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  1. You can squat, your form may not be perfect but I don't see anything dangerous about it. You'll just have a hard time making progress. You should be as tight before you start as you are while you squat ; so activate your lats, squeeze your glutes and brace your core -- whatever feels like it's losing tightness during the squat is what you need to strengthen or practice activating. For instance, if you're dipping forward out of the hole, you may need to do some lat work. Speed is fine as long as it's controlled.
  2. Agreed, it looks like you're dive-bombing. What bugged me is you keep shuffling your right foot between reps, which to me says you're not really balanced to begin with. Your feet are your anchor points: when I'm tight and in a strong position to begin my squat, my feet are rooted into the ground. I don't think I could move them!
  3. We don't date in France -- we don't even have a word for it. Once you're physically close to someone (e.g., kissing) on a regular basis (say 3+ times), you're in a relationship. Exclusivity is implied. There's no "defining the relationship" talk unless one of you wants it to be casual. There's usually a bit of shyness around using the term boyfriend/girlfriend in front of each other for the first time, but you'd describe the other as such to your friends pretty much immediately. There's no first, second, third, etc. date either -- we usually hang out with friends or spend days together without specific plans, so communication is very relaxed fairly quickly.
  4. True! I need into tap in a part of my mental strength which just wasn't there yesterday morning. Conditioning makes me very emotional, I already noticed that with boxing. It's not a situation where I take well to being pushed -- it just makes things worse. I agree, volume squats don't pose the same kind of mental challenge. Also true. I'm still in touch with the guy I met during the last challenge ; but he's been sick and we haven't been able to schedule a third date. It's been a bit stressful because it's been a while now and I'm starting to feel invested without anything substantial to go on. I asked for some clarity in my last email, so that should be resolved soon. American dating sucks in general. Oh right, that thing. 3/3 on truth. As always, you speak the voice of reason. Thanks for hanging about on my thread!
  5. I had the laziest weekend. I didn't even meal prep. That's ok though, sometimes I'll do it on Monday evenings. I can make meatballs in 5mins with the Instant Pot. I had another session with my trainer this morning. It was schedule last minute and I f'd up setting my alarm, so I had to run there. I was pretty flushed and didn't have time to pack an intra shake, so overall energy was not good. We did front squats, low bar squats, some rope pulls and a kettlebell circuit (lunges, squats ans swings). Squats felt weird, low bar was a bit better but I was having issues getting a good setup. I need to practice. I hated the circuit because I despise conditioning. My anxiety levels have been high lately and I just flat out refused to do the lunges after the first set. We chalked it up to me having a bad day and wrapped up the session. I asked for these new movements, but it's a lot to take in at once when you're used to feeling very comfortable in the gym. Like I said, energy has been low, anxiety has been high. Dating has been stressful. I'm trying to push through because dating is always stressful to me, and I don't want the solution to be "don't date, ever". In addition, not training for two weeks (even if I had the meet in the middle) took away one of my best outlets for stress. So I'm trying to get back into it and not break. It's been a bit tough. On the plus side, I'm happy with the outcome of our elections. It's only a reprieve until 2022, but I was not ready to cope with a National Front win.
  6. Are you calling my yoga wheel trash?
  7. I'ts probably time I get this challenge started I had my session with my trainer this morning, and I am beat! We did power cleans, sumo deadlifts, banded bench (which feels very weird), band-assisted pull-ups and push-ups. A lot of these movements are new to me, I'm super excited to see what my new routine looks like. The goal is to keep up powerlifting (yes, I did sign up for another meet but it's not until October) and learn new movements. Right now my priorities are: Keep mobility/yoga in my training routine. Bonus points if I practice using my new yoga wheel (gotta get that arch for bench!) Maintain weight, non-RP meals as long as weight is stable and training/recovery aren't compromised. Read from Driver's Manual, and set a date to pass the test by the end of this challenge. The only other productive I've done today was go and vote! I expect all the DOMS tomorrow.
  8. OK so I decided to sign up to my second meet rather quickly Oct 28-29 2017 SBWC Fall Classic 2017 - Powerlifting (USAPL) South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club, 300 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 http://southbrooklynwc.com/2017/05/02/2017-usa-powerlifting-sbwc-fall-classic/ Recap of the first one here: Btw who is maintaining this calendar now?
  9. TL;DR: Good stuff, would recommend to a friend. *** LAST TRAINING SESSION *** This is not the meet! I had my last heavy session on the previous Saturday. My trainer had me run a sort of mock meet. I wore my singlet and we tested my attempts, or close to them since I train in lbs. Bodyweight: Hard to tell because I had my period, but I'd been on maintenance for ~3weeks and circling 146lbs, which was about what I wanted to weigh on meet day. I was SO happy I got my period early, I was expecting them just before the meet! Squats (170/180/190) These were super smooth. Bench (82/88/93x) I failed the last single, but weight increments in kg meant my 3rd attempt would either be slightly over or well under my gym max, so I decided to stick to these numbers for the meet. The singlet felt a bit slippery on the bench which could have been a factor. Deadlifts (230/240/255) The first two felt tougher than I expected. 255 was a PR (previous was 245). I decided to test it despite the first two feeling heavy just because sumo has been moving so well I was sure I had it in me, and I wasn't taking as much time in-between lifts as I knew I would have on meet day. It felt like a max, not a real grinder but not an easy pull either. Recap: Overall a good session. I was happy with squats and deadlifts and a little unsettled by the bench failure. I brushed it aside and decided it could go either way on meet day. I had two more sessions which were more mental preparation than anything else (3x5s @50% on day one and 3x3s @25% on day two across all lifts) followed by three consecutive days of absolute rest. *** MEET DAY *** I was crazy nervous on the Friday and unable to concentrate at work, yet felt rather serene on Saturday. I had a bunch of things to do like meal prep and Skype with family. Both my mind and body were occupied but not in an exhausting way, which was probably the best scenario. I slept incredibly well as a result! Bodyweight: 64.5 (142.2) – this was such a surprise! I was at a steady 144 all week after my period ended. I expected a 1-1.5lb drop, but this was already 2.5lbs. Then on meet day I weighed 143 when I woke up so decided to have breakfast. I only had turkey bacon and veggies (my regular minus toast) and no water, yet still weighed in lighter at the meet (I expect that's just down to the scales though). I had brought food (turkey bacon sandwich, two portions of whey mixed with dextrose, Pop-Tarts and Vitaminwater) but only ate half my sandwich and drank some of my protein shake. The South Brooklyn Barbell Club is a small gym (more of a long garage, really) so there was only one platform to leave room for a big enough warm up area. I was part of the Sunday afternoon group. I got there a little before 1pm, lifting started at 2. There were 12 women in my flight. I was a little confused at first, but once people started warming up I just followed the lead. Eventually other lifters and their handlers/partners helped me out and loaded the bar for me, gave me commands etc. which was super sweet of them. One of the handlers even chalked my back and butt for bench. I don't have many videos because my friends arrived just before my 3rd bench attempt, and I didn't have anyone handling me, but I'll post what I have. Squats: 77.5/82.5/87.5x (170.9/181.9/192.9x) The first two attempts went super well. They felt even better than they did in the gym a week prior. I was surprised because at CNF my legs turned to jello when I had to lift in front of a crowd, but here every moment on the platform was like a clear sky. It was me, the bar, and the head ref. I was really happy, but decided to stick to the plan and not overshoot on my 3rd attempt. I got a bit stuck getting out of the hole and paused for what felt like forever, but eventually managed to pop out of it. I got red-lighted though because I apparently dipped before making it back up. I was prepared not to go 9/9 because of bench, but missing my 3rd squat made me rethink my deadlift attempts for a second. Then I decided to actually get through bench before rethinking anything. On another note, I kept stepping on one of the spotters' foot when getting out from under the bar. Way to thank the guy watching out for your ass Bench: 37.5/40/42.5 (82.7/88.2/93.7) Every single one of these felt easy. I would say I was elated, but frankly I was too stunned to process any of it! The 3rd attempt felt like a tiny max: slow but not at all a grind. People even told me it looked easy, and watching the video it really did. [I'll post the video once my friend sends it through!] Deadlift: 105/110/117.5 (231.5/242.5/259) Same as squats and bench, the first two attempts felt super easy. I got a little confused when I gave my 2nd attempt -- based on how my opener felt, I should have gone for 112.5. I could have still attempted 120 on my 3rd (which was my "pie in the sky" for this meet), but the jump felt too big. I had failed where I didn't expect to, and wanted to end on a high note, so I decided on a conservative PR. Turns out, 117.5 felt exactly like my 3rd bench did. Slightly tough, but not at all a grind. I could likely have done 120, but knowing what I knew at the time I'm happy with my decision. I'll probably get my pie next week Recap: Overall 8/9 with two easy PRs, a 256 Wilks and a 242.5kg (534.6lbs) total, which is almost 75lbs over my CNF total. My realistic goals for this meet were to hit a minimum 500lbs total and a deadlift PR. My arbitrary/stretch goal was a minimum 250 Wilks. I hit every objective! There were some badass strong women in my flight (best Wilks was 420!) which was awesome to watch, and not that it matters but I'm a little happy I came out ahead of all the other lifters who were a similar level than me (most had already competed before). I already mentioned this in my IG post, but the atmosphere was amazing. I received so much encouragement from other lifters and their handlers, even the announcer and the head ref (who was also one of the meet directors and gym owners) cheered me on and gave me props. My friends had a great time despite not knowing a thing about powerlifting. They were surprised so many people I didn't know just walked up to me to tell me I did a great job. I was worried about feeling alone, not having anyone there for the first half of the meet and in general not having anyone from the powerlifting world, but the community was just as supportive as I'd heard it described. *** WHAT’S NEXT? *** I definitely want to do another meet. I was already planning on doing another 12-week cut after maintaining for another 4-6 weeks, and based on how things went I think I could easily fit into the 63kg class, so I’ll shoot for that next time. The fall version of this meet was just announced, and I'm considering signing up. It's end of October which would give me plenty of time to work on other strength goals and do a slow cut before jumping back to meet prep. Right now I’m taking the rest of the week off. I may fit in some yoga or running if I feel like it but no lifting. I’m meeting my trainer on Saturday to kick-off my new training cycle. I sent him my fitness/strength goals and priorities, I don’t know how we’re going to work those in yet but here’s the gist of it: Hit some bodyweight strength milestones: I want to get my first pullup. I haven’t tried in the longest time and have gained so much upper body strength since, hopefully that should translate into some progress. I also want to learn to do dips and pushups. I’ve done both before, but I doubt my form is right. I know my elbows flare out during pushups, and I have a wonky shoulder which tends to collapse forward and bother me. Continue powerlifting and build my low bar squat. I squatted high bar at the meet because that’s where I’m strongest right now, but low bar is typically best for powerlifting. I now have the time to develop it. Reintroduce “party trick” movements I enjoy such as inversions, hand balances and pistol squats, and make room in my program for other activities (yoga, boxing, running/swimming). I put these aside in the last 3-4 months for the sake of training specificity and proper recovery, and would like to bring some/all back. I only have a couple of months left working with my trainer which I want to make the most of, so "just for fun" stuff is still lower priority for now. Learn/build non-competition lifts that are staple accessories, such as overhead press, front squats and power cleans. The goal here is to get a form check and good baseline for when I eventually do my own programming.
  10. I'm here! I'm late, but I'm here and I totally read the entire thread
  11. I DID THE THING! I promise a full recap once my brain recovers -- in the meantime:
  12. Wednesday 26th April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 55.0 lbs x 3 reps - 55.0 lbs x 3 reps - 55.0 lbs x 3 reps ** Comp Bench Press ** - 45.0 lbs x 3 reps - 45.0 lbs x 3 reps - 45.0 lbs x 3 reps ** Sumo Deadlift ** - 75.0 lbs x 3 reps - 75.0 lbs x 3 reps - 75.0 lbs x 3 reps Comments This is it! Last session, next time I lift will be Sunday at my meet.
  13. Monday 24th April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 95.0 lbs x 5 reps - 95.0 lbs x 5 reps - 95.0 lbs x 5 reps ** Comp Bench Press ** - 45.0 lbs x 5 reps - 45.0 lbs x 5 reps - 45.0 lbs x 5 reps ** Sumo Deadlift ** - 135.0 lbs x 5 reps - 135.0 lbs x 5 reps - 135.0 lbs x 5 reps
  14. Saturday 22nd April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 170.0 lbs x 1 rep - 180.0 lbs x 1 rep - 190.0 lbs x 1 rep ** Comp Bench Press ** - 82.0 lbs x 1 rep - 88.0 lbs x 1 rep ** Sumo Deadlift ** - 230.0 lbs x 1 rep - 240.0 lbs x 1 rep - 255.0 lbs x 1 rep [PR] Comments This was my last "heavy" session before my meet (4/30). I failed my 3rd single on bench at 93lbs, which makes me a little nervous. I was training in my singlet for the first time though and was slipping a bit on the bench, so hopefully chalk will be enough. That deadlift PR tho
  15. Thursday 20th April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 180.0 lbs x 2 reps - 180.0 lbs x 2 reps - 165.0 lbs x 5 reps - 165.0 lbs x 5 reps ** Comp Bench Press ** - 82.0 lbs x 2 reps - 82.0 lbs x 2 reps - 77.0 lbs x 5 reps - 77.0 lbs x 5 reps ** Sumo Deadlift ** - 195.0 lbs x 5 reps - 195.0 lbs x 5 reps
  16. Wednesday 19th April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 185.0 lbs x 1 rep - 185.0 lbs x 1 rep - 185.0 lbs x 1 rep - 175.0 lbs x 2 reps - 175.0 lbs x 2 reps - 175.0 lbs x 2 reps ** Comp Bench Press ** - 90.0 lbs x 1 rep - 90.0 lbs x 1 rep - 90.0 lbs x 1 rep - 82.0 lbs x 2 reps - 82.0 lbs x 2 reps - 82.0 lbs x 2 reps
  17. Tuesday 18th April 2017 ** Sumo Deadlift ** - 245.0 lbs x 1 rep - 235.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR] - 215.0 lbs x 2 reps - 215.0 lbs x 2 reps - 215.0 lbs x 2 reps ** Overhead Press ** - 58.0 lbs x 4 reps - 58.0 lbs x 4 reps - 58.0 lbs x 4 reps - 58.0 lbs x 3 reps
  18. It seems I'm a tad late this challenge. Oh well. This month I'm not going to follow any strict plan since goals are a bit all over the place. Stuff that happened/is happening: I turned 30 last week and finally decided to get my drivers license My first PL meet is this Sunday, then nothing for a week, then new strength goals (spoiler: aiming for that first pull up!) My lease is up soon and I'll be looking for a new place during the next challenge though could stand to clear some things out now I'll probably post more once the meet is over, right now I'm just resting and dropping weight just thinking about Sunday.
  19. WEEK 4 / DAY 6 & 7 1. Meet prep: Friday was a light session, squats 4x6 @70% so I could go beltless, and bench -- same rep scheme, slightly higher intensity. On Saturday I met with my trainer and did squats and bench again, heavy singles and some doubles. I hit a 2lbs PR on my bench (2x1!) and my ribs are slowly healing. I'm feeling much more confident about the meet than I did a week ago! I also got the roster and there are a lot of very strong women in my flight, which takes away any thoughts like "I I weighed X or increased one lift by z, I could actually place". This is excellent for my sanity! I decided to count the walk and ping pong as cardio but didn't get to any abs, mostly because they hurt my side. Mobility didn't happen much either, but at least I finished the program I had picked. Nutrition flew through the window between the Passover potluck at work on Friday and my date yesterday (lunch and dinner again, plus chocolate because Easter) yet I somehow managed to maintain my weight so no harm done there. [NA] Film each lift once per week [1/2] Cardio [0/2] Do Your Damn Abs [3/7] Becoming a Supple Leopard [7/7] Log meals off (cut) plan 2. Keep my sanity: Finished my puzzle. It was hard. I ordered another one. It'll be harder. [1/7] Write in journal [1/1] Clean one part of apartment [7/7] Get out of the house/be social [6/7] Read and/or language practice 3. Don't shut down: I was a bit slower on the updates, but didn't ghost. Weekly recap below, I'll post a challenge recap later (probably once I figured out what my next challenge will be). [5/7] Daily updates [1/1] Weekly recap [0/0] Challenge recap [5/7] Participate on other people's threads WEEK 4 / RECAP Training felt meh this week due to injury, yet I managed to PR on both deadlift and bench and hit my max squat for two singles so... all in all, not that bad. Food was ok, I didn't stick to RP's maintenance plan but I balanced out whenever I overate the next meal or day and my weight is rather stable. Cardio and abs just did not happen, but I'm not going to beat myself up for it. I need to find a way to integrate cardio I actually like into my routine. My apartment is so clean! I had two excellent dates with the same guy. I just didn't feel like posting much on here, so I didn't.
  20. WEEK 4 / DAY 5 1. Meet prep: Rest day. Feeling much, much better! Still not fully recovered, but at least I can sleep comfortably again and my trainer is making my next two workouts lower weights so I won't use my belt. Still not doing abs though, and I didn't get a chance to go running. I am tempted to count the ~10mi I walked on Sunday and all the ping pong I've been playing at work (marketing agencies ftw) as cardio. [NA] Film each lift once per week [0/2] Cardio [0/2] Do Your Damn Abs [1/7] Becoming a Supple Leopard [5/7] Log meals off (cut) plan 2. Keep my sanity: Journal bad, puzzle good. [1/7] Write in journal [1/1] Clean one part of apartment [5/7] Get out of the house/be social [5/7] Read and/or language practice 3. Don't shut down: Still here! [4/7] Daily updates [0/1] Weekly recap [0/0] Challenge recap [4/7] Participate on other people's threads
  21. Friday 14th April 2017 ** Barbell Squat ** - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps - 130.0 lbs x 6 reps ** Comp Bench Press ** - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps - 75.0 lbs x 6 reps Comments Took some weight off the bar so I wouldn't need my belt, focused on getting fast and clean reps. I'm particularly happy about squats because I could really work on consistent depth. Still no abs or cardio though. I'm feeling much better and want to keep to the bare minimum until I'm fully recovered.
  22. This actually sounds fairly similar to what I do. I've definitely dated guys who were all wrong for me just because they made a move and weren't the worst. Especially after a breakup, I'd date the rebound guy for far too long. A poem is so bold though! I couldn't even hold the pen to write it. I hate having any relationship-related conversation. In France, it's much easier: you don't say anything unless you want it to be casual. Being boyfriend/girlfriend is the default. We don't even have a word for dating!
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