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Getting a grip

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

I took an unplanned “week off” from lifting, exercising and any kind of healthy eating last week. I am actually glad I had a week like this because I felt like absolute crap last night: sluggish, irritable, tired, and depressed. So when my alarm went off at 6:00AM this morning, I started my morning routine so I could hit the gym by 7:15AM.

Believe it or not, my challenge for the day was my grip. My husband helped me understand that my hand should be used like a hook, but I still had some problems with it. I also think I have some tendonitis in my wrists from carrying around my tank of a 6 month old, so I may look into something that can help me (like the item shown in the photo below).

Other than that, I felt like I worked hard this morning. We also revamped our diet and have meals planned for each day this week!

It’s a beautiful, rainy day and my husband and I will be celebrating 2 years of marriage tomorrow! Life is good!

Second Session

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

The morning did not go as smoothly as it did yesterday (for a number of reasons), but I still made it to the gym for a 40 minute leg day.

My challenge for the day: the laying hamstring curl

Some takeaways from today’s session:

1). Push up through my heels (to the point where I can lift my toes).

2). Roll my knees out (not in) to press weight.

3). “Bend the bar” over my back when pressing weight.

First Session

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Sessions & Stats

I am a very lucky lady because I have the best coach and partner in the gym, my husband! With his help, I rocked my first session this morning! Since going to the gym together is a task in itself, we did a few things to help us get out the door on time:

1. We prepared meals for the week (last night).

2. I prepared my gym bag and laid out my office outfit (last night).

3. We woke up early (6AM), ate breakfast and packed lunch.

4. I filled a water bottle to drink on the way to the gym.

We started with some technique and talked about how to effectively focus on the muscle I was working (tricep and some bicep). My max tricep weight was 80 lbs. (and that was at the end of my work out).

My challenge for the day: a variation of the barbell decline with a 45 lb. barbell (example shown below).

triceps extensions

Some takeaways from today’s session:

1). Squeeze the bar like I’m squeezing butter through my fingers.

2). My left arm is not weak.

3). I CAN do this!