Not far away from 100

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The faces I make when I’m lifting aren’t pretty haha

Stella had a mental workout in store for us when we walked through the doors of G5 on wednesday. 20 minutes of thrusters at 25kg. Seems alright when you first say it like that, then she added the little detail of that you weren’t allowed to drop the bar. Or if you did had to go for a run in between before you could pick it up again and continue chipping though the thrusters.

I did not think I would reach 100 thrusters in that time. It’s that inner battle with your mind thinking you physically can’t do it when you actually can. It’s so weird, how your mind can convince you that you can’t do something when you actually can. The more you think about it, the weirder it is. The more liberating it is. Your thoughts aren’t reality until you make it your reality. Then of course there are physical limitations such as strength standing in the way but your limit is further away than you think it is.

The 20 minutes eventually ended (thank god!). The minute Stella said “time!” everyone dropped their bars at once and fell to the ground at the same time. Must’ve been quite a funny site! Once we’d recovered we moved onto a 12 minute block to build up 3 rep max for deadlifts. I used to do loads of deadlifts before until I hurt my back and since then I haven’t really been doing any. I did some with Faye last week but nowhere as much as I used to so I didn’t expect anything spectacular to happen when we started adding the weights to the bar.

I was surprised at how easy it felt to lift the weights. Not at all what I expected it to be! We kept on adding weight and I managed to get three reps. We eventually got to 90kg, my one rep max PB. My initial thought was, no way I’ll be able to get this bar up. I haven’t done this for so long. I took a deep breath and went for it and I managed not only one rep but three!! PB smashed! I couldn’t believe it.

With slightly more confidence I attempted a 95kg deadlift and I somehow managed to lift it too. I was over the moon. It just shows that sometimes taking a break from practicing something can do you good instead of forcing it. It’s good to build up strength doing other exercises too in order to build strength in other muscles to help. Safe to say I had a pretty amazing start to my Wednesday and arrived at work in an even happier mood than usual. That’s another reason why I love training in the morning, you start the day with a bang and you always feel so amazing after a workout and it stays with you all day.

I know I say this a lot but I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend again! Only a couple of hours left until time off. Jamie is off today, which almost never happens so we’re going to have a date night. I’m not sure exactly what we’re doing but I hope something nice so I can get a little bit dressed up. I haven’t dressed up properly in I don’t even know how long.

Have a lovely day my dears!

M xxx

Author: madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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