Ugh, can't sleep. On my day "off" of all days! I thought I would just get up and go ahead and go swim, but the roads are pretty nasty this morning and they are having a lot of problems in Nashville. Since I'm in a rural area, I figured I better wait until it warms up a bit.
Actually, today I'm taking off from work to volunteer at my town's food bank. We are now required to volunteer eight hours each quarter. The good news is that we get a paid day off to do it and we can pick where we want to volunteer at. I know the paster that runs the food bank, and he's a cool guy. Plus, even though it's snowy, I can actually walk to the food bank, which means...more fitness minutes, yay!
So last night went pretty well. The trainer seemed like a nice enough guy, though it was someone different than the guy I was expecting. I definitely felt a lot more comfortable using the different pieces of equipment. He watched my form on both the squat and deadlift and said they looked really good. He advocated a higher bar on the squat though than what I'm seeing in Starting Strength, so I think once I get the rest of the form down I'm going to slowly lower the bar on my back. I know there are a few tweaks I can make as I read through that book, but at least I don't look like an idiot.
I think he was impressed that I could handle the 50-pound bar OK. Apparently they don't have any lighter bars except the 15lb one on the smith machine. I didn't like the idea of using the smith machine for squats, so I was all like, sure let's just try the 50lb bar. And I did it with ease during the squat and the deadlift. Heck, I was impressed too. Apparently the strength training I've done that last few months has already been paying off for me. I'm still going to use just the bar for a week or two and try to focus on form before I move to actual weights.The chest press is a challenge with the 50lb bar though. I barely managed 4 sets of 8 with that thing. But hey, that's a good starting point!
So 30 minutes on the bike last night (15.9 mph pace, felt pretty good) and 30 minutes of ST:
4 sets each:
Deadlifts - 10 reps, 50lb bar
Chest Press - 8 reps, 50lb bar
35 sec Plank
Inverted Body Rows - 10 reps
Box Jumps - 10
So ADARKARA mentioned something about before pictures in a previous blog of mine. While I have come a long way towards taking progress pics and showing my stomach/leg areas, I'm still not quite ready to post any pics in my underwear. And I don't have a bikini, so that doesn't work. However, I believe I have found a compromise that doesn't involve progress pics in a onesie or a turtleneck.
However, be forewarned: if you have an issue with a sports bra and shorts, blindingly white legs, or goofy faces because it's 7am and someone hasn't put on any makeup yet, you might want to skip the below pics:
These were taken today. Weight? Not sure, but hopefully under 208 (my starting weight on March 1). I've already had about 2 weeks of the new ST plan and 2 1/2 months of tri training.
I had no idea how much bigger my right arm is than my left. I guess I need to do a little more ST with my left arm to hopefully even them out.