The day after the competition ( http://www.sportsfuel.org/blogs/jesss-spot/29535169-bodypower-deadlifts-tans-and-icecream ) I was lucky enough to help out at the strongman/woman competitions for the rest of the weekend, I got to rub shoulders with some of the best strongmen in the world (I don't want to name drop... Terry Hollands, Rob Frampton, Brian Shaw...) and watch some flipping strong women compete!
It really amazed me the amount of support and thought everyone put in, everyone was there to win but they did their damnedest to ensure everyone tried their hardest.
This was a really positive experience for me, not only did I get to meet some like minded individuals it helped my training partner spot my weakness's and being the extremely clever lady she is, she used this information to make me stronger and less likely to break, good news!
With the support of my every knowing partner Mr Rick I have tried to maintain a slightly healthy more lifter style diet with the occasional ice cream to make me stronger.
The constancy in my diet has been down to my use of mass attack juggarnaught to bring up my calories in the morning, it is an all in one lean mass gainer, containing protein, carbs from oats and barely, creatine, bcaa's and lots of other stuff to help me recover as best I can.
Drinking calories might not be optimal but it fits into my lifestyle as practically as possible, rick made me the same amount of calories in food one morning and I simply couldn't get it down!
What I have got better at is implementing a little more structure to my nutrition around my training.
I find that if I have not eaten well close to training it directly impacts on my training and leading to me having minimal gains and a pants session leaving me bummed out for the rest of the day!
What I have noticed with my nutrition and training being more purposeful is the change to my body as I have said before I now slightly resemble someone who lifts, although I am small compared to my partner in crime Sarah and in everyday clothes I think I look pretty “average” to the passer by.
However stood in front of the mirror, to me, there is a massive difference to how I looked a year ago, I can see my lats and back growing, my biceps and triceps are bigger and I have serrates and the beginnings of a lower back christmas tress! I didn't even know what they were a year ago.
As a result of this I have people asking me questions about the lifting and nutrition and I always say I am not qualified but I can say what has worked for me, though it may not work for you. People always seem disappointed like I have a secret drink that makes you stronger.
I often hear “ I don’t have time for the gym” but in the same conversation they tell me about the new series of breaking bad or games of thrones they have watched. No judgement, everyone has things in their life that makes them happy but what ever you do especially any sport do it with commitment and passion if you want to achieve anything worthwhile.
I say this all the time to Sarah that I would never dream of giving out any specific advice or training anyone, I will always send them to someone I think is more knowledgable.
Not everyone seems to think like this and unfortunately it is women I have seen suffer on more than one occasion, I have seen women being taught to squat in the most terrible ways and they just look confused at how uncomfortable the movement is.
If you want advice realise that any knowledge is attainable just be careful who you ask, for example choose someone who has years of training and living in it (this person may or may not look especially lean or big) not someone who has a piece of paper after a two day course( who could be shredded but not have a clue).
Rant over, think I need to hit the gym to dispel all this negative energy
Finally body power arrived in all it's very tanned skin showing glory.
I was nervous to say the least, staying quiet in the car as rick and Sarah chatted about everything fitness.
We got there in good time and did the dreaded weigh in, having weighed myself the day before at 66kg I had carbed up with epic pizza and Ben and Jerrys (if you call it functional then Rick and Sarah assure me it's not junk food)
I hit 70kg on the scale- lucky as the strongwoman comp was under 70s this is biggest I have been for a few years but strangely nearly the leanest. So I started the day feeling ready and heavy enough to move some weights multiple times.
People often say this and it has been my personal experience that strongman/woman is the friendliest sport out there, prehaps made more noticeable as it would be assumed to the outside person to be a very intense competitive sport.
most competitors help each other or cheer each other on, if you haven't got a piece of equipment someone will always lend it too you. Strongmen want to compete on an equal footing so the best wins. The ladies I competed against were fantastic, there was some newbies and veterans, all shouted and helped each other out.
I am probably a little bit too enthusiastic with my shouting, a way to deal with the nerves and not think about my performance.
For the first time I was actually happy with what I did at a comp, how I competed and how I pushed myself, I was nervous but buzzed off the atmosphere.
The team organising it did a fantastic job the only disappointing thing was the lack of interest from the general public, whilst the weights might not have been the heaviest it would be good for strong woman to have an audience and hopefully capture a few people interested in giving it a go.
I can second over all, one point from first! A result that I am very very pleased with!
A new challenge and a new focus:
The focus for me now is a powerlifting comp in July, this means I have to raise the quality of my heavy lifts.
I will be happy to lift what I do in the gym but cleanly to get a green light. My gains have been steady and supported by the diet from rick and supplementation kindly provided by boditronics, my training has been intense as ever! Hopefully I can keep on making steady progress.
As someone competing I would recommend anyone to give it a go, it definitely made bodypower for me, an event that holds little interest for me as a member of the public as in terms of supplements I know what works for me and am not currently seeking any magic beans, redmist, intracell and mass ATTACK are plenty enough for me at the moment!
A special thank to Sarah who had to share a room with me and put up with my terrible lack of knowledge of pro athletes and embarrassing her on many occasions. Who are Neil Hill & Steve Cook anyway?
And of course to Mr foster who has been endlessly patiently supportive and loving over the past few weeks x