radical Hate Loss)
I love that Stephanie is all about self-acceptance in yourself and your body. She is a firm believer that what is on the scale or in a fashion magazine should not define who you are or who you want to be. When she had asked if anyone wanted to do a guest post on her blog, I jumped at the chance to have her guest post on mine because I highly respect what she believes in.
What do most people picture when they think of a woman lifting weights? Perhaps a little pink dumbbell? Maybe they don’t see a woman lifting weights at all. She is probably on the treadmill, elliptical or in an aerobics class. In our culture, working out with free weights is something typically reserved for the male of our species.
Most women settle down with their magazines and cardio machine of choice, focused on burning calories to maintain their weight or to lose those extra pounds, doing it because it’s what they HAVE to do, not because they really want to do.
However, I’m living, breathing proof that there is another way. I am the healthiest, the lightest, strongest, happiest me ever and I haven’t set foot on a cardio machine. My workouts average 15-20 minutes (not the average 45-60 minutes spent on the treadmill). I have to force myself to take a rest day, because I enjoy it so much. Reading is not possible during my workout; in fact, thinking isn’t even possible sometimes. I can deadlift 300lbs and easily get 100lbs from the ground to over my head. I am a CrossFitter and have been so for almost a year.
If you don’t know what CrossFit is, you should definitely Google it. Basically, it is a high-intensity workout program, that is constantly varied and aims to develop cardiopulmonary endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Workouts utilize basic body weight exercises and often include the use of free weights. Although I highly recommend anyone giving CrossFit a try, my message is not “women should CrossFit, period.” My message is this:
There is life beyond the treadmill! You can spend a shorter amount of time working
out, get better results and have a hell of lot more fun and satisfaction. A workout should challenge you, excite you, and make you give all of you to it. You are strong and I bet you can pick up a lot more weight than you think! (I see you carrying 6 grocery bags in one arm and a 40lb toddler in the other!) Really, there is no purpose for a 5lb weight in the life of a healthy adult, other than as paperweight! There aren’t many things more empowering than moving a 100lb barbell through the air. Your life might just change if your motivation to work out was getting stronger rather than to burn calories or lose weight. When you focus on function (what your body can do), the form (how your body looks) is the natural result.
I do not blame us women for avoiding the free weights at the gym. A year ago I
would have been way too intimidated to step foot over there. No one has ever taught us, much less encouraged us to pick up a barbell. However, today is a new day! Today is the day that you can join the uprising in women’s fitness. Toss your magazines aside and donate the pink barbell to your office desk! Find a place to learn how to use a barbell…at your local CrossFit gym, a weightlifting class, a trainer, a friend, and even the internet!
People often ask, “But how do you get cardio?” To them I say, “Throw some heavy weight around a few times, and tell me you’re not getting cardio as your heart feels like it’s about to pop out of your chest!”
You can read more about my story at www.radicalhateloss.com.
For Tania (misspearlygates), Amanda (amandasfitpregnancy), Steph (stephyfullofgrace) , Angela (chinoisfemme), Tina (tinaeatsdonuts) , Stephanie (radicalhateloss) & Myquirkylife.
As well as all the other crossfitting women out there I may have missed and all the women who are just starting their journey, in the middle of it or at the end and trying to figure out where to go now.
STRONG is the new skinny. Dont be fooled, being skinny isnt what your goal should b. Focus on what your body can do, the performance, the strength and the fuel for these amazing feats - and eventually that strength will translate into a body you can be proud of. I’m not talking about how much you weigh or being totally ripped - I mean a body that can do things, lift heavy, sprint, hang from a pull up bar and swing a kettlebell. Now thats a body to be proud of.
Girls are Strong…Again
My instructor at Crossfit 310, Kris, put this video together! Now do you know why I think the guy is awesome?