A couple of days ago, I wanted too much too fast. I know any losses can be recouped by training. So, I have been working towards regaining my strength. This will, eventually, translate into muscle gain. I was at 180 pounds for my deadlifts. I knew that was challenging, but I did it. I had one more set; and I thought, "What is another 10 pounds? Just two of those five pound plates; I can do that." I even rested a little bit longer to ensure that I could get the lift.
Thr.... (Ummph. Ouch.)
I tweaked by lower back. Great.
I have to remind myself, "Slow and steady wins the race." Today, I trained upper body, but I had rack pulls in my program. I was not incapacitated, but a little still. I decreased my weight, dramatically, and watched my form. I think I got a bit sloppy in my execution in my attempt to "get it back". Lesson learned. I rack pulled 185 instead of 225-230 pounds. My ego was put in my pocket. Everything else went off without a hitch. I am seeing more lines under the fat in my upper body. My lower body will follow, later.
Today, was one of those workouts that just felt good. I also ran into a friend that had not seen in a while. We posed together last year, she moved to the East Coast, started training hard, competed with the WBFF joined the pro ranks. The federation has way more pomp and circumstance than the NPC; it is definitely more of a show and has more production. I believe there are things like and evening. That alone, did not appeal to me. But, was does is that their figure competitors are HARD. Even their "fitness models" are muscular. I prefer that look. And, there seems to be a clear delineation between the divisions. My friend encouraged me to try it out. They are now doing shows in Vegas and Sacramento. She was quite convincing.
Who knows? I may have to put that on my list of things to do.