Hiya! Firstly, thanks to those of you that are visiting and following my blog. The stats are great, the comments have been really kind and i’m sorry i’ve been so lax in updating it. I do love writing but life gets in the way sometimes and I had a hectic end to 2013. I already run a very busy company and in September I set up Hooked Shop too. I then buggered off to Hong Kong, mainland China and finally Egypt. The blog didn’t get a look in while I was travelling, and unfortunately, neither did my Olympic lifting. In total I was out of the gym for about 8 weeks. Strength wise, everything suffered. My front squat dropped, my clean and jerk dropped…my max snatch stayed the same, but that’s only because I was capable of snatching more than I was achieving.
If you’ve read previous blogs you will notice a theme developing around my strength gains and subsequent losses. Do you know what though? It doesn’t matter that much to me…and I am sure some of you reading will understand. This is your hobby, you love lifting weights and when you get PBs you are chuffed to fucking bits. But you have a busy life, a job, you probably have kids, and that stuff has to come first. Me personally, I love my work and I love travelling – in 2014 I am planning to be away for about 3 months in total. Plans include New York, Tanzania & Rwanda (i’ll probably get murdered but i’m gagging to see some Gorillas), Dubai, Egypt, the Alps and lastly a week getting pissed in Ireland.
When i’m home though, I will always make time for weightlifting. I am not chasing trophies, but I love spending time with my gym friends, love doing something beneficial for my body and love feeling stronger than I have ever felt before. Even though my strength varies, when I am below my best I am still stronger and fitter than I have been during 95% of my life. Most importantly, I love the feeling of achievement that being capable of some of the most technical movement patterns in sport gives me. I hope i’m not developing a superiority complex, but sometimes I fancy running into my local LA Fitness with my bar just to show off my snatch*. The weight on there is insignificant – what’s significant is no other fucker will be able to do it.
Though the majority of messages I receive about this blog are positive, I have received a few from ladies who were a little demotivated by some of the numbers being posted in the ladies that lift section. I reckon I got a good range of lifters involved, and what I did is make sure everyone explained clearly their background – none of that ’yeah I just walked in and deadlifted/cleaned/squatted <insert massive number here>’ nonsense. You will notice a theme with the girls who post high numbers quickly: they have been involved with some sport or other for a long time, often since childhood. It’s all complimentary and gives them a really solid start. Be happy for their achievements and don’t let their numbers put you off. If you had time to kill and really wanted to go for it, I guarantee you would be capable of the same. But if you can’t or don’t want to go for it, and you just want a hobby to keep you strong, fit and healthy, get involved with Olympic lifting anyway.
This is not a blog knocking people who train religiously…who seek out gyms when they go on holiday, who want to compete and want to win. Absolutely not. Those people get my utmost respect. This is (hopefully) a motivational blog post for women who want to get into Olympic lifting but are worried about time, pressure to get PBs, pressure to compete or pressure to come first. Forget all that and just do what you can when you can. This sport is fantastic and will improve your life even if you can only commit a little time to it. If you can manage only 2 hours a week exercising, forget the treadmill and Olympic lift instead.
If you’re already involved in weightlifting and struggle a bit with the mental pressure, especially around competing and feel you want to improve in this area, then the other thing I wanted to mention is the Mindset for Weightlifting Seminar coming up at Oxford Powersports in Feb. It’s solely for women and should be very interesting. I am not someone who holds the necessity to compete in very high regard (you’ve gathered by now), but I seem to be in the minority with this view. Maybe the others are on to something? I don’t know but I am going along to see if it makes any difference to my opinion.
I thought i’d make this post today because it’s the last day of 2013. It’s true that changes can be made whenever they are needed but this is a great time for reflection. There will be many people out there vowing to go the gym come Monday. If you’re one of those people, I would urge you to look for a weightlifting gym.
Current PBs: Snatch 35kg, Clean 48kg, Clean & Jerk 46kg,
Deadlift 82kg, Front Squat 65kg
Body Weight: 65kg
*don’t be disgusting.