Join me as a try to feed my family lots of Raw and Superfood. I like to write about the edible garden, exercise, and learning to love my natural expression. I am a Family Practice Physician and believe there are alternatives approaches to feeling your best.
Today John and I did the "B" routine of of our 5x5 routine. This is the end of our second week. I've been squatting for a while on and off over the past year. Last time I squatted this weight (before 5x5 routine), I could not go so low. When I read the program, I felt a little intimidated that I would be able to squat low as they insist. But it felt GOOD today. I squatted 95# 5 reps, 5 sets.
I had never did over head press before this routine. In fact I am pretty certain I could not lift an olympic bar over my head on a seated press so I never did them. I started with a few bars in the gym lighter... 20#, 30#. 40#, and tonight 45 pounds. No problem. I know I got a lot more in me.
The third excercise we all did was the deadlift. Again we started with lighter weights last week and progress. Tonight's only 115 pounds.
I can feel my muscles after doing all these combo move reps, but it is a good feel. I have not felt sore.
I am looking forward to next weeks routine when I can progressively add some more weight.
BTW- I am dressing my truth at the gym today. :) I do have a favorite pair of black shorts as an alternative. I am seeing how hard black is. At the gym it definately makes me look too tough. I'd rather not look like I am in a gang. I took some photos of John tonight , he's doing the smae thing as me. William, the "14" yo, didn't want me to even take a photo of him. He was willing to take my photos. We are glad he is interested in the gym. I suppose he'll be all about the camera as we move into heavier weights. I am really curious how far I can go with this incremental weight increase.
The program is designed for men without a lot of direction for women. Not that it should be any different... but honestly, I don't think I am going to keep up with John, we'll see. He's got strength. I got range of motion and good knees. I just know from tonight, I'll be able to do my drills 5x5's next week. Then I'll worry about the next week after that. I know your wondering why I take all these silly photos at light weights. I feel like it will help me if I see what I am doing and how I progress. Also, there is not really that many photos and vids of combo moves at lighter weight. You don't have to lift 600 pounds to benefit. I hope to encourage you. I do warm up on a machine before this for my heart rate and cardio, but this is cardio, It does keep my weight up moving through all the reps.
Denise Punger MD FAAFP IBCLC & her husband John Coquelet DO are in private practice in St. Lucie County, Florida. They have three unschooled, xbox loving sons, who are first degree black belts in karate. Her perspective as a board certified family physician with expertise in breastfeeding is truly unique. Permission to Mother is her first book. Much of it has been worked on at home with the three boys active in the background. The holistic side of her practice has taken off with emphasis on nutrition, lifestyle, and bio-identicals.
I didn't know the full impact of my eating choices. I let my husband be in charge of our food. All he ever brought home was "take-out." I am so glad I found the strength and the resources to be in control. This photo is about 6 years ago. Three years ago, Sept, 2007, is when I started sugar-free... now I am doing Raw and also Beauty Profiling. There is always something new to look forward to when it comes to self improvement.