Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feeling good about my lifting progress

On the days I just do strength work, I'll still stretch and warmup with the group at Forged Fitness.  And I really liked today's warmup:
10 slamballs 20 lbs
10 kettlebell swings 30 lbs
10 1 arm/1 leg dumbbell press 20 lbs
two rounds, the 1 arm/1 leg press was tough!  Pressing with only on one side balanced was a challenge and again, I could feel that my right side was more stable than my left.  It is definitely a more nuanced experience at the gym when Jason is teaching since he is always thinking of things to challenge us. 
After that it was onto my strength training:
Cleans
67 lbs 5 reps
80 lbs 3 reps
85 lbs 2 reps
90 lbs 2 reps
The prescribed Rx was 70-80-90 but when I went from 80 lbs to 90 lbs, I was not getting the bar up (and I was giving up too early).  So I dropped back to 85 lbs to build my confidence and I belted out two good reps and then tried the 90 lbs again.  The first rep wasn't pretty but I got it done and the second rep was more confidence building!  I put the video (below) in Coach's Eye and Jason showed me that I was bending my elbows WAY too early and I kind of dropped into the squat and let the weight carry me (instead of controlling the downward movement into the squat) but those are the little things I need to work on to get better.  I'm so happy that I did 90 lbs and did it pretty well.  Now I can keep on working on it and build up my confidence to get to 100 lbs!

Then it was Deadlifts:
135 lbs 5 reps
150 lbs 3 reps
170 lbs 7 reps
Pretty good on my deadlifts and this time I used the mixed grip on the last set since I start losing my grip when I go heavier, the mixed grip seems to work for longer.


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