We have made it through another strength cycle and now we are going for some 1 rep max lifts! Some of us will PR (Personal Record) and some of us will not. I know, it’s very humbling to go for a new PR and not get it. For those that are getting some new numbers, congratulations!! This is an awesome time to test your fitness. All that hard work put into the gym and whether you are gaining 5lbs or 20lbs that is AWESOME and you should feel so good about that!! For those of us, myself included, that won’t hit a new PR there are many factors involved. Maybe you haven’t been getting into the gym as regularly as you used to. Maybe you are recovering from and injury that has kept you from doing the strength cycle. Maybe you are not sleeping/eating well or have been laid out with that nasty cold going around. That is totally OK. We will not always PR on lifts, heck some of us won’t get close to our old PR’s but you have to keep moving forward. Don’t let this describe you as an athlete. Keep you eyes on the prize, those goals are there for a reason and you will get there! Keep up the good work, you will see it I promise! This week we are hitting strict press and front squats! If you miss it be sure to speak with your coach about getting that 1RM in!
Speaking of goals, have you been thinking about what your goals for 2017 are? If you haven’t, start making a list!
Tomorrow there is a prediction of SNOW!! The Southern Californian in me is so very excited. For everyone wondering about snow and if we will be open or not, here is the low down from Alpha Martial Arts: We will follow any Seattle Public Schools decision about canceling school or a late start. So, if the kids don’t have school, we won’t be open! If that’s the case, pull out those cross country skis, go sledding with the kids or have a snowball fight! We will post on Facebook and send out an email to let you know for sure.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Did you get out with your family and friends and do something fun? Did you eat all of the gravy, stuffing and turkey? All of the pie? Wonderful! Did you feel bad about what you ate? Gosh, I hope not! Seriously! You work hard. You do the best for your mind and body and you should never feel guilty about anything you eat. The best thing to do is to pick yourself up the next day, eat a delicious healthy meal and get to the gym! No regrets. Unless you make it a habit of eating stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and turkey for dinner with pie for dessert every week than you have nothing to feel bad about. Sure we all indulge. That what’s Thanksgiving is all about!
This Thanksgiving we did something a little different. We put a meal in the crockpot and went for a hike. My husband chose Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. It was steep, crowded and was definitely difficult. Didn’t need a jacket as we got so sweaty getting up that mountain! Our 12 year old loudly complained the entire time up. Our 15 year old barely made a sound and kept moving. At the top, it was gorgeous. A large clearing where paragliders take off. A big grassy knoll right into a drop. Total vertigo for me! We were ecstatic to have made it! The rain and wind picked up and we were happy to head back down the mountain. Easy peasy coming down, everyone was all smiles and laughter. We had a great time and came home to a delicious meal of red beans and rice followed by a movie marathon! Perfection.
I loved seeing Chris and John running the Turkey Trot on Thursday too! Getting out and doing something with your family and friends is a great way to do something different than what we do in the gym and more than anything getting to spend some quality time together which makes it fun! Isn’t it the element of fun that makes us workout each day?!
This week is our last week of our strength cycle. Looking forward to the next 2 weeks where some of us will hit some new PR’s in the gym! (and some of us will not and that’s ok…more on that next week!)