Sport, strength training, Teaching, training

Got squat ?!?

Something funny happened in the gym (again today). I was up in Mayfield to get a little session of my own, and while I was squatting, a huge guy came up to me and said: ‘It’s good to see women squatting’. I smiled and nodded politely, trying to reply squat is good for everybody, but he cut me off and then proceeded on to say: ‘Don’t ever feel embarrassed or threatened to come to the gym, just because there’s a bunch of guys lifting weights here’ (nodding over to his friends doing bench and flys).

I’m still smiling politely and am about to mutter some reasonable reply – which are stuck, cause I’m not sure what to say. At this point, I’ve been in the gym for about 15 minutes – squatting. He then mumbles something and walks away, take his bag and proceed to the exit. I just got time to squeeze out a little half ‘Thank you’.

I’m actually not sure, why I still find these moments funny – but I do.

It happened before, and it will probably happen again: Guys feeling the need to commentating a female on the free weights. I’m ok with that! Comment at me!

Wednesday (today):
Squat
10x 20kg warm up
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 40kg
2x 5x 45kg
4x 50kg
3x 50kg
– Getting up there. Funny first two 50 was easy – then I adjusted my stance and it felt crap. Anyway, nice to feel a little strength left, despite so many months since squatting regularly.

Front Squat:
5x 20kg
5x 25kg
2x 5x 30kg
– Quite easy, will up the weight next

Front squat super set with strict Pull / Chin ups:
5,4,3 (pull ups),5,4,3 (Chin ups)

Goodmornings:
5x 20kg
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 40kg
-Quite easy 40’s

Lats:
5x 30kg
5x 35kg
2x 5x 40kg
5x 45kg
– Last set hard enough

Hanging leg raises – super controlled and with pause at the top
6x 5

BoR:
2x 5x 20kg
5x 22.5kg
– Still got some strength despite elbow and wrist fuck. Both seems better, but going to push regular push ups/ dips/ bench ect.  for another week. Hopefully it keep getting better – and by next week – be gone! (here’s to hoping!)

Abs & Back on swissball
5x 20

Stretching – Nice!

Tuesday:
5.7 K – normal pace
2 classes: The FighterGirl Club & Mayfield
-Despite the nice article in The Cork News no new girls showed up because of that, but a few due to word of mouth. I have a feeling it might be the lack of ‘No Contact’ fighter fit training mention in the paper. It does sounds a small bit like it’s a real fighter class. Anyway, am not too bothered. I’m sure the class will take off even more than it has. It’s a great class and my girls love it – and I love getting them fighter fit! (as much as possible with just two days a week.. If it were for real.. I know.. different story!). Anyway, noticed one of my girls have started toning up, others are kicking better, getting stronger and they all doing their push ups without sticking the butt up! So proud!! (big heart inserted here).
Mayfield is busy as usual and girls here also very hardworking and enthusiastic! So thankful to do these two classes.

Monday:
5.7k 70% run

 

 

 

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Fitness ethics – Take responsibility for your health

Coming to Ireland from Denmark has opended my eyes to the matter of professional ethics in the fitness industry and that have made me thinking about my own ethics as a fitness professional.

I’ve just started up ‘The FighterGirls Club‘ here in Cork, and it’s been really important to me, to be honest about my ‘product’ and the results the girls can get. I don’t want to join the endless list of salesmen in disguise of fitness professionals, who promises quick, pain free, effortless (weight loss) results.

So it’s basically my site is saying: I can help you lose weight – shape up – get fit and toned. Even get you in the ring: But there is no easy short cuts! It’s hard work, but if you’re willing to put in the effort – I be right there beside you.

It pains me to know that a lot of the women, I’ve trained at my old job (in Womens Fitness Plus, Cork), is now being lured into buying expensive supplements, they don’t need – and from the look of Facebook pages it’s not the only gym, who sells ‘magic pills’ and promises of gold.

I understand the need to make money. Heck, I want to make money too! and I understand how tempting it is, if a sales representative from a supplement company tells you ‘If you up the sale by 30%, you can make even more money on selling the stuff‘. But I think Greed is a bad excuse to prey on womens problems with their bodies – the constant weight loss battle most women faces in points of their lives. It’s tasteless and bad form in my opinion.

I’ve joined the fitness world, because I love fitness! I love training, I love fighting (even I’ve been a nervous wreck) – and I love all the people who trained me through my career. All the effort, the knowledge they put into our time together – and that’s why I love teaching – I love giving back. Getting people to feel the benefits of being physical active, share the happiness endorphins bring and the satisfaction when you can slip into your pants, without sucking it in.
Making money from it, is a benefit – and of course a necessary one in our society – but I’m in it for LOVE!

To my sad realization, there is a few people in the industry, who doesn’t have a clue about training, fitness, diets or supplements, who will say anything to make an extra euro. I pity them, and I feel sad for their members/ clients.

But since greed is probably not gonna run out of style anytime soon, you can’t rely on the Fitness industry to follow any ethics for its field. Therefor the best weapon you can get is KNOWLEDGE.
Before you take your purse up to pay 70euro for a bucket of protein powder or what ever – go home, google the product, read up on it (not on the manufacturers site, but independent testers like me with the CLA test) and make your own decision.

For example: Most people eat enough protein through their daily meals (if they lift heavy weights, they’ll benefit from extra ) – but for most a handful of nuts, beef jerky or a slice of chicken would suffice.

So please use your sense and don’t trust gym owners or trainers blindly. It’s not like we’re doctors and bound by a professional ethic to always look out for your best. Unfortunately time here in Ireland have taught me, some only look out to fill their wallet.

Now in the end of my ethic blog: Don’t use this as an excuse to stay home! Most gyms and trainers are just like me: In it for the love and they strive to give the best teaching and up to date knowledge. So go to your gym, train, enjoy yourself and become stronger and fitter than the day before.

Take responsibility for your own health!

Training update:
Thursday: 3x classes (Did two full as the classes was small and uneven numbered). Pretty wrecked today
Friday: Recovery run edited: 30 min on tracks, including x 5 pull ups

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Weekend update

Never made it to a computer over the weekend, so here is a small training update from the weekends adventures.

Friday 20/4 2012

4.6K/ 20min (2x 2min sprint + 1x 3min)

squat
5×20
6 pull ups
5×20
6 chin ups
5×40
5 pull ups
5x 40
6x pull ups
5x 50
5 chin ups
5x 50
5x pull ups
-Note to self: Really need to get working on those squats!

5x 15kg snatch
3x 15kg C&J
3x 20
3x 25
2x 30
1×35
1×37.5
1×40
1×42.5 PR
Super happy with my PR. This was the first time ever, I tried maxing out in C&J. Did a 45kg clean, but unfortunately jerked it to my chin and dropped it, cause of the surprise and I started laughing. (That laughter you do, when you get unpleasantly surprised, but it’s still really funny)

4x 20 set back ext
20 abs
1 back bridge
stretch

Saturday:
1½ hour of thaiboxing @Brucies Gym. Had a blast, got to kick Liam 2×2 min in the end 😉

Liam and Dennis working the pads

 

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2nd challenge in the bag

Day 35 of Lent Challenge

Didn’t feel to fresh this morning and seriously thought about going home instead of going to the gym. Realized I didn’t have a day off this past weekend, because I stayed in Cork (gym access saturday and sunshine run on sunday). So just the thought of a long run or other exhausting drills was enough to make me think of leaving it.

None the less, dragged my sorry butt to the gym and decided to give it a shot, sometimes things have a way of turning around, once the endorphins start flowing. And to my great delight, this was one of those days. I was prepared to go home, head held high, even on a prematurely exit. But going today paid off!

Training and challenge day 35


* 1K running (12.5kph)

TGU
* 1x 5 TGU with 15.5kg dumbbell (each side)
* 4x 5 TGU w/ 12.5kg db (each side)
Tyrkish get ups are great!! Works the whole body, tickle your balance and when you get up, you can rightfully feel strong.  I used to do this drill with my 12kg KB – which is now in Denmark, so made do with two sizes of DB’s. Have to add, that I think the drill is more challenging with KB’s, as it’s a little more tricky to hold than the DB. Weight is more evenly distributed in last mentioned.
My first set with 15.5kg was hard, and so was last /fifth) set with left hand, with the lighter 12.5kg. But totally felt like a great work out.

Deadlift – 100kg challenge
*
 5x 70 kg
5x 80 kg
* 3x 90 kg
* 1x 100kg (PR) – Slipped grip on right hand on descending. So not sure if it would have counted on comp. day, but very happy to get it up and it didn’t even feel so heavy. However, when I tried a 2nd and 3rd time, it didn’t move from the floor. I guess, I missed ‘the boat’ – I find that in my strength training, I have these ‘windows’, where everything is possible. But if I don’t time it right, I’m not getting it.

Pull Ups/ Chin Ups
3 x 5 – alternate grip (6 chin ups)

Forgot to stretch, abs etc. 😦  – but

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Ireland vs Denmark I

It’s Tuesday and I got todays training in the bag.  Came to the gym tired from yesterdays 75min run + 45min KB class. So workload wasn’t impressive in todays training: 3K on a good pace, little benching  / a small set of 40’s, FTC and lots of ab work.

So without any plans for the day, I thought it was time to make my first Ireland vs Denmark list. (I’m sure more will follow).

First obvious notion is, that I’ve moved from the (big) city to the country side. Which means:

Tyra Banks with an irish hairdo

* Ocean view in the weekends – but no 7-11 around the corner. (store is 8k from our house)

Anne Lindfjeld with danish ditto

* My bike has been replaced with the passenger seat in the Mazda (I don’t drive)
* Numbers of sharwarma bars has been replaced with numbers of bars (pubs if you like)

* No sushi! :(((((((( (probably Irelands biggest downfall)

* Running 5 lakes has been replaced with running up and down 5 five hills
* Irish guys are mostly very gentleman like – holding the door etc. (Not a word about my bf thou 😉 haha) – and some of them look like Collin Farrel!!!
* Irish ladies have big hair!!! Not sure how to describe the danish hairstyle, but definetly an inch or two lower!

 

 

Speaking of irish ladies – my boxercise class at Womens Fitness Gym just hit a new high yesterday. A lady told me, it was probably the best thing, she ever did for herself in her life!  Not sure you can get a better compliment, than that. And, the best thing is – it was all her!! Her and her partner. I’m just the facilitator, calling the shots yes, but it’s entirely up to the individual to push herself.
I alway encourage my classes to keep at it. To not give up, but push through! And this particuliar lady must have done so! I’m so happy for her – and proud to get the class going at that intensity!

 

My second class yesterday was my Kettlebell class, which Im also really happy about. I think the 3 sets starting with the easier exercises and progressing forward are the best mix. Two younger ladies was in, and one of them gave up on some of the drills. I had a word with her after class, and told her to stick with it next time. Just try – never give up! (such a cliche, but so true, when it comes to life). I hope she will remember my words next week and keep at it. Dig deep and come through! I know, if she do, she’ll feel three inch taller and so proud. It’s the greatest gift of training.

Tomorrow its time for my first boxercise class at CIT. Program in place, hoping it will be just as cool!

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Last training session in Ireland

For now at least! Had a very easy day. Not quite sure why, but wasn’t that motivated today. Too bad, as I get to spend 9 hours travelling tomorrow, and probably end up wishing, I was in a gym somewhere.

Anyhow:

3K – slow paced 11.8average speed

DeadLifts
1x 10x 40K – warm up
2x 4x 40K
2x 4x 50k
2x 4x 60k
2x 4x 65k – Felt pretty strong today, and could probably have lifted about 70 – 75K. However settled for less and will try to make a slow, but steady progress in my DLs. Hopefully ending up on 106-108K, which would be twice my bw.

FCT:
1x 20x 20K warm up
6x 20x 30K

Push Ups:
50
Abs:
200

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Gym day II

Ohhhh the joy of having access to a gym when abroad… means you gotta go and train – everyday! (oh the joy!)

Thursday morning drills:

Warm up: 5K (24m)

Squat:
2x 6x 20K Warm up
2x 4x 30K
2x 4x 35K
2x 4x 40K

Benchpress:
1x 20x 20K warm up
2x 4x 25K
2x 4x 30K
2x 4x 32.5K

FCT
2x 20x 20k
2x 20x 25K
2x 20x 27.5K

Barbell Push
2x 10x 20K
2x 10x 20K

200 Abs
100 Push ups
100 Back

2x bridge
Stretch

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