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  1. So the first week of my new plan is done and so...

    So the first week of my new plan is done and so how did I do?

    Avoid the carb stack - done. I didn’t eat fruit or nuts all week. I think I slipped potato in a breakfast once, but since there are 2...
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    If you have access to a fairly heavy bell, you...

    If you have access to a fairly heavy bell, you can do what I call 'pick up the baby'. Basically it's combining a squat and a squeeze between your palms and a lift to head/eye height. As if you're...
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    From my understanding it all comes down to range...

    From my understanding it all comes down to range of motion and contraction. A bench press with full ROM requires you to bring the weight to your chest and press up until your arms are straight,...
  4. Sorry. Turkish Get Up. It's an old exercise, but...

    Sorry. Turkish Get Up. It's an old exercise, but VERY effective. There are a lot of demo vids out there. This is a good one for the basic get up. No low sweep, high bridge, low bridge stuff.

    ...
  5. Recovery Day programming

    I feel your pain! It's mental weather up here right now. Wicked cold, but hey, at least it hasn't snowed in a couple days. :rolleyes:

    So...

    I just got on the scale and it is not pretty. I...
  6. Thanks for chiming in! I think you're right. It's...

    Thanks for chiming in! I think you're right. It's the booze. Delicious, delicious booze.

    And damn are you sick of this yet? OMG I think it will never be spring up here. It was minus 17 when I got...
  7. Denial. Way more than just a river in Egypt.

    So Iíve been at this Primal thing for a couple, three years now and lost some weight, fixed some issues and generally feel great. I never did lose all the weight I really wanted to, but I got mostly...
  8. this is an arnold press ...

    this is an arnold press

    http://youtu.be/6Z15_WdXmVw

    I don't military press because it wrecks my elbows. I do Arnolds one armed and standing to engage muscles used to stabilize me during the...
  9. Technique and weight are like a mobius strip -...

    Technique and weight are like a mobius strip - one definitely flows into the other. For me, the heavier I lift the more exacting my technique has to be. The more exacting my technique, the heavier I...
  10. Same here, Mr. A. The gym I go to can be a pretty...

    Same here, Mr. A. The gym I go to can be a pretty chatty place and I like to give some encouragement to the folks who seem to be really trying.

    One of these days I'll do a pull up. I'm close. I'm...
  11. Milestone time!

    Ok, first of all let me do a bit of a happy dance.

    I put the big wheels on the bar and benched 135!!!

    Woo hoo! This has been a goal of mine for while now. I lift with my husband once a week and...
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    This is SO TRUE. Once I started to engage lats,...

    This is SO TRUE. Once I started to engage lats, obliques, glutes on every lift I got stronger. That and maintaining a tight grip with only my butt and shoulders touching the bench. Feet well braced...
  13. Phew. Back at the regular gym today. Put 10...

    Phew.
    Back at the regular gym today. Put 10 pounds on the squat bar and did fewer reps. Part of my 'don't get any bigger' strategy. 5 sets of 3 at 165. A very slim, wiry woman told me it was...
  14. I think some of it had to do with not being at my...

    I think some of it had to do with not being at my regular gym and the substitute was LAME. Some instructor with a class of one had to make a big friggin' deal about how she was going to let us stay...
  15. No debate here. Just don't need one at present....

    No debate here. Just don't need one at present. Pulled 245 today. Somehow it felt like I added 50 lbs not 20. :rolleyes:
  16. Yay for lady lifters here, too! You are brave...

    Yay for lady lifters here, too!

    You are brave for competing. I’m not sure I could, but I’ve watched some on you tube and damn some of them wimmins is strong!

    Deadlift is my favorite, but I also...
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    Yep, squats and deadlifts. I also do single...

    Yep, squats and deadlifts.

    I also do single arm standing Arnold presses. Once you get to some heavy weight, you can really feel it in your core.
    You can also try some asymmetrical loaded carries...
  18. Oh that's so true, Jenn. Form is so key to DLs....

    Oh that's so true, Jenn. Form is so key to DLs. If I feel it in my lower back, I know I'm rounding and probably lifting my butt first. Bad. That's when I slow down and reset for the next pull. I...
  19. Welcome edennperez1 ! Conventional, mixed...

    Welcome edennperez1 !

    Conventional, mixed grip. I try to switch my grip with each hand for each set, but sometimes I forget. When I first went reasonably heavy, 185 I think, I really needed to...
  20. Today I hit my personal best deadlift session...

    Today I hit my personal best deadlift session ever 5 sets of 5 at 225. I felt good, strong and totally on top of my game. Someone told me it was badass. After that confidence booster, I did 5 sets of...
  21. One of the reasons I strength train is that while...

    One of the reasons I strength train is that while I can't fight being an old lady someday, I refuse to be a frail old lady. And who wants to break a hip anyway?
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    Recently I added negatives to my routine instead...

    Recently I added negatives to my routine instead of weight compensated pull ups. They are kicking my ass and hopefully I'll be able to do a full body weight pull up on my own. Upper body strength for...
  23. That's a darn good carry! I think you'll do fine...

    That's a darn good carry! I think you'll do fine on the rebuild.

    I do the same thing in the pet store and people look at me like I'm nuts. Just heave the bag on my shoulder and walk around.

    Did...
  24. Thanks Jenn. Since I posted that I've upped my...

    Thanks Jenn.

    Since I posted that I've upped my Arnold press to 5x4/5 with 40lbs and I piled 410lbs on the sled yesterday and pushed it up and back 4x before I decided I was pooped. And my bench...
  25. 3x a week, split push/pull with barbells,...

    3x a week, split push/pull with barbells, Dumbbells and kettlebells.
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