I have a new favorite gym shirt, well tank top. I was out doing some Christmas shopping and catching up with a good friend when I stopped into Old Navy. Old Navy isn’t my favorite store, the clothing doesn’t fit me the best. But I was trying to kill time waiting for my friend and there was a 60% off sign in the window. I’m not usually one for buying active wear that is cute or trendy because that’s not what going to the gym or being active should be about. I get it though, having cute clothes to wear even to the gym is a part of the fun. I went right to the active wear section of Old Navy hoping I would find an active top I could bring to Iceland in two weeks, the kind that wicks moisture away, but I didn’t want to pay a lot because I’ll likely never wear it to work out in. I was distracted by a super cute tank top with the words “Drop, squat, & hustle.” I love this tank top. It’s the best.
Squats are my favorite exercise, even more, leg day is my favorite day at the gym. I’m really good at squats and my legs are where most of my strength lies. Most of the time people moan and groan about leg day, but not me. I’m very proud to say that my current personal record for squats is 155 pounds, 40 pounds more than what I weigh. I just found out that a co-worker of mine also lifts and her personal record is 260 pounds! I’m completely jealous of her and it’s all the more motivation I need to work towards my personal record going even higher in 2015.
This tank top is great and all, but there is one little problem with it: I can’t wear it to do squats in. Once you get past squatting a barbell, 45 pounds, performing squats in anything less than a shirt is uncomfortable. I’m getting to the point now where I have to put a towel on the bar otherwise it presses too hard into my skin. My gym does have barbell pads, but they are so thick I fear the bar would slip right off my back. Moving forward, I may invest my own barbell pad thinner than the ones at my gym as Jake and I keep adding more weight on to our lifts. I also may invest in grips or straps for my dead lifts, especially straight leg dead lifts, as my grip strength has yet to improve even after two years. Any suggestions on helping my lifts or accessories that I could use to improve my lifts are welcome!