Thursday, April 18, 2013

First Time Trying a Powerlifting Class & Photo Diet!

Today I tried something NEW at my CrossFit gym!

As I still consider myself a "newbie" at the gym, I have been very hesitant to branch out of my my comfort zone and attend a class that wasn't a crossfit class!

You see, my gym is a "CrossFit" gym, but actually offers a veriety of classes!

Some of these classes are:
Power Lifting
Olympic Powerlifting
Kettle Bell Club
Running Club 
Romanian Conditioning/Boxing

I have only tried a few of the classes on the list, so I decided to be brave tonight and try something new!

I attended a power lifting class!

Basically there are 3 lifts to Powerlifting:
Bench Press

So I decided to work on bench press, and WOAAH did I learn there is allllot more to a bench press than actually just pressing the bar up and down!

The class was allot different than I expected, for most of the class I just worked technique with a pvc pipe!

Even though I did not "feel the burn" or get a great workout in, I DEFINITLEY am more prepared for the next time bench press is programmed into a daily wod!

If you have never benched before, or been to afraid to try at the gym, here is a helpful video with tips on how to bench properly!

Photo Diet:
I was SO happy to get back to eating my normal food today!!

 Breakfast: Juiced these delicious fruits & veggies! (so much better than pancakes)

 Lunch: Cashew Chicken & Spinach Salad!

Snack: (unpictured) Sweet Potato Drizzled w/ Honey

 Dinner: Yc's Mongolion Grill Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies!

I felt SO much better about what I ate today than yesterday!

I think I have really begun to enjoy feeling control over what I am eating.. The food doesn't control you, YOU control the food!

 This is a great breakdown for carb/fat & protein intake for me! I usually aim for my graph to be very equal or higher in fat/protein content!

Now the best part:
This is just a rough estimation, but if everyday were like today I would be about 5-7 lbs lighter in 5 weeks!

What classes do you usually take at the gym?

Do you lift weights at the gym?


  1. Very healthy foods. I don't go to the gym. I just workout at home, but I enjoy compound workout with dumbbell.


    1. Thank you!!! Compound dumbbell workouts - sounds great!!

  2. I just love how pretty healthy foods look :)

    I did some powerlifting in high school... There's so much more to it than most people expect!

    1. I know I was so surprised how much technique and positioning go into bench press! Can't wait to learn more!

  3. Your stirfry looks awesome!!!

    Here from the blog hop

  4. All of your food looks so delicious! I love juicing in the morning or having a green smoothie. It is such a great way to start the day off right!

  5. I've always wanted to take a power lifting class but have yet to do so. My routine now is 3x/week general lifting (following a New Rules of Lifting program) and 2-3 times a week of CrossFit. I think I'm getting enough weights into my workout routine. What I really need to do is work on improving my cardio!

  6. I'm all about lifting weights in the gym. I enjoy it more than cardio or circuit training. I have a program that I do that is about an hour and a half 3 times a week. I am in love with it. But sometimes when I don't have time I split my days into shorter segments.

    I just found your blog. Congrats on all the progress you've been making. Keep it up =)