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The Barbelles Society: Ladies Who Lift

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    I'm always amazed at how ignorant the DM and the commentors are, its no wonder the UK is so out of shape and uneducated about fitness really.
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    (Original post by Becca)
    As Smack says, it's mainly the squishiness, but also the closer you are to the floor the shorter distance you have to lift, therefore you will be able to lift more. You can put your insoles in if you need that extra support, but as it will raise you slightly it might make it harder to lift, especially when you become awesome and are lifting heavier weights What it might do is make you awesome at breaking the bar off the floor so if you ever go for a PB and take them out to get the advantage that part of the lift will be easy :cool:
    I don't think you need to start with something lighter, I'd try again when you feel up to it. Make sure you arch your back (inwards, but you knew this!) as much as possible. Take a big breath and tense every muscle including upper back. Squeeze the glutes at the top for lockout. When you start make sure your shoulders are not in front of the bar, try and get them slightly behind the bar if you can.
    Let us know how you get on next time!
    Just got back from attempt 2 Didn't realise that different colour bumper plates meant different weight, so inadvertently was deadlifting 40kg! That would explain why it felt a bit harder... Def easier to drive my feet into the floor once I was sitting right back with shoulders behind the bar (or at least, not in front of the bar). Forgot the breathing/tensing bit, will add that in next time. It felt really good to be lifting 65% of bodyweight, especially when the person next to me was playing with curling 3kg dumbbells!
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Just got back from attempt 2 Didn't realise that different colour bumper plates meant different weight, so inadvertently was deadlifting 40kg! That would explain why it felt a bit harder... Def easier to drive my feet into the floor once I was sitting right back with shoulders behind the bar (or at least, not in front of the bar). Forgot the breathing/tensing bit, will add that in next time. It felt really good to be lifting 65% of bodyweight, especially when the person next to me was playing with curling 3kg dumbbells!
    Yess exactly! This is why lifting is awesome! Keep training it and you'll be well over bodyweight in no time. Took me less than a year to get to 115kg How's the back feeling after it?
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    (Original post by Becca)
    Yess exactly! This is why lifting is awesome! Keep training it and you'll be well over bodyweight in no time. Took me less than a year to get to 115kg How's the back feeling after it?
    I'd really like to be able to squat bodyweight before I go back to medical school in July. I'm up to 42.5kg! The back twinged during my first set of deadlifts (I'm doing 5x5), but I realised it was because I was pushing with my feet/legs to get off the ground, and then my back was having to pull before the glutes contracted and took over. Once I'd realised what I was doing it wasn't that hard to correct it though
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    I'd really like to be able to squat bodyweight before I go back to medical school in July. I'm up to 42.5kg! The back twinged during my first set of deadlifts (I'm doing 5x5), but I realised it was because I was pushing with my feet/legs to get off the ground, and then my back was having to pull before the glutes contracted and took over. Once I'd realised what I was doing it wasn't that hard to correct it though
    That's great that you can correct yourself Bodyweight squat is a good aim, I was so happy when I finally got there. Now to get a bodyweight front squat (not that far off since I keep losing weight ).
    If you ever want more form tips you should post up videos. I've learned so much from posting videos. Even just filming myself and watching it back without posting it is really useful.
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    (Original post by Becca)
    That's great that you can correct yourself Bodyweight squat is a good aim, I was so happy when I finally got there. Now to get a bodyweight front squat (not that far off since I keep losing weight ).
    If you ever want more form tips you should post up videos. I've learned so much from posting videos. Even just filming myself and watching it back without posting it is really useful.
    Yeh, I really struggle knowing whether my squat form is right, cos I have mirrors in front of me so I can see that I'm not tilting the bar or anything, but as for whether my knees are drifting over my toes... every time I look down to check I lose my balance! I can't get anyone to come to the gym with me to film for ages yet cos it's dissertation stress season, but I was thinking of booking in with one of the fitness instructors at the gym as I know one of them is a female lifter.
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Yeh, I really struggle knowing whether my squat form is right, cos I have mirrors in front of me so I can see that I'm not tilting the bar or anything, but as for whether my knees are drifting over my toes... every time I look down to check I lose my balance! I can't get anyone to come to the gym with me to film for ages yet cos it's dissertation stress season, but I was thinking of booking in with one of the fitness instructors at the gym as I know one of them is a female lifter.
    Ahh yeah looking down when squatting will cause more problems then it will solve. Always keep your head up. I tend to fix on a spot up on the wall in front of me, about 1m above my head, and don't take my eyes off it throughout the whole movement. This will help you keep your whole posture.
    Definitely get that trainer to help you if you've seen her lift and she doesn't seem like she knows nothing
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    (Original post by Becca)
    Ahh yeah looking down when squatting will cause more problems then it will solve. Always keep your head up. I tend to fix on a spot up on the wall in front of me, about 1m above my head, and don't take my eyes off it throughout the whole movement. This will help you keep your whole posture.
    Definitely get that trainer to help you if you've seen her lift and she doesn't seem like she knows nothing
    She was doing an intro-session with someone this evening and I overheard her give a whole spiel about how machines are useless and free weights are far better, so I think she's a good'un

    How's your lifting going? Are you getting back into it after your time off?
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    She was doing an intro-session with someone this evening and I overheard her give a whole spiel about how machines are useless and free weights are far better, so I think she's a good'un

    How's your lifting going? Are you getting back into it after your time off?
    Definitely a good first impression then!
    I'm planning to start up again on Monday. I've got a docs appointment tomorrow so I'll ask his advice, but I feel basically normal now, just very slight pain when I swallow but otherwise nothing. It will probably be a really crappy session because I'll have been off for over 2 weeks so I'll try not to do too many reps, just get into the swing of things again. Will probably do some snatch, clean and jerks and some light squats. Will spend a week getting back into it and then I'll start on some programmes I've got waiting. Going to try and qualify myself for next year's national championships before the season ends!
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    (Original post by Becca)
    Definitely a good first impression then!
    I'm planning to start up again on Monday. I've got a docs appointment tomorrow so I'll ask his advice, but I feel basically normal now, just very slight pain when I swallow but otherwise nothing. It will probably be a really crappy session because I'll have been off for over 2 weeks so I'll try not to do too many reps, just get into the swing of things again. Will probably do some snatch, clean and jerks and some light squats. Will spend a week getting back into it and then I'll start on some programmes I've got waiting. Going to try and qualify myself for next year's national championships before the season ends!
    Glad you're all recovered In googling to see what kinda weight national championships involved I've somehow spent my evening watching lifting vids on YouTube...
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Glad you're all recovered In googling to see what kinda weight national championships involved I've somehow spent my evening watching lifting vids on YouTube...
    Excellent. I spend a lot of my time doing this, too. In my current weight category I need 103kg total to make it in. If I go down a category I need 98kg total. It's not that much when you consider Norway's best female lifter does over that in one lift!
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    Deadlifted 50kg for 5 reps today! Not getting far off that bodyweight DL :awesome: Only problem is the blisters/calluses... Got them at the base of three fingers on both hands. Normal hand cream sufficient to get rid quickly?
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Deadlifted 50kg for 5 reps today! Not getting far off that bodyweight DL :awesome: Only problem is the blisters/calluses... Got them at the base of three fingers on both hands. Normal hand cream sufficient to get rid quickly?
    No, you should wear them with pride.

    Do you use chalk? I do and I don't get callouses or blisters.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    No, you should wear them with pride.

    Do you use chalk? I do and I don't get callouses or blisters.
    No, today's been the first day I've felt like my grip was limiting what I could lift, my hands were sliding off the bar with 50kg. Never seen anyone in my gym using it tbh. I've heard about liquid chalk - is that any better than dry?
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    No, today's been the first day I've felt like my grip was limiting what I could lift, my hands were sliding off the bar with 50kg. Never seen anyone in my gym using it tbh. I've heard about liquid chalk - is that any better than dry?
    I use chalk all the time - even with the empty bar - and I don't know anything about liquid chalk. But proper chalk works fine so I see no reason to use liquid unless your gym forbids proper chalk, and if it does you're better off moving to a proper gym anyway.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    I use chalk all the time - even with the empty bar - and I don't know anything about liquid chalk. But proper chalk works fine so I see no reason to use liquid unless your gym forbids proper chalk, and if it does you're better off moving to a proper gym anyway.
    Liquid chalk is just as good as normal chalk. Plus easier to carry around as it is smaller.
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    Deadlifted 50kg for 5 reps today! Not getting far off that bodyweight DL :awesome: Only problem is the blisters/calluses... Got them at the base of three fingers on both hands. Normal hand cream sufficient to get rid quickly?
    Yayy well done! I have callouses but normal hand cream applied regularly seems to keep them smallish so they don't interfere with my lifting and they aren't really noticeable to anyone but myself.
    Chalk is a must when progressing in deadlifts, especially when doing several reps. I used to have magnesium (normal) stuff and it made a massive mess in my bag, so if you get that you should probably keep it in a tupperware or something. It's very cheap. Liquid chalk is more expensive but no mess and easier to transport.
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    Shall get myself some chalk then. Thanks guys

    Next n00b question. I'm going home for two weeks, where I have no access to any form of weights. What can I do to not lose all the progress I've made? Just do lots of bodyweight work - squats, lunges, press-ups?
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    Is there no gym you can go to on a PAYG basis, just for 2 weeks?

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