Aches and pains - 23-04-11
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I am sat at home watching a film and blogging, multitasking, I am female after all.
Today has been a very active day. This morning, I went into town as I needed to change a top that I bought yesterday. So I, as any female, had to do some window shopping, didnt buy anything else but am biding my time as there is something from London that i shall get on tuesday. A lovely linin dress for work, very sexy and will be lovely with heels!
On returning home, it was time to get ready for going to the gym. We were going to do some strongman training, something that we all enjoy and it is based at a gym with very inspiring people, Ministry of Muscle, who have recently won an award for the best strength gym in the Uk.
Once at the gym we decided what events we were going to do and did a warm up. We decided to do log press, conans wheel, farmers walk and fingles fingers.
Having warmed up with shoulder press and some time on the cross trainer, we went over to the logs. Unfortunatley the lightest log they have is 65kg and as the most I have pressed is 50kg. So going to a 65kg is nuts and practically impossible. Last time I attempted this I could not even lift it up to my chest. This time I was determined to at least get it onto my chest and have a go at a press and I did. I can lift 65kg in a bent over row so decided to do it that way rather than roll it up my chest. It was the only way to get it past my boobs, lol.
Now that it was on my chest, I stood with a wide stance so as to keep myself balanced and able to support the weight that was upon me. I squatted down slightly to give myself some thrust to attempt the press and lifted it a little, not much but a little and I was over the moon with it. I then got out the olympic bar and practiced my clean and jerk technique with 40kg.
The next event was conans wheel, we had never done this before so thought we would have a go. Firstly i wanted to see how how heavy the arm was on its own as it looked quite bulky and awkward. So with no additional weight I went up to the arm, tucked my arms under it and held them close to my chest, bending slightly at the knees to get under it I powered my hops forward and stood up rather too abruptly. It was actually a lot lighter than I thought and it really took me by suprise, lol, I felt like a bit of a numpty.
So we started loading the weights on and taking it in turn to do our rotations, I got up to 140kg and the lads were going doing their usual competititve thing in trying to go one better than the other.
From here I went on to do the farmers walk, only once but i wanted to have another go, and this time to walk further. i took my time as I did not want to burn out and lose my grip with the momentum. So I picked up tyhe farmers which actually felt very heavy in comparison to last time, but then thus was the last event this time and the first last time.
I got my grip just slightly back from half way across the handle as this allowed me to tilt the farmers nose down slightly producing momentum from the weight of them, a good technique I learnt from last time. I would need all the help I could get doing double the distance. So off I set and the way down actually did not feel bad at all, yes it was heavy but not too bad at all. i changed my grip half way down and moved my thumb under the bar, a bit like a suicide grip.
The hardest part would be the turn, given the momentum I had picked up I needed to ensure that I could stop sufficiently and then start up again without losing too much energy. I decided just to take it slowly and it was during the turn that my arms started to really feel the stretch, my muscles trying their best to support the weight, I set of for the 25m back to the start and I looked ahead the whole time knowing that I would make it in one hit. Half way back I felt a slight strain around my collarbone area but I just pushed on to finish, not far to go. When I got to the end I placed them down calmly and controlled as I did not want to just drop them, and I was done.
I tried to straighten out my hands and this was a task in itself, they were all curled up and sore where the skin had been pinched by the bar. I stretched my hands out and my shoulders were pretty sore.
We got some carb drinks in so as to replenish our systems and ensure that we did not turn catabolic.
Anyway, I should probably close this down now as have gone on and on and probably told a whole story. So, I am going to sign off here and hope that I have not bored you too much. It was a great day and i am hoping to make progress.