Weightlifting by a Former Ballerina

I started a public blog to hold myself accountable for the incredibly intimidating workout regimen I am starting TODAY - WHOA - because otherwise I'll skip the cardio at the end, or lighten the load on the weights, or generally avoid it and watch another episode of Scandal.

The low-down on the workout goes like this: my boyfriend loves the website T-Nation, as in testosterone nation, also known as The Most Unlikely Source for anything related to MY life. Or at least until a couple of years ago.

I used to be a ballerina, which means I never entered a gym before college, and I certainly never picked up weights. I then did the whole Freshman 15, no exercise+constant pizza and ice cream college thing, and I didn't like it so much. I attempted going to the gym and treadmilling it on my own, but that didn't work out too well either. Since then, I have come to love weightlifting for the same reasons I loved ballet - the discipline, focus, and technique it requires.

Long story short... I am starting a weightlifting program that has pictures of a scary-looking figure competitor on it, but this is not what I (or you, if you do the same) will look like if you follow the program. Weightlifting gives women curves in allllll the good ways, and I'm hoping that this program will give me some incentive for at least a little cardio, too - I'll need it to shred some pow this winter!

Here's the link: Hard Body Training for Women

And here are my maxes, which you need in order to understand the percentages for each exercise:

  • Squat: 155lbs
  • Deadlift: 195lbs
  • Bench press: 110lbs
  • Press: 80lbs
  • Snatch: 37kgs
  • Clean & Jerk: 47kgs

I'll get back to this after my workout...If I don't die in the middle of it...and hopefully get a recipe for yummy, healthy meatloaf up here tonight.

Until next time,


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