That moment when un-rack that bar, the weight of your entire life is literally sitting on your shoulders. Every let down, every heartbreak, every struggle and every voice that screamed at you, spraying saliva, saying that you are nothing and that you can't. It all sits on that barbell, grinding into every muscle you earned. Every painful rep got you here. The cold iron bar used to hurt as it sat on your bare shoulders but not anymore...."Ready". You set your heels as that weight teams up with gravity against you. You anxiously take a deep breath, hardening your core and clenching your jaw preparing for the moment of truth, the truth being if you are really are strong enough for all of this. Bitter sweet butterflies flutter in the pit of your stomach and you repetitively whisper to them "It's light weight". Some question why you do it, some pass judgement because your strength becomes intimidating, you bare your teeth and your neck becomes vascular. During that moment you are not there to be beautiful, you are there to be a beast and show YOURSELF what you are made of. Facing others is one thing but facing yourself is another. "Ok, come on". Fight or Flight. You unlock your knees feeling all your worries, troubles, past, and future push you low to the ground touching fingertips with gravity. With perfect timing and positioning you PUSH. As you come up you break through that barrier life has created for you like a flimsy sheet of glass. It shatters and falls to the ground as gravity watches you in agony. Lol oh gravity...your a bitch. #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #shelifts #squats #warmup #workoutmotivation #gymrat #gwpl #lifting #juststrong #gymaholic #gymmotivation #beastmode #flexonem #womenempowerment #fitfam
I slept in till 9 today and it led to such a good leg day 😍 (minus the fact that my squats turned into good mornings 🙃) W1D3 • 21 march (yesterday was a rest day):
Bench - 3X10 narrow grip and less archy bench @ 50% (65 lbs)
Squats - 4X7 (top set @ 80% (205 lbs) & remaining 3 @ 75% (190 lbs)) + 2X10 backdowns @ 50% (125 lbs) where first 5 reps were paused and second 5 were for speed
Glutes, hams, & quads for accessories
Someone said that my legs were too big the other day.
At first I was really upset and then I remembered what it was like having a thigh gap. I used to drink 6 cups of black coffee a day so I wasn’t hungry. I couldn’t pick up 2L bottles of milk because they were too heavy for me. The constant scrutiny of my body and the utter hatred I had for it.
THIS SHIT ISNT NORMAL. This fucking thigh gap obsession isn’t normal. I’ve worked so hard to make myself strong, I’ve earnt my big thighs, these guys squat over 100kgs, they hold up this 103cm booty. They carry me from 6am -8pm helping my clients. Ive been 49kgs with a thigh gap and it’s nothing compared to me now being 63kgs thighs touching and happy af.
If anyone tells you your legs are too big, crush them with your big thighs and carry on with your life
Laaate night in the lab... but that was mostly my fault because I believe I may have found what I was hypothesizing that I would eventually find. Not only could I not believe what I was seeing... but I was having the time of my life the entire time ❤ I can't wait to get back to it tomorrow morning!
I looooooooooove my research a.k.a "work" 😁🤓👩🔬
Oh, and my streaking is definitely (FINALLY) improving significantly.
Now if only I could discover this thing called "sleep" and "food"... 🤔
#lab #research #science #micro #molecularbiology #microbiology #biochemistry #lablife #pathogenic #bacteria #proud #nerd #gwpl #sbd
My feed makes it seem like all I do is squat and occasionally deadlift but the reality is, my bench is just really weak and not worth posting 🤷🏻♀️
I was going to stop at 8 reps but also didn’t want to let @canditotraininghq
down so I got to 10 and they weren’t even that grindy I was just out of breath 🐷
Squats have been feeling so good since changing my grip and doing banded work 🙌🏼 v happy with today
🎥 77.5kg x 10
Followed by never ending 10x3 @ 72.5kg w/ 60sec rest (aka CrossFit tbh ☠️) and paused deadlifts
Really taking advantage of this heavy block to test myself and push my limits aka finally not (somewhat) sandbagging 🙂. This may not have been a competition pause but a pr is a pr #5weeksout
Born ready, WAR READY. 🔥
One of my favorite humans was birthed today! 💞 Everybody tell @natalie.907
happy 28th birthday and congratulate her on being very old. 👵🏼 📸: @9for9media
Phew. Today, everything (including my body) felt heavier that usual. 😅 except for the bench TnG, that felt nice 😋
I am exactly a month away from my first powerlifting meet 😋 and this is the 2nd to the last day of #DeloadWeek
😁 I think it’s all uphill from here 😂
• 3x1 at 270 (2nd & 3rd set)
• baby bench tng 3x7
• accessories: 3x10-12 of barbell hip thrusts, pull-ups (no video), tbar rows and cg lat pulls (no video) 😅
• last video is from yesterday’s workout
I didn’t even mean to wear pink on Wednesday, but it happened 😝
That hair flip tho.
4 x 7 x 210lbs at RPE ~6 •• Almost threw up when I saw sets of 6-8 at 80% after 3RM squats but these were suuuuper smooth. #iliketoliftthings
It's my birthday week and to commemorate my 28th birthday I did an AMRAP on squats. First video I did 17 even though it looked easy as shit and I could've done more. Felt some fatigue right away so I went back for another set after a minute break to finish off with 28 total. The fact that I did this right after finishing my first meet makes me look crazy, but I never back down on a challenge. @pvstrong_aep @dropitlikeassquat
Two years ago I couldn't even do 2 #pushups
on my knees because I had no arm strength whatsoever. Good progress, good progress.
TFW you get through your entire setup before remembering your belt 🤔😬 #doigoaheadandgobeltless
? Squats at 165 felt awesome today! I kept hitting the racks so I did some of my backoff sets with 155 with no safeties and full ROM (AND a normal walkout 🙌🏼) and my hips felt happy again 😅😍 Is it me or is my personality coming back?
Me: "More then 5 reps is cardio!" "I'm doing bro workouts!" "This shit sucks!" "I'mma fat powerlifter for a reason!' Also me: **See's sick arm and chest pump** "Ooooohhhhhhhhhh I see! 😍😍😍" The off seasons is upon us! All the high reps!
They are unavoidable, inescapable, and a part of the journey to where we want to be; to where I want to be.
Sometimes they are frequently occurring but other times they lay dormant waiting for the perfect time to hold us back.
The setback is there to test us, challenge us, but also strengthen and provide us with growth.
So when a setback occurs, don’t aimlessly resist, instead embrace it; slow down, and work smarter to keep moving forward past it.
What helps me to get through challenges is looking back to where I was compared to where I am now.
225 is my very first meet PR on deadlift back in June.
This is 225 today. It felt easier, and more solid than it did 10 months ago.
I experienced a setback, 12 weeks out from my next meet, and now with 9 weeks to go, the dial is finally turning. My body is feeling better-ish and my energy is coming back.
#powerlifting #workoutmotivation #gymmotivation #powerlifter #gwpl #girlswhopowerlift #powerliftingwomen #motivation #setbacks #journey #strongwomen #strength #instafit #fitness #girlswhopowerlift #liftheavy #keepgoing #24hourfitness #inspiration #challenge #growth #deadlift #squatbenchdeadlift
I think all humans want inclusion and acceptance. Powerlifting has brought those feelings into my life. World Down Syndrome Day is a day to reflect on where you can add a bit more inclusion into your life. I celebrated the best way I know how...3 sets of 21 reps of each exercise shown to represent the extra 21st chromosome those with Down syndrome sport. The love I have felt from not only my time in powerlifting, but also my time spent working at a group home with intellectually disabled men were transformative for me.
If you'd like to go even one step further and donate, @rubysrainbow
is a great place to help fund continuing education for students with Down syndrome, which I'm also passionate about. #WDSD18 #WDSD
Saying see you soon to this little one today. We’ve made a lot of memories, lifted a shit ton of weight together, done alll the cardio together, drank all the beer together and ate everything we shouldn’t have together. I’m gonna miss training with you daily but this isn’t goodbye but see you soon. Nationals are a few months away and we’re going to kill it together.
Gonna miss this girl 💕
#gwpl #powerliftinglife #gymbuddy #liftheavy #usapl #nationalsherewecome
If you didn't put it on IG, did your workout really happen? I felt very present and aware, but boy did today suck. • • •
Everything felt off when the gym got more crowded tonight. I lost focus whenever I had to reset for deadlifts because people would walk in my way. • For OHPs, someone walked IN FRONT OF ME to put back her plates while I had the bar OVER MY HEAD. Granted, it was only 50lbs above my head, but still. Hon, you could've went around the rig! • • •
PSA: For everyone's safety y'all, please please please be mindful of how you wander around in the gym! I could've hit the girl with my barbell or I could've tweaked my shoulder tonight. Thank God I didn't hurt myself. • • •
Maybe it's time to look for a different weekday gym? 🤔 • • •
#gwpl #girlswholift #sumodeadlift #overheadpress #fit19misfits #gymrant
W3D3 - sighhhhhhh I’m still a poverty waifu you guys sorry @bryanthegallant
thank you @xblueapplez
for cheering me on 😭❤️
Went off program and decided to hit some singles. Everything felt okay speed wise but can my fellow PL girls tell me how to hook grip without scratching themselves on that one part of them thighs when you have nails? (Not acrylics just long nails cause I’m lazy but I hate my nails getting caught there)
⚪️⚪️⚪️ for first vid
🔴🔴🔴 for second vid
#uspa #gwpl #sumodeadlifts #deadlifts #fitness #fitspo
385 for a baby sloppy 5lb PR💁🏽♀️ even tho I should be sticking to the program but since getting my nutrition right, the lift felt too good not to attempt :3 road to 405 😬 @_thighsonthundah_ @powerliftingmotivation
swipe right to see in meme form today 😅
I’ve said it before.. you’re favorite lift is always the one that’s moving well.. so I hate bench. I feel for @petersonbrennon
now. 😂 bar moved well but it’s hurting. Wanted some more and to work with my new Maddog slanger but I shut it down. Give it the rest of the week off bench and see how that goes. @jakedmcgee
got to try it so that’s cool I guess
Thank you to @gainzbox
for the shirt and @mbslingshot
for the joggers. Never had a pair. Not bad tho. Have to grow on me I think. But very comfortable. My new favorite thing is the Biggie sleeves. Having the old blue, the newer reds and now these. Yup. Favorite. Great pressure without cutting off circulation.
Never take life too seriously 💙. Since going full time on this line I’ve learned so much. It seems really simple though right? Sometimes I just need to block out 30 mins to do a goof photo shoot with my dork of a wife 😂😜. Thank you all for believing in me, our team, and this brand. In my heart I honestly believe we have the best team, best family, and best support system physically possible 💙
- crammed 2 workouts into 1 cuz finals week 🙃 squats were feeling 🔥 tho
145lbs - 1x5 (volume PR)
65lbs - paused 1x3
70lbs - was supposed to do paused 2x2 but I still can’t count
75lbs - paused 2x2, 1x3
135lbs - paused 1x8
📚 ty for spot @nicoleabea
💥435lbs / 197.5kg💥
7TH SET OF 3.
Big fucking redemption after my poor DL performance last Sat. Mentality over everything these next 3 weeks