The past few weeks with Jarrod at Evo Fitness have been an odd mixture of all of the above.
My fear of the chalk has been lifted and I am starting to love the stuff… I find white marks on everything and anything, clothing, weights, bars and sometimes even on Jarrod himself (shame)
Instead of feeling embarrassed about the mess I am leaving behind on the weight plates and my clothing, I am actually starting to feel a level of accomplishment. When Jarrod told me he prefers that I don’t use my gloves and rather the chalk I was very apprehensive and did not quite know how I was going to handle the pain that I knew was coming with using my bare hands, but I was totally wrong! The chalk has saved my hands from the pain that I was feeling with my callouses that kept growing while I was using gloves (very feminine, I know). Now I dig my hands in and love the feeling of the chalk on my hands.
With every passing week I can feel my strength growing, my squats are getting deeper, even when the weights are getting heavier, my deadlifts and my chest presses are getting heavier and I am taking my PB’s to the next level! I am loving the feeling of knowing that I can now do things that I never thought possible after my operation almost a year ago. This is not to say that I am without pain, yes my hands are still very weak and my grip is not great and funny enough I do feel DOMS in my injured finger, but I am still doing more now then I ever thought possible. The small tweaks in technique and the way that our training has been structured, I can honestly say that I never even felt it coming. When I lifted that 105kg deadlift, or squated that 70kg and benched that 50kg, I honestly didn’t know I could do it, and with such ease.
We have been warned that our training is taking a turn, it will be higher intensity and more endurance based, which will help build up our fitness levels but at the same time not forgetting to keep up our strength.
I am also going to start incorporating more HIIT cardio into my training as I want to get my cardio fitness up before the competition. This is going to be fun! Now I need to get my eating under control again and all will be well with the world!
3 weeks till game day! Oh man! Let’s just say I am a tad bit nervous!