Back to training

I tried to go back to lifting at BGWLC last Thursday, but I was so not feeling it that I left after a few cursory squats & stretches, deciding to come back on Monday all fresh & ready to start my new program. Monday rolls around, I get to the gym and… nope, no new program today. Martin wants me to rest for another week; he says that it’s 11 weeks until my next competition so why the rush? I grudgingly agreed with him, although I’m super-keen to get back into proper training.

So I ended up “playing” at the gym on Monday, although I think Martin’s idea of “playing” & mine are divergent! He wanted me to do lots & lots of reps, so:

  • Squats: worked up to 3 sets of 10 @ 60kg
  • Deadlifts: 3 sets of 10 @ 60kg
  • Bench: 3 sets of 10 @ 30kg
  • Good mornings: 3 sets of 10 @ 20kg
  • Lots of stretching

All of it felt pretty easy except for the squats, which left me seriously winded. There must be a trick to breathing through long sets of squats that I don’t know about (or, my cardio health is worse than I thought, and I thought it was bad to start with!!)

As for my back, it felt OKish. The squats made my back start to throb in the spot where I had the injury, but that went away a couple of hours after I got home. Maybe Martin is right to make me take it easy for a while longer.

I had an email today from the nutritionist who helped me get down to competition weight, asking if I wanted to do a follow-up assessment. I don’t want to do it, as while I made weight fine (yay!) I have obviously gained again, and I don’t intend to make weight for July. I know this is absolutely 100% my right, but I still feel a bit wary about telling him this. I mean, not wanting to lose weight permanently/long term and not wanting to get lean are still “weird” in the realm of fitness. I need to be more confident in owning my weirdness!!