November 10, 2011
I’m finally to the point where my gym is almost complete! Recently added are a squat rack, a new Eleiko Olympic bar and a second trap bar for dead lifting. Now that I’ve got 2 lifting “platforms” my clients can do more of a variety of lifts and won’t have to wait for equipment. Before, with one Olympic bar – for everything – we rarely were able to use it for any pressing. My ladies have the ability to do so much more now! Watch out!
Here is a video of one of my clients in action . . .
April 27, 2011
I hit a new PR for my Dumbbell Bench Press. . . I was able to do 45lb. for 3 sets of 4! I’ve got to work on full range of motion. I can’t believe I can now lift this much weight! How exciting!
March 22, 2011
Image by Marek Joschko via Flickr
12 years ago, when my husband was working at a college job, I stopped by his work and watched the women’s volleyball team training. At the time, I was in awe of a few of the girls lifting 25 lb. dumbbells for their bench press. It impressed and stayed with me. I never thought I could be “that strong” or lift like all those young college girls. At that time, I worked at a fitness center, but mainly taught aerobics and did other forms of aerobic activity, with minimal heavy lifting. Back then, I was (what one of my clients suggested) . . . “doughy”. That’s a good word. I was fit, but not lean. I was thin, but had a big butt. And, I was not strong, at all.
Today, I’m proud to say that I used 40-pound dumbbells for my DB bench press for 3 sets of 6 repetitions! Woohoo! The best part was that my shoulder didn’t bother me at all! So, this almost-43-year-old woman can hang with some of the young college girls! (Even if I’m a little (a lot) slower and have a few (a lot) more aches and pains than all those young girls.)
Life is good!