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  • I did! I fit into it a few months ago, and I love being able to wear it again. I'm glad I kept it around.
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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    • Okay, so an update on the gym hunt. I think we may have found a good spot at the larger city facility not too far away. It has a much better equipped gym with a couple of squat racks (which is good, because when we arrived there was some dude doing curls in one of them, but I didn't have to beat him with a dumbbell because the other one was free).

      Anyhow, the bro factor is still definitely there (hence the curling in the squat rack). Lots of dudes pumping and preening, and some very amusing exercises from some of them. I was the only woman lifting really heavy--there were some women in the free weight area, but all of them were playing with small dumbbells, not doing any heavy stuff or big lifts. But I didn't feel unwelcome or out of place, and although there was some scoping out going on, it was nothing like I've dealt with in commercial gyms. And there were some BIG dudes in there too, mostly bodybuilder-ish sorts but also just some large men lifting.

      Still nothing for a serious pullup bar really (just towers), except that at my height, the crossbar of the squat cage works well, so I did some of those between sets. Worked on slow negatives to hopefully build strength and up my numbers for continuous pullups. Did some squats and deadlifts, discovered that I've lost some strength on them over the summer off lifting, but I expect that to come back quickly since it will probably only take a couple of sessions to wake things up again and get all the muscles firing properly.

      Also, I discovered that part of the reason my partner likes to do squats with me is that apparently the view is good. Heh.
      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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      • What? There's an ulterior motive behind helping you workout? Boyfriend--helping girlfriend--ulterior motive? I just don't understand, it can't be.
        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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        • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
          What? There's an ulterior motive behind helping you workout? Boyfriend--helping girlfriend--ulterior motive? I just don't understand, it can't be.
          Ha! Yes, well, I have similar motivations for going to the gym with him. I thoroughly enjoy...spotting him.
          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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          • Happy gym day! Did bench press for the first time in ages, and I've never done all that much of it, so my 1RM is a rather unimpressive 85 pounds. Or rather, it was, because I did 85 pounds for 2 reps today. A small victory, but considering that I've been away from barbells all summer, it's nice to get back under the bar and find that the pushups at least kept me from losing strength. Also, I'm doing a lot of slow negatives on pullups and chinups right now and finding they're enjoyable and offer a good challenge in trying to come back down as slowly as I possibly can.

            Sadly, my squats and deads definitely suffered over the summer, but that will come back as my body adapts again to the exercise. I'm still strong, but I know from the way the first session back at those lifts went that I will need to work a bit to match my PRs on those again.

            But we start 5/3/1 next week, so I'm hoping to see some good gains.
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • Deadlifts last night. Quit at 225, but I think I could have pulled 235. So I did lose some strength over the summer, but not much (my 1RM was 253). I expect I will be back there after a few weeks, possibly after the 531 cycle.

              Gym dudes are funny. There are these two young guys I've never seen doing anything but weird useless crap they probably got out of some magazine. Last night they were watching a guy in the squat rack and commenting approvingly on his form. The guy was duckfooted and nowhere near going to parallel, and it was painfully clear they had no freaking clue what they were talking about.

              Then there was the guy who puffed with every dumbbell shrug and sounded like a steam locomotive starting up. *smh*
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • Well at least they were doing something besides talking. The gym I go to (when I get a chance) is full of folks who do one set and talk for 10 minutes.
                If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                • Yeah, we have a lot of bodybuilder types so the bro quotient can be a little high, but at least they're fairly serious about actually working out. The city facility is no chrome and tone, and there are some heavy weights and less restriction on stuff like noise. The rules are more about not hogging equipment by doing stuff like taking long rests and not sharing machines.

                  I like it but wish there were more women using the free weights especially because being the only woman in that area some days is a little uncomfortable. Also, some men need to be more subtle about their ogling. These two things may be related.
                  “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                  • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                    Well at least they were doing something besides talking. The gym I go to (when I get a chance) is full of folks who do one set and talk for 10 minutes.
                    Ooh... sounds like my kind of place! (But then again, I am a talky kind and not yet smitten with repetitively lifting iron blobs)

                    Hi Owly! I just thought I would follow you home tonight to see what it is like where you live... I like! Have a good evening!
                    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                    • Aw, thanks! It's nice to have visitors.
                      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                      • Day one of 5/3/1, workout went well. Because of the rotation we were doing before, we decided to start off on bench, so that makes the squats next--squats are a lift I both love and fear. I've always liked lower rep heavy sets, so I'm looking forward to working up to week 3 to see how things go.

                        I'm anticipating the most easy gains on bench, not because I'm super strong there but because it's the lift I've done least. On the other lifts, I am hoping that by the end of the first cycle, I'll get back to where I was before The Summer of No Gym. I don't count this summer as a loss at all--I worked a lot on running, which I needed to improve, and got to play around with bodyweight work, so it was still productive. But I'm really happy to be back playing with the barbells again. There's just something about heavy lifts that is good for my physical and mental health, and it's deeply satisfying to see the strength gains. Also, I have that 300 pound deadlift goal.

                        The plan is just for very simple, minimal assistance work for this cycle, working on just one assistance exercise each session. I'd like to keep up with the running in between and get in a yoga class or two for mobility (I find that mobility element is really critical when I'm lifting a lot). With winter coming, I expect less casual exercise like biking and more planned stuff, so it's good to start mapping it out now.

                        Oh, and I'm totally stoked that I can see my triceps now.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                        • Owly,

                          I plan to start working out with weights as soon as my hand heals... should be another week. But what I really want to do is kettlebell training..... I tried that just one time and I *LITERALLY* could not get out of bed the next day, and I was sore for days.... and I was using a lightweight kettlebell.
                          Start Date 9.24.12
                          Starting weight 285ish ( scale is acting funny so I don't trust it, but 285 is close )
                          CW - 271 pounds
                          First Goal - 255 by 2013
                          Main Goal - To be healthy for my family... I have an awesome family.
                          Other Goal - to get off some medications
                          Final goal - to get to about 180 pounds by 2014
                          NEW GOAL - When I can start a new journal called "Your dad is not so fat!"

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                          • Ouch! Yes, kettlebells are fun but can definitely leave you sore. I've played with them quite a bit at my CF gym when I was going there, and they are definitely effective.

                            I think I like the barbell lifts so much because as a woman, I find it amazing to realize how much weight I can pick up and move now. I've been very fit before in my life, but never as strong, and it feels good when I pick up and move something without thought when a couple of years ago I would have asked my partner to do it.

                            I bought a big bag of basmati the other day (we still eat some rice) and put it up on the top shelf of the pantry thinking that was the best place to keep it out of the way and away from the inevitable fall invasion of the mice, and I stopped and looked at it after and thought about how I would never, ever have done that before. It's just so *easy* now.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                            • I am both anticipating and dreading squat day today.
                              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                              • My sweetie and I went and did our squats last night (in VFFs of course), then came home and had a dinner of grassfed burger patties with onions, oven-baked potato chips, and fresh tomato (all veggies from the csa) with a local rhubarb-chipotle ketchup we picked up at the farmer's market. Over dinner, we talked about using the track for sprints in winter and the difference between seated and standing overhead presses. We capped off the evening watching squat form videos online (with f.lux installed on the computer of course) before heading off to bed at a reasonable hour.

                                This is what a primal couple looks like, apparently.
                                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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