The month of December is flying by. Congratulations to each of you on completing your max attempts on all 4 of our main lifts - the progress has been amazing to see. This time of year is one of the few when we will go for true 1-rep, maximum attempts. We do not make this a regular practice due to the stress it puts on the body, both physically and mentally. The rest of the year, we will operate on a theoretical training max, much like we have in the past.
As the year comes to a close, we are going to finish up our snatch protocol with a 20-30 minute :15 work/:15 rest. The extra 10 minutes to make 30:00 is optional and up to the athlete on the day of. These have definitely been challenging days, but we've seen good results from them too.
Member Spotlight: Kathleen MacNaughton
Not everyone knows that you are Coach Matt's mother. Given that dynamic, what is it like training at BellHaus Fitness, and what keeps you coming back each day?
I started coming to BellHaus because I wanted to support Matt, but what I found was an experience that was so empowering that I come back each day. I am stronger than I have ever been and feel better than I have in years. Lifting heavy weight is such a rush. It makes me feel powerful like Xena, Warrior Princess or might I even say Wonder Woman. It's good to be strong!
Now as we near Christmas one of the travesties of the world is Shakira's lack of a Christmas album... What type of music really gets you ready to work out in the gym?
I love music with a heavy bass beat. It helps me get pumped up.
What movement is your favorite when it shows up in the gym?
I love to lift heavy. Deadlifts and heavy squats are my favorites.
Not only are you Coach Matt's mother, but you are also a Texas State Record holder in the sport of powerlifitng for the USPA. What would you say to anyone out there that thinks they can't lift or workout like you do?
It doesn't matter how old or young you are. It doesn't matter what size you are. Working out and lifting makes me feel like a badass. Who doesn't want to feel like a badass at age 57? I have learned to compete with myself and work hard to continually improve. Anyone can workout or lift. All it takes is a desire to be better physically than you currently are now.
What else do you get up to when not sweating it out in the gym?
I have the incredible joy and privilege of teaching children to read. They make me laugh and I love to watch them learn to love books as much as I do.