Today was my first day back at the gym after battling a week-long ear infection/whatever is going around Berkeley (besides excessive amounts of homelessness and the lingering smell of weed). Instead of doing today’s WOD, I decided to take advantage of my husband’s presence and have him critique my deadlifts.
The good news: I dead-lifted 120lbs (a record for me)
The not-so-good news: My form still stinks. I was only able to lift 120 one time, then I couldn’t even pick it up. Basically, I felt as if I was going to lift with my back (not good) instead of my hamstrings (good). My lower back needs some work (as in, I need to strengthen it big-time).
I use the risers to give me some lift off the ground, but it’s clear that I still have a long ways to go when it comes to dead-lifts. They are SO HARD! I exclaimed this to Felix, who just raised one eyebrow, which I took as his nice way of saying, “Yeah, it’s hard. Stop being a baby.”
After some more dead-lifts at a more manageable weight (105lbs), I then did shoulder presses and called it a day…at the gym anyways.
Next up was some hot power yoga. I’m really going to try and stick to going to yoga 5 days a week (Mon.-Fri.) and what better way to cool-down from lifting than by an hour and a half of rigorous stretching?!
Today, I surprised myself by doing an assisted handstand (the instructor basically held my feet, but it’s progress for me!) I also did several binds that I’ve never been able to do previously, which is exciting. The next big pose that I want to accomplish is bird of paradise. I’m pretty sure I can get it on my left side at least (my “flexible” side!)
In food news, I made Korean Short Ribs for dinner. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used soy sauce for the aminos and apple cider vinegar in place of the coconut vinegar. The result: Well, let’s just say there aren’t any leftovers