Well now, it’s been a long time since I even felt the need to blog. So much has happened since I decided a break away from the gym was needed. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost all my gains, but whatever. I got them once, I can get them again.
Which is the reason for this latest blog instalment.
I’m gonna go back to the gym, cycle to my new work place & keep an eye on my food again. I’m going intuitive eating this time round, and will macro track from time to time to make sure I’m not on too large a deficit.
Before I left my previous gym (yeah, I’ve moved gyms too!) I was starting New Rules of Lifting for Women, stage 2 but it wasn’t as enjoyable as stage 1 & I don’t want to be doing something that I don’t enjoy. I’ve followed Bret Contreras on Instagram for quite some time now & have always been in awe of how much he lifts & how amazing his clients looked, so I’ve signed up to STRONG by Bret; which is a rolling subscription to a programme he makes & sends out once a month along with optional supplemental workouts as well as a powerlifting programme.
Bret is known for his incredible devotion to the glutes…maintain eye contact, establish dominance with hip thrusters! (side note, I can’t do thrusters, I get the most insane hamstring cramp as soon as I try, but he has fixes and suggestions for that)
This post shows one of the workouts from the Strong programme, my new gym is pretty high up with their health & safety, so the hanging leg curls are out – I’ll have to do normal versions. However, I have no qualms in doing normal versions, I’m rather clumsy & hanging versions scream accident to me. Ha!
So yeah, I’ve spent a while reading through various training programmes & Bret was always the clear winner, no matter how many times I read through others. NROLfW is good, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not for me. It’s taught me things, mostly that I can do more than I’d previously thought. Ice Cream Fitness is a spin off of Starting Strength & the less people sign up to the Misogynist that is Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength, the happier I’ll be. There’s satire & then there’s being an utter prick; he is the latter.
I’m not excited about this programme. I’m not dreading it either, I *know* I have to go back to the gym, it’s gonna help my mental state, my strength & hopefully keep me away from spinal surgery. I’m glad I took the time off that I did. I needed to. People who I’d previously enjoyed talking “gym” to had begun to irritate me, I wanted to smack so many people – preferably with a baseball bat, I was losing my inner filter & got so close to being downright horrible to people, who a few weeks prior, I’d have been proud to call my friend. I no longer feel this way & I’m glad I didn’t burn any bridges, people still irritate me, but that’s just the way I am & no matter what, it’ll always be the way I am.
Expect future posts about how I’m doing with Strong!