My training has been weird. In a nutshell I kept training, my new job was a HUGE adjustment and I was super inconsistent, then hurt my back, then healed my back, then got sick, then got in a car accident, so my “bulk” really wasn’t a huge bulk. It was more like a “let’s keep going as hard as I can and hopefully I am back to normal soon.” I admit, being physically in a funk probably hindered the mental side of things since August. It is just in these last few weeks I finally feel like an athlete again.
I talked to Tyler (my coach) and asked if I could follow “Strong Curves” by Bret Contreras. He is “The Glute Guy” and that book is amazing! There has definitely been a huge change in my derriere even though I just maintained size in my other areas. I did lose some strength since I focused on my glutes so highly, but that’s OK, because the size still stayed. So I am happy. I work my glutes every day now in some capacity and if you read the book you’ll know why. Actually, just read the book because it’s freaking AMAZING.
I also started working with a trainer on mobility things and stuff. I was seeing a physical therapist, and while he was awesome, I just couldn’t afford the sessions but my trainer (who I am done with this month just for financial reasons) is much more cost effective for my needs. And he’s awesome. I have really bad shoulder mobility which is what caused my butt wink. Basically I hurt myself like this:
Poor Shoulder Mobility = Butt Wink = Lower Back Injury
It’s getting better and I have found that for me right now front squats are where it’s at. I will obviously continue to work on the other variations but my main squat exercise will be a front squat to minimize injury possibility.
The rest of my mobility is improving as well, and I can feel a definitive difference in my body which is so nice. I love it! Taking the time after I was injured to do the “Booty-ful Beginnings” program in Strong Curves, work with a trainer, and just lay off the heavy weights until I was better and had better movement was completely worth it. Now I want to gain some more strength and size all around so I am supplementing the “Gluteal Goddess” program in with some things that Tyler had me doing that I used to respond really well too. While I won’t gain much size since I am leaning out for summertime right now, I definitely am excited to gain some strength. Right now since I am on a deficit with food I have switched my training to the morning, before work, since I am more tired (than before) in the afternoons and evenings.
Once I got out of my really bad mental funk, I knew it was time to start eating normally again. Cue our first show of the year (mentioned above) however, and my new work schedule really threw me off. And not just my training my nutrition was off as well. If anything I was under-eating most days. But at one point I just got so tired of counting macros! And no that is not blashpemy, it’s totally normal to have those moments. I spoke with Tyler and “loosely tracked” for some weeks. I did pretty well too, because I wasn’t trying to lose or gain (simply maintain) and it was a good mental break for me. Then I got to the point where it was just time to get back on it again. So I began to bulk! I slowly increase my food under Tyler’s watchful eye and while my weight didn’t go up I put on some booty size, which was my main goal anyway. Then I started to not fit into my pants – that was a few weeks ago. I wanted to go until the end of February but I just couldn’t stand not fitting into my pants so I started my cut this last week and it has been a huge adjustment. I forgot how much I rely on things like fruity tea to get me through the cravings, and really planning ahead way more with my meals. I feel confident though that I can handle it. And I am excited to see my booty gainz.
I have STOPPED using N.O. Xplode and Optimum Nutrition Aminos. Mainly because I just didn’t feel that good taking them, they were simply cost effective and convenient. Supplementation is all about what works for the individual. I have since started doing some research and decided that pre-workout in general is not for me, but other supplementation might be good. Doing my research I came across 1st Phorm, which is a super cool company with super cool values and quality supplements. I actually am waiting to order some because I am getting some other supplementation from my naturopath, and I want to be sure it all will be OK together, but I have my eye on some things… 🙂 My advice to you when doing supplementation is do your research! Even if that means googling every single ingredient on the ingredients list. That’s what I do. Sometimes, the big scary words are not scary things to put in your body. You have to do your research though and a lot of it is trial and error. So go with your gut and do your research!!! The other thing is many times you get exactly what you pay for so paying a little more for a quality supplement vs. always paying for convenience is a good idea. Like I said, this is not all the time, and not all quality supplements will work for you, but just… and I feel like a broken record here… do your research. There. I’m done haha.
Anyway, back to my supplement that I am so excited to get: Anabolic Bridge. I have done a lot of research on it and this is what I have found:
1) The ingredients ARE the aminos. No fillers, flavors, colorings, just the aminos. Which you would expect but it is much harder to find that you think.
2) It is cool because it is not needed every day around the clock – it is meant for those times what you have been without protein for 2-3 hours. For me this is HUGE because most afternoons I will go 5-6 hours before I eat a meal. Lunch is at 11:45, then I don’t eat again until 6-7 after my final classes and rehearsal has let out. If I can help my body during these times, which happen more often than not in my life, than I am going to for sure.
3) It has no hormones in it, or hormone boosters, and is legal in all tested organization. It’s awesome. It literally is exactly what you need, when you need it, and THAT is so freaking cool.
All in all it sounds like a good supplement for me and I am excited to try it out!!!