Well, Hello there.
I hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend!
I was actually pretty busy at work this weekend and didn’t have a whole lot of time to write. So today’s post will actually be a mash-up of some of my own updates and some links to some good reads that I’ve found lately.
How I wish I spend my weekend:
How I actually spent my weekend:
Let’s go with the updates first.
I deadlifted 135 for reps for the first time on Friday! Woo Hoo! I know that may not seem like a ton to some of you (and to some it may seem like a lot) but I feel like it’s been a long time coming for me. I’ve been stuck at 125 for a while, so to finally be able to move past that plateau was huge. With my hip mobility issues and the smaller plate size at the lower weight, I was having to do my DLs from a set of blocks. Finally, with the full 45 lb plates, I was able to DL straight from the floor and it felt great!! Honestly, my hips have never felt better. (Me-thinks it has something to do with the fact that I finally realized several months ago that I really needed to stop trying to become a “runner”). I am also definitely going to attribute
part a lot of my success on Friday to the added pulling/rowing lifts that I have added over the past month in order to improve my upper back strength.
Yes, deadlifting is mostly focused on hamstrings/glutes/lower back, but it really is a full body lift and a strong upper back is essential for good form. Now that I’ve started to see more strength gains in that mid-trap/rhomboid area of my upper back, I felt like I was supporting my DL much more than I had previously.
Yay for gains!
And now for some good reads. These are just a few blog posts/articles that I’ve come across fairly recently from some of my favorite writers/bloggers out there on the interwebz. Hopefully you’ll appreciate these as much as I do!
Nia Shanks – Nutrition Trigger and Tips – Nia is one of my favorite strong female voices out there. A great post here about food triggers (we all have them!) and how to handle them.
Molly Galbraith – To Cheat Or Not To Cheat – Another excellent female voice when it comes to nutrition and strength training. Read this for thoughts on food “cheats” and if there really is such a thing.
Molly Galbraith – How To Tell If Your Trainer Knows What They Are Doing – Do You have a personal trainer? Are they actually benefitting you at all?
Brian St. Pierre – Cholesterol Fact and Fiction – A quick but informative read about cholesterol and what you really need to know about your lipid profile.
Alan Aragon – Interviewed By Wisconsin Poly Tech – Some great general information about nutrition and strength training.
That’s all for now, folks! This week has the potential to be pretty hectic as well so I’ll be back with a “real” blog post as soon as I’m able to. For now, I leave you with this, Pinterest find of the week: