Transitioning 2 Heavy Lifting From Barbell Squats: Success

So the purpose of going from swimming to barbell squats was to prepare our “newbie” fitness blogger for some heavy lifting she needed to do later. The project required her to consistently move things that would be quite heavy, so she prepared herself by easing into more challenging movements.

heavy lifting

Her day of reckoning came shortly after she did those barbell squats and extra leg presses, which didn’t give her quads much time to recover.

Surprisingly, she handled the heavy lifting well. The weight ranged from 50 to 100+ pounds, and the movements were repetitive and long-lasting. She did lots of reaching, pulling, pushing, twisting, lifting, walking, squatting, and so on.

It was quite clear that no injuries or restrictions existed on this person’s body. Only the quads were a little uncomfortable because they didn’t get adequate recovery time in between workouts, but oh well. They got over it after about the third day.

So it’s very possible for a tiny little “old gal” to handle heavy lifting without injuring herself or being like, “I’ve fallen—and I can’t get up!”

Is it the wisest choice for a small female? Maybe not. Unless one is trying to build upper-body strength, it’s not necessary to do all that. Other projects aren’t as weighty, lol. But that project allowed the blogger to test herself and let other people observe. She wasn’t sure she could do all that, but she found out she still had a lot of strength left.

From Swimming 2 Weight Movement and Barbell Squats: The Transition

The transition from swimming to more extensive activities went well for our “newbie” fitness blogger. Those lap activities loosened everything and prepared her for the following gym sessions, where she used equipment such as:

  • Adductor machines
  • Leg press equipment
  • Back extension contraptions
  • Arm muscle weight machines
  • Rear deltoid and pectoral fly machines to verify and confirm full shoulder mobility in those directions

She added a considerable amount of weight to all the above machines and performed a generous number of repetitions. Full extended shoulder mobility and the ability to move the weight with them were confirmed.

Everything went well, and then she did this for the very first time:

Barbell Squats

woman barbell squats
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

That was the first time she’d ever done those in her life, so she didn’t add weight to the bar. The barbell squats took a little bit of getting used to, but she did it just fine. Nothing burns today except her quadriceps, but that was from adding extra-extra weight to the leg press machine, not the barbell squats.

High protein and water consumption followed the activity, and all was good.

The blogger concluded that she is good to go. She’s still a petite female (125, 5’2″), not a hulk or massive weight lifter of any kind. But no physical limitations or joint pains seem to be present at this time.

Aging: No One Stays Gorgeous Forever

The aging process happens to everyone.

We all come into the world with high-pitched baby voices, extremely tight skin, bright eyes, etc. Then we transition over the years from cute little infants and kids to gawky teenagers to handsome young men or pretty women. Eventually, we reach our peaks and deteriorate from there, lol. It’s a fact of life. Hormones change, the hair greys and thins, the skin loosens, and yes, our voices go down a few octaves, whether we smoke or not.

young girl aging 20 years

I watched a video with a 51-year-old actress today and saw all the cruel comments about how she was “old” and “used to be a babe” and “her voice sounds like a man.” They even accused the poor woman of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, boozing it up, or smoking crack. I thought to myself, “They are so ignorant.” There were more comments about her looks than the video’s main subject.

The funny thing was the actress didn’t even look bad. She sounded nothing like a man, but she did sound like a maturing woman. Actually, she was still attractive, and I mean that in the straightest way possible. I have seen actors and actresses in much worse condition at the same age. Some looked like they were 20 or 30 years older, to be honest. But what difference does that make? And why does it affect the video’s content so much?

The whole thing made me realize how superficial society is. People can miss the entire point of video because they’re so focused on the speaker’s looks.

This actress decided to age naturally instead of getting all the plastic surgery. I guess people aren’t used to seeing the natural aging process these days. Either that or they believe they will never age.

We will all get older unless we die beforehand. None of us will look (or sound) exactly the same at 51 as we did at 21. That’s why it’s important to have other positive attributes (intelligence, personality, etc.) and form relationships with people who have substance and depth. Outer beauty is only temporary, but inner beauty is eternal. Only certain people recognize, embrace, and appreciate inner beauty, though.

The aging process could be a blessing for some women because it will weed out “friends” and “potential mates” who are only interested in exterior matters. Shallow people will overlook them or say nasty things about their aging; serious people will get to know who they are.

*No, I’m not personally 51, but I will be one day if the Lord is willing. The woman in the picture is not the actress I saw either. The picture is that of a young model by an artist on Pixabay, adapted by me to reflect the aging process.*

What 1 Shoulder Problem Do You Have?

This post contains 54 sec. video of the blog author on 6/4/22 rotating both shoulders and lifting her arms above her head. There were some rumors circulating about an alleged “slight injury” or shoulder issue. Where? I see no such issue. Do you?

Where is the shoulder problem?

All I see is a wee bit of flab that needs to be toned. I can’t find any shoulder problems. Below is a screenshot with the date, time, and location in which the original video was taken.

screenshot location of nonexistent shoulder problem

Timiarah Spriggs, Timiarah, Timiarah A. Spriggs, current location,