I could totally do that….or not.
I’ve decided that I not only need an off switch for my brain while I’m at the gym, but I also need blinders and botox. I saw a kid squatting today with literally zero movement below his knees. His shins were straight up and down the entire time he sqatted, below parallel. I was crazy jealous. Of course, he only had a 10 pound plate in his hands….that could make a slight difference. It definitely dinged my confidence though. Next, I had a woman come up to me and ask about my lifts. She was very nice and very complimentary until….she started talking about her son. “My son comes to this gym too and he’s very impressed by you. He says, mom….there’s that lady that lifts weights.” Yep, it’s official. I’m no longer that ‘girl’. It’s a title I’ve held proudly on several occasions in my life. But not anymore. I’m now…..that lady….that old, tired, sagging lady. Hence the need for botox….everywhere- forehead, cheeks, eyes, hell….let’s even throw in the armpits so I never sweat again. It’s okay, at least he was admiring my lifting skills. I’ll take what I can get now days.
I’d say tonight was the most successful unsuccessful night I’ve ever had in the gym. It was bench night, and I had 3 sets of 2 at 150 in store for me. I was wigging out. THAT’S HEAVY. I did 145 last week, but 150 just seemed like so much more. (Does that sound crazy? Good….cuz it is.) I think I was just having an off night, even 135 felt like a ton of bricks. So I tried 2 reps at 145 first and it was fine. Then I tried 150. I got the first rep, but I couldn’t get the second one. I was bummed. I went back down to 145 to finish the last set….defeated. It’s funny how good 145 felt though. I can’t explain it. Those 2.5’s were intimidating…what can I say?
In an effort to punish myself for not getting my bench reps, I upped my weight on rows, shoulder presses and dips. It worked. The shoulder presses were torture. Seriously, I’d have traded a pinky fingernail ripped out with pliers a al Syriana. And dips with a 40 pound dumbbell….ouch. It did help with the confidence a bit though ; ) I’m also excited to report that my latest increase in weight has put me at the top of the big girl dumbbell rack. I was excited to graduate from the training wheels rack (5-25) earlier this year and am now edging toward the end of the next rack (30-50ish). I’ll be super psyched when I get to grab my first dumbbell off the super macho don’t even come near this rack unless you can bench 3 bills (or half that in my case) rack! I will likely only be using the first or second dumbbell on that rack, but I don’t care!!!
I also wanted to share a clip from a fellow lifter. He’s training for the same meet as me and posted an awesome squat workout today. It was good to watch because I feel like that’s kinda what I look like when I squat…except shorter and wearing slightly less baggy pants. Enjoy.
Oh and in case anyone is actually reading this with any regularity, I probably won’t get to post again until Friday. I’m out of town at a conference Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Which means I’ll be driving around Bloomington at 5 am Thursday in search of a gym for heavy squats and speed deadlifts. Yeah….that’s not making me anxious at all!!