95kg 95kg 95kg
Woohoo woohoo woohoo woohoo 😁😁😁😁
In case you didn’t guess from that I am happy… I did a 95kg deadlift this afternoon 😊😊😊 I haven’t lifted this heavy in over a year and I lived it so much!! Total superhero lifting day 😊😊
I danced in the gym after I lifted it…which confused a couple of people… the Saturday evening people in the gym don’t know me as well as the weekday morning people 😂😂
(Yoga will be later 😊)
Day 82: Saturday
In a break with tradition I had a personal training session at 9:30 on Saturday morning. I know…it surprised me too! Actually i wasn’t that surprised, we did arrange it in advance and everything…
Anyway…I had PT on a Saturday and it was awesome!
I did deadlifts…and sledpushes and kettlebells… which are some of my favourite things 😀 I am pretty sure I have spoke at length about how much I love all of those things so a PT session which includes them is never going to be bad 😀
We did intersperse the kettlebells with 500m row sprintishs.
A sprintish is a thing…it is not exactly a sprint because it it not totally flat out, you do have to pace yourself a little, but you have e challenging target so you have to go quickly and put in maximum effort…a bit like the 400m or the 800m probably… although neither of those distances is anything like a sprint for me…
No…I totally didn’t just make that up on the spot…honest!!
even though sprintish rowing is hard, I definitely enjoyed my PT…deadlifts will do that…even in sets of 14!
Saturday night was a pirate themed party for Kaye and Pete 🙂 awesome members of mythago, Pete is the drummer and Kaye is a once and future dancer currently drumming until her knee heels!
Day 83 Sunday
On Sunday I unexpectedly ended up in the gym…
It was not in my initial plan but mark suggested going so I thought why not 😁
We did supersets:
- Squats and step ups
- Deficit deadlifts and sled pushes and sledpulls
- Rows, lat pull downs and seated rows
It was a pretty awesome work out in the end (and in the beginning) 😁😁
Day 82 and 83 done 😀
110kg Rack pull!!
110kg Rack pull!!
That is 110kg…in case you didn’t get it the first time. 110kg is 243lbs in case you are unfamiliar with the metric system…
This is a rack pull…it is like a deadlift but only the top half… When I did it I set the bar up so it was at about knee level, then I wanted to try from lower so I stood on a weight plate because I couldn’t be bothered to take 110kg off the bar and move the rack down…
Anyway…I did 110kg rack pulls…and I did them last 😀
The rest of the workout was also awesome… Sarah and I started off at 6:30 am, and once we had remembered how to use out brains and do stuff we started with deadlift benchpress superset…which is wierd but it worked… 80kg deadlifts 4 x 5 and 40 kg bench press 4 x 5 we then moved on to quad and lower back isolation supersets. Then Sarah went home and I did rack pulls because I wanted to see what I could do. I feel a 1RM deadlift test coming on!!
I was even super good after all that and did my hip and ankle mobility exercises!! Cant tell if these are making a difference yet…but I have only done them three times so I suppose I should be patient…
Later the same day…
There was dancing… obviously there was dancing…it was Wednesday 😀 Lots and lots of lovely unphotographed dancing. We practiced new things for our new story and I generally forgot what I was doing because my new kit was odd and the mask kept slipping down. I will rectify this before its first dance out…
Here is a nother Paddington because I am excited about my PB!!
Day 50: Monday…the day someone stole my tooth!!
OK…it was a dentist and I paid him to do it so it may not count as stealing…actually it sounds worse than stealing…
In other words, I had a wisdom tooth out. I was not actually expecting to have a wisdom tooth out, I was expecting a consultation where the dentist confirmed that my wisdom tooth was broken, and that I should come back a different day to have it taken out!
This is not what happened…he took a quick look, decided it should come out and then gave me an injection, some x rays and attacked me with pliers! This was all a little off-putting as I have never had any sort of dental work done before! From the horror stories I have now heard about wisdom teeth, I think I got off fairly lightly. It did leave me a little shaky however and so my plan of running after the dentist and then going to train my client went out of the window!
Instead I went home and sat down…then after a sufficient amount of sitting I did Yoga for when you are sick from the lovely Adriene of Yoga with Adriene
It was enough!
Day 50 done
Day 51: Tuesday…PT against all common sense.
According to the info on what to do after you have had a tooth out you shouldn’t participate in sport or vigorous exercise on the day of the extraction. I took this to mean the actual day…going to bed and getting up again makes it a different day right? So I got up in the morning and went to PT. This is perfectly reasonable I think!
It was an excellent PT session in which I did some trap bar deadlifts and some kettlebells and I am pretty sure there was something else… but I was a little vague that day possibly due to wisdom tooth after effects…
Day 51 done 🙂
Day 52: Wednesday…gym and dancing
Wednesday is always gym and dancing…this shouldn’t be a surprise 🙂
The gym was pretty good, It was the second occurrence of the stupidly early get to the gym by 6:30 plan. Sarah and I did things such as bench presses, OH presses, rows and deadlifts. When sarah had to go to work at 7:30 I stayed on again for my bonus half hour and did squat / step up supersets and some core training…I haven’t done dedicated core trainign for ages…I should probably do more
And then there was dancing…which was awesome! Dancing is almost always awesome but this Wednesday we were practicing a brand new Mythago story for the first time ever! It is a good story too 🙂 very appropriate for times when we dance at beer festivals and breweries and such like… I am not going to tell you too much about it now…you’ll all just have to wait 😀
Day 52 done 😀
Day 53: Thursday…the day I didn’t get lost in the woods…again!
As you might have realised this getting lost in the woods business is featuring fairly prominently in my mind right now…Ths time, I did go for a run, and it was in woods, and whats more they were woods I had never been to before…and I still didn’t get lost!
I managed it by taking susie with me, she knew the woods and pointed me in the right direction. Which was initially up a great big hill…then down said hill by a much longer shallower route, then some of the way back up again up a “slight slope”. Suffice it to say, we have different ideas when it comes to slight slopes…
However none of this is important…the important thing is I ran for 10 mins without a break, this is a longer continuous interval than I have run for 2.5 years!! it wasn’t the only interval, there were others, but this one was the unexpectedly awesome one. OK it was downhill but still I am super pleased that I am making progress 😀
Day 53 done 😀
Day 54: Friday…gym day 😀
Friday was the day for squats and rows… and then some relatively rare (for us) isolation exercises focusing on quads and lower back 🙂
Why yes Olympic bar…it was heavy!!
Day 54 done 😁
Well so far anyway… there is actually a very good chance I will be doing some yoga in the next half hour…
(I didn't…I fell asleep)
But I promised you a non yoga post, and I promised myself a more vigorous exercise-y day. So that is exactly what we have…
I am back from my Birmingham adventure and have reinstated my normal routine, which means I got myself up at stupid o'clock in the morning and went to the gym 😀
Look there it is…my gym 🙂
It was morning and decision making is tricky… but we managed to do two supersets
The first was squats (1×6@50kg 2×6@60kg) / sled pushes and pulls (50kg)
The second was bench press (1×5@30kg 2×5@35kg) / Kettlebell clean and presses (3×8@10kg per arm)
So despite a bit of indecision, we managed a pretty well balanced bit of superhero training :-D…it did all feel heavy mind you…there is a chance someone turned up the gravity!!
The rest of the day was rainy very rainy and I was very tempted to use that as an excuse to stay indoors…
But as luck would have it the rain stopped and I convinced myrtle go out and run…
The rain only stopped for 5 mins as it happened but I had set off by then so I ran anyway…
and I got very soggy!!
But I still went and ran and remembered that your split times are buggered up a bit if you stop and take photos in the middle…
Oh well it is not all about the time 😁
Some how I don't look as soggy as I was…
So with dual superhero training completed, day 33 done 🙂
Deadlifts and squats were the story of this mornings gym session!
Sarah and I decided to do a superset consisting of heavy squats and heavy deadlifts… well why not do two massive compound exercises in one set???
We did five rounds of deadlifts 1×10@40kg, 2×6 @ 70kg and 2×5 @ 80kg, followed by squats 1×10 @ 40kg, 1 x 8 @ 50kg and 3x 6 @ 55kg.
We followed this up with some 50kg sled pushes and pulls 😀
Day 26 done 😁
Do you remember the Viking press?
I am pretty sure you do I told you about it just last week 🙂
Do you remember how I told you it was super heavy without any weight plates on it and I always use it with nothing on?
(Nothing on the machine…I have stuff on…awesome legging most of the time and some for of top)
Well… today in a fit of craziness I decided to add weights!!! Little ones 1.25 kg per side, but still… I added weights!! I am finally improving my shoulders!!! 😁😁😁 this has been my goal for a year!! So the heaviest ever on the viking press is definitely a new Paddington 😁
We trained shoulders today at the gym…in case all the Viking press talk hadn't given that away 🙂 it was a good shoulder session…but it wasn't the *most* dedicated gym session ever!! Still we went and we did stuff and it was early in the morning!!!
Oh and there were awesome leggings!!
So that was morning…
At lunchtime I decided to go for a run… I am building running up as a habit 🙂 so despite the fact that it was all drizzling and humid I went anyway 🙂 and it got me out and away from my desk…and back into my awesome leggings…
No…of course I am not done yet…
It is Wednesday and Wednesday is dancing day!!!
Today, instead of practice we were guests of another local Morris sides at a pub in Angmering not too far from here. So we donned kit and bells and danced away the evening… and due to a quirk of planning and who knew what dance in which place…I ended up in every dance!! As such I forgot to take any photos until afterwards!!
It was fun though and I enjoyed it…despite being a little on the tired side by that time!!
And with that…day 24 is most definitely done!
woohoo New PB 😀
And…not a deadlift one this time!! My deadlifts have pleataeued, which is annoying but not surprising considering the amount of lower body injuries I gained at the beginning / middle of 2016!
This time it was a bench press PB…yes, thats right I am finally attempting to address the imbalance between my upper an lower body strength. I am getting there too but slowly!
New Bench Press 1RM 47.5kg!! 😀 this makes me very happy! and quite surprised!!
This isn’t a picture of that day… but I love the leggings so I am putting it here!!
I don’t think there actually is a collective noun for complexes, I feel sure that if there were it wouldn’t be a complexity… maybe a difficulty of complexes or a confusion of complexes…
Complexity would likely be the collective noun for puzzles or some such thing…Back to complexes…
A complex, in this context, is a series of lifts or exercises that is done back to back without putting the bar / dumbbell down. For example, 8 reps each of: deadlifts, cleans, OH presses and back squats then rest and repeat
This has the advantage of being super efficient, a combination of lifting and cardio, not super boring and does all that good stuff like boost muscular endurance and metabolism and suchlike!
It has the disadvantage of being super hard and making you want to fall down!
In case you hadn’t guessed where this was going…I have been adding these into my workouts recently…
I was looking for options as I had got into a very samey pattern with lifting, which I still love, I just thought it is good to mix in some more heart-rate-raise-y whole body fun stuff!
I have been doing a mixture of barbell and dumbbell complexes, and a couple of times I have worked them as a superset as I was training with another person so we did one complex each then swapped… this, when it gets right down to it, is pure madness!
I had to play with the number of reps because I can lift a lot more on a deadlift than I can on a military press… so I upped the reps of the deadlift so I could use the same weight for all of them…switching weights sort of defeats the purpose!
I can highly recommend them 😀
Do you remember a while ago when I told you I was trying out new gyms…
It caused me to try this one which was really scary and quite far away:
And this one which was no less scary but much closer…
Well a few months ago (February actually) I tried another one… It was a new gym opeingin in horsham, conveniently 5 minutes away from where I work. This was a good sign.
It purported to be:
“A low cost, no contract gym done the right way”
And was called:
Dual Strength and Fitness
that was another good sign, I like both strength and fitness!!
So quite at random, I went for a look around, it looked pretty awesome…lots of heavy stuff and places to lift it, lots of functional stuff like kettlebells (woohoo) and medicine balls, and one or two obligatory pieces of cardio equipment. but the balance was very firmly in favour of lifting not treadmill slogging. This is definitely a place I could like…
So I joined…
And then attempted to go in my lunchbreak from work…which is possible but manic and therefor not really ideal…
So after some experimentation with different timings, and some cajoling of friends, I have managed to do the impossible!
I have managed to get to the gym in the morning on more than one morning a week! I have to admit this is mainly down to other people, but I did instigate the idea I the first place!! However, I have managed to get myself a gym buddy, or possibly my friend Sarah is now coming to the gym with me twice a week, as well as the PT i have one morning a week, that is 3 mornings 😀 I still can’t quite manage it when I am not meeting people, but it is a start!!
Altogether, pretty awesome! and I am so happy with the gym because it has everything I need in a gym and is super friendly! I actually speak to people…
people I don’t know and everything!! they are not intimidating and judge-y, or at least if they are they don’t show it…and in my experience intimidating judge-y people normally show it… and everyone just gets on with their own thing and does stuff like politely asks if you are using weights / racks / etc and generally speaking doesn’t do stupid stuff.
Did I mention they have a lot of heavy weights?
well they do…and not a sea of terrifying treadmills!!