So, I’ve written a lot about the program written for me and how it helped me meet my goal of making the Iron Maiden Challenge look easy. When I wrote about what I did and was interviewed about my process, there was some debate about whether I was giving too much credit to my coach.
To give you an idea of where I was at last year, I’ll give a brief overview of the major life events for me in 2011: got married, moved away from my life in California, sold my successful kettlebell business, moved to Denver, was starting my personal training business from scratch, became a step-mom, moved in with my husband and his two kids, and was trying to find my way through all of that. Some of it was good stress, but some of it was extremely challenging. Mentally draining which at times turned into physically draining. To say that 2011 was stressful is a gigantic understatement.
The reason I’m telling you all of that, is because last year I needed a coach more than ever. I’m not one to ask for help, but through last year’s trials, I learned how to be ok with it.
I really needed a plan but I was determined to do the work to get me to my goal. I knew I would overtrain, over-think, and/or second guess myself the entire time if I didn’t have a coach. I was able to give credit where it was due because the lifts spoke for themselves. I did listen to my body and I did adjust the plan when I needed to, but I also learned a lot while training for strength.
To claim that I had no help would be absurd! There are so many people in this industry to learn from, that anyone who claims they did something “on their own” is either stupid, or a liar.
I think I’ve said a couple times that my goal was to “make the Iron Maiden look easy”. I didn’t want there to be any doubt in my mind that I would be able to complete each lift. And with my training program, I was able to do that. I felt so incredibly strong with the strength work and the tapering at the end, I felt invincible!
It was seriously so freaking cool. At 131-lbs I was doing Pull Ups with a 28kg kettlebell (62lbs) strapped to my waist. That’s 193-lbs. Really?!? Never EVER thought I would be doing that.
And that’s kind of why I love strength. When you train for it and do it well, you feel like you can conquer the world. Especially being a woman. It’s awesome to train and know you’re strong and capable. Of pretty much anything.
You can see the Iron Maiden Challenge video on my About page, or on my YouTube channel. But for the first time, I’m sharing my video below of my practice the week before the Iron Maiden Challenge. I surprised myself and did all 3 lifts with the 28kg. You can see how happy I was. I couldn’t help my giddiness!
Again, comments & questions are always welcome.
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