Once again I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.
Parklife was the talk of the town in Manchester this weekend. Once over I would have been right in the thick of it. Planning my outfits and dancing in a field for 12 hours praying it doesn’t rain. This year I traded Heaton Park for the Village Gym.
I’m a different person to who I was a couple of years ago and that’s fine by me. It’s ok to not do what you used to do, we grow up and find new interests and that’s normal.
I had a nice little deadlift session on Saturday morning. I just used the word nice to describe deadlifts, am I ok? 107.5kg for 5×3 which moved pretty quickly. I had THE nicest gym gear on too so I definitely think that helped. When you feel confident in the gym it totally shows in your workouts.
This two piece is from Grenade Wear, their new gym range is possibly some of the nicest sports wear I’ve worn. The quality was spot on, they’ve thought of everything women need when training in the gym. The leggings were lightweight yet not see through and the sports bra gave full coverage. I’m obsessed with Grenade as a brand anyway, I think their shakes and bars are the best you can buy, now they’ve brought out gym gear 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.
Deadlifts are nicer when your gymgear is fit!
I’ve kept up with my cardio since the competition which I think as really helped with keeping my weight down. I like to complete the Burj Khalifa on the stair master twice a week and then I try and walk on a incline a couple of times a week, usually after my upper body work outs. Just upping my heart rate that little bit more at the end of a weight session helps me get the most out of my work outs. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t do cardio though, it isn’t my main focus and I do walk my dog every day so that’s getting my steps up. I just know I feel much more relaxed and on track when I do get sweatier. Especially after weekends like this one.
I’ve spent the whole weekend celebrating, birthdays and people getting married so cake and chocolate and cheese have certainly be around, oh and can’t forget the gin. What’s a celebration without a little gin?!?! I’m not denying myself of anything at the moment as I’m currently not working towards anything specific other than getting stronger 💪🏼. I had three slices of cake on Saturday night and loved every mouthful, I also had donuts on the pier at Blackpool because did you even go to Blackpool if you didn’t? I take my hat off towards these people who can eat clean constantly. I don’t have the discipline, I like having a flexible diet and knowing that when it comes down to comp time I can bring out my strict(ish) side and say no to the sugar.
Shit, I forgot to mention the fish & chips too 😏.
Squats this afternoon were 100kg for 5×5. I wasn’t looking forward to this session, I genuinely had in my head I was going to end up doing 5 sets of 3 instead but after a quick word with myself I managed to smash all 25 reps. I left the gym feeling mint! This is why we train right, for that feeling you get when you PB, when you push yourself that little bit further than before. I bloody love it. Though it still gets on my nerves that I can squat what I deadlift, I should definitely be able to pick up more than I can put on my back but hey ho, it’s something I’m working on.
Next Monday’s blog may be a little different as it will be posted from a sun lounger in Tenerife 🌴 but I will still be training whilst I’m away. There’s something I never thought I’d say 😂. It’s my lifestyle now and as much as I enjoy relaxing and eating I very much love the gym. Soz that I’m one of those people. A year ago I would have knocked myself sick too.
Until next week