Sara Malm Lean Gains Review - Week 2
As with most blondes, there really nothing of substance above my chest. But before I embarked on James Haskell’s Lean Gains Bodybuilding programme, I really had no idea how bad the situation actually was.
I first started properly incorporating weights into my workouts about a year ago. However, I have more or less steered clear of any chest, upper back, and bicep/tricep work. The reason is simple, I grow like a hulk when I do.
No seriously, I do. I know that all women bitch about their fear of getting bulky, but in my case it's a legit worry.
The ability to grow upper-body muscle is strong within the Malm genes - it is a blessing for the menfolk in the family, but less so for us girls.
I struggle to buy dresses and shirts with non-stretch or fitted sleeves, as my upper arms are a size 14, while the rest is a size 10.
However: I do not do things by halves. Ever. So if James Haskell and Lean Gains tells me to do chest and triceps, I do chest and triceps.
So during my Tuesday sesh, I jumped up and hung myself from the pull-up bar, ready to chin-chin.
Yeah, no. Nothing. I got about a third way up. I literally cannot do a single chin-up.
I may have arms, which have made it impossible for me to wear halternecks since 2004, but there's clearly no muscle in them what so ever.
I have kicked off small, but sustainable. The 6kg dumbbells are a start, and although it may not sound like much to a big burly rugby lad, I felt pretty proud of myself when I managed all the supersets this week. Let's see how it goes when I move up from 4x10 to 10x10 for Week 3!
My goal is to be able to do a proper chin-up/pull-up by the end of Week 5. Even if it means no longer fitting in to my beloved 3/4-sleeve dresses.
I'm still figuring out my diet, and getting enough calories made up of only 'good stuff'. The stuff with enough calories in them (nuts, pork, dairy) are messing with my fat macro and the stuff with enough carbohydrates in them give me a stomach ache.
So as I start Week 3, I have simply added one more tupperware - now carrying three instead of two with me to work. I have to. My butt is already disappearing and I miss it. Clearly I need to work on the Gains part, not the Leans part this week.