Woman, 37, n00b, seeks to lift bodyweight.
although I'm not doing the Starting Strength programme, I thought I'd set up my training log on here because I love the biomechanics and physiology geekery, and because the ladies on this board seem to be strong, real women who don't do screwed up super skinny body image nonsense. I've started training with a personal trainer (experienced female weight lifter) a couple of weeks ago. I live and lift in Scotland, UK, Europe, Across the Atlantic.
- to gain mental and physical strength
- to keep lifting for as long as possible
- to get one of my lifts up to bodyweight
- to be able to lift my daughter (25 kg) onto my shoulders
Mobile Free Weights (AKA kids): 2, both of whom like to be lifted and carried
Weight: I avoid scales, but I think I'm around 65 kg. Dress size UK 8-10 (US 4-6), and I don't want to get any thinner, kthxbai
Height: 5'7" or 1.71m
Married: happily, he doesn't work out, but is happy to watch the kids so that I can
Body fat: unknown
I go to the gym 2-3 times a week, doing either a long or a short session. That's a frequency that suits my priorities as well as the colds I tend to catch from my kids. The short session involves deadlifts, standing rows, and a pec machine (all 3 x 15), the long session involves bench presses, squats, lat pull downs, biceps curls, triceps dips, and lunges (all 3 x 15).
I have no idea of my current 1RM, but here's what I can manage:
- bench press: 20 kg (1 x 15)
- squat: 20 kg (2 x 15; would be more if I had a decent OHP!!!)
- deadlift: 25 kg (1 x 7; was testing the waters)
I'm not in the squat rack (yet!), and my squat is not (yet!) below parallel, but I'm working on it.
My diet is too carb heavy and contains not enough vitamins, fruit, and veg, but I've begun to up the protein and the real food. This is one more reason for lifting - you guys eat a clean, relatively low carb diet, and I want to get on that wagon, seeing as I have diabetes in my family. I want junk less when I lift, funnily enough.
I have Practical Programming & Rip's book of general reflections and am waiting for Starting Strength second edition to arrive (ordered it before I saw that there was a third!).
As you can see, I've got far to go. I'm looking forward to logging my progress here, checking in with the others, and learning more about the art and science of lifting heavy stuff.
(P.S.: seeing as I started this thread on one of the main US holidays, Happy Thanksgiving!)
(P.P.S: That language was Scottish Gaelic; I speak a little and am sending my kids to Gaelic school / nursery here in Edinburgh.)
This was when I first started the thread. Here's an update on the occasion of the move (hopefully) to the Starting Strength logs.
I have switched to Starting Strength. What I love most about the program is its elegant simplicity and focus. I will be microloading to milk (!) progression. My goals in doing Starting Strength are not just to lay a solid foundation for a lifetime of lifting, but to improve my relationship with food, eating, and my body, and sort out my life to make sure I get enough rest. Circumstances are a tad rough just now, but I don't want to wait for better circumstances because I would have to wait for a very long time.
My current bodyweight: 65kg. Should be going up now that I'm upping the protein and aiming for a surplus (of good food)
My current numbers:
Bench Press: 32.5kg
Power Clean: 27.5kg
Me and the bench have been having an ongoing argument about going up to 35kg. I think I will microload here, too.
I started linear progression 9 workouts ago, so am three weeks into the programme. I keep my log in the black book (get it, people - it's brilliant).
My next training aim is a trip to WFAC around May 12. My aim is 25/40/40/60/80 for the press / power clean / bench / squat / deadlift; I will be very happy if I can lift this when at WFAC. For the lifts that are not on the schedule on the day I visit, I will warm up to a single at the target weight, for the other lifts, I will do the full sequence.
My long-term aim is to take part in a Powerlifting meet - they sound like a good way to focus one's training.
Last edited by mariawolters; 03-06-2012 at 11:39 PM.
Reason: modified for move to SS Training Logs