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Gearing up for legs!

Yesterday at the gym a I witnessed a wheelchair bound young man working hard with a trainer trying to do the leg press.  I was inspired and so very thankful that my legs work….there is NO EXCUSE for me to complain about leg day!  I am getting ready to hit them hard!! SO THANKFUL I CAN!! My workout from yesterday was focused on BACK mostly, but I also did some shoulder, legs, abs and stairmill.

#workoutproof

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This morning, I started working with a new client. She’s fired up to get STRONGER and I am excited for her potential!!  If you are looking for some guidance with your training, I offer online and in person training.  ALSO, here’s an easy idea for a workout…Do these 10 exercises- 3 sets of 10 for each move or you can do them as a circuit of all 10 in a row repeating the circuit 3 times. Click the links if you need help, there is a video tutorial for each with some tips:

 

I’m off now to do legs, including my JUMPSTART exercise for today.

 

Experienced Boosting Leg workout in detail with Video

I’ve had a ton of requests for more workout videos demonstrating an actual workout for an experienced level lifter who is in their BOOSTING phase.  The Boosting phase is all about lifting HEAVY with good recovery between sets.  The goal is to take about 2 minutes between each set.

SSS live workout: Experienced Boosting Legs

 

Experienced Boosting Legs (ph 3 log)

Lift Lower Body

LEGS
Squats
4 sets total×10, 8, 6, 10
Bulgarians
3×8-quads
Pliet Butt Squats
3×10-glutes/hams
Knee Extensions
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Leg Curls (NOTE- I substituted DEAD LIFTS)
4 sets total ×10, 8, 6, 10
Walking Lunges- go HEAVY
2×10-15 -butt focus
Calf Raises
3×10

Videos- of this workout

Part 1- Squats

Bulgarians

Part 2- Pliet Butt Squats

Part 3-Knee Extensions

Part 4- Dead Lifts

Walking Lunges- do these with holding DB’s

and…

Calf Raises

Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA~ SSS Wk 01

SSS week 01- Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA

Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA (PLAN OF ATTACK):

HI all~ I just thought I’d lay out my workouts here for week 01 of the SSS~ I am using the EXPERIENCED training program and will be starting with my buffing phase….

Buffing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1- abs between sets, very short recovery, no more than 1 min Lift Chest/Tri’s Intervals Lift Lower Body

ABS

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals Intervals
ABS
Lift Chest/Tri’s Intervals Active rest- Hike off

Monday-

Chest/Tri workout and Intervals:

(Check out this link–I’ve video taped the entire workout for you!!)

Bench Press OR Chest press
3×10
Push Ups
3×10-15 (not quite failure but hard)
Incline Flys
3×8-10
Tricep Extensions
3×8-10
Tricep kickbacks
3×8-10

INTERVALS-

I’ll run outside for these using a watch to time myself.  I run the entire time, varying the speed from slower (easy) to faster (harder).  You may want to start with a walk/run combo :)

“Buffing”Phase :
3 min. warm up
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
1 min. easy
1 min. hard
4min. cool down
This is 20 min total: 7 hard min. total

Tuesday-

Lower Body and ABS:

Squats
3×10
Bulgarians
3×10-hams/quads
Dead Lifts- Romanian
3×10-hams
Knee Extensions
3×10- quads
Leg Curls
3×10- hams
Walking Lunges
2×10-15 -butt. Focus on using front leg for movement
Calf Raises
3×10
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals
Knee Ups on bench or roman chair
3x15front/5side/5side ABS
Old School sit ups
3×25 ABS
Crunches on ball
3×15/5/5 ABS
Reverse crunches
3×25
Cats
3x5reps of 5 seconds ea tummy/back

Wednesday-

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals:

One arm bent over DB lat rows
3×10
Lat Pulls
3×10
Rows-rhomboids
3×10
Military Press-shoulders
3×10
Lateral/ Front/ bent over Raises
21′s–3×7 Shoulders (do as a circuit 7lat, 7front, 7bent over, rest)
Bicep dumbbell Curls
3×8-10 -biceps
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals- **SEE MONDAY**

and Intervals:
Elliptical or STAR-MILL or Bike
*See Monday for detailed instruction*

Thursday-
Intervals:
Run outside
*See Monday*

Friday-
SAME AS MONDAY

Saturday-
ACTIVE REST…I will be working outside, planting more trees

Sunday- OFF
Rest and make POA for nest week

Final Week Excitement

Alright, had a good day yesterday.  Worked on cleaning out the chicken coop and the shed.  What a mess!  Now that’s done, so today I’ve got to attack the garage some more. I’ve slowly been getting it cleared out for our “gym” it’s 2 steps forward, 1 step back as items keep finding their way back in to the space!

 

I’m in the final days of my www.dietbet.com game. Weigh in is on Monday or Tuesday and I have to be 130.9 to “win”…may have to cut some water weight, lol!! I refuse to LOSE, lol!

 

Yesterday I did my fasted cardio on the trampoline, it was fun and I am feeling it today in my joints a bit, so I’ll just bike today…. I also got in a decent leg workout yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t a full one due to still being sore from the previous one and feeling the effects of the trampoline

I did do:

Sissy Squats

Bulgarians

Squats (up to 155 for a set)

Some abs and hip stuff too

 

Last night, DD’s made cup cakes– I had an epic FAIL moment by eating 2 of them! WHAT?! seriously why did I do that??!!  Oh well today’s a new day and I have the following eats planned:

EggsProtein shake

Salad and Tuna

chicken lettuce wraps

 

For workouts today I’ve got bike for 20 mins; then later back, shoulders, biceps and a run + LUNGES on tap.  Feeling like I’m getting more fit every day! My runs have been much easier and am getting to the point to where I have to focus on PUSHING HARDER during them so I can keep improving vs. merely just putting one foot in-front of the other, lol! Bladder is getting better, so that’s good! I’m excited to have a good better week!

 

Our contest post for today: 6 to Sexy~ day 35: Final week #6 Challenge: Lunges

 

 

Time to roll on off the computer!

Love ya’s~

Michelle

p.s.

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The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

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Fight for it!

I wanted to get DAY 4’s post UP for you HERE:

http://www.teambuffmother.com/…sexy-day-4-get-tough

 

Fight for it!

My Wednesday was 28 mins morning fasted bike then legs and abs in the evening:


Bike 7 min
Squats 3×10
45×10 warm up
135x10x3
abs between sets
Knee Ups on bench
15front/10side/10side x 2 sets
1 set hip swivels

Bulgarians- single leg squat 3×10
Body x 10
15’s x10x2 sets
Abs between sets
Crunches on ball
15 + 10 ea side x 2 sets
2 sets hip ups 15 ; 10 (2nd set hanging)

Dead Lifts- romainian 3×10
75 x 10
135 x 10 x 2 sets
Abs between sets
Reverse crunches
2 sets x25reps

Knee Extensions 3×10
90×10+5toes out x 3 sets

Leg Curls on ball
3×15

Calf Raises 3×10

Cats
2 sets x5reps of 5 sec ea tummy/back

Walking lunges
2 setsx15reps body weight

let’s keep the MOJO Rollin’!! Just 38 more days!

Keep fighting for it!!

-Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

World by Tail

Hey All!!

Had a busy but good day today!

I feel like I have the world by the tail these days– good things happening all around!!  I LOVE IT!!

 

Today’s Bikini day 2:

Talk about motivation— these bottoms were TIGHT! makes me know I’ve putt on a little booty cushion over the winter!!

 

Didn’t get in the full workout I had planned in my POA from Monday but it was still really good!!

 

Here it is~

Warm up

12min bike

2 sets of 10 reps jumping squats

Paired circuit #1- Squats

warm up set 45×10 135×10 x2sets, 155x8x2sets Calf raises 4×6-8 2 sets toes in, 2 sets toes out

 

Paired circuit #2-  KB Butt Squeeze squats 40#x10reps x3sets kb deads x10 reps x 3 sets then, bulgarians body weight x 10 reps

 

Paired circuit #3- Knee Extensions- 115#’sx9reps+ dropset 95#x9reps x 4sets Dead Lifts 135×10 repsx2sets, 155#x8 reps x2sets

Paired circuit #4- Ball leg curls/Hip ups 1 set of each Laying side leg lifts 2 sets of 20

 

Paired circuit #6- hands on hammies sit ups -2 sets to fail

Lower Back Extensions

 

So…just for the record my cycle day is 16 and weight is 130, my goal is to be 128 by the end of the week (Sunday).  My tummy has been really bothering me since Saturday. Lots of pelvic pain, bloating and hip/lower back soreness.  It is really annoying!  I kinda think we have a bit of a tummy flu hanging around our house.  My DD Layla was throwing up on Saturday and my son has be nauseous the past 2 days. Hoping it will clear up later this week!

 

Time to Go!!

have a super night!!

-Michelle

p.s. posted this fun pic and quote on my BuffMother page; “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” -Marilyn Monroe

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Recovered?

Holy cow! I am not quite sure i am recovered from Vegas yet???  I apparently was expending a lot of energy over the weekend, lol! Which by the way I’ve been putting together a “vegas recap” blog and should have it complete today!

 

I spent yesterday catching up on work, cleaning, laundry and took in a bit of sun, since it was the last day of it for the week.  My workout yesterday was Legs: Squats- high set was 155 x10 hip twists Bulgarians- high set was 30# db’s–holy cow that was hard! Knee Extensions Hip lifts Standing hip ups Hip circles Butt Pops

Knee ups on roman chair

I had our booty contest on my mind during the workout– I’ll demo some of the moves during the contest for you~ The song “Sexy Bit$#” was playing on my Ipod when I too my #workoutproof pic, can you tell?

I ended up having to cut the workout short- I had to get to the post office before it closed. BY THE WAY! if you won a shirt in the S2S contest, please message me your address and what shirt you want.

 

Then it was off to the races– guitar lessons, wal-mart, more cooking and cleaning in time for Hubby to get home from a work trip (he was in MN yesterday)…Once he was home, I cuddled up with him to CELEBRATE his successful trip — my hubby is such a great provider for us!

 

 

Today I slept in until 9am~ crazy! I am still beat!  Anyhow, my little TIA was home sick on a day she was suppose to celebrate her benchmark success with a “walk to sonic”…since she missed I picked her up and we “drove to sonic”

 

After I got her back to the school I hit the gym

My workout today was Back (and shoulders and biceps and as always ABS!):

 

Lat pulls

75×10 90x10x3 Rows 75×10 90x10x3 Calf Raises

70x15x4 (various foot positions) Knee ups on bench

25 reps x2 sets– + finished with single leg on second set T-bar row machine (never done this one b4) 45x10x3sets One arm lat rows 40’sx10x3sets Bent over lateral raises– super focused on rear delts 10’sx10x2 12’sx10 Hammer Curls 20’sx15 25’sx10 Shoulder press machine 60×10 frontward + 60x 10 backwards 75x10x2 90×10

Lower back extensions with booty focus- 2 sets

 

Then cardio– working on my VO2max– Recumbent bike 23mins with about 4 more intense intervals of 1 min; 30 seconds; 1:20 and 1min

Then elliptical- forward and backward intervals for 20 mins- first half at level 5; second half at level 6

 

I plan to run on the treadmill after my food digests @ about 4pm-

I got some new shoes!! Actually 2 pair~ wore the white and hot pink ones today:

 

What is your goal for May? workout daily? quit the dessert habit? build shapely muscle? lose weight? …My goal for may is to fuel my body for my running/track workouts and forget about the SCALE– this month is all about PERFORMANCE!  Diet is always a hard item for me– partly because I can’t eat many carbs and I’m always trying to “walk the line” of getting enough, but not too many.  Anyhow it’s my focus for May
Today I’ve had 4 eggs over easy cooked in butter 1 cutie
2cups coffee with half and half
1 tater tot and 1 mozzarella stick– took Tia to lunch
3 large straw berries large chicken salad: Romain, spinach, pea pods, carrot, cashews, shredded sharp cheddar and ranch dressing
Gotta go get a bit more work caught up on and finish my Vegas recap post–
Keep up the great focus!!
Love,
Michelle

SSS week 02- Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA

SSS week 02- Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA

Phase 2Buffing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 2 Lift Lower BodyABS Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals TENNIS
Intervals

ABS

Lift Chest/Tri’s Intervals Lift Lower BodyABS Active rest- Walk? Off

Monday

Lower Body and ABS:

Squats
3×10
Bulgarians
3×10-hams/quads
Dead Lifts- Romanian
3×10-hams
Knee Extensions
3×10- quads
Leg Curls
3×10- hams
Walking Lunges
2×10-15 -butt. Focus on using front leg for movement
Calf Raises
3×10
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals
Knee Ups on bench or roman chair
3x15front/5side/5side ABS
Old School sit ups
3×25 ABS
Crunches on ball
3×15/5/5 ABS
Reverse crunches
3×25
Cats
3x5reps of 5 seconds ea tummy/back

Tuesday-

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals:

One arm bent over DB lat rows
3×10
Lat Pulls
3×10
Rows-rhomboids
3×10
Military Press-shoulders
3×10
Lateral/ Front/ bent over Raises
21′s–3×7Shoulders (do as a circuit 7lat, 7front, 7bent over, rest)
Bicep dumbbell Curls
3×8-10 -biceps
Daily CORE- during rest between higher rep sets or post intervals- **SEE MONDAY**

Intervals:

Elliptical or STAR-MILL

“Buffing”Phase :

3 min. warm up

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

1 min. easy

1 min. hard

4min. cool down

This is 20 min total: 7 hard min. total

Wednesday-

Intervals and ABS:

Run outside

*See Tues*

Thursday-

Chest/Tri workout and Intervals:

Bench Press OR Chest press
3×10
Push Ups
3×10-15 (not quite failure but hard)
Incline Flys
3×8-10
Tricep Extensions
3×8-10
Tricep kickbacks
3×8-10

INTERVALS- STATIONARY BIKE

Friday-

SAME AS MONDAY

Saturday-

ACTIVE REST…I’ll stay very busy this Saturday. I have a full day with a book signing and attending a competition.

Sunday- OFF

Rest and make POA for nest week

Sucked In!!

I keep getting SUCKED INto being on my computer– I’m getting off it right after I post this.  Instead I need to get SUCKED INto cleaning my house!! All the while SUCKING IT IN (my tummy that is, lol)!!

Yesterday, I got in a modified leg workout as I brought TIA (my 9 year old DD) through a workout: a circuit #3x’s through Squats Lunges Abductor-V’s Laying side leg raises Sit ups

then I squatted more and did some bulgarians then I played catch with Gunner (football)

Today, I broke into the 120’s for weight = 129.6, YAY!! On my wait to pick up Gunner from Football camp,  I ran around town for 21minutes– and here in a bit I’ll do a back, shoulder, bicep lift + 20 mins extra cardio. TIA wants to lift on the bowflex, so I’ll use that a bit today too!

See you tomorrow~

Love ya,

Michelle

A Successful Leg Workout!!

The puddles of sweat on the floor told the story of my intense, hot, successful leg workout yesterday!! It was a GOOD ONE!!

Squats 45×20, 95×10, 135×10, 155x10x2sets
hip rotations- 3 sets of 10
Forward Barbell Lunges- 65x10x3sets
sit kicks (abs)- 3 sets of 15
Dead Lifts- 45x10x2sets (warm up), 95×10, 135x10x2sets
dynamic squats- 3 sets of 15
Leg extensions- 55×20, 55×10+ 10 singles, 65×10+ 6 singles+ 6 singles x2sets
hip thrust/leg curls- 3 sets
Bulgarians- no weight x10 reps, 15’s x10 reps x 2 sets
Knee ups on bench- 2 sets

Once again I’d like to congratulate our winners in the “Shine in 49” contest….it’s so inspirational to read through your entries once again.  Be on the look out for featured blog posts on www.buffmother.com showing the incredible success stories!! Thanks for all the hard work and effort!!  You deserve the praise!!

Have a happy 4th of July!!

Love,

Michelle