So, I took a shot at maxing out again today. I was on a mission to do two lifts- squat and deadlift- and the outcomes could not have been more different. I’m trying not to be discouraged right now.
So the squat. Ugh. What a pain. I can squat just fine….or at least I thought I could. Power lifting is a whole new ball game and the technique is crazy specific. The hardest part for me is getting low enough. I feel like I pretty much have to touch my bum to the ground to get a qualified lift. I’m nervous. Especially because tonight I wasn’t even able to get my previous max of 185. I’m sure I wasn’t going nearly as low the first time I tried everything. Now I’ve been working so hard the last three months and not only not made progress, but I’ve gone backwards. I keep telling myself that it’s more about my technique and not about a lack of strength, but it’s still a bit disheartening. So, from here on out I’m going to be stuck doing tons of air squats and stretching all to make sure that I can actually lift to my potential. Very exciting.
My deadlift….on the other hand, was a bit better. When I started this whole process I had never really deadlifted. I started “weight training” with purple dumb bells and a full collection of The Firm DVDs. I learned a lot, but it was all very basic….absolutely no dead lifting. So, when I first showed up at Impact Sports Training (IST) and they told me to do deadlifts….I sucked. My trainer would put 95 pounds in front of me and I would shudder. I hated them. I did manage to get my first max up to 205 pounds though. I’ve been training my deadlift a lot harder in the last two months and it has apparently paid off. I’m not sure what a common strength gain is for women over a two month period, but I managed to add 40 pounds. Yes, I did a 245 pound dead lift today. I’m pretty proud. It my mind I was just hoping that I could get to 225. I really wanted to be able to say that I could lift FOUR 45 pound plates. That’s a lot! So not only did I do that, but we added two tens on there too. I have to say, I’m very happy with that lift.
The first thing I did when I got home (after throwing a girly fit about my squat sucking) was look at the results sheet from last year. I realize that the same people won’t be at the competition this year, but I just like to have some idea of where I would stand in this sort of a meet. The improvement in my deadlift has bumped me up a few places. My bench is still good. Now if I could just get that stinkin squat over 200 pounds….I’d be happy. Really happy.
The final count down is on. This is going to be a tough month, but I’m up for it. I’d say I’m even looking forward to it ; )