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Fitness Friday: PRs and Fatigue

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Monday:

Was rough.  I was tired when I hit the gym and felt like maybe I didn’t eat enough (I talked about fueling for lifting earlier this week.) to get me through a workout + strength training.  Then during the workout cramps hit me hard.  Lady cramps.  This is my space to talk about and record my training so get used to the nitty gritty.  I needed to go home and eat something so I could take some ibuprofen.  No strength for me. The workout was push press + pull up ladder.  Start at 5 reps then keep increasing by 5 until the time runs out.  I was able to do the presses at 50lb which is a big deal to me.  All shoulder work is super challenging and my weakest area.

Tuesday:

Felt much better! The workout was hard, it was “Randy” which is 75 snatches. Snatches being part of shoulder work are intense for me and I’m still at a low weight.  I completed it at 35lbs which by the end was becoming very hard to do BUT I made it through.

I was able to get in a strength workout and focused on squats and deadlifts.  I was able to complete 90lb squat for my working set and felt really good with that.  The squats felt clean though on the last set they were much harder.

I also did 135lb for my working set for deadlifts today which is a HUGE PR moment! Previously 135 was my 1 rep max and today I busted it out for 2×5.  BOOM!  Feeling like a badass.

Wednesday:

Whew! Was I tired!  Strength part of the workout focused on sumo deadlifts.  I felt strong with these today! The first time I did them, I felt uncoordinated and awkward since the mechanics are different than regular deadlifts.  Today I felt much more comfortable with the movement.  I worked up to 125lb, since I just did really heavy deadlifts yesterday, I didn’t want to go too heavy today.

The workout was 30 box jumps and 30 wall balls with some tuck jumps tossed in at different times.  My legs were jello today.  My box jump is currently at 16 inches and I’m chasing that 20 inch box jump.

Thursday:

Having an, “Everything Hurts and I Feel Like Dying” day.  I got through my workouts but they were rough.  My legs and shoulders are just effing fatigued.

The workout today consisted of front squats, doing as many as you can at a prescribed weight. I haven’t done front squats in forever so my weights for those aren’t that high.  I started off at 75lb and squeaked out 5 reps, 10 reps at 65lb, and 15 reps at 55lb.  I could have done more reps at 55lb but my wrists gave out before my legs did.  Still getting used to that front rack position which is awkward.  My wrists aren’t super flexible so it’s a challenging position for me.

I moved on to strength training and did what I could.  Squats weren’t happening.  I did a 70lb warm up rep and my body was like, nope.  There’s a difference between pushing through fatigue and needing to listen to your body. Today I listened and cut the squats short.  I did manage to work up to a 75lb power clean.  It wasn’t pretty but I got it done.

Friday:

Stations at the gym today:

  • Row for calories
  • KB Swings
  • EB Thursters
  • Burpee Box Jumps
  • Reverse Wall Balls

 

1 min at each station, going through all of those is 1 round and we did 3 rounds today. UMPH

I don’t know what it is about this week but I’ve just been wiped out.  Not enough food? Not enough sleep? Both? No idea but man my body is tired AF.  I can’t wait to get in my jammies today and sleep in tomorrow.  Bliss!

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