Jess's Spot

Enjoy the Journey - It is where you will spend most of your time. Posted on 2 Feb 15:38 , 0 comments

Well,
Turning 29...that's fun and does not make you think about the future at all...


Okay, it's definitely an eye opener, whilst I realise I am not old I am definitely not "young or
adolescent" anymore. Reflecting on how I lift and look now makes me feel proud though I have
days of going "bloody hell"(I am pretty sure this is normal in the vast majority of the female population - not just the lifters)

But I'm enjoying the journey

A journey I think that will change as I change, I meet lots of fitness people at all different stages of their journey's when I am in gym and the shop, lots of these people are at the start of their fitness journey.

Unfortunately unless you are a genetic master everything takes time, many of these people will say they want to achieve (insert photo of incredible physic - often a fitness model of other athlete here)

Rome was not built in a day. (I know - cliché but true)

It takes more then three months to be a bodybuilder/power lifter/strong person.

Enjoy the journey as it lasts for years and the destination (if your goal is to compete) may well only be a single day.

 


Enjoy the Journey - It is where you will spend most of your time. Posted on 2 Feb 15:38 , 0 comments

Well,
Turning 29...that's fun and does not make you think about the future at all...


Okay, it's definitely an eye opener, whilst I realise I am not old I am definitely not "young or
adolescent" anymore. Reflecting on how I lift and look now makes me feel proud though I have
days of going "bloody hell"(I am pretty sure this is normal in the vast majority of the female population - not just the lifters)

But I'm enjoying the journey

A journey I think that will change as I change, I meet lots of fitness people at all different stages of their journey's when I am in gym and the shop, lots of these people are at the start of their fitness journey.

Unfortunately unless you are a genetic master everything takes time, many of these people will say they want to achieve (insert photo of incredible physic - often a fitness model of other athlete here)

Rome was not built in a day. (I know - cliché but true)

It takes more then three months to be a bodybuilder/power lifter/strong person.

Enjoy the journey as it lasts for years and the destination (if your goal is to compete) may well only be a single day.

 


Strongwoman and strength training - fuel your journey Posted on 1 Dec 10:05 , 0 comments


Good day! I hope all are experiencing many gains and enjoying the lifting.

I am very happy as I managed to move a 200kg yoke for twenty metres, though this is mixed with sadness as the event itself was not recorded due to equipment failure.

I could not even lift 160 a year ago and it is not something I have had much experience with.

I have to attribute this to both my training Sarah partner along with the knowledge of my life partner Rick, via osmosis I have become aware of the importance of eating to fuel my body. 

Which leads me to...
Carbs.... Apparently this is a bad word!?

However it's carbs that's are your body preferred energy source and have helped me lift heavy so they can't be that bad for you - there is of course an argument against very sedentary people having high carb diets, but if your training for performance they must be an integral comment of your diet.

Whilst I understand that you body can indeed run off fats from a keto style diet - I have no time for the days of foggy brain until your body switches to using fats for fuel.

Carbs baby, are my fuel of choice,  I have had some people at work (who are interested in lifting) ask me how I have energy enough to train - bear in mind these are educated people.

They often state they don't like sugar "as it is bad". I agree in vast quantities sugar will be bad for your health but when timed properly can help your body to perform effectively in fitness tasks. 

Stop listening to woman's mags they say " eat less be healthier" screw that - eat whole foods when you can more often and fuel that machine you are using - I do however massively struggle to fit whole foods into my diet, often getting only three small meals a day, when training this is simply not enough for me, especially as if i try to increase the portion sizes I get issues with bloating.

So I cheat, I use supplements like carb powders, protein shakes ( http://www.sportsfuel.org/collections/weight-gainers/products/boditronics-mass-attack-heavyweight )  and bcaa's this does not make me a man, these are not mysterious compounds that when mixed together will turn you into a she hulk!

These are nutrients that fuel the basic building blocks of your body, help your body recover and increase your effective workouts, simply packaged in a form that makes my life easier at the moment due to my ever increasingly hectic schedule!

Stop being scared people and look into how to support your body not starve it.


Progression is about more than the mirror Posted on 28 Oct 11:05 , 0 comments

I noticed something the other day, working with children I try to focus on positives from the day, be that work, behaviour or good thinking. What I didn't realise is what I was doing, I was complimenting boys on what they were doing more often and complimenting girls on what they looked like as they came through the classroom door. 

In my defence... I have no defence, a product of my environment. I have tried to rectify this, why do I focus on how a girl looks as a positive to start the day. I took a look at my fb, Instagram account and realised that any picture/ video of me lifting heavy- with good technique or not has not got as many likes or interest as a picture of me doing nothing, just stood maybe flexing a small bicep. 

Whilst I enjoy sharing my progression, not just in strength but physical changes too it makes my stomach churn that the way I look is more valued by general people than that the fact I can shift some heavyish weight.   Perhaps this is a reflection of what is deemed acceptable by society, change the way you look to a point that is cool but do something different like lift heavy, not so cool. 

Maybe I have too much time to think but I would like to think that I am not only trying to improve my physical abilities but also my inner self, that is to say be a better version of me using something I enjoy to motivate that. 

I will try and compliment different positives for the children in my class and I will try to recognise and remain on the path I want to travel and not be fooled into a sense of self through vapid anonymous encouragement aka the social media opinion.

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. 


Perspective Posted on 5 May 08:26 , 0 comments

Its crazy how your perspective can change in such a short amount of time, In less than two years my perspective on a healthy body, my body has radically changed.
I feel like that's a positive thing as whilst I have never been a larger person ,my weight has fluctuated with life but I have never felt "fit" or "healthy".
I feel strong at the moment and I think my outward appearance is beginning to show that, I realised that whilst I am working out, people look, veins suddenly appear and my muscles seem to get pumped at the slightest encouragement.
I was working shoulders and looked at myself closely, do I want to look like this, will I be judged as being less feminine for retaining muscle and what would my family think? 
Well it took me a few days to really think about what I find important, life is short and lots of people look how they think they should, how they think society wants them to look, to be acceptable. 
Am I really bothered if people choose to judge me for what I choose to look like?
The fact is I judge people for what they look like, often because they have chosen not to look after themselves or have decided that they simply can't change because of this or that reason. 
I am working hard to drop these judgements and assumptions, something we all know we should do but often struggle with and I'm trying to just focus on my own choices.
Following on from one of my previous blogs though, I have found a training partner! Another lady who lifts much heavier and who looks like she lifts, so much so I look positively lacking in any muscle, it also helps that she is one of the top prep female prep coaches in the country, I won't name drop but I have never been more fired up for and focused on training.
What I found very beneficial in gaining this very small amount of muscle is recovery, rest days and lots of sleep. I have found that if i “overtrain” and do not get any type of rest days actually my growth seem limited as well as feeling completely knackered.
As I train late at night, after work I can sometimes feel quite wired from the gym, though I try to get a bath or shower in to help me to relax to aid sleep it doesn't always work. 
I have gone through stages of ‘borrowing’ without ricks knowledge many of his sleep aids as its been a continual issue for him, including the RC Signature series products and Ricks own concoction, While they all work, they leave me feeling a little drowsy in the morning and working with kids doesn't leave much room for a sleepy brain!
My training partner suggested taking ZMA supplements, I had no idea what they were but thought they were worth a go, Zinc Magnesium complex with Vitamin B6 which Boditronics very kindly provided me with.
So far its helped me have a nice sleep and wake up with refreshed rather than a groggy mess until 11am this means not so much sleepy brain for the children but also more gains for the jess! 
I am just over ten days out from body power and my current supplementation regime is as follows:
On waking - 1 Serving Boditronics Mass Attack Evo, 5g Creatine on rest days.
PreWorkout - 1 Serving RedMistv2
IntraWorkout - 1 Serving Intracell
PostWorkout - 1 Scoop Recover EX
PreBed - 1 Serving ZMA, 1 scoop Express whey in some low fat yogurt.

No motivation is a gains killer! Posted on 27 Dec 22:54 , 1 comment

No Motivation is a gains killer

I fell off the gainszmobile for two months, I rode out the gainz I had made but now I’m having to work twice as hard to recover the strength and progress I had previously made.

I enjoyed the gym and strength training lifestyle, having made really positive progress through most of last year, I could never understand why anyone would take a long break from it or find it hard to get back into it.

I didn't have a choice about the break in training, struggling to juggle the endless balls of life, but I am determined to regain that focus I once had and surpass my previous progress.

Having bumbled through my training over the past month I have been going through the motions of a similar pattern of training, a plan I have stuck to and found benefits from previously.
However my head has just not been in it, I have struggled to make any substantial progress towards achieving my goals.

So tonight while grinding out an other solo pressing session in the cold on my own at our regular gym an epiphany…

For me to gain focus I need to feed my competitive nature, though not outwardly competitive I always have a better session when I feel I need to prove something, be it against another person in the gym or someone posting online who is a similar weight and experience.
I train alone, not through choice as I have not yet found other ladies who lift for strength in my town so its up to me to motivate and drive my sessions.

(as an aside if anyone local to shrewsbury who has similar goals to me wants to get some sessions in please do use the contact form on the page!)

In order to push myself forward I have decided to try and compete in as many competitions as possible, no matter how badly I do I want to keep this drive and by doing so publicly I can't back out or change my mind without a damn good reason!

I am also lucky/unlucky enough to be with a partner (Rick) who is borderline obsessive about all aspects of the gym from supplements through training and nutrition, although the continuous babble of information sometimes gets the nod of agreement without anything reaching my brain.
However on occasion something gets through, namely at the moment with my busy schedule a pre workout. I have struggled in the past with finding a pre workout that wasn't too “buzzy” and kept me awake for the rest of the night. Red Mist V2 by Boditronics has been a great middle ground - giving some pump, so I feel like I'm doing something whilst giving me a reasonable buzz to get through my long sessions, rick also said something about research driven dosages of products which will actually improve my lifts.. I don't know about that but I certainly feel more explosive! http://www.sportsfuel.org/collections/preworkouts/products/red-mist-v2-320g

So I have committed to progress and increase my gainz through possible public humiliation!

More to follow!

Introducing Jess Posted on 23 Dec 22:41 , 0 comments

Hey there!
My name is Jess and I'm a part of the Strom team and in keeping with the teams efforts I shall be posting up a blog every now and then!

A little bit about myself, I started training a few years ago, I have always been interested in strength but lacked the confidence to access the gym until I met Rick, It's been a focus and passion of mine ever since!


Currently I am 7th strongest woman in Britain in the under 63kg class, my goals this year are to compete regularly, push up my pbs and improve my consistency in competitions.

The amount of woman interested in strength training seems to be ever increasing and I have met some fantastic ladies on my journey so far, however I do struggle to understand why there is a lack of information available to woman WHO LIFT by women WHO LIFT compared to what is available to men!

With this in mind, through personal exploration I think I have found what works for me and in an attempt to help others who may be starting out I'm going to share my experiences as best I can.

Im Currently using Recover EX by Boditronics post workout and Chained out while I'm training.

If there are any specific topics you would like me to cover or questions you may have regarding my training, supplementation or diet plans then please do contact me via the Facebook or Twitter page with 'FAO JESS' in the title of your message and I will respond either directly or in a Blog or Vlog on here.

 

See you in the gym!

Jess