Monday, June 6, 2016

Strenght Training


Okay, let's get to it. LIFTING! Last semester as a few of you may know I took strength training to fill a gap in my schedule and it's honestly one of the most rewarding things I have done.

 I started strength training in October in an ALL GUYS class. When I decided to fill the gap in my schedule with weight training I initially thought there would be at least a couple of girls, but to my surprise there weren't. This was probably the most challenging aspect of taking this class. I remember going to strength training the first day and being a bit intimidated when I saw no girls had taken the class. The teacher or as we call him, coach Merrick, asked me if I was sure I wanted to be in a class of all guys. HECK YES I wanted to be there! I was not going to back out of what I signed up for just because it was an all guy class! I told him it was fine.

And it was fine. I learned all the lifts with help from the freshman that took me under their wing. I didn't realize it at first but the reason the seniors fled from me was because they lift A LOT more than I would ever and to change weights back and forth is ridiculous. In the beginning, I couldn't lift much weight at all. Even if I was a newbie to lifting, it felt good to be in a class that challenged me both physically and socially.   

A typical hour and a half in weight training would look like this:
Two laps around the track
Going into the weight room and starting on lifts 
Hang Clean + Push Press 4x3
Back Squat 4x5
Romain Deadlifts  4x5
Bench 4x6
Bent Over Rows 4x5
Pull Ups 4x4
Russian Twists 4x20
Then a group timed ab exercise.

I got use to the routine until Friday came. Fun Fitness Friday. DUN DUN DUN The only reason it's fun or at least to the guys is because we play dodgeball or kickball at the end of the class. Please excuse me while I sit in the corner and hope not to get hit by a dodgeball! The first one-third of the class we do a mini cross fit workout- I enjoyed this part.

Now let's talk progress:

When everyone was comfortable with the lifts, we tested our max's (the maximum weight you can lift  once) When I first started off I couldn't lift a lot. I benched 85 pounds, hang cleaned 95 and didn't squat much. I either was not pushing enough or I could lift anything.

Second semester came around and I put weight training back into my schedule because I wanted to get better. I definitely made progress. At the end of the semester when we tested our max's I could hang clean 115 pounds! In February when we tested max's again I could barely hang clean 105 and to now be able to hang clean 115 makes me so happy!!! My goal to gain muscle was met, and I am so much stronger. I also went from squatting 175 pounds to 190! That's 15 more pounds I was able to lift!

Who said lifting was just something guys enjoy? 


  1. This is so cool! It sounds like such a challenge, and you've made so much progress! Congratulations!

    1. It was such an enjoyable challenge! Thank you Grace!

  2. YOU'RE SUPER COOL. *throws confetti*

  3. Woo! congrats!

    Im in love with weight training. Im taking a class at my college in the fall and Im SO excited! Ive been training on my own for a while, but I really want to learn how and what to do and how to be better. so it should be great.

    but seriously congrats. Squatting 190 is INSANE! I hope I can do that much some day.

    1. Oh that's so cool that thw college you go to has a strength training class. I don't think the college I'm going to has one, however we have a yoga class! I never thought I would be able to squat 190 so I'm pretty excited!

  4. I have been following Herbalife fitness life style and it is the bomb! My distributor also offers training every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Im the only under 18, which sucks but it doesn't discourage me as in 9weeks i have lost a total of 13kg, 10% body fat and gained 8% muscle. It is great that you made a friend in the class and being in a class filled with lads can be a REALLY good thing ;) (Wink hint wink) HAHAHHAHAH.

    1. WOW. Thanks awesome! Way to go my friend! I am so proud of your achievements, I know how hard it can be to get there! Haha what are you trying to imply?

  5. I'm speechless! YOUR AWESOME, GIRL!

  6. Wow this is super cool! Congratulations :)

    1. Thanks darling! You are awesome for checking out my blog!

  7. That would be super daunting to me, way to go!

  8. I've always wanted to do a course like this but I'm not sure I could do it with just guys... That's awesome, Good for you!
    All the love,

  9. you are super awesome and super strong. im (so so super extremely) glad that you were in my class. i don't know if there has ever been a freshman girl in strength, but now there has, and its all thanks to you. i probably would've dropped out if you weren't there. u are a super amazing person and i really can't thank you enough for your friendliness and help. i don't know what I'm gonna do this year without you. I'm actually really scared and might drop out :0 but I'm gonna try not to, because the other PE classes are a waste of time. haha. anyways, i hope college life treats you well (damn, i really wish you weren't so old, i NEED you XD). i hope i see you sometime soon. i love you lots and miss you LOTS. snap me! btw your blog is super cool.

    -Rachel (your freshy friend from strength ;)


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