This morning I had a “why the fuck am I doing this?” moment in the gym. I wasn’t even doing a strongwoman event I was in the middle of romanian deadlifts. I was hot, the weight felt heavy all I could think is I could be in a nice cool toddler group eating biscuits and drinking tea. I couldn’t find a reason why I was pushing myself, why I feel a need to do these types of things (and by that I mean all past sporting stuff like playing rugby, doing triathlons etc and now strongwoman). I wouldn’t say I was naturally sporty, it’s all stuff I have to work at and part of me wishes I just didn’t care about exercise.
This is partly my own fault, I am always in such a rush I couldn’t wait for the competition in October but had to go to the one in August where the weights are going to be heavier. I am prepared to come last but I would like to make some sort of showing…
Anyway. Pity party over, it only lasted 30 seconds. Mainly helped by changing my grip from overhand to mixed. It’s the little things.
I had the weekend off, I can always tell when it’s a Monday in the gym as I have to let out the belt a notch 🙂 I finished off last week with what I regard as my easy session as it’s all accessory work, my coach would raise an eyebrow if he knew I thought that. However I think he might be a mind reader as he suggested I use the 14kg kettlebell doing the clean and push press 100 rep challenge. I had picked up the 8kg. I suggested we compromise at 12kg and he said that was a compromise as he was going to suggest 16kg. So the easy session
- 100 rep challenge clean push press with 14kg kb. Basically doing 50 reps per arm with no rest or putting down the kb. For time.
- Lat pull down wide grip 5×15 (The lat machine doesn’t have the weights on it, it was notch 6!)
- Assisted push ups 5sets AMRAP red band 8,10,10,9,7
- Inverted row 5×12
Todays session was back to heavy
- trap bar deadlift sets of 3 working up to 3RM 2x3x60kg, 80,90,100,110,115
- yoke 6 x25m up to max weight 90,110, 130,150,160,160
- Romanian deadlifts 4x8x80kg superset with db lunges 6 per leg with 5kg per hand.
The yoke is feeling really heavy at 160kg and I feel like I am bending over so I video’d myself. I was pleasantly surprised that I was actually mostly upright but you can see I am planting my feet wrong, my gait should be much flatter with small quick (a ha ha ha) steps.
Some other news. I wasn’t successful with the job application I put in yonks ago but the feedback I got was I needed to have more volunteer work on my application. Luckily my husband is just about to see a shift in work pattern which will only have him working 3 days a week AND my youngest goes to pre-school 9 hours a week come september which gives me time to volunteer so I have applied for a Health Trainer Champion volunteer position. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Why do you exercise?