Prep is just ticking along and things are moving in the right direction… I think… it’s really very hard to tell when you’re the one immersed in it!
I told you yesterday that I got me a sponsor. I’ve also got me a gym-buddy (at weekends anyway). My lovely hubby! Yay! He used to do a lot of weight training himself back in the day (his main sport is now mountain biking) but he’s already said he’ll come to the gym with me a few times a week next year. He’s started already and I must say it is great to have him with me, both for the company, the practical help of a spotter and the invaluable help of having him able to photograph/video my posing and routine. It’s so useful to actually be able to see what I’m doing!
I’m still doing all my weights sessions but have cut my cardio for these final two weeks. I can do a bit if I have the energy but at this stage we’d rather I channel any extra energy (ha) into maintaining muscle mass. My diet takes care of fatloss. So, I still do interval-type cardio a few times a week, but plyometrics are now out as I’m just too tired to do them safely enough.
Today, husband and I trained chest and biceps. Here’s what we did:
Mobilisation warm up
Bench press (flat) – Olympic bar + 25kg, 27.5kg, 25kg
Bench press (decline) – Olympic bar + 25kg, 27.5kg, 25kg
Bench press (incline using the Smith) – 35kg, 32.5kg, 30kg
Single-arm dumbbell press (flat, decline, incline, flat) using 22kg dumbbell
Superset of bicep hammer curls (using 12kgs) and decline dumbbell flyes (using 16kgs)
Abs (fab to have a partner for ab work as I can do lots of different stuff)
Posing and routine
I’m pretty pleased with the weights I’m pushing whilst in a deficit and two weeks out from comp!
That would be an eggwhite “crepe” (just egg whites cooked in a little coconut oil) with a mix of sauteed sweet potato and king prawns on top, seasoned with plenty of chillies from my garden no less. Hit the spot!
Is fab! Well, I think so anyway!
I won’t be doing a traditional “peak week” for next week’s NPA show as my goal at the moment is the BNBF Finals, so I can’t do anything which might jeopardise that. So I’ll be more or less training and dieting right through the NPA show, rather than doing anything different this week. I’ve no idea what that will mean for how I’ll look! Hopefully I’ll still come in looking OK. There are 5 in my class at the NPA show so it’s by no means a given that I’ll place top 3!
One last funny which might amuse the bodybuilders amongst you. thefitdog was a little poorly yesterday so we didn’t feed him for the day to give his stomach a chance to recover. What was his first meal this morning? Oats cooked in water and leftover bits of grass-fed sirloin steak. Ha ha! Only the dog of a bodybuilder would get that kind of meal. Sounds like something I might eat!
Well, that’s about it from me! Time for lunch – yippee! Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend.
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