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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

Couple of Videos

Just uploaded this video yesterday about “Causes and Cures for Belly Fat” #bellyfat #insulin #cortisol http://youtu.be/95dWZe9KwR4

Here’s a video of me squatting from yesterday

I had a really good workout day: 25 mins on the bike in the morning and then a leg workout at about 4pm
Warm up body-weight stuff
Dead lifts
95x10x2sets
Paired with laying side leg raises
20 reps each leg 2sets
Squats
My sets were 45×20 warm up, 135×10, 155×10 (seen here), 175×6, 155×10, 135×10
paired with weighted crunches on ball (15#DB)2sets
and some knee ups
then I did Bulgarians
holding 10# platesx10 reps; Holding 15#DB’s x10 reps
Plus did hip ups, knee extensions, around the wolds
More Dead LIfts
135x10x2 sets
1 more set laying side leg raises
Today is day 30 of our contest! amazing, just a dozen days to go…

So the “Date” with my son was a success! We went shopping and he got several shirts and 3 pairs of pants– unreal that he’s a size 32×34! Big little man!

We also went out to eat at TLC for our favorites Spicy Cesar salad and MR Smoked Sirloin- YUMMY! And his hair cut turned out really nice too!

AND I even got in a stellar workout after it. Ran hills, my best run of the month for sure and then lifted chest.

Bench

Tricep bench dips

lateral raises

knee ups

Some push ups

Saturday’s workout was 20 mins of bike this morning and a leg workout Sunday.

6 Daily Goals– that will be topics in my daily journal

  1. Cycle day- 3 feeling much better today!
  2. Weight- 132.0 today.  Nice to see it going back down…expecting an under 130 weigh in any day now!  I feel so much leaner, I’m getting excited to take measurements and my AFTER pics for the contest. 2 more weeks!!
  3. Sexy To do’s-  SEXY Saturday, so spending some extra time with DH is a must.  Also, I will get some more time OUTSIDE in today. That always makes me feel more sexy.
  4. Workout- bike and legs
  5. Meal POA- Salad for lunch; Chicken with sweet tater salad for Lupper; Pot roast for Supper
  6. Sexy Actions- I think I’ll paint my nails today! plus adding in make up will be a must. Extra HUGS and Kisses and kind words to HUBBY!

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

6 to Sexy~ day 27: Fitness level, weight training and Injuries

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

Errand Day

Hey all, I hopped out of bed this morning and got going on a ton of errands. Felt good to get things crossed off my “TO DO” list.  Lots of driving and finally getting home at 3:45 this afternoon, just in time for the kids to come home!

 

At about 5 I started my workout:

I did a good warm up of lunges, high knee grabs walking and side lunges.

Squats

Dead lifts

Hip ups

Knee/Leg Extensions

Adductions

Then it was time to leave again to bring Gracie to guitar.

Just got home now and I’m exhausted but feeling accomplished.

Really looking forward to a slower “stay at home” kind of day tomorrow!

See you then,

Michelle

p.s. here’s a video from today

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HE created ME!

First off I wanted to share a word of wisdom for you….it will help you stop the insanity in your workouts/diet:  “MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!– do everything in your power to build muscle and you will burn the fat off your body!!”

 

My plan for todays is  to run hills; back, shoulders, biceps + abs…that workout will be done AFTER I get home from my Date Day with with Gunner. He earned a “DATE” with me with STRAIGHT A’s!! So proud of how smart he is!!

Last night we attended his HIGHSCHOOL orientation/registration.  He’s going to be a 9th grader, OMGoodness!!

 

I got in a good workout day yesterday– 22 mins fasted on bike, then last night some legs/abs/booty work.  I had to slightly modify what I did due to the fact I my legs are SORE!!  But I did still do squats, dead lifts, the PBJ and some of the SUB, plus some other items.

 

I also took some time to journal my eats. It looks like I was at about 1900cals total yesterday.

Here’s the breakdown:

P:eggs, beef, chicken (2), jerky

C: carrots, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, grapes

F:salad dressing, cream, meat fat, cheese

G:radishes, mushrooms, onions

All but 400 calls came in after 5pm and I ate a total of 4 meals.

 

My weight is still at 130, but am expecting a drop tomorrow!

 

GOD Created ME!! He created me for purpose…it’s a very unique one and many don’t understand, but I live to glorify GOD in mind body and spirit!!

 

God Created you TOO!!

Love,

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

Halfway Point: Fresh Start

I took the 2 weekend days OFF of official workouts.  Today is a fresh start…

Here’s my plan of attack (a modification of the workout listed in the SSS week #6 post)

Monday and Thurs:

Chest/Triceps and intervals plus 20 mins extra cardio

CHEST, TRICEPS

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: see Tuesday for interval format~ opt for NON-impact type (elliptical, bike, stairmaster, etc) +20 mins additional steady cardio after intervals…move to another mode if bored

 

Tues and Friday:

Legs, Abs and 20 min cardio

LEGS

Paired circuit #1- Squats 4×6-8 Calf raises 4×6-8 2 sets toes in, 2 sets toes out

Paired circuit #2- Plie Butt Squats 3×8-10 Walking Lunges 3×15

Paired circuit #3- Knee Extensions- toes out a tish 4×6-8 Leg Curls 4×6-8 Paired circuit #4- Dead Lifts 2-3×8 Laying side leg lifts 2-3×25

Paired circuit #5-ABS~ Knee Ups- to front and sides Lower Back Extensions

20 min cardio- example: walking on incline on Treadmill

And some more abs~

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

 

Wednesday and Saturday:

Back/Sh/Biceps and Intervals

BACK, BICEPS, SHOULDERS

Paired circuit #1- Pull-ups (negatives 5sec) 3×6-8 Upright rows 3×8-10

Paired circuit #2- Rows 3×6-8 DB Bicep curls 3×6-8

Paired circuit #3- Lat pull downs 3×6-8 one arm at a time lateral raises 3×6-8

Paired circuit #4- Standing DB Military 3xfailure (10 rep range) Crunches 3×15 slow

Paired circuit #5- ez bar bicep curls 3×5-6 Knee Ups- to front and sides

Intervals-immediately after lifting- running on treadmill @2%incline 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

Sunday= OFF DAY.

 

Saturday, I kept busy outside I brush hogged and trimmed trees.

Then yesterday accidentally spent the day painting our chicken coop. I say accidentally because the painting started with a job to paint the new garbage bin, then my DD wanted to paint something.  I said what about the finishing the coop but we didn’t have enough paint to complete it so we “started over” with some better outdoor paint.  4 hours later we were finally done.  At least now it should weather better and we are more ready than ever to get some laying hens.

Part of the reason for the 2 off days this weekend is due to my hips bothering me.  My pelvis, lower back and sciatic were very achy/sore this weekend.  I am pretty sure it was a combo of ovulation and doing a too hard of a hills run on Friday the day after a very hard leg day.  It feels some better today, so hopefully a run this afternoon will be therapeutic and relatively pain free. I may need to get in for a massage soon– it really does help!

I’m excited but dreading this week’s bikini challenge.  I do feel like I’ve made progress in the first half of the SSS but not as much as I would have liked…Time to kick it in the final 5 weeks!!  I really do need to be better on my diet consistency.  I’m trying hard to keep items that my blood test showed I am sensitive to: gluten, dairy, sugar, peanuts/almonds and corn out of my diet.  Which means a lot of items are off limits! A few other items that I registered slightly allergic/sensitive to are chicken, turkey and lettuce/cabbage type veggies– those I’ll keep in in moderation, but I have noticed ill effects when I eat them.

One thing I’ve really been enjoying are eating raw carrots daily– they do me good!  I am also very proud that I’ve been drinking my coffee black for the past several days, A FIRST for me!

I realized yesterday that for the first time since SEPTEMBER I am not overbooked!  With no 90 day contest or MOVIE commitment, My time is once again my own…it’s a good feeling to not have external expectations and time investments placed on my shoulders!

I’m going to take this day to organize and accomplish some of the “To Do’s” that have been put on hold for months.  AHHHH it will feel good!!

Let’s have a great week #6!!

-Michelle

P.S. don’t forget to do your half way report this week and if you are up for it take a set of pics and stats too!!

“Get Buff”- Day 26

“Get Buff”- Day 26

We have a Killer day in store for us!!!

Workout:

 

Day #26
“Others day”
Chest:
Incline flys
4×10
Legs:
Dead lifts
4×10
Lunges
4×10
Back:
Seated row
4×10
ABS:
Ball crunches
4×25
REST between sets= 2mins-feel free to stertch and do abs between sets!

Today’s Diet Focus:

No Bread

Bread is a sneaky way for carbs to come into your diet.  If you focus on NO BREAD, you’ll open up a world full of new food possibilities. The goal of this diet focus is to make you aware of that there are MANY other great carb choices besides bread to choose from.  FRUIT, Veggies, Rice, Beans, Sweet Potatoes, etc…

Using lettuce in place of bread is another great option~

Bread is most often made from wheat and wheat can cause stomach irritation for some people- “GLUTEN” is a substance that is rough and can “scratch” the insides of our digestive track- sometimes it leads to stomach aches, gas,  IBS or even digestive diseases.  If you are someone who sufferers from bloating, constipation, gas, etc… Limiting gluten intake may help your body be HAPPY.

Are you wondering what is considered bread??

Honestly I want you to choose your own definition but in general terms~

Bread= any baked grain product made with yeast (yeast is another thing that can cause an unhealthy physical reaction in women especially)

REMEMBER! Don’t get too technical…

Just KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart)!!!

Your friend,

Michelle