day 2513 – national sushi day

the letdown was real when i had to skip my apex session and tricking class because my knee is in terribly rough shape. the only salvaging factor was my friends coming over for a garage lifting session. wasn’t expecting to do a whole lot without my legs under me, but turns out i untapped new territory benching ninety pounds for five reps without relying on my spot. the sushi for lunch afterwards made me feel a little better even though nothing will really make up for what i have to sacrifice

day 2505 – dream barbell

i’ve been dreaming of getting my own olympic barbell in the last little while and it finally came true. i’ve been checking online and visiting fitness depot every so often, but all i hear is everything i wanted were out of stock. i made a trip to fitness depot without high hopes, but turns out there’s one left from this week’s shipment. now just waiting on the bumper plates to go back in stock and my garage gym will be complete

day 2500 – hoarders

looking ahead to when i get my hands on one of the highest sought after commodities of covid – bumper plates. basically all fitness equipment has been out of stock since the very beginning. all fitness stores are severely depleted because everyone is hoarding. i can’t wait to have my own women’s olympic barbell and a set of bumper plates in my garage gym. a nice set of equipment to suit my needs will be expensive, but it’ll be an investment that will have great returns in years to come

day 2479 – squamish drive

i was pretty bummed out the weather cancelled my tennis plans. instead of sitting around wasting my saturday, my friend and i decided to take a road trip up to squamish to pick up the plates another friend offered to lend me. it was a long drizzly drive, but it was nice to take shadow out for what might possibly be my last road trip with him. we got home and couldn’t wait to put the weights to good use – a one rep max kind of session. from the get go, i said i would be satisfied being able to deadlift one hundred and eighty five but i went on to attempt a twenty hundred and five which was a no go

day 2292 – gutsy testing

img_20200124_1549582392730685212064989.jpghonest to god i was super scared when i made the call to test my stupid foot, but also super excited to be on the platform. my workout got amended to only what my body can manage now. the first part was mainly accessory exercise for back and traps. i did get to work on some light snatch variations later on. i wouldn’t say it didn’t hurt because it did a bit. it’s humbling that after two weeks of bed rest and inactivity, i’ve lost a lot of strength. i’m hoping the muscle memory is there and will come back to me quick. either way, i’m just happy to be back doing some form of olympic lifting

day 2286 – baby steps

stepped foot into the gym or any sports facility for the first time since the freak incident last monday. i may seem crazy to many, but as long as i can limp, i wanted to do this. i didn’t do any lower body exercises, and everything i did was done seated or off the foot. i also didn’t use any barbell or any weights that i’m used to. i do see and feel progress but it’s slower than i’d like. i limped in with no expectation and left happy because it felt so good just to be back in any kind of action

day 2200 – morning nash

probably shouldn’t be working out doing the things i did, but i’m stubborn about it and it was worth trying. i took it down a notch for the cleans but even then it was giving my back problems. at that point, i was content with meeting the same squat weight as last week. this will be a weird week because my olympic lifting is temporarily switched thursday to give my back extra two days. was also suppose to have softball practice in the afternoon but got rained out. instead, i joined my family for dimsum, something my stomach is not too crazy about

day 2169 – nash cleans

i haven’t stepped into a steve nash for a long time because of so many things: busy schedule, membership issues, vacation, injuries, fatigue and general laziness. the slacking at nash must end and i was determined to crush the workout the moment i walked in. did my usual thursday lifts in order from cleans, backs squats, bench press and rows. being off this workout for some time, i stayed with some conservative weights but definitely should up it next time

day 2098 – shaky

i’m not going to lie. i feeling pretty depleted after today’s workout session. for the first time at apex, i failed to hit my pre-programmed weights. i missed a number of snatches and fell short of the weight i was suppose to lift for both my snatches and front squats. i’m not going to lie, i saw the weights set in my program and immediately felt intimidated. of the missed snatches, i didn’t give the effort to fight for the hold. though i was three pounds short of my one forty five squats, i’m still pretty excited to have a small increase from last week

day 2001 – blue plates

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the last time i walked out, i had set my sight on the blue plates as my next goal. i worked through the technique drills using light weights before we had some fun loading up the bar. the small adjustments helped with my mechanics and overall timing from the start to finish. i made that blue plate today and probably more if my quads weren’t the limiting factor. i found where i struggled was coming out of the block. i’ll need to work harder on my front squats to balance out my pull strength. once i get that down, i’ll have my sight set on the reds