Weekend Recap & First Workout With Trainer!

This weekend was pretty low key. I took advantage of some sunshine on Saturday to get my tan on before I'm not able to do this anymore!
Then we went out for pizza at Johnny Brusco's for our treat meal. It was delicious, as always.
Sunday I met up with my sister at my grandma's house so I could see Celeste. She is walking around all on her own now. It's hard to get good pics anymore since she doesn't stay still!

Yesterday was a lazy day. Had a few clients to train in the morning and then after that I didn't do much. I don't know why, but I was just super tired! We did have a yummy meal for lunch-turkey sausages, green beans, and my fave-corn on the cob!

Well, today I had my first session with my trainer! I'm telling  you, it was SO weird having the roles reversed! Even as he was telling me things to focus on, in my head, I'm like, I know all of this! But it's totally different having someone watch you and make sure you are actually DOING all the things you know you're supposed to do!

In the workout today, we worked on deadlifts and then deadlift accessory lifts. There are a few things I definitely need to work on, my breathing being one of them. He was able to critique my form and find quite a few things that I didn't even know I was doing wrong. Guess that's why even trainers need trainers!

We started off with deadlifts, working up to one rep max. I got 225 but failed at 235, which made me mad, but I have only been doing sumo deads for a couple of months. Plus, I deadlifted Saturday which probably wasn't a great idea. I did try for 235 conventional and failed at that also, which was disapointing because I have done that weight before! Dang it! I hope he can help me figure out what style I'm strongest with. And I'm still scared I'm not going to get stronger. :(

Today was a pretty low volume day for me compared to what I'm used to, but here is what we did:

1)Sumo deadlift:  225x1 / 235-FAIL  :(
2)RDLs: 155x6/175x6/6 ( I forgot to ask what the weight was, so it may have been more!)
3)Reverse hyperextensions: 90x2x10
4)Hip thrusts: 175x10/195x10/10
5)Band clams: 2x15

He did push me a lot harder than I'd push myself as far as the weights go! He had me at 90lbs on hyperextensions when I usually only use 20lbs! I haven't done RDLs in years because of my hip, but today I think we worked up to 175, which is the heaviest I've ever done on those. Then for hip thrusts we did 2 sets of 10 at 195, which is also a rep PR-plus it was at the END of the workout!

I don't know if I've been wimping out on the weights, or if it's just the bodybuilder in me-because most of the time I try to focus on feeling my muscles working, rather than just moving the weight! I guess that's just the difference between powerlifting and bodybuilding!

So besides failing at my deadlifts, I guess the rest of the workout went pretty well!  Tomorrow is bench day, so I'm excited to see how that goes.


  1. Wow!!! Girl you are a beast! Of course you will get stronger, just look at all you accomplished in your 1st session. 90 lb hyperextensions, 175 RDL's......pure awesome! That's exciting stuff!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! I know, of all the good, I just focus on the one negative thing!

  2. It's completely normal to not hit a PR during your first session when you are tweaking technique! My first session with my coach went the exact same way. He also made me realise that I can go a lot heavier on accessory exercises. He taught me to ignore all that "feeling the muscle" BS and just work on ripping the weight off the floor as powerfully as possible. I think I did 135lb bent over rows with him during my first session, when I'd only ever done 75-80lbs before.

    Good luck for bench day! Benching in powerlifting is a whole new beast. And I agree that trainers need trainers!

    1. Thank you for the reassurance! I don't feel so bad now!
      It's definitely something I'll have to get used to, but I won't complain about lifting heavier weights. ;) I was just very surprised at what I could do!
      Thank you! It should be very interesting to see how much I'll have to change on bench today.


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