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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.

 

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

Ahhh! Workout Love!

AHHH!!

I am feeling so much better~ got in a good little workout yesterday…It was my First workout since a run on Sunday– did a tiny, light workout. Lat pulls, rows, shoulder press, knee ups, lower back extensions, chest press, calf raises and leg curls. Neck is feeling so much better!! #workoutproof

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I am excited to get in another easy workout completed today. The plan is to do some legs and bike.

The topic of proper training and injury prevention is totally on my mind and our contest topic feature today:

S2S~ Day 27: Fitness level, weight training and Injuries

Have a happy Saturday!!

Love,

Michelle

 The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Do you ever feel a bit sick??

Do you ever feel a bit sick??  — like with a raw throat? Well I did yesterday but, didn’t let it stop me from getting in a bit of a workout~ I think it was just what I needed  to rid this body of the TOXINS! A Word of CAUTION ~  practice extra careful “SANITARY” lifting at the gym ESPECIALLY if you may be getting ill– wash your hands, wipe down equipment and don’t cough on others!

Chest Press Machine Shoulder Press Machine Lat Pull Seated Rows Hyperextensions Hanging Knee ups

Intervals on Treadmill…haven’t been running on tready much, so I didn’t push it too hard so my joints didin’t go into shock.  I ran my easy minutes at 6mph, hard at 7mph x4 and then finished with the last 3 hard mins at 8mph.

FYI! If you need a training plan~ check out my ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAMS

Today, I’m going to get in a full chest/tricep workotu and run again~ OUTSIDE this time, I needs my Sunshine!!

Love ya’s,

Michelle

p.s. Yesterday 1-22-13 was cday1 (cycle was 25dasy), weight 131.6 ; Today weight is ___on cycle day 2– and I’m feeling better today 🙂 Both in my tummy and in my head/nose/throat

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Drills/Plyo/Stretching:

 

Intervals/Cardio:

 

Full Body/Upper/Lower

 

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28 days of Christmas: Day 23

XMAS Day 23: Well HELLO!! This morning I went on a fasted run~I planned on doing a basic out an back of 3 miles total…well not even half way through I felt like cutting it short. Over and over again I had to talk myself into going the entire way…my thoughts of YOU kept me going!! THANK YOU!

Hope that thinking of me can help you get through your workout as much as thinking of you helped me! Thanks again!!

-Michelle
p.s. Today’s workout is UPPER BODY and intervals (my run was my interval workout)
     
Upper body Day
                      
10 min Warm up
                      
Pre-exhaust exercise=
Push ups
2x15reps or failure
                      
abs between sets of Push ups
                      
#1~Rows
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Rows
                      
#2~Flys on ball
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Flys
                      
#3~Pull ups- inverted
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                      
abs between sets of Pull ups
                      
#4~Bench/Chest Press
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
                           
 **extra abs- leg raises**

28 days of Christmas: Day 20

XMAS Day 20!! The workout on tap is Upper body/ABS/Intervals/extra cardio

Exercise
 
       
 
Upper body Day
       
10 min
Warm up
       
Pre-
Push ups
       
Exhaust
2x15reps or failure
       
abs
between sets of Push ups
       
#1
Rows
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Rows
       
#2
 Flys on ball
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Flys
       
#3
Pull ups- inverted
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
abs
between sets of Pull ups
       
#4
Bench/Chest Press
       
 
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
       
 
 **extra abs- leg raises**

Here’s a detailed example of how I attacked this same workout in the past:
Warm up- raced on the bike for 5:30 mins

~Push ups 15x2sets

~Seated rows
80×15
90x8x2
100×8
knee ups between sets- 2 sets of 20 (10 front; 5 ea side)

~Assisted pull ups
30×10
20×8
20×8
roman chair knee ups- 20repsx2sets

~Incline flys
35’sx7x3sets
ab machine between 2 sets until boredom

~Bench Press
45×15 warm uo
95×10
105x8x2sets

Crunches and leg raises between sets

~Intervals on the treadmill- 8 hard mins total

~18 extra mins on the r-bike at the end I was good and sweaty!…I should sleep good tonight!!

Hope you have a Super DAY 20!!

Michelle

28 Days of Christmas: Day 6

I’d like to take a bit  of time today to talk about “Keeping Motivated”…or as I like to call it keeping your MOJO!!! 

It is so easy for us to get GUNG HO about our fitness goals for 1, 2 or 3 days and then totally fizzle out…the #1 requirement for being eligible to win this 28 Days of Christmas contest is meant to HELP-you, HELP-yourself stay motivated… by posting comments and giving ENCOURAGEMENT to other ladies in the contest.

MY #1 solution for staying MOTIVATED … is to take the focus off of me and give energy to someone else.

That’s why the motto of the Rally Room is “The Key to your Motivation is to encourage OTHERS!”

Just try it- give a little of your energy to
someone else and you will be amazed at the motivation
you get in return!!   The way to do that here is to COMMENT on others blogs.  Even just saying a quick “HI” or “AWESOME” does amazing things.

A GRAND Prize will be given to the contestant who shows the MOST holiday spirit throughout the contest. Participate with feedback ,comments, questions, input, ect during the duration of the Contest on our BuffMother Page: http://facebook.com/buffmotherpage

If you want MORE of a connection~ hook into our TEAM BuffMother Rally Room  Http://therallyroom.com

The Sole Purpose of the Rally Room is for you to have a place to GIVE your energy to others through Encouragement, Excitement, Love, Support, Help, Friendship, etc..~ I call it planting “energy seeds”!

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Now on to today’s workout– It’s the same as Day 2, but if you have access to only DB’s and an exercise ball…here is the “At Home Version” for you:

 

Exercise #1 DB Chest Press on ball
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

ABS between sets of presses

Exercise #2- One arm DB LAT rows
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

ABS between sets of

Exercise #3- DB Flys on ball
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

ABS between sets of Flys

Exercise #4- Bent over DB Rows

3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

ABS between sets of rows

BONUS BURN OUT Exercise #5- Push ups
2x15reps or to  failure

Then… Intervals:

20 min is always the goal here is an example for you:

  • 4 min. warm up-marching in place or a short walk around the block
  • 1 min. hard- jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 1 min. easy-march
  • 1 min. hard-jump rope
  • 3min. cool down-march or walk again

This is 20 min total: 7 hard min. total

 

Let’s all focus extra hard on GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT to others, you will reap the rewards!! “GO TEAM” cheerleaders

Your Cheerleader,

Michelle

28 Days of Christmas: Day 2

Hiddy HO!! I woke up singing this beautiful morning, “”good morning, good morning, good morning it’s time to rise and SHINE!!!!” 

Today it’s 28 days of Christmas Day 2  and time to attack our UPPER BODY!  I bet many of you are sore from your leg workout yesterday and I am too~ mostly in my upper butt/lower back/hip region.

Xmas Day 2-…SUPER detailed: “Upper Body, ABS and Intervals”
Exercise
DATE
6-5 
 
Upper body Day
 
set 1
set2
set 3
10 min
Warm up
 r-bike
bench press
stretch
#1
Bench/Chest Press
lbs.
 95
115
115
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.
 10
 10
 8
abs
between sets of bench
2sets
 Knee ups
 30
 25
#2
Pull ups
lbs.
 Under hand
 20# assist
 inverted
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.
 10
 10
 10
abs
between sets of pull ups
2sets
 Old school
60
45
#3
 Flys
 lbs.
 10
 10
 10
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.
abs
between sets of Flys
2sets
 Hanging
 20
15
#4
Rows
lbs.
 10
 10
 10
3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
reps.
  10
  10
  10
abs
between sets of Rows
2sets
vaccums
3 for 15sec
3 for 15sec
BURN
Push ups
military
OUT!
2x15reps or failure
reps.
 20
 15+3
knees
Start with a warm up~ I like to do 10 min of the Recumbent bike(r-bike).
EXERCISE #1- BENCH :Then I head over to where I am going to do a little warm up for my first exercise. BENCH or Chest press: I start by doing a warm up set that I don’t count as a real set. Bar x20 reps and then stretch and maybe do a few more reps- It’s always good to be “lubed up”.
·         Set 1 of Bench: 95# x 10 reps…then move right into doing my abs
·         Set 1 of ABS: The ABS exercises are up to you~ I’ll do knee ups on the bench first: 30 focused in eccentric….then go right back to bench. Remember “I am buffing”, so I want little rest between sets and I want to keep my heart rate up.
·         Set 2 of Bench: 115# x 10 reps
·         Set 2 of ABS: 25 knee ups- 15 to the front 5 each side
·         Set 3 of Bench: 115×8…I died, so I didn’t make 10 reps. BUT that’s okay J
EXERCISE #2– Pull ups: I like doing these a variety of ways… starting with the hardest way first- full body weight. Then assisted and then some inverted ones.
 ·        Set 1 of Pull ups: 10 reps..YAY!! that’s a good number for me!
·         Set 1 of ABS: Old School sit ups x60 reps
·         Set 2 of Pull ups: 20# assited x10…slow and controlled full stretch lifting my chest to the bar (think Proud Rooster)
 ·        Set 2 of ABS: Old School x45 reps
·         Set 3 of pull ups: Inverted x10 reps really focused on biceps—MY PIPES!
Exercise #3– FLYS: you can do them as flat bench, incline or cable
 ·        Set 1 of Flys (incline for me): 30 # dumbbells x10
·         Set 1 of ABS: Hanging sit ups x25 reps
·         Set 2 of Flys: 35’sx10
·         Set 2 of ABS: Hanging sit ups x15 reps
·         Set 3 of Flys: 35’sx10
EXERCISE #4– Rows- An important tip when doing these keep your chest lifted and squeeze your should blades together at the end of the movement…if you don’t have access to this machine you can do bent over rows with DB’s or a weight bar.
·         Set 1 of Rows: 100×10
·         Set 1 of ABS: Vacuums (standing with hands on knees) 3 reps of 15 secs
·         Set 2 of Rows: 110×10
·         Set 2 of ABS: Vacuums (standing with hands on knees) 3 reps of 15 secs
·         Set 3 of Rows: 110×9…I couldn’t do any more than 9.
BURN OUT EXERCISE! Push ups 15 reps or to failure
·         Set 1 of Push ups: 20 military style
·         REST for about 1-2 min…do some stretching
·         Set 1 of Push ups: 15 military style+ 3 on knees~ whew!! That burned!
NOW it’s time for intervals…doing your intervals RIGHT after a lifting workout is a good way to burn extra fat. You’ve used up most of your glucose stores from your lifting so your body is now set to burn more fat for fuel.
Here is a breakdown of my interval run:
I took my time warming up then did 8 intervals all recovery mins were at 7.5 and the incline was at 2% the entire time:
  • 4mins of warm up
  • 9mph for 1 min: 7.5 mph for 1 min- repeated 8 times 🙂
  • cool down by walking for about 3-4 mins.

ALSO~ Please be sure to take a set of stats and pics ASAP~ you’ll be glad you did once the 28 days are up and you’ve shed some inches~

Contest STATS and PICS info:

Be sure to at least take standard 6 measurements:

Height:
WEIGHT*:
Bust:
Waist:
Hips:
Thigh:

*be sure to note your CYCLE DAY also!!! It makes a BIG difference!If you really want to get detailed you can use this is a super detailed STATs list…I like taking a ton because I don’t change much at this point plus some of the measurements really help me gauge if I am gaining muscle and losing fat 🙂

Today’s Date:_________ height:_____________ weight:___________ age:_______
Today’s cycle day-

Please list the following measurements:
Bust (around breasts the biggest part):
Chest- relaxed (just under armpits above breasts with arms down at your sides):
Chest- flexed back and chest (just under armpits with arms down at your sides):
Waist- relaxed (the smallest part):
Waist-sucked in (the smallest part):
Hips (the largest part of your butt):
Shoulders (around the outside of your shoulders with your arms at sides):
Biceps (relaxed at midpoint of upper arm):
Biceps (flexed at midpoint of upper arm):
Thigh-mid (about 8” above knee cap):
Thigh- upper (about 12” above knee cap):
Calf (about 7” below knee joint):

Pictures- Aim to produce photos that will be most comparable with the next set of progress photos you take. Photo are best taken in good lighting (during the day), the same suit on, from the same distances and angles, on a light background and in heels. It is best for you to take following poses all full body*:
1. straight on arms at sides
2. straight on arms up and flexed
3. from behind w/arms at sides
4. behind with arms up flexing biceps
5. from the side
6. model or movie star pose- have fun!
* do them both relaxed and flexed. Have fun and SMILE.

Caliper measurements (*these are the ones I like to track on myself and use to calculate my body fat, for further info on body fat measurements here is a link http://www.linear-software.com/online.html)
*Tricep:
*Thigh:
*Iliac:
Abdomen (I do this one for kicks, since I am an apple):

 

 

 

Paired Circuits workout video (SSS week 07)

SSS 07- Buffing Experienced Workouts:

“Buffing” 3day split- using “paired circuits”

Videos of Chest/tri Experienced Buffing phase 4 at home


CHEST, TRICEPS and intervals plus 20 mins extra cardio and ABS

Paired circuit #1-
Chest Press or Bench Press
3×6-8
Tricep Extensions
3×6-8

Paired circuit #2-
Incline DB flys
3×6-8
Tricep bench dips
3xfailure

Paired circuit #3-
Flat bench flys
3xfailure (10 rep range)
Tricep kickbacks
3xfailure (10 rep range)

Paired circuit #4-
Knee Ups-to failure 2-3 sets
Crunches 3×15 slow

INTERVALS: Intervals-immediately after lifting
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
+20 mins additional steady cardio after intervals…move to another mode if bored

ABS–CPTME….SIMPLE 7 for 7

  1. Passive Abs
  2. Sit ups- hands on hammies
  3. Vacuums!! 10- 10 seconds daily
  4. Knee ups- roman chair are best
  5. Traditional AB crunch
  6. Ball Crunches
  7. Cats/Dogs