Why be average when I can be me?
I’m split down the middle as to how I feel about yesterdays training session. I was back in the gym with Craig and feeling safe as today we were hitting squats as our first exercise.
I was a little apprehensive when Craig says to me; “Right, lets do this, you’re going to hit your best again and I’m gonna get those 5 plates aside today!” Um…. okay…? I think to myself, I think the look on my face said it all as at that moment Craig stared at me and gave me ‘the look’ and straight afterwards followed the mind boosting, positive ‘we can do this!’ attitude.
I was still so tired from Monday’s session that I really didn’t think I had the energy to go even half as heavy as I had on my best, but we racked up regardless and let the warm up sets decide.
Sure enough more and more weight went on the bar after each warm up set and before I knew it I was up to 100kg on the bar. We had decided it was probably better to move Craig and his weights over to the power-lifting cage next to us after noticing a sign on the usual cage that said: MAX WEIGHT 150KG …. ooops!
Knees strapped, belt on and Craig was ready to go for the 220kg, his best yet. The bar was well and truly bending and in preparation for his set I noticed a few people having a bit of a nosey behind us.
Trying my best to be there if God forbid anything went wrong, I got in close behind him and made sure I was spotting as best I could for every rep…
Then boom! Before I knew it he’d only gone and done it! For 6 good solid reps too! Get on boy-o!
Behind us and standing against the railings to the side was quite the audience after that, then it was my turn.
100kg on the bar and the bar weighing 20kg – I’d done this weight before but only for 4 reps and as my dearest husband so elegantly put it I was: ‘Shaking like a sh*tting dog’ the entire time! This time I was determined to lift the same weight but a lot more comfortably and for higher reps.
Yeah baby! I did it! For 7 reps this time, but not just once, twice! I barely shook this time either which I was super chuffed about as the audience that had gathered for Craig’s last set were now staring at me as I achieved this little beauty of a personal best!
But unfortunately there was a down side to the training session. The first half went great. Exhausting but great.
Then just over half way through that nasty little niggle of a migraine started again. I tried to carry on and push through the last few sets but I just couldn’t. Once again my vision went weird and the pounding had well and truly set in, so as gutted as I was I figured the best thing to do was to stop right there and spectate for the rest of the session until Craig had finished up.
But of the training I did manage yesterday here are my lifts;
|Barbell squats||40kg |
|V squat facing out||40kg |
|Dumbell stiff deads||12.5kg |
|Seated calf raise||20kg |
|Leg press calf raise||100kg |
|Flat machine press (ss) Bent over row||30kg x 15|
20kg x 15
|40kg x 25|
25kg x 25
|Cable x over|
(ss) Wide pull down
|10kg x 15|
20kg x 15
|15kg x 20|
35kg x 10
|Dumbell side laterals |
(ss) Dumbell shrugs
|Dumbell rear flyes |
(ss) Face pulls
|V bar pushdown|
(ss) Cable curls
|* added weight only, not including barbells|