Wow, it's been a while!
It's actually Week 3 of the Winter Games and I'm only getting to posting now. My bad. In my defense, I've had a hell of a lot going on and have only just recently recovered from a moderately serious head injury, so please forgive my lack of weight training posts recently.
I'm not going to play catch-up, but I'll just jump straight into what's happening and where my goals are going this program.
Evolving Physiques Inaugural Winter Games
My overall goal for this program is to tone and develop muscle in my arms. I was amazed at how good my arms looked at the end of my last FIRE program and, with a European holiday just around the corner (come at me September!), I want to look my best. My arms have never exactly been a 'problem area', but I'm really enjoying liking my body and not only for what it can do.
Don't get me wrong, I really do love my body, but I've always been more proud of what it can do, particularly since I started pole dancing, than how it looks. But since I got more serious about my weight training, I've been seeing so many positive changes to my physique that I've really begun to like the way I look.
And most especially my arms.
As with my last FIRE program, there is a theme for my personal Winter Games goal. I was crowned as a 'GOAL SMASHER' at the end of my Autumn FIRE program. My goal then was to prepare for Pole Addiction (which is coming up in August and I'm super excited), but also to audition for UNLEASHED, a Pole Divas Student Competition. UNLEASHED is super hard to get into, but I was determined to try this year and I actually made it my theme for my Autumn Program.
It was a play on words, actually, because by making UNLEASHED my theme, rather than my goal, it became about throwing off my inhibitions, giving my all and putting myself out there, not only in pole but also with my weights. I'm very good at talking myself out of doing things I really want to do and then regretting it later, so I decided that my Autumn FIRE program was going to be THE END of that kind of behaviour and I was going to unleash it all!
But, I digress!
As mentioned above, this Winter Games goal is all about toning and shaping my arms and my theme is... (drumroll please):
THE WINTER SOLDIER
Once again, we head into the territory of word play with my theme, but please allow me to explain.
The first is fairly simple: winter sucks. It's dark, it's cold, it's usually raining and nobody wants to leave their nice, snugly house. While there are some people who like winter (just like there are some people who like mornings) I'm not one of them. I'd quite happily curl up under my bed covers and drink hot chocolate for three months.
But I'm soldiering through it.
The Winter Games is about stepping up to the challenge, pushing yourself through the dark, rainy months and refusing to let it get you down. It's easy to say 'I'll get back to it when the weather's better', but there's always going to be an excuse, and doing the Winter Games is about making sure winter is not one of them. After all, as Pat and Hilal would say, summer bodies are made in winter.
The next reason I chose this as my theme: those of you who are familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be familiar with the character of the Winter Soldier (a/k/a Bucky Barnes). The Winter Soldier is actually one of my favourite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this isn't why I used his name as my theme. While his story arc is far more complex, one of the things that makes the Winter Soldier such a dangerous adversary or powerful ally is that he doesn't accept defeat. He continues on the task he's been set until its completion and refuses to surrender, letting nothing and no one stand in his way. He sees everything through to the end and I am taking this mentality into the Winter Games. I am finishing, I am completing, I will not surrender and I will triumph.
My third and final reason for choosing this as my theme: my goal this program is to gain strength and definition in my arms and the Winter Soldier has a metal arm. This is a fun metaphor for what I'm trying to achieve.
So there you have it, my goal, my theme and the start of the Winter Games. I'll be posting some videos over the next few days, but before I sign off for the night, I have one final thing I want to share with you: my numbers.
Because, after all, this is a weights program and I've gotta have something tangible I'm aiming to lift
100kgs for a working set of four reps.
120kgs for a single set of one rep.
BARBELL BENCH PRESS
35kgs for a working set of three reps.
60kgs for a working set of four reps.
80kgs for a single set of one rep.
And I am heading straight for the J-ZONE!
Barbell Dancer, out!
You don't find the willpower - you create it.
Me With No Apologies.