Last Thursday was the final night of the Inaugural Evolving Physiques Winter Games.
But it's not all doom and gloom. I know I sounded disappointed in my post on Monday, but I've had time to think and reflect since then, and have realised that, while my numbers were lower than I'd hoped this program, I have many things to celebrate.
First of all, here's some progress for you!
My major goal this program was to build muscle and increase definition in my arms and I can certainly say that I did that. I have definition in my shoulders, biceps and triceps, and I've lost all the excess flab that used to hang around under my arms.
So, did I get my #wintersoldierarms?
Oh yes I did!
I also think I have less stomach (happy about that!) and there's certainly more muscle in my back.
But what about my numbers? The weights I wanted to lift this program, did I get those?
Due to my head and neck injury in the second week on this program, I wasn't able to achieve the numbers I'd aimed for this program, but I am pleased with how well I have done.
Max Weight: 50kgs
Working Set: Yes
Max Weight: 30kgs
Working Set: Yes
I was particularly proud of this, as my goal for my benchpress was to press 35kg for ONE, so the fact that I did thirty for six is pretty damn fine, if you ask me.
Max Weight: 112kgs
Working Set: No
One Rep Max: Yes
My deadlift goal for this program was 120kgs, building from my previous 110kg record from last program. Due to my injury, I hadn't deadlifted anything above 50kgs until Thursday night.
When I lift heavy, I don't like to be told how much I'm lifting, because then the mind games start, so I specifically say to Pat and Hilal that I don't want to know the weight when it gets much above 50kgs. I asked to work towards a One Rep Max on Thursday and, once I pushed through 70kgs, Hilal stopped telling me what I was lifting.
The first attempt to lift the 112kg didn't go far, the weights didn't even get off the ground. The video above shows my second attempt: the weight has not changed, but I've had a three minute rest, my lifting song (Confident, by Demi Lovato) is playing and I take a few deep breaths before I lift the bar.
I think my smile says it all.
You don't find the willpower - you create it.
Me With No Apologies.