Jess's Spot

ME WOMAN  Posted on 29 Aug 06:57 , 0 comments

 

The joy of joys for the six week holidays, I have spent a few weeks completing work and also working in Rick’s supplement shop ‘Strom’. They say a change is as good as a rest!

 

Well, my body seems to agree, alongside the different training programme developed by the awesome Sarah ‘Showtime’ Whitney, and eating all the pizza (my nutrition left the building a few weeks ago, I am definitely not advocating eating crap) but due to the amount I train and going “vagina to the wall” with it (female version of ‘balls to the wall’?) I have managed to put on size that is mostly muscle (said with all the fingers and toes crossed).  

 

Now I have recovered my brain and can actually function like a normal adult I will be getting back on plan, and if I can resist the ever tempting cookie dough ice-cream… I will try….I may attempt to actually lean up. Who knows, stranger things do happen!

 

I have blogged about how I look previously- it’s started to feel like I'm a bit obsessive but I feel the need to share this story.  As I have said I am carrying a little bit of mass, some of it fat (around the stomach) and some of it muscle. I can live with this as I am lifting better now than I have been. What I found incredulous and to occur for the first time in a non-lifting environment is another woman telling me ( and a friend who I was out with) “ Oh yeah I noticed you come in (into a local club) and thought you looked butch”.

 

Can I just say… What the hell? And thank you! 

 

Firstly, What the hell! Mainly for implying that the way I have chosen to look and worked hard to look is in any way manly or unattractive and that somehow you have the right to comment and put your negativity onto me. 

 

Secondly… Why thank you for noticing my gains. I am proud of my little biceps, traps, quads and ice cream tummy. I have worked hard for them all and they have in turn helped me recognise I can do what I want and be who I want. I am worthwhile because I try. 

 

Now being the ever so polite English person I refrained from saying what I thought of the woman, I merely left her presence. I will use the cathartic energies of the gym to release the frustration and anger I have and increase my gain-age. 

 

You say Butch. I say I know what I want. 


The Aftermath and negative energy! Posted on 29 Jun 11:05 , 0 comments

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 

A strangely factual post about my routine... Posted on 1 Apr 18:18 , 0 comments

A few people have asked so..

So thought I would upload my workout programme, it is not something I stick to religiously, I may vary what I do according to how my body feels on the day but its useful to have a guide or idea of what needs to be covered in a session.
It helps when my mind goes blank and I don’t want to look uncool so I surreptitiously look at my phone and voila I look competent again. 
It was designed by my partner the Rickster based on a variation of his old programme, a modified cube method. 
I am also two days in to a new diet also written by Rick, seeing as everyone in our house is food prep mad at the moment I thought being the easter holidays I would give it a go for a few weeks to see if I feel the benefits, right now I don't enjoy the restrictive feeling of having the same set of meals repeatedly, but I did have a good session, this may just be down to having a good nights sleep though!
I cant claim to be hugely interested, but the diet is based around 2450 calories on training days with a balance of 30% protein 40% Carbs and 30% fats mostly from fish nuts and coconut oil as well as my usual base of supplements, Red Mist, Intracell and Recover EX by Boditronics, Greens Freak by Pharma Freak and Dr Zaks Protein bread
WEEK ONE.
Day one, Pull - volume:
Deadlifts 60% 6 sets of 12.
Pull ups three sets to failure.
Bent over rows (tbar or dumbbell) 3 sets of 8.
Lat pull down or row machine 4 sets of 10.
Light good mornings 3x8.
One bicep exercise 4x8.
Day two, push - heavys chest bias. 
Flat bench. 1 set of 12 light, 1 set of 8 moderate, 1 set 5 heavy, 5 sets of 2-3 heavy as able.
Chest press 4 sets of 5
Cable flys 3 sets of 12
Dumbbell press 4 sets of 5
Tricep extensions cable 4 sets of 8 
Day three, legs - max.
Squats, as many warm up reps as required, up to a PB attempt.
Heavy lunges, 3 sets of 4
Heavy leg press 5 by 5 
Leg extension 3 by 15 
Leg curl 3 by 15
Day Four. Events training or conditioning/cardio and bits wanted to catch up on.
WEEK TWO
Day one, Pull - heavy:
Deadlifts 80% 6 sets of 5.
Pull ups three sets to failure.
Bent over rows (tbar or dumbbell) 3 sets of 5.
Lat pull down or row machine 4 sets of 10.
Moderate sldl 3x5.
One bicep exercise 4x8.
Day two, push - heavys shoulder bias. 
Seated shoulder press or standing if required. 1 set of 12 light, 1 set of 8 moderate, 1 set 5 heavy, 5 sets of 2-3 heavy as able.
Incline press 4 sets of 5
Dumbell lateral raises 3 sets of 12
Dumbbell shoulder press 4 sets of 5
Tricep extensions cable 4 sets of 8 
Day three, legs - volume.
Squats, 2 sets of 12, 2 sets of 8, 2 sets of 6, 2 sets of 4. All A2G
Lunges 4 sets of 12
leg press 5 by 12
Leg extension 3 by 10
Leg curl 3 by 10
Day Four. Events training or conditioning/cardio and bits wanted to catch up on.
WEEK THREE
Day one, Pull - heavy:
Deadlifts warm up to test max then 3 sets of 2 as heavy as possible.
Pull ups three sets to failure.
Bent over rows (tbar or dumbbell) 3 sets of 5.
Lat pull down or row machine 4 sets of 6
Rack pulls or shrugs on the smith. 
One bicep exercise 4x12.
Day two, push - volume. 
Flat bench 6 sets of 12
Incline press 4 sets of 10
Seated shoulder press 3 sets of 8
Dumbell front raises 3 sets of 10
Dumbbell shoulder press 4 sets of 5
Tricep dumbell extension 4 sets of 8
Day three, legs - triples.
Squats, warm ups to 85% 6 sets of 3 A2G
Front squats, 3 sets of 8
leg press 5 by 10
Leg extension 3 by 10
Leg curl 3 by 10
Day Four. Events training or conditioning/cardio and bits wanted to catch up on.
Return to week one. 

Perception Posted on 31 Mar 19:04 , 0 comments

Over the past few months of training I have looked occasionally in the mirror and seen small changes in the way I look, I have concentrated on strength gains and not focused on how that changes my physique, as I said to Rick last night I would rather eat a tub of ice cream and be strong then have abs.  
But as much as I think and believe in this statement, I look at myself in the mirror; my arms are bigger; my waist more defined; my quads and calves bigger (only slightly) I look like I lift heavy weight occasionally. This makes me happy, I can cope with losing a cup size if it means I can lift 20 kg heavier, to me this seems like a fair trade off. 
The sense of empowerment I get from walking into a gym, lifting a weight that no one expected me too is immense, I am sure it can be linked to some psychological need developed in childhood but who cares! 
Yesterday I noticed people looking at me in the weights room, normally I feel like this happens as being female sets off a small alarm only men can hear but as soon as I am plodding along with my own workout no one pays any attention.
Yesterday was different, people were watching at different stages of my workout, is this because I look like I lift now?
I am not saying people were thinking gosh I want to look like her, or phaw I like the look of that. It was more like curiosity or looking at something you find freakish ( I was in a commercial gym at the time, so a little bit of muscle is considered a lot)  In one woman’s case I am pretty sure she hadn't realised that mirrors are reflective and pointing to me and laughing is a rather big give away to what you are thinking. 
Did this bother me?
I spoke to Rick about it after, I have never been a person to want to stand out or get attention; much safer to hide in the back.
When I wear normal clothes I look very average but in gym clothes people can see how much hard work I have put into my body to make it as strong as possible, I am proud to lift iron not as a fad or as a way to get attention but because of the empowerment and clarity it provides for me.
Life is not easy, by making my self strong I am making sure I can survive and if it makes me look different to how I am expected to look, well I can live with that!