Last week was a really important week to the beginning of my training for powerlifting. Mostly it was explorative in determining some of my current capacities for weight, form, and adaptation to a new routine. Man, I was in for a rude awakening when I signed up to be trained as a heavy-weight-lifting athlete! We didn’t necessarily begin my program, but we went through the motions to “norm” me to the structure, and to provide critical data to Mike Peltz, my trainer. This is a review of my week:
Having reflected on this embarrassing moment all week, I’ve come to the conclusion that “dumping” the weight is inevitable for everyone. Seriously, if you don’t push yourself to new levels, and fail…then you probably aren’t lifting enough. …This was my first time, and while it scared the piss out of everyone who witnessed it, I know it will happen again. Now we know to be better prepared, I know to listen to my body when I’m nearing capacity, and I know to humble myself enough to tell Mike when I might lose the weight. Trust is more important than I realized.
I am writing this post at the beginning of official Week 1 of my training. In trusting Mike, I’ve been getting my suggested 7-8 hours of sleep, I’ve been drinking a ton more water (1-2 gallons minimum), and stretching throughout the day to stay “loose” and ready to lift. Compromising my body by not having planned out my week better really cheated my experience last week. I was anxious to squat again after dumping the weight, and that never should’ve happened in the first place. I learned my lesson, hard, and embarrassingly. I also had to take some time, in a few moments of self-conscious doubt, to realize how much I want this. What I realized? That I really, really do.
In my attempt to track visual progress, this was a series of progress-pics I took on a particularly lean day. In the past few weeks I’ve been averaging 117lbs, but that depends on the last meal I ate the night before, the amount of water I drank, the amount of sleep I got (the longer I sleep, the lighter I wake up scaling-in,) etc. While I think I look muscular, I definitely don’t think I look like the Hulk’s kid-sister!
I am so excited that it’s Official Week 1! I’m ready to continue adding volume, adjusting my nutritional plan to add more carbs before squat or deadlift day (haven’t decided,) and just enjoying releasing the strength that I know is within me. It’s a crazy cool experience, and I think I’m really lucky.
P.S. If you’re in the Tempe, AZ area, come visit and train with me/us!