2 Week Progress Update | Sept-Oct 2019 Mesocycle

 

Wow! I'm so pleased with my progress. In just 2 weeks, I've gone from assisted shrimp squats to full shrimp squats, quadrupled my dips, tripled my chin ups, improved my hold times, moved up a progression on my horizontal rows, and am feeling balanced and stronger. 

I made a video update and here is a link to my training log where you can see my workout notes:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M5ax-fA0F9wdtNQbsf4cnXaNgfRJTgvonxrkgSFlqyw/edit?usp=sharing

If you want my free training resource guide, you can grab that here:

https://www.janellepage.com/freeresource

And I found another awesome book by Steven Low that I highly recommend called Overcoming Poor PostureI am trying to do the exercises daily and as you can see from my training log, I'm doing pretty good so far. I love the exercises and they are helping me open up my chest immensely and counteracting all my forward head positioning from computer work. 

If you want to see the video update on YouTube...

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September to October Mesocycle Progressions [2019]

janelle's journey Sep 08, 2019
 

Hello there fellow fitness fanatics! I am enjoying putting my learning into practice. The Overcoming Gravity book has been life-changing for my training. As you can see from my video (you can watch the video embedded above or click on the youtube link embedded below--I include the YouTube link in case you want to binge-watch the Janelle's Journey playlist).

I've included the goals and progression charts that Steven Low shared in his book. You can see how I highlighted in orange where I currently am at in my skill development. I highlighted in green the skills I'm working toward. You can see my blog post listing my training goals by clicking here.

I think that is all for now. I'll be sure to write next week about my progress. 

 

YouTube video version that will allow you to see Janelle's Journey playlist: https://youtu.be/2fEfqj-rFyY

Link to my free training resource guide: https://www.janellepage.com/freeresource

Link to my training log from the video:

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September to October Mesocycle Programming [2019]

Well hello there! Today, I'm going to share the programming I created after reading Overcoming Gravity. I learned so much in that book and if you want to hear how I first discovered it, and the truths I realized I needed to implement, check out my previous post, True Strength Training.

I created this routine, which I plan on following for 6 weeks, and then I will evaluate my progress and decide if I should change up some of the exercises or stay the course for an additional 2 weeks. Mesocycles can range from 6-8 weeks and are followed by a deloading week. It seems like deload weeks aren't as necessary for beginners, but my body will tell me whether it needs one or not. Basically, if I am feeling fatigued, de-motivated, and/or plateauing, a rest week will be just what the doctor ordered.

Because I'm ambitious, I decided to choose 3 pull exercises and 3 push exercises coupled with 2 leg exercises. I will be incorporating a rest day every other day. My rest days will not be...

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True Strength Training

 

Wow! This week has been a whirlwind. After making my progress update video last week, I realized that I must be doing something wrong in my training. For having worked every day for 6 months and not having that much to show for it, I decided to look for some books on programming. I came across Steven Lowe's Overcoming Gravity on Amazon. The reviews were awesome and I decided that it would be well worth spending $50 to check it out.

Thank goodness for Amazon Prime. I read the book in 24 hours (yes, I stayed up most of the night it was that good). I took copious notes and was blown away. I was accidentally sent the 1st edition instead of the 2nd. It was good, but now that I have the 2nd edition in my hands, I can say it is a far superior resource. So make sure you get the 2nd edition. This link will take you to the 2nd edition.

I learned several things from this book:

1) I was overtraining

2) I was training for endurance, not strength

3) My training was not balanced

4) I...

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Janelle's Journey | Learning to Handstand Press

 

Hi Guys! I've been working hard to nail my handstand press. It has been a bucket list item for me for years, but I really didn't have any plan to achieve it. I mean I had taken courses on Alo moves called "Quest for the Press," but most of the training moves were impossible for me to even execute. When I discovered Brian's Handstand Press course (message me and I'll give you the deets and make an intro to Brian--yes, he pays me a small commission if I refer you and you end up signing up), and it promised a system that would help me get my handstand press within 3 months, I was all ears.

The program cost me $5k and it ended up being a 6-month course. Unfortunately, I didn't end up getting my handstand press, but I did gain considerable strength, a greater understanding of what I needed to work on in order to get my handstand press, some incredible friends, an upgraded mindset, and an increased determination to achieve my handstand press. Most importantly, it inspired me to...

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