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Meg Gallagher Uses Strength To Boost Her Body Confidence

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Meg Gallagher Uses Strength To Boost Her Body Confidence

Bodybuilding.com’s 2018 spokesmodel winner Meg Gallagher explains how she used powerlifting to forge the strength and physique that’s taken her body confidence to new levels.

 

The starter’s blocks

I fell hard off the fitness wagon after competitive sports in high school and college. After years of being unhappy with my body and energy levels, I started walking to work. It was literally the first step I could have decided to take.

That eventually turned into running, and training for a half marathon with my mom. After running, I tried CrossFit and essentially dabbled in everything else – bodybuilding, strongman, weightlifting. I then landed on powerlifting.

 

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Training for power

My offseason programming looks a lot different to my powerlifting prep. Right now specificity is low, while variety and volume are high. I’m having fun with movements and variations I don’t get to play with during certain parts of the year.

Through each week of my micro-cycle, I raise intensity and overall volume, so that each week is varied. In 2018, I’m ending most days with a quick and dirty metabolic conditioning workout, because I’m hoping to sweat a little more in my workouts.

With regard to powerlifting programs, male versus female programming methods look the same. There are slight differences, but not at the beginner level. If you find a program that you like, don’t worry if it’s not specifically targeted towards women.

My best advice though is to find a program that utilizes a clear, linear progression. You might read my routine and decide to try it, but that is just one week in a macro-cycle of dedicated progression.

 

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Staying motivated

Play the long game in regards to strength, and never stop appreciating how much you’ve grown. It is easy to look at the barbell next to you, or the one on Instagram, and feel envious, but it’s just a matter of time before you’re right there. Respect the strength you have, and honor the journey you’ve been brave enough to take.

Finding something in the gym that doesn’t revolve around looking a certain way, or becoming a smaller person has really changed the way I approach health and fitness. I do it because I was never taught as a kid strength was an option. I never knew it was something I would grow to value so much.

 

How to get started

Figure out what does it for you. Try every class, fitness routine, or body movement challenge until you figure out whichever is most enjoyable for you. Longevity will always be the key. Don’t get caught up in the intense stimulus of any type of training. That intensity makes up about 5% of what you need to be successful. Success will come from consistency over long periods of time.

 

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Stoking the passion

Every year I train with the goal of growing into a stronger powerlifter. For now, I’m in the 63kg (138lb) weight class, so in the offseason, I work to gain as much lean muscle as possible, and continue to train to grow bigger. The transformation of my pre-meet physique (where I’m my leanest within each year), is remarkable. I’ve lost body fat and gained muscle while maintaining a consistent weight class.

 

Meg’s Workout

Monday

High bar squat (+ sets are an amrap set)2x6, 2x6 +
Deadlifts4x5 reps
Overhead press3x8 reps
Pull ups (breakup sets as necessaryx35
Suitcase walk (each side)+2 mins

METCON

3 rounds for time: 250 metre row / 21 dumbbell thrusters / 20 rushups

 

Tuesday

Bench press3x6, 1x6
Low bar squat2x8
Zercher goodmornings2x12
Band pull apart (breakup sets as necessary)60
McGill big three3 - 4 rounds
The curl up (each side10 secs, 5x10
The bird dog10 secs, 5x10
The side bridge10 secs, 5x10

METCON

Set a 12-minute clock, do 4 rounds of: 1 minute kettlebell windmills (slow) / 1 minute sit-ups / 1 minute lunges

 

* Wednesday: Early morning snowboarding shred or restorative yoga

 

Thursday

Front squatx2 max
Back down sets3x3-10%
Deficit sumo3x6 reps
Romanian deadlift Row variationx40
Incline dumbbell pressx40
Ab rollout x40
Face pullsx40

 

Friday

Push press2x4, 1x4
Bench3x5
SUPERSET
Dumbbell Romanian deadliftx40
Back extensionx40
Goblet squatx40

METCON

For 10 minutes do as many rounds possible: 10 box jumps / 15 single-arm overhead squats (50lb dumbbell) / 20 glute ham developer sit-ups.

 

* Saturday: REST

 

Sunday

Snowboarding or REST

 

 

 

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