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!

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Why Powerlifting?

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Links and Information

My husband sent me this link about “Powerlifting Girls” last week. If you have a few minutes to spare, I suggest reading the article, then searching YouTube for videos of the featured women. One of the powerlifting women, Caitlin Trout (shown below), wrote this great article: 5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting.

From what I have read, most women shy away from lifting weights (in any capacity) because they do not want to “bulk up.”

I am not one of those women.

I want to look strong, I want to feel strong, and, most importantly, I want to be strong.

Throughout my journey, I’ll make sure to post pictures of my transformation. This way, we can see how “bulky” I get (ha ha).

This is a blog about one women’s powerlifting journey and her complete physical, emotional, and mental transformation. Thanks for joining me.

Let’s begin by talking about the picture below. That’s me with my husband, step-son and daughter on August 17, 2013.

The Journey Begins Pic

My natural instict is to ignore this photo, delete it from every social media outlet, and pretend it never existed. Why? Because I can’t help but think I look horrible in this picture (which sucks because it is a wonderful picture of my family).

The truth is that this photo serves as an external reminder of signifcant internal anguish. I know how I feel when I look at this photo and I am not happy with my body or how I feel. Yes- I have a cold in this picture. Yes – I am still breastfeeding. Yes – I am back to my pre-baby weight. But these “truths” have become excuses for remaining stagnant.

I’m done with excuses…I’m ready for a change and for a challenge!

 

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