Friday 26th February 2015
This weekend I am visiting a friend to practise our map reading, navigation and fire lighting.
The Day Pass costs just £10 and includes use of the gym, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, sanarium (I don’t know what that is either) and jacuzzi.
For 2 people who wanted to relax and catch up, we steamed through a WOD Deck Of Cards App workout chucking in burpees and some heavy kettlebell swings. My cardio certainly isn’t way it used to be, I couldn’t keep up with Tekkers and even had to stop for a breather.
After we’re done, I get a feeling…. I want to deadlift. The free weights area looks cool and I want to stimulate my hamstrings before relaxing in the sauna.
5 x 20kg Romanian deadlifts
5 x 40kg Romanian deadlifts
5 x 60kg deadlifts
3 x 80kg
My previous personal best for a standard deadlift was 92.5kg. I hadn’t tried for a 1RM (1 rep max) for a while, so I think “stuff it, lets go for it.”
Without thinking about it too much:
1 x 95kg
My ears were ringing a little but that felt relatively easy. Tekkers said I looked like I had more left. I grabbed 2 more 2.5kg plates.
Uh oh, I’m getting nervous. My hands start sweating. I get some chalk. I absolutely love that feeling of getting nervous before a big lift. And I hate it. Before it gets to me too much, I shake it off, and crack on:
1 x 100kg
Ha! Tekkers took a video without me knowing. I’m not putting the full thing on here, my form was a little untidy.
I can’t believe I’ve done it – I’ve been wanting a 100kg deadlift for 2 years! And it didn’t even feel that bad, despite the noise I make.
I’ve read loads about lifting heavy and getting stronger. The majority suggest lifting heavy 3 times a week, with one days rest in between allowing the muscles time to adapt and recover.
Mat and I had a ‘taper’ week last, where we lowered our weight right down and concentrated on form. This happens every 6 weeks so our bodies get a rest. Having not lifted heavy for over 2 weeks is proof that taking time between big lifts is a good method for getting stronger.
Also, not putting too much pressure on it and just cracking on helps.
I’ve perhaps been a bit sneaky. I’ve packed on the pounds recently as I am no longer running and I’m eating a heck of a lot. I’m about 4-5 kg heavier than last year. I reckon this must have helped my lift having more weight on the bar.
My next goal is 2 times my body weight at somewhere around 125-127.5kg. I don’t think I’ll want to go much higher than that as, in my head, I’ll get a thicker waist.
To celebrate, I have fish, sweet potato chips and mushy peas for dinner, it’s Friday after all. That will certainly make my waist thicker 😉
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