So this week was the first week where I felt more in the groove of things which was a relief. There was something about last week’s post where I acknowledged certain fears that helped eliminate the power it held over me and progressed into the following week. Also, shout out to Traci for offering her support and reminding me that I am not in this alone. I have a habit of isolating and I tend to close the walls in on myself to get through things but I don’t need to go through this alone. In fact, my first prep is what opened me up to the support system I discovered through fitness so why would I chose to forget about that support system? So here’s to working on not isolating and surrounding myself to my fitness family that root each other on!
In other news, I finally found my glutes! It sounds ridiculous but what I mean is I finally “found” my glutes through every leg movement. I’ve completely taken the work out of my quads and put it all into my glutes which means that shit will only get bigger from here!
It has literally been such a process in tying to use my glutes in squats, lunges, leg press and so on and it finally clicked. Needless to say my ass has been quite sore this week but I’m definitely not complaining about it.
I am also pretty pumped to announce that I am using HRV (Heart Rate Variability) Training to my program. It’s a popular tool used amongst athletes to dial in their training and it’s something that has always interest me but never took the plunge to actually do it. What is HRV Training? It is a tool used to monitor how your body is handling stress (physical aka workouts, emotional, environmental, mental…etc). This is important to know because through this information I will be able to manipulate my training intensity so that I can continue to make progress and not hit a plateau or risk injury. If used correctly, the data will show that I am not stressing my muscles enough to make gains, that I am doing too much and risk over training or that I am doing exactly what I need to do. This week will be my first full week of utilizing HRV and I’m excited to see how it goes. I’ll keep you updated.
To learn about HRV:
Heart Rate Variability – Article from T-Nation
BioForce HRV – Official Website