In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon.
Dave and I are going on a yoga retreat next week in Tulum, Mexico… seven days of sand, surf, sun, and Satnam. (More on that later this week.)
When we went to Costa Rica a few weeks ago, my favorite bathing suit (black scoop neck tank with long, rock-n-roll fringes) popped an underwire. Very upsetting! And I decided my other stand-by — an athletic-shaped, black scoop front-scoop back — was serviceable, but not totally vacation worthy.
But I hate shopping, and I’m kind of a cheapskate, so it’s hard to get me to spend money on things I don’t deem essential. (My essentials? Food, books, Smudge’s food… and that’s about it.)
Thank goodness for smart Internet friends like Holly. Her post “Real Life Style: Look Foxy In A Bathing Suit – No Starving or Exercise Required” convinced me to at least try to find a new bathing suit for this summer. Something that would make me feel fun and flirty and fit.
Rather than focusing on my flaws — a little more belly than I’d like; left arm bigger than right arm; arms, in general, just lookin’ a little too meaty — I decided to shine the spotlight on the good stuff.
Legs: I have thighs like hams, and I like ’em. They’re short, but they’re in proper proportion with the rest of my body, and they look strong.
Boobies: I’m not always glad they’re there, but bathing suit time is a pretty sweet time to have them.
Collar Bones / Shoulders: They’re not quite as defined as they used to be, but they still look feminine and strong, so I’ll take ’em.
I decided to hit up Land’s End because they have cute separates that offer plenty of support for the… um, er… the Girls. Plus, I la-la-love swimming skirts because they remind me of old Hollywood. I chose these three pieces. Cute right?!
(In case you care, they’re the SwimMini, Princess Tankini, and Halter Tankini. They’re all available in other colors, too, so don’t be put off by the all-black theme to which I will always remain loyal.)
So, friends — both female and male — if you’re sweating the fact that the temps outside mean bare arms, legs, shoulders, back, and, potentially, tummy — or if you’ve been stalling on the torture of [dressing room + expensive bits of spandex + bad lighting] keep these things in mind:
(1) We’re all with you and/or we’ve all been there. Some seasons are better than others for body image. But you can survive it — and maybe you’ll be happily surprised.
(2) Read this post from Holly and take her good advice. Make an investment in a good quality suit that flatters your body… and then forget about it. The true value of a bathing suit is that it’s the appropriate costume for all kinds of fun adventures: swimming, splashing, Frisbee, snorkeling, lounging, beach running, handstands in the pool, cannonballs, water slides, tubing… and maybe some water ballet!
PVC shoulder mobility
10 slow PVC Frankenstein squats + 10 PVC good mornings
10 slow PVC back squats + 10 PVC good mornings
10 slow PVC OH squats + 10 PVC good mornings
5 @ 75% of max = 135#
3 @ 85% of max = 145#
max reps @ 95% of max = 160# – I did 6.
Dave had 200# on his bar, so I decided to try it. I got into position, contracted my abs, cleared my mind, and… got the bar about 2 inches off the floor before the whole thing kinda collapsed. I rested for a minute or so, and tried again, but no dice. Thisclose to getting that damn 200# off the floor. Maybe next month!
5 @ 75% of max = 85#
3 @ 85% of max = 95#
max reps @ 95% of max = 105# – I did 4.
I’m pretty sure that I’ve never benched 105# before. It was exhilarating!
11 push press, 55#
11 kb swings, 12 kg
11 box jumps, 20″ box
I did 5 full rounds plus 5 push press.
How are you feeling about bathing suit season this year?
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