Little close up of my working set squats today 💁💁 seem to be pushing with my right leg and swinging my bum so may need to have a little look at evening out the pressure but other than that pretty please with my form 🙌👌💪🏋🏻♀️
P A T I E N C E
The left was 2012, where I was already lifting weights for a year. The right is just a couple of days ago. Five years of lifting between these two photos. I also weigh 20lbs more and am so much happier and confident.
Don't let the scale define who you are! #transformationtuesday
A little tri and chest action this morning - not gonna lie didn't feel on my A game today, I have, what the doctor called, Eustachian tube dysfunction, so my ear was throbbing and I was sneezing most of this workout. I was wanting to get my first Spartan WOD of the year in today but running with blocked ears didn't sound fun...now comes time to take some prednisone steroids to get over this 😤😓😳 #girlswhopowerlift#girlswholift#bodybuilding#livefit#grrrlarmy#liftlikeagrrrl
8x4x140 bench. Changing things up and showing myself failing my 7th set. Thanks @moe_ibrahim for the spot ❤
Bench used to be my strongest lift, funny how things change lol. My bench has been getting weaker for the past few months. So sleepy, my eyes are burning & closing by themselves. So ready to whip through accessories so I can go home 😂
So I'm going to go ahead and continue with these weekly side by sides. One more thing to motivate me! On top of getting married this year & possibly competing again.
Def more bloated this week, but I was bad and drank too much drank on Saturday and am still paying for it. Water, Protein, Lift, Repeattt
Bi's and tri's today when I should have been doing quads and squats 🙊. First clip is one of my favs for triceps. Low weight so that you can keep your arm steady. I also do these with the cable over my head with my back facing the weight, pulling downward. 4 sets of 10 per arm. Second clip is one of the best ways (for me) to isolate my biceps and not allow my shoulders to take on some of the weight. That sometimes happens unintentionally when I'm doing standard curls with dumbbells or a bar no matter how close I pay attention to form. 5 sets of 12. These can be done single arm too if you only have one side of the resistance machine.
#bench from this morning. Two sets of 55kg x 3 but I failed the last rep. I couldn't quite set up right today and it felt a bit off but such is life. Not every day is going to be perfect. A non stellar lifting performance doesn't mean I'm a non stellar human.
Well, I'll tell you one thing for free... 1️⃣ After 16 months of lifting the heaviest weights I possibly can 4 x week
2️⃣ Doing zero 👌🏼cardio
3️⃣ Reverse dieting up to 2300ish cals a day
4️⃣ Intermittent Fasting
77kgs looks a LOT different now than it before. ~
I will say this though - being back in my routine for 2 days: training to a programme & eating like an athlete has done WONDERS for my mental health!!!
Such a fun day of lifting bc I rep'd my max on dead press 6X1 & hit a number I had previously failed on OHP. All last sets shown bc just because shit gets heavy, doesn't mean ya quit 💁🏼 @sir_squatz_alot @massjunkiee @americansavagepowerlifting thanks for the help ladies! @magical_princess & @nataliejean_79
Finally broke the 200# barrier today 🎉 It's been almost a year since I've been able to deadlift 200+ and have no pain (knock on wood). Please please pleeeeaaaassssseeeeeee body, just let me win. Let's keep this going. 205# for 3x5
My socks don't match but at least they're both blue ☝
Video won't post but I got some feedback after. There was a teeny break as I lifted and I used my arms a bit too much. But I'd skipped lunch and was starving after a day of no food, which isn't a smart condition under which to lift, so I wasn't on my game. *smh* gotta be more careful (DON'T DO STUPID THINGS!!! @cashewnutwhat) Not all lifts will be good lifts 😔
Learn all the things!
I'm taking exercise physiology and it's SO interesting. #nerdstatus I'm curious to see how this class (along with the others I'm taking) will influence my approach to programming. In the mean time, check out my latest blog post for a glimpse into my current training block- link in profile!
Transformation Tuesday 🎉🔥💕💪🏽.
Believe you can & you WILLL! 205lb for reps 💀not as much weight as I want, but I know I have way more in me! Time to kill it!.
2017 will be my year for huge progress!!!!! I have the best people behind me & the most motivated I've ever been!!!.
Tag a pal who loves SKWATSSSSS! @ayeeitscheeks hahah remember recording those 2 ugly ass skwats hahaha 🙏🏼💕mad love for all your support
Squat maxes today! My first attempt was 240, and the second clip is 245. I'm still going really slow at the top, because I'm perpetually in fear of getting pain again. But I'm pretty happy with these regardless. Besides, doesn't slow and steady win the race? 🐢💪😄 #LiftNextLevel
Super excited to share that I'm featured on @gaglionestrength 's "Powerlifting for the People" podcast this week! In my episode, I talk about the transition from ballet to powerlifting, overcoming lingering dance injuries, and why I think every woman should lift weights!
I'm so honored that John asked me to be a part of this series, alongside some amazing and strong women that have inspired me throughout my powerlifting journey. John was my first "real" coach and I've continued to learn from him through the years. If you haven't heard of him, definitely check him out! He puts on a lot of really cool seminars at his gym in Long Island!
Thanks again, @gaglionestrength !! I'm so happy to be part of this! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or check out the YouTube version of my interview (link in bio). Don't forget to share if you ❤ it! ☺️☺️ #P4P#powerlifter#girlswhopowerlift#gaglionestrength#strongwomen
I was talking to one of my clients this morning about her deadlift feeling off, so we took a peek at her starting position to try to fix it. The deadlift set up and starting position are some of the most important parts of the lift (besides brute strength). If you set up poorly, you're setting yourself up for a bad time. It's kinda like that porridge we all heard about in the 3 bears: you need your hips not too high, not too low, but juuuusssstt right. And this "ideal" can look different for everyone, depending on their leg and limb length. Common things to see are: hips rising quickly if you set up too low (are aren't patient in the lift), rounded back if you aren't maintaining that tightness, or dying..because it's a deadlift.
Some cues/tips I like to tell people:
1. Mentally prepare yourself to pull
2. Grab the bar real freaking tight
3. Take a deep breath
4. Pack your lats//tighten your upper back. Think of pulling your shoulder blades down and back into your pockets, twisting your elbows, or even just squeezing your shoulder blades together.
5. Lower your hips just enough so that your shoulder blades are directly above the bar or slightly behind. Think of being able to draw a line STRAIGHT down from your shoulders to the bar in a side view of a video
6. Pull and pray. (Jk I think drive with my legs and pull with my shoulders up and back to keep my chest up and avoid clip 1 or 3)
TLDR: even if I suck at the deadlift, I've read a lot about it. I just suck.