Starting Strength

Okay, so after a few months of working out with my boyfriend, and figuring out that I wanted to lift for ME and not him, I decided it was time that I take it more seriously.

So, I ordered Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength! What a great program! I have learned so much, gotta put it out there though, I didn’t read the whole book! :/ And I have definitely seen a difference in my strength.

My squat went from 95 to 135, bench went from 55 to 80, and deadlift went from 135 to 190. That shit really works if you  work it correctly. 

Once I got that high in weight, I noticed that my form was really sucking. For squats, I felt like i was leaning over my front tooooo wayyy to much and my knee’s, they were going in. Terrible form. My bench wasn’t so bad, there times I was bouncing off my chest. That is a NO NO!!! For my deads- I wasn’t keeping my chest up, my back straight, and it was really hard lifting 190. 

That’s when I decided that I needed some help. I had my boyfriend help me. He taught me a squat form, which is amazing and have actually starting to LOVE squatting and not being scared of it! The results have been very nice too ;) I squat low bar and I don’t wrap my whole hand around the bar. I will post a picture of my grip sometime to show you. And I have slowed down my bench so it is bouncing as much! Then, for deads, my boyfriend helped me revamp my form totally! It looks a lot better!!! 

With Starting Strength there are two workouts. A and B. You can pick from a new different variations. I picked: Workout A: Squat, bench, deads. Workout B: Squat, Press, Cleans. Each workout you increase the weight by 5 pounds. Well, not everyone is at the point in lifting that you can increase that much. And that is what I was doing when I started. But, once I had the boyfriend fix my form, I started the program over again. I only got 1 ¼ lbs. each workout. By boyfriend bought me baby weights!! :) how sweet is that! 

I was doing that program for a few months. And I totally loved it! I would totally recommend it to everyone who is trying to get stronger! 

I have just started a program, call 5x3x1. I am going to make a separate post about that! 

@gillianwardathlete: The pull-up project! Time to let the cat out of the bag…. I have been discreetly training to break the world record for consecutive pull-ups (not female, overall world record) since I began my contest prep for the Arnold in December. I would begin each morning with a max set of pull-ups before my fasted cardio. Pretty soon I was into the low 70s and got stuck there due to forearm/grip fatigue. Since coming off of the diet & transitioning back to strength sports I have upped my pull-up game to include both high volume & high intensity (weighted sets with up to 150lbs). I currently do somewhere between 600 to 1,000 pull-ups per week as part of my training spread over 4 days.

Today’s video was one of the hardest pull-up feats I have done as it required me to hang by my non dominant arm while trying to unlatch the chains. I did 6 work sets like this of - 5 pull-ups w/50lbs, 5 with 25lbs and 10 with just my bodyweight with a grip switch after 5. This was much tougher than I imagined it would be.
21 years ago I set a push-up record much in the same fashion. This sounds silly but I go to sleep at night visualizing myself doing 150 pull-ups. If I can dream it, I can become it!
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I finally started reading Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. I’ve been meaning to purchase the book for a number of months now, but didn’t get around to it last week. I knew I was going to learn a great deal about strength training and each exercise, but I didn’t know that I was doing the wrong exercise for the past 6 months.

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Three months ago, I couldn’t get the bag past my knees. Now I’m going 80 lbs. over the shoulder sandbag tosses!

*Pats self on back* (Yesterday's Workout)

Despite being ridiculously hung over and not feeling an ounce ready for the demands of yesterday’s workout, I finally squatted 200# and pressed 95# (the bigger 25# plates make me look bad ass lol) And not to mention,  I’m super close to hitting a 250# dead lift.

Squats- 45x5x2, 85x5, 125x3, 165x2, 200x3x4

The first set felt super heavy on my back. In my head I was like “oh shit, this is going to be bad.” A bit of a grind on all sets (or at least it felt that way), but I got through it. It feels awesome breaking the 200 mark. *Pats self on back* Video coming soon.

Press- 45x5, 60x5, 75x3, 85x2, 95x2, 95x3x3

I only got 2 reps up on the first set. Not enough hip drive or rest after heavy squats. Set 2 was a grind and a half. It felt like an hour went by for one rep. I redeemed myself on the last two sets though.

Dead lift- 135x5, 175x3, 215x2, 240x5

Overall a great workout. It took way too long to recover, but that was my own doing. 


#squats @ 240#
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#backsquat #crossfit (at Tacoma Strength)

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Last deadlift. 420# PR. 950# Crossfit total at the @startingstrength #fallclassic at @crossfitgantry. #startingstrength @crossfitsouthbrooklyn #Powerlifting (at CrossFit Gantry)

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