It’s been about a month since I posted progress images. This is just about week 6 of my training program for power-lifting, and as promised, I’ve been maintaining measurements to dispel the notion that women bulk when they lift heavy weights.
As can be seen below, I’ve made little change in the way of measurements, and this image was made after my heaviest carb-meal and after an hour of circuit strength training cardio.
Compared to Week 1’s measurements I’ve had…
1/4 of an inch across my shoulders
1/2 of an inch for my biceps
1/2 of an inch for my biceps flexed
1/2 an inch around my hips
1/2 inch in my waist
1/2 an inch in my quads/thighs (primarily inner thigh, I know muscle growth has increased)
So, dear ladies, I hope this information has thus far confirmed that we won’t, indeed, bulk up if we lift heavier. The progression has been tremendous and empowering but calculated and completely within my body’s capability for adjusting and maintaining the weight. I’m still only participating in up to THREE 45-minute cardio sessions a week, which are usually circuit based and focus on strength building via kettle bells, marine ropes, TRX, and some compound movement cardio exercises.
When I started training at Revolution Training Systems gym, it was not for powerlifting. I started taking the “Iron Women” class that is designed to help women with heavier weight-lifting, tracking data, and making sheer progress with fundamental exercises that are research-proven to help build lean physiques.
Thank goodness it’s policy that we track our data because I can share with you the progress I’ve made since Day 1. I’ve highlighted new successful personal bests if I moved up in weight for an appropriate amount of weight. This way, there’s a system and visual aid for seeing my progress and understanding that this is about progressive building and adding progressive volume–not trying to lift my heaviest weight each lifting session!
Months August and September were strictly participation in the classes, building relationships and trust with the trainers and girls in the class and establishing my capabilities. October begins the powerlifting training sessions and progressive weight-building!
*An extra “deadlifting” session was added in September (which also helped with make-up sessions from schedule/life conflicts) **If interested in your own lifting plan, please contact Mike or Matt Peltz for more information or references (480-203-7727).