Recently I had the honour of attending Britain's strongest disabled man man in the Northwood stadium.
This event was run by Gary Clarke who also participated! It was fantastic watching these men battle it out for the title. They all poured every ounce of effort into each event and despite different and sometimes difficult circumstances performed brilliantly. I was able to be amongst the competitors and watched as they supported each other and cheered yeah other on.
The competition was run well and the legend that is Magnus Ver Magnusson was reffing for the day.
To say I was excited was an understatement, I remember watching clips of his performances and just being in awe.
However like at body power I tend to embarrass myself in any situation invovling and famous person, Mr Magnusson had asked us to help sell his T shirts during the competition as he was busy reffing. Very happy to do so but had to keep the money in a bucket as we didn't have anything else to use. Upon his arrival back to the stand he enquired “what is this” (imagine an icelandic accent) pointing at said bucket. Not realising he probably was trying to find out where the money was being kept i replied rather unknowingly in a sarcastic tone “a bucket”. he did not look impressed and proceeded to walk off to carry on reffing. I turned around and Sarah ( my partner in crime for the day) was wetting herself as my idiocy strikes again... O joy, at least he may remember who I am, though probably not kindly.
One thing I was surprised to see was the lack of nutrition occurring during the event, it was the first of its kind in the UK but a lot of the competitors were old hats at competing. Don't get me wrong there were sweets and flapjacks galore but very little uptake.
This has been the biggest change in my competitions, using different nutrition to fuel my lifts and improve my performance. I will alway maintain intracell ( http://www.sportsfuel.org/products/boditronics-intracell-amino-explosion?variant=1114425665 ) is essential to improving not just my performance in competitions but during workouts and even during the workday.
During the competition I mentioned that my partner was a nutritionist to a gentlemen, at a later point whilst drinking a lucazade I was asked if I am allowed to drink it due to it having sugar. I understand that the general publics view of sugar is very negative, but as we were training I was getting carbs in to improve my gym session.
Nutirtion is key in all sports but especially in strength and bodybuilding and basic understanding of this seems to be missing or misconstrued from information from the internet.
Personally I either discuss with my partner or use academic articles online, avoiding sites that anyone can write information on and definitely try to research around anything someone tells me is “good advice”.
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.
I have started a dreaded diet; kind of….
Rick suggested that as my training is going well and that I have a short period off work perhaps trying to improve performance by using effective nutrition might be the next step.
In my head I eat quite well but I do enjoy chocolate every now and again and have said that I would rather eat a chocolate bar than worry about abs. However the temptation of improving my lifts by eating at specific times seemed like an achievable option.
Rick managed to design a diet that utilised food items I eat regularly but split it two five different timings everyday.
I have never felt so hungry! I am eating 2600 calories each day, for a lean bulk, which is probably more than I usually eat.
From my limited understanding of it, as I am eating regularly through the day instead of larger portions at irregular times my metabolism is having a mini kick up the butt and it is working harder, though it seems to be working I had no idea how hard it could be, food has never been something I have given much thought other than getting some carbs and protein in post workout.
I don't know how Rick has managed to diet so long, he does become grumpy and my usual come back is “ you have chosen to do this”..
But I think this have given me a better perspective on just how hard this is for people and maybe I can be more understanding next time he is grumpy as he is hungry.
I am enjoying this mini excursion into nutrition and so far I feel good in my training from it, achieving a double at 150 in deads on Wednesday. I think I will carry it on when I return to work supplementing my second meal for a mass attack to get those calories in quickly, I have even got my self a six pack bag so I can take my gym stuff, food, shaker and laptop to work with me, much to Ricks amusement as I have constantly teased him about his!
I have always said that I don't have the determination for a diet, though thinking about those gains is keeping me off the chocolate so far…
In other news, Boditronics (A company who have been very supportive of Rick and who's products I have been a fan of for some time) have agreed to support me in my efforts in powerlifting and strongwoman over the next few months.
The products I have been using from them up until this point are as follows:
Mass Attack Juggernaut - a Lean all in one strength and mass gainer, hugely convenient in my role as a teacher when getting meals in isn't always possible!
Red Mist v2 Preworkout - Properly doses, not overly 'Buzzy' great for hard sessions after a long week!
Intracell - Intraworkout with BCAA's, Electrolights and other goodies, helps me train longer and harder, the biggest benefit I get from this is a huge reduction in 'DOMS' post work out soreness which is crucial when you have only limited chances to workout and often haven't had 'proper' recover time.
And finally Recovery EX - Fast acting carbs and whey Isolate, I notice a huge increase in recovery when using this over just a protein shake and as its more of a juice than a milk shake I find it more refreshing