For all my misgivings about the size of my belly, the number on the scale (74.5kg last night) and the fact that all my clothes are tight (even my bras, and at £30+ a pop this cannot happen) I can’t deny that going up to the 84kg class was one of the better ideas I – or, actually, Anna from the gym, thanks Anna! – have had.
Last night at BGWLC the main lift was 3 x 3 squats @ 85% of my 1RM. As I’m currently working off 100kg as my theoretical 1RM that meant 85kg, but to be honest, I was doubtful I’d get 3 reps out of that once, let alone 3 times. My actual pb (at my old bodyweight of <72kg) is 92.5kg, of which 85kg is 91%.
(One thing they never tell you about powerlifting – it'll improve your maths.)
But, I decided to do 80kg x 3, then attempt 85kg x 3 for at least one set. Then another. Then a third. Yep – 3 x 3 @ 91% of my actual one rep max. ONE HUNDRED KILOGRAMS, I AM COMING FOR YOU.
I don't know quite what it is which is making me able to lift so much more. Sure, there's an extra 3-4kg of me, but most of that is fat (I mean, it's pretty much ALL on my stomach, and I'm not exactly piling muscle onto my stomach).
Maybe it's how I'm eating? I'm not doing a "clean bulk", I'm just eating. Where before, I might have fuelled up for a lifting session with some oatcakes & peanut butter, now I'm like "Oh, I have lifting after work, Imma eat a Snickers bar. And have a pint of milk. Maybe some hot chocolate. Crisps? If you insist!" And when I get home from the gym I'm basically eating a bowl of pasta the size of my head. With cheese on. Then I have a few squares of (milk, I don't like dark) chocolate before bed.
Yesterday I ate a packet of pork scratchings before 11am – classy!
(Still not eating enough protein, though.)
Lunchtime: Pilates. Such a good class.
Leg day @ BGWLC
- Squats: worked up to 80kg x 3; then 85kg x 3 x 3
- Sumo deadlifts: worked up to 90kg x 2 x 4; felt very hard (still don’t like Sumo)
- Romanian deadlifts: 40kg, 10 x 3
- Single-arm dumbbell rows: 17.5kg, 10 x 3
- Glute & ham raises: 10 x 3
I think I’m back in love with powerlifting again.