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Every Day in May~ Day 1

Hey ya !!

May is upon us and we have over 700 people participating!! WOWIE!!

Today’s suggested workout is a Purple band UPPER BODY WORKOUT: http://youtu.be/gTj6ONDnqKM

 

I am going to do the Band workout for my warm up then hit the weights for a bit more focus on my BACK and CHEST…then go for a hills run.

PLUS , I will-try to take a starting pic!! YOU SHOULD TOO!buffmother, hormonal timing, fitness ,diet, abs, m - 186526530054

 

It’s Thankful Thursday today!! Be sure to think about something you are thankful for today. And/Or be extra thankful. The art of APPRECIATION is so powerful.  Reach out to and thank someone, you will be amazed at how much it impacts you in the positive!!

 

Our diet challenge for today is to eat some fish! Each day of the week we have a set diet challenge that is meant to get you thinking about your food intake and help you get out of the “grind” of eating the same things all the time.  Variety in food intake is vital for nutritional and mental reasons.  Try some fish today!  Tuna, Salmon and Talapia are some of the fish I eat.

 

This week’s diet focus is to Drink More Water!

With the weather warming up realize you may need to up your water intake from where it has been the past few months.  A good goal intake is at least half of your body weight in ounces daily, but often times up to 1 gallon a day is recommended for those with higher protein intake and for those who consistently workout.  Water is vital for flushing out toxins in your body and the transport of nutrients to your cells.  Key things to keep in mind are that when you initially up your water intake you may retain water for a day or two, but then your body will regulate itself and you’ll find that the consistent higher intake of water will help you NOT retain water.  Beware that too much water can be dangerous…if you find that you are cramping or constantly thirsty despite drinking tons of water or light headed, you may be consuming too much water and flushing minerals and electrolytes from your body.  If that’s the case lower your intake and consider supplementing with a good healthy sodium.

 

Our fitness focus for the week is building Endurance.

Endurance is your aerobic fitness. It’s what allows you to Go, Go, Go!! This week take some time to strive to be MORE ACTIVE! Here’s some ideas on how to increase your ENDURANCE:

 

  • Walk more- take your dog or kids for a walk, us a pedometer and measure your steps, strive for 10,000/day
  • Stand more- refuse to sit unless 100% necessary, try a standing work station
  • Do more cleaning- spring cleaning time of the year! organize, give away, sell unused items
  • Get out in nature- hike or bike on trials near your home, do some landscaping, outdoor planting, etc…
  • Join a running club or sign up for race, it will give you the motivation to hit the pavement.  BTW- running outside is so much more effective than on a treadmill, try it!!
  • Buy a heart rate monitor and USE IT!! Get in your aerobic zone and strive to stay there for 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 mins!! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your heart will get stronger and how fast your endurance improves!

 

That’s all for now!! Have fun with this challenge~ We can do it!!

-Michelle

p.s.

If you are a planner– each day’s workout is on my blog: http://buffmother.com/8470/8470/

OR

in the Team BuffMother Rally Room you’ll find details here:
http://www.teambuffmother.com/topic/every-day-in-may

 

 

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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):

 

 

 

Shine in 49 Runner Up- Kim Hurt

Name:  Kim Hurt of NE
Number of children and ages (it’s okay if you have 0): Alexys (7), Justys (5), Skylar (3 1/2)
Age:  34

Why did you enter the “Shine in 49” contest by BuffMother? To get fit and lose weight!
What tactics did you use to stay focused and engaged for the entire 49 days?  The numbers on the scale helped.  The more the numbers went down, the more motivated I was to eat healthy.  I also noticed how much better I felt, the better I ate.   But the biggest change seemed to be in my strength and heart rate.  My recovery was a lot shorter and I felt a lot more tone.   
How do you feel about your success?  While I was wishing for more weight loss, I absolutely loved getting toned up and feeling great. 
What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to attain your goals?  A lot of family get togethers and with 3 kids, trying to find the time to workout.  
What would you like to tell the world about BuffMother ?  It is a great overall fitness routine.
Can I have your permission to post your entry online?  Yes

 

11:11 Make a wish!

When the digital clock shows 11:11, have you ever heard the saying “11:11 Make a wish!” “Finish STRONG!”- 11 days left until 2011…”11:11 make a WISH!” Wishing, Wanting, Dreaming, Desiring, Hoping… are what inspires us to take actions towards goals.

What do you WISH for your body, your fitness, your beauty and for your overall health?

Take some time today to make a “Wish List”!

My wish list:

  • To have good consistent energy
  • To have clear supple, firm, skin
  • To do more modeling photoshoots (at least 6 in the next year)
  • To try new foods- more fish, more ethnic dishes, more exquisite fancy foods
  • To manitain my muscle mass
  • To increase my VO2 max (fitness level)
  • To derease my resiting heart rate
  • To try new fitness classes/routines
  • To learn and teach: I have a huge desire for educating myself and others regarding fitness, diet, motivation, sport specific training, etc…
  • To compete in somthing- a race, a bike ride, a sport (like football, softball or even soccer), a bench press comp., etc…

I got my photos back from the little shoot I did on the fly with Emily in California~ I didn’t do a photo prep diet but they still turned out decent.  Here’s a little video of the photos in my HOT Pink Zebra bikini from Chynna Dolls:

http://www.youtube.com/v/m3Ob9oBsFZQ?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0xcc2550&color2=0xe87a9f

Now on to Christmas!

Now that my Daughter Gracie’s birthday is done, I can think clearly about Christmas! 

Yesterday I got in a good intervals/cardio workout

Here’s how it went by minute:

1-2 walk @ 4mph 2% grade (kept this elevation entire first 22 mins)
3-5 run @6mph
6 run @7mph
7 run @6mph
8 run @7mph
9 run @6mph
10 run @7mph
11 run @6mph
12 run @7mph
13 run @6mph feeling tired here…heart rate at 165 or so after the min of recovery.
14 run @7mph
15 run @6mph
16 run @7mph
17 run @6mph
18 run @7mph
19 run @6mph
20 run @7mph
21 run @8mph ending heart rate 180
22-23 walk @4mph @ 3%
24 walk @4mph @ 4%
25 walk @4mph @ 5%
26 walk @4mph @ 6%
27 walk @4mph @ 7%
28 walk @4mph @ 8%
29 walk @4mph @ 9%
30 walk @4mph @ 10%
31 walk @4mph @ 11%
32 walk @4mph @ 12%
ending heart rate 170- amazing how intense that walking got!

Some ABS and lower back/booty extensions after- then I went B-day shopping quick while baby puppy was tended to by Travis.

my BUTT is actaully sore today from the combo of walking on incline and lower back/booty extensions

Puppy Cuji is doing good…she just woke up from her puppy nap

Early Morning!

Hey!! I’ve been slacking on my personal blogging so I thought I’d get it done first thing…actually not first thing- I’ve been up for about a half hour I’ve taken my resting heart rate- it was 50 today, drank 30oz. of HOT water, checked my e-mail, the coffee is brewing and the kids are getting ready for school 🙂

I had a really nice cycle day 5 yesterday~ and I am KILLER sore from my workout on Wednesday- so upon my hubby’s (who’s now been sick with the same flu for 2 days) wisdom I rested from my workout yesterday.  I’m very glad I did!  I would be dying today if I had worked out…thus, Legs/Booty are on tap today!

I’ve got several things I must take care of today since it’s the LAST DAY of the Month!!  WOW! can you believe it?  April isclosing down and May is on it’s way~ this year has been a blur to me until about now.  I expect the next 8 months to be VIVID!

Okay…I’ll be back to report my workout at some point- Hope you have a Fantastic VIVID FRIDAY!

Love Ya!!

SX70- Phase 1 leg day example

Leg muscles are the biggest strongest muscles of our body and in order to have a great metabolism you must not neglect lifting with these potential “fat furnaces”. The vast majority of women don’t realize how strong and powerful their legs can be without getting bulky.

I understand that most women have a fear of lifting with their legs because they often carry a higher amount of fat in their legs and therefore fear adding bulk to their lower half through strength training. As women we don’t have the levels of testosterone necessary to build big bulky muscles!

So don’t think that if you lift with your legs you will make them significantly bigger. Initially a small amount of muscle growth will occur and before you start loose your fat on top  and inside of this muscle, you may notice a slight size increase, but this is temporary. You will soon notice how your legs gain new shape, firmness and a leaner appearance. All of which is caused by these muscles becoming more active and therefore burning more fat!

LEG DAY…ARE you READY!?!
…I am buffing so I will do 3 sets of 10 of each exercise.
Here is what my workout log looks like filled out~

Below that I’ll detail it for you:

Leg Day

10 min
Warm up
r-bike
stretch

#1
Squats 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
45×10
55×10
65×10

abs between sets of squats
2sets
crunches
15
15

#2
Dead Lifts 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
55×10
55×10
55×10

abs
between sets of dead lifts
2sets
knee ups
25
15

#3
Leg Extensions 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
135×10
155×10
155×10

abs
between sets of leg extensions
2sets
on ball
15
15

#4
Leg Curls 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
75×10
85×10
85×10

abs
between sets of leg curls
2sets
cats
5-5sec
5-5sec

BURN OUT!
Walking Lunges
lbs.
15#Db’s x 2×30 steps
15#Db’s x 2×30 steps

If the above looks like it’s written in a foreign language to you…

here is a SUPER DETAILED view of the workout from START to FINISH:
Start with a warm up~ I like to do 10 min of the Recumbent bike(r-bike).

EXERCISE #1- Then I head over to where I am going to do my first exercise.
SQUATS: I start by doing a warm up set that I don’t count as a real set. No Weight x20 reps and then stretch and maybe do a few more- It’s always good to be “lubed up”.

I have just recovered from a bad back injury so I am being VERY careful to ease slowly back into squatting and many other leg exercises.

It’ll take me a few months to get back to lifting the weights I was prior to injury. Slow and Steady weight increases are the smartest way to lift.
· Set 1 of squats: 45# on my upper back x 10 reps…then move right into doing my abs
· Set 1 of ABS: The ABS exercises are up to you~ I’ll do crunches first: 15 reps slow and controlled….then go right back to squats.
Remember “I am buffing”, so I want little rest between sets and I want to keep my heart rate up.
· Set 2 of Squats: 55# on my upper back x 10 reps
· Set 2 of ABS: 15 crunches
· Set 3 of Squats: I feel good so I think I’ll ad another 10 pounds, 65×10

EXERCISE #2 – Dead Lifts: I like doing this with a slight bend in my knees lowering the weight slowly while keeping the curve in my lower back—all the movement in my hips.
· Set 1 of Dead lifts: 55# held with one hand over, one hand under x10 reps
· Set 1 of ABS: Knee ups x25 reps
· Set 2 of Dead lifts: 55# held with one hand over, one hand under (alternate which hands from previous set) x10 reps
· Set 2 of ABS: knee upsx15 reps
· Set 3 of DL’s: 55#x10

EXERCISE #3 – Leg Extensions- An important tip for women when doing these are to keep your feet flexed up and toes pointed slightly out…if you don’t have access to this machine you can do stationary lunges here instead.
· Set 1 of Leg Extensions: 135×10
· Set 1 of ABS: Full crunches on the ball x15 reps
· Set 2 of Leg Extensions: 135×10
· Set 2 of ABS: on ball x15
· Set 3 of Leg Extensions: 135×10

Exercise #4 – Leg Curls…if you don’t have this equipment you can do leg curls with a Ball
· Set 1 of Leg curls: 75×10
· Set 1 of ABS: CATS arch up for 5 secs hold…repeat 5 times
· Set 2 of Leg Curls: 85×10
· Set 2 of ABS: CATS 5-5sec
· Set 3 of Leg Curls: 85×10

BURN OUT EXERCISE! – Walking lunges holding dumbbells
· Set 1 of Walking Lunges: 15#DB’sx30 steps (15 each leg)
· REST for about 1-2 min…do some stretching
· Set 2 Walking Lunges: 15’sx15 (same as set 1, just written shorthand)

Then I am done….most leg days I don’t do any extra cardio or intervals. Leg workouts burn a ton of calories and use a ton of energy…to add Cardio on top of the workout unless I am in GREAT shape often makes me too tired to function the rest of the day.

SX70- Phase 1 upperbody workout example

Hiddy HO!! I woke up singing this beautiful morning, ”good morning, good morning, good morning it’s time to rise and SHINE!!!!”
I’ve had some questions about HOW TO do the workout detailed on this post:

http://blog.buffmother.com/2628/sexy-in-70-sx70-phase-1-workouts/

So….

Here’s a SUPER detailed

Phase 1 workout example: “Upper Body, ABS and Intervals”

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 okayEXERCISE #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’s MY actual Workout- this was A  BUFFING VERSION:

10 min
Warm up
r-bike

#1
Bench/Chest Press 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
lbs.
95×10
115 x10
115×8

abs between sets of bench
2sets
Knee ups
30
25

#2
Pull ups 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
Under hand x 10
20# assist x 10
inverted x 10

abs between sets of pull ups
2sets
Old school
60
45

#3
Flys 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

10 x 10
10 x 10
10 x 10

abs between sets of Flys
2sets
Hanging
20
15

#4
Rows (buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

10 x 10
10 x 10
10 x 10

abs between sets of Rows
2sets
vaccums
3 for 15sec
3 for 15sec

BURN OUT!
Push ups – military
2×15reps or failure
reps.
20
15+3 knees

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.

FireCrackin' Hot ~ 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 Day 2 of our FCH 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/lowe back/hip region.
Day 2-FCH…SUPER detailed: “Upper Body, ABS and Intervals”

10 min
Warm up
r-bike

#1
Bench/Chest Press 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
lbs.
95×10
115 x10
115×8

abs between sets of bench
2sets
Knee ups
30
25

#2
Pull ups 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
Under hand x 10
20# assist x 10
inverted x 10

abs between sets of pull ups
2sets
Old school
60
45

#3
Flys 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

10 x 10
10 x 10
10 x 10

abs between sets of Flys
2sets
Hanging
20
15

#4
Rows (buffing); 3×6 (boosting)

10 x 10
10 x 10
10 x 10

abs between sets of Rows
2sets
vaccums
3 for 15sec
3 for 15sec

BURN OUT!
Push ups – military
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 okayEXERCISE #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.

FireCrackin' Hot Challenge~ Day 1


HI!! It’s Day 1 of the 4 weeks…ARE you READY!!
Today’s workout is as follows…I am buffing so I will do 3 sets of 10 of each exercise.
Here is what my workout log looks like filled out~ Below that I’ll detail it for you:

Leg Day

10 min
Warm up
r-bike
stretch

#1
Squats 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
45×10
55×10
65×10

abs between sets of squats
2sets
crunches
15
15

#2
Dead Lifts 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
55×10
55×10
55×10

abs
between sets of dead lifts
2sets
knee ups
25
15

#3
Leg Extensions 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
135×10
155×10
155×10

abs
between sets of leg extensions
2sets
on ball
15
15

#4
Leg Curls 3×10(buffing); 3×6 (boosting)
75×10
85×10
85×10

abs
between sets of leg curls
2sets
cats
5-5sec
5-5sec

BURN OUT!
Walking Lunges
lbs.
15#Db’s x 2×30 steps
15#Db’s x 2×30 steps

· If the above looks like it’s written in a foreing language to you~ here is a SUPER DETAILED view of the workout from START to FINISH:
Start with a warm up~ I like to do 10 min of the Recumbent bike(r-bike).

EXERCISE #1- Then I head over to where I am going to do my first exercise. SQUATS: I start by doing a warm up set that I don’t count as a real set. No Weight x20 reps and then stretch and maybe do a few more- It’s always good to be “lubed up”. I have just recovered from a bad back injury so I am being VERY careful to ease slowly back into squatting and many other leg exercises. It’ll take me a few months to get back to lifting the weights I was prior to injury. Slow and Steady weight increases are the smartest way to lift.
· Set 1 of squats: 45# on my upper back x 10 reps…then move right into doing my abs
· Set 1 of ABS: The ABS exercises are up to you~ I’ll do crunches first: 15 reps slow and controlled….then go right back to squats. Remember “I am buffing”, so I want little rest between sets and I want to keep my heart rate up.
· Set 2 of Squats: 55# on my upper back x 10 reps
· Set 2 of ABS: 15 crunches
· Set 3 of Squats: I feel good so I think I’ll ad another 10 pounds, 65×10

EXERCISE #2 – Dead Lifts: I like doing this with a slight bend in my knees lowering the weight slowly while keeping the curve in my lower back—all the movement in my hips.
· Set 1 of Dead lifts: 55# held with one hand over, one hand under x10 reps
· Set 1 of ABS: Knee ups x25 reps
· Set 2 of Dead lifts: 55# held with one hand over, one hand under (alternate which hands from previous set) x10 reps
· Set 2 of ABS: knee upsx15 reps
· Set 3 of DL’s: 55#x10

EXERCISE #3 – Leg Extensions- An important tip for women when doing these are to keep your feet flexed up and toes pointed slightly out…if you don’t have access to this machine you can do stationary lunges here instead.
· Set 1 of Leg Extensions: 135×10
· Set 1 of ABS: Full crunches on the ball x15 reps
· Set 2 of Leg Extensions: 135×10
· Set 2 of ABS: on ball x15
· Set 3 of Leg Extensions: 135×10

Exercise #4 – Leg Curls…if you don’t have this equipment you can do leg curls with a Ball
· Set 1 of Leg curls: 75×10
· Set 1 of ABS: CATS arch up for 5 secs hold…repeat 5 times
· Set 2 of Leg Curls: 85×10
· Set 2 of ABS: CATS 5-5sec
· Set 3 of Leg Curls: 85×10

BURN OUT EXERCISE! – Walking lunges holding dumbbells
· Set 1 of Walking Lunges: 15#DB’sx30 steps (15 each leg)
· REST for about 1-2 min…do some stretching
· Set 2 Walking Lunges: 15’sx15 (same as set 1, just written shorthand)

Then I am done….most leg days I don’t do any extra cardio or intervals. Leg workouts burn a ton of calories and use a ton of energy…to add Cardio on top of the workout unless I am in GREAT shape often makes me too tired to function the rest of the day.