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Sometimes you need a little restart! And rest

Alydia Bryant

These last 3 weeks has been wonderful, exciting, stressful, and many lessons of patience. I decided it was time to invest in a new training Journal since I have a lot of new strength goals I want to accomplish in the next few months. I thought this one was Perfect! Some days we get discouraged or distracted and the plan falls apart! We can achieve so much more if we have the courage to pursue those dreams! I decided to take 3 days off this weekend. Normally I do 2 but my body, stress, and missing my husband ;) was telling me to slow down! Sometimes you need to adjust and that's ok! It doesn't mean you have failed or quit! Your body needs recovery sometimes! Recovery will even improve your strength.

 

Today my shoulders felt stronger then they have in a month. My squat was deep and strong! I did more work today then I have in the last 2 weeks but I felt stronger. I recovered faster and needed less rest between sets! Sometimes less really is more! 

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A family reunion of sorts-Two hands anyhow, windmill-bent press

Alydia Bryant

Part of the level 2 requirements for SFG is to learn the windmill and bent press. I've loved playing around with all of the odd lifts! Today I tried them with a 28kg on top and a 16kg on the bottom 

I was able to do it on both sides. The left didn't have the endurance to hold for the last bent press. I could have pushed it.... But that's not smart! Remember get stronger... Get better... Not broken!

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Becoming Limitless~ The Dome of Strength

Alydia Bryant

This weekend I had the time of my life! I know a lot of people out there probably think I'm crazy that I sign up for something where I have to work out off and on for 8-10 hours in a day. Its so worth it in the end and you see your body do things that you couldn't imagine. I am passionate about getting stronger but I'm more passionate about feeling good. Dave Whitley defines good technique as "what ever is physiologically correct for the individual and moves them in the direction of their goal." We are all built differently and some of us have limitations due to injury or birth defects but that doesn't mean we can't be strong. It just might mean our strong will look differently. At StrongFirst we strive to define certain skills in a way that is safe and efficient. What ever that technique may be it shouldn't be painful.  I've learned through out my career that people chase pain! I'm sure you have heard the phrase "no pain, no gain." Let me tell you that is the biggest lie I have ever heard! Doc Hartle said this weekend "We like our spines, we LOVE our spines. You only get one of them so don't screw it up." 

So here is my question for you: Is it really worth the pain and the risk of getting "stronger" if you are constantly getting hurt? I don't think so! If you constantly train at your limit or at 90-100% effort you will get hurt! "If you constantly train at the edge of your limit then you will eventually hit your limit. But if you train yourself away from the limit you are training yourself to be limitless" ~The Iron Tamer Dave Whitley

This lesson was so vital in my training! Its how i was able to increase my bent press by 150% in just 5 weeks! 5 weeks ago I could only bent press 16 kg. But with patience, practice, and proper mechanics I was able to get the 40kg. And I plan to get the 44 in the next few weeks. I don't go 100% effort all the time. I rest! I integrated light, medium, and heavy days. I never started a set until i was fully recovered and ready. When you are tired Injury occurs.... and then you become week...and bound by your limitations.

Heres me doing the 40kg Bent press... keep an eye out for that 44kg :)

40kg Bent Press 5/10/15

So Train Smart! Work hard! Become Super Human STRONG!

 

PS. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the AWESOME CREATOR that I serve. Phil 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Sure I had an awesome coach... But God ordained that connection. HE Kept me healthy and allowed me to know when enough was enough in my training. He has placed the most amazing people in my life to get me where I am today. I am so grateful! My prayer is that I will continue to seek him and not allow my own self and limitations to stand in the way. For he is who truly makes me limitless. T