Happy new year! I’m away at the moment in Wales, staying with friends to celebrate the New Year. This time last year, I blogged with a few ideas for training in the house whilst you’re away and can’t get to a gym. This year, too, I’m keeping the training going. But this year, I’ve gone one better.
Some time ago, I started chatting with first-time Figure competitor Amie Lloyd over Twitter (she’s friends with Kenny Mudoola, who won the BNBF Welsh qualifier with me and Lucy last year). By coincidence, I happen to be staying about 10 minutes from Amie at the moment. Once we realised this, we decided to train together. Amie kindly sorted me out several guest passes for her local gym, and we’ve been training together every morning. It’s been great!
Yesterday, we got stuck in straightaway with a hefty quads and calves session: sumo squats, regular squats with the Olympic bar, split squats, leg press, calves and then a nasty finisher (I think I blogged about it here). Then some abs (Amie’s abs are to die for and I was hoping some of it would rub off on me!)
Today, we went to town on our chest and delts: some mobilisation work, then bench presses (50kgs for me – yay!), incline dumbbell flys, shoulder supersets, some sneaky things Kenny told Amie (and, with shoulders like his, who’s going to argue?), chest press machine superset with reverse fly machine then some shoulder finishers. Ouch!
Tomorrow we’re going to meet one final time to work whatever we feel needs working! Possibly glutes and hamstrings, possibly biceps and triceps, maybe back. It’s great to have someone here with whom I can train hard, chat about prep and talk through all the feelings, joys and fears of competing. Amie is hoping to compete in the Figure class at the BNBF Welsh this coming July. I think she’s going to do brilliantly. She has a beautiful shape with the tiniest waist, and she’s tall and elegant. She’s overcome some challenges to put on an impressive amount of muscle, and she works damn hard, so she’ll no doubt put on a bit more yet. I’m so pleased we got to train together! Thank you, Amie!
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