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Taking the Training Wheels off

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I love weight lifting.. I love how strong it makes me feel.. I love how much muscle it builds (which stokes my metabolism).. I love how it translates to real life stuff like hauling in a 44lb bag of dog food or lifting heavy stuff around the house..

So last night my CrossFit workout was hanging power cleans with push presses and front squats.. I've only done a front squat once before so I am very much still in the learning phase.. BUT the big deal was my "training wheels" were removed.. no longer did I have the box beneath me to guage how low I was going and to get me comfortable "sitting back in my squat" and "loading my hips".. suddenly, coach says "move the box back and go as deep as you can and hold it for 3 seconds".. I was a bit stunned! Do huh? No box?? But I need the box.. I have to have the box! DON'T TAKE AWAY MY BOX!!

Seriously? I got myself all worked up.. LOL.. but, I took a deep breath.. "got tight" and sank into my squat.. and sank.. and sank... held it for 3 seconds and came back up to the CHEERS of my coach telling me I did it! I hit below parallel!! This was a first and a huge milestone showing the inprovement of my flexibility. SOOOOO HAPPPYYY..

So, here I am.. in the depth of my front squat.. please don't be critical because I'm completely aware my arms should be up, etc.. but what I'm excited about is how low I got! if you follow the top of my thigh and imagine a marble on it - it would roll towards my hip - and THAT is below parallel!! WOOT WOOT

Tomorrow night is the BIG night... after training my back squat for 4 weeks.. we are deloading this week and retesting for my 1 rep max back squat tomorrow night. My current 1 rep max is 135lbs... and I'm hoping hoping hoping to have improved that to 150lbs which would be PHENONMENAL.. but I'll be happy if I just improve... but my mind is set on 150lbs!

29 days til Africa
3lbs to go to meet Zipline Goal

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DANATTA 7/19/2013 1:11PM

    emoticon You Go Gurl!

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FUNLOVEN 7/19/2013 9:55AM

    I love the picture 'cuz half the time I don't know what you are talking about emoticon

A BIG emoticon on your achievement. You talk about increased flexibility. Girl, I want to talk to you about pure STRENGTH ! ! emoticon I couldn't even get half way into that position with out losing my balance !

Good Luck on your new measurements emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 7/19/2013 6:14AM

    Great! I totally want your trainer to come to Italy and train me too! lol
But seriously, no matter how good your trainer is, it's you doing the work and you are doing it so well. You should be proud of yourself!

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STRONGDJ 7/18/2013 10:58PM

    WOW! Strong and fierce!

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WOUBBIE 7/18/2013 10:16PM

    I have no idea what GETSTRONGERRR means, but YEAH BUDDY!

I'm in awe. I've been doing ballet plies for a couple of months to get to that position without my hip or knee giving out and I'm happy with my progress, but you just blew by me, girl!

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JUNEAU2010 7/18/2013 8:28PM

    So proud of and happy for you!

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STEPH-KNEE 7/18/2013 7:17PM

    That is outstanding, congrats!!! emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/18/2013 4:45PM

    You are a Beast-Woman!!! You'll be squatting rhinos in Africa soon! Hell you'll be able to plyo-jump to the top of the zipline!!!

Congrats...on to 150 lbs on your back!!

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    Way to go!

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PONYFARMER 7/18/2013 4:24PM

    You my friend are a ROCK START at squats. emoticon

The only marble rolling down me would be my back and off the FRONT of my knee. LOL! Of course I have two bad knees but a year from now, look out squats I am coming for you.

Keep it up! Hey lets have a huge on line party when you lose those last 3 pounds. So much fun and well deserved.


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ZEECHA 7/18/2013 4:08PM

    I think you look GREAT! I for one, am really happy that you've been posting more pix of you lately. :-)

I'm sure you're going to rock it tomorrow night!

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SUGAR0814 7/18/2013 4:02PM

    Great job! emoticon

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AKHEIDI 7/18/2013 3:57PM

    Good Job! emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 7/18/2013 3:46PM

    Way to go. That's impressive

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DLDMIL 7/18/2013 2:31PM

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FAVALL 7/18/2013 2:26PM

    Awesome report of YOUR progress!

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TRIXIETEXAS 7/18/2013 2:07PM

    Can't wait to hear how it goes! You can do it!

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