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28 Days of Christmas: Day 8

XMAS Day 8- LEGS again!!!  Build your FAT FURNACES!!!

See day 1 for workout details~http://buffmother.com/?p=6910

This morning I commented on a blog about slow weight loss and that inspired me to talk more about MUSCLE today:

here is my comment~

“Weight loss is always hard, but I do agree it’s harder with age.  Do you know why? HORMONES~ not just the estrogen and progesterone ones, but the ones that are typically thought of as MALE hormones: testosterone and growth hormone.  Those are stimulated to be released when you do certain types of exercise= Lifting heavy and intense anaerobic or lactic acid cardio…and also through diet, for example when you go from a fasting state (buffing) to a higher caloric intake (boosting).  I know that in my own fitness when I focus on stimulation my body’s “anabolic” hormones, I can get LEAN!!!

Keep working hard and remember to work WITH your hormones and you will see you body respond!

-Michelle”

And here is an EXCERPT from one of my articles about building muscle that BURNS FAT:

How do I go about building muscle?
Muscle in women deteriorates at almost every stage of life. This is why we must weight train!!!!
Weight training rebuilds your lost muscle and therefore rebuilds your metabolism. BuffMother!’s weight training philosophy is based on:
  1. The Basic Big three
  2. Challenge
  3. Change
The Basic Big Three:
What do I mean by the big three? There are 3 larger main muscle groups of the body and my lifting program is centered around them. Metabolism will be affected most if these 3 muscle groups are emphasized since they comprise the majority of the muscle mass on our bodies. The basic big three are your legs, chest and back.
          1. Legs (and butt)
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!
Let’s talk about the area that all women are concerned about, your butt. It must be dealt with head on. Meaning you must make a huge concentrated effort to reshape the behind that inactivity and age has destroyed. Butts require squats and lunges!!! Lots of them and with weight. No amount of donkey kicks, step-ups, abduction or adduction exercises will do the significant work that must be done in order to reshape your butt. These exercises are great auxiliary ones and are helpful initially and in complementary sense to a leg weight training program, but on their own they will not do much. Legs and butts are strong muscles so in order to change their looks we have to challenge them. This requires using heavier weights and intense contractions.
Most modes of cardio or aerobic exercise utilize the legs. These exercises do great in toning the muscles of the legs that are used during these aerobic sessions. However, they don’t hit all the muscles of the legs and butt and for the most part they don’t build them. Instead they are what we call catabolic. This means they lead to the breakdown of these muscles. For instance look at a marathon runner. They look sickly. They are some of the most aerobically in shape people and they do a lot of working out with their legs, but there muscles are tiny and they have gross butts. So let’s take a lesson from this. Aerobic exercise is very important for health issues, for stress relief, for conditioning the muscles we have, but bad at building muscle! Strong, active leg and butt muscles burn fat!
2. The Chest
I don’t mean your mammary glands. I am talking about your pectorals. The muscles all women need to embrace. I’ve been there. Pregnancy and breast-feeding do nasty things to a woman’s breasts. The looks of a woman’s breast goes beyond the mammary tissue, it lies underneath in the pectoral muscles. Remember what I had said about pregnancy robbing our bodies of muscle. This means the muscle that once lifted our breast now is gone, and it too needs to be rebuilt. If you want to give yourself a natural breast lift, build up your chest! It will not only help those saggy boobs, but also Boost your metabolism! Strong ,active chest muscles burn fat!
3. The Back:
Oh, I forgot about you back there! Most women are absolutely unaware of the huge potential fat burning muscles they have on their back. Our backs are full of muscles. There are tons of them holding our spine, ribs and shoulders in place. These muscles are very important to our health. How often do we hear about back and neck pain? Unfortunately it is rampant. I truly believe that weak back muscles cause much of the pain. Lifting with your back requires proper form and extreme focus on the muscles you are working. Strong, active back muscles burn fat!
Challenging yourself:
Muscles are very smart. If challenged to the limits of their capabilities they realize that they need to rebuild themselves even stronger. Then when faced with that same challenge they will be able to perform at a higher capacity. This is the key to understanding your weight training program.
You must find a way to challenge your muscles. Lifting the same weight every time you perform an exercise will maintain what muscle you have, but not change them. I don’t know many people that like spending an hour in the gym to stay exactly the same. We all crave to improve ourselves. So we must challenge our muscles by lifting weights that are challenging. There is nothing complicated about it. Just make sure you find yourself slightly challenged by your lifting program. Challenge yourself.
Change it up:
Change is good. Your muscles get used to the same thing over and over again. They get bored just like you do. Boredom causes your muscle to not respond just as it causes you to not want to do your boring workout. Don’t be afraid to change:
  • Try some new exercises
  • Change the number of sets and reps of your exercises
  • Increase or decrease your rest time between sets and workouts
  • Change the order of your exercises
Just remember to keep the basic big three muscle groups as the foundation to your weight training program. Change will help you stay focused and your muscles will keep working hard to burn your fat!!!!
Here are some supplements that I have used in my quest to build fat burning muscles:
l-glutamine, l-lysine, l-tyrosine, creatine, NO2 (AKG) products, CLA, Gamma-O, DHEA, fish oil, St. John’s Wart, caffine, whey protein, casien protein, sugar free Red Bull, Lubriflex, Move Free, Gaba etc. Exactly what I take depends on how I feel, where I am at in my Hormonal Cycle and what I am trying to accomplish within my fitness goals. There is a lot of money wasted on sports supplements that are ineffective, so do your research before purchasing anything.
MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!!!

SSS week 02: Coaching

SSS week 02: Coaching

You’ve had a GREAT start to the week!! fun to see many of your successful reports in the www.TeamBuffMother.com . I also love that we can take one day at a time….I plan on having a great day and a great week!!! HOW TO CHART HORMONES

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EXTRA Sample workouts:
BACK

pull ups
7×3

standing military press
25′sx10x3

Bicep curls
25′sx10x3

bent over lat raises
15′sx10x3

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Chest at the gym

warm up 5 min r- bike

Chest press warm up 70×15, 90×10

Bench press
45×15
95×10
115×6
115×7

Incline hammer press
90×6
110×6
130×6

Incline flys
35′sx6
40′sx6x2

One arm cable flys
40x10x1

Tricep push downs
80×10
100×10
120×6
120×5, 110×3, 100×3, 60×10

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LEGS

warm up 8min r-bike

front squat (just trying these out again)
45×10
95×10

squat
95×10
135×6
155x6x2

Dead lifts
135x10x2
155×6

Leg press
180×20
set of claves
270×10
360x6x2
180x20x2 squeeze butt

ab knee ups on roman chair between

Smith lunges
90×10
110×10
straight leg ups on bench between

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Female Fat Furnaces!!

I am building my body into a BEAUTIFUL, Symmetrical, CURVY, Lean, BUFF Female Fat FURNACE!!

Thursday was a BIG Movement LEG Day- for my BIGGEST potential Fat FURNACES…Then Yesterday my focus was my 2nd Largest muscle group…my BACK!! Did you know that your back and legs contain over 70% of your entire muscle mass? AND since MUSCLE BURNS FAT~ you need to BUILD them into the most active muscles on your body…in order to that you have to LIFT HEAVY! NO more foo, foo weights! They only work the muscle you have and are nothing more than glorified cardio. Go for the weights that CHALLENGE your muscles and you will be surprised at how much leaner you can become!

Here is my Back (back, shoulders and bi’s)workout:

Warm up r-bike (rather hard)- 10 mins ready article about mineral supplementation and weight loss—both chromium and calcium are GREAT!!

Lat pulls- works: back, sh, bi’s
120×10
140×10
170x6x3

Seated rows- works: back, sh, bi’s
90×12 exaggerated stretch and contraction
120x6x3

Behind the head (not a bar) Hammer Isolateral pull down machine- Back, sh, bi’s
70each armx6x2
45 each armx10

Isolateral hammer shoulder press
35each armx10x2
45 each arm x6

Pull ups assisted

Close grip focus on bicep also
40×15
20×6 with 5 second on the negative
30×4 with 5 seconds on the negative

Roman Chair

40x2sets

Knee ups on bench

25 slowx2

One arm DB lat row
50×6
40×10

Elliptical- arms off handle running motion- good posture!

3 min warm up
2 min hard at level 13, 1 min easier at 11 x 5 total
1 min cool down1 monster set of walking lunges

55# bar on back x60steps..now today my butt is sore

Now today…I ran again!! Good steady run of about 2.5 miles…knee good, lungs good– then I did abs and right Now I am going to pump out 40 pushups!

 

Value your Muscle!! ~Shine in 49: Day27

Value Yourself and Your Muscle


What does it all boil down to? Valuing our health vs. Neglecting it: As women we seem to often times be selfless, giving, giving, giving… often times forgetting that we need to take care of ourselves, so that we can continue to bless those we love.

I am a prime example of this as a mother neglecting myself was a BAD HABIT. My eating, my dietary needs and my workouts used to have to fit in as an extra around the rest of my life. Only when I changed the value I put on my heath did I realize my true potential in life.

A big part of the process to learn to value my health, was for me learning to value my muscle mass. For years I had taken my metabolism and figure for granted… that is until it was GONE!! I realized muscle, was the key to so many aspects of my well being. Without it I was fat, tired, weak, less attractive… but with it I am lean, energetic, strong, and confident!

Now I hold my muscle in high regard and feed it what it needs so it won’t wither away. A key supplement that I have fallen in love with is L-Glutamine. I use it after my workouts to supply my muscles with this very essential building block of my body.

I also recommend it to all of my clients and hear rave reviews about its positive effects.

Here are just some of them:

  • Decreased muscle soreness – actually in some cases eliminating soreness all together
  • Increased stamina, leading to more frequent and intense workouts
  • Increased strength gains – this is key for all of us trying to rebuild our metabolism
  • Phenomenal hair and nail growth- what a nice bonus!!


Key points to keep in mind about L-glutamine:

  1. L-glutamine is great at preventing muscle loss when we are in a fasted state- so the best times to take it are immediately after a workout, before bed and immediately upon waking in the morning— SAVE that muscle you’ve worked so hard to get.
  2. In order to see results 5g once a day is all that is essential…if for instance you are extra sore from an intense workout—go ahead and take more…up to 15g a day.
  3. Also know that l-glutamine is in most every protein source also, so taking a supplement is not 100% necessary, but if you are like me and not always perfect at my diet…you should consider taking it.
  4. Your body requires more water to process any extra amino acids in your body. L-glutamine is the most prevalent amino acid in your body and if you take extra you will need to drink more water. Also note that it may cause you to retain a little more water than usual (1-2 pounds). So be aware that if you feel bloated or puffy the l-glutamine could be causing slight water retention—the best way to prevent the bloat is to drink a ton of water (1-2 gallons daily

I’d love to chat with you more about how much I love L-glutamine!! You are more than welcome to join me in the Rally Room (the best women’s only support group on the web)—we talk frequently about supplements and offer tons of advice about utilizing them for optimal effects.

It works if you work it~
GET BUFF!!
xoxoxo~
Michelle Berger


Legs Again!! Sizzlin' in 6~Day 23

Legs Again ~ Build your FAT Furnaces!

 

Day 23- “Sizzlin’ in 6″…LEGS again!!!  Build your FAT FURNACES!!!

See  the week 3 and 4 workout download for details~ http://blog.buffmother.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Weeks-3-and-4.pdf

This morning I commented on a blog about slow weight loss and that inspired me to talk more about MUSCLE today:

here is my comment~

“Weight loss is always hard, but I do agree it’s harder with age.  Do you know why? HORMONES~ not just the estrogens and progesterone ones, but the ones that are typically thought of as MALE hormones: testosterone and growth hormone.  Those are stimulated to be released when you do certain types of exercise= Lifting heavy and intense anaerobic or lactic acid cardio…and also through diet, for example when you go from a fasting state (buffing) to a higher caloric intake (boosting).  I know that in my own fitness when I focus on stimulation my body’s “anabolic” hormones, I can get LEAN!!!

Keep working hard and remember to work WITH your hormones and you will see you body respond!

-M”

And here is an EXCERPT from one of my articles about building muscle that BURNS FAT:

How do I go about building muscle?
Muscle in women deteriorates at almost every stage of life. This is why we must weight train!!!!
Weight training rebuilds your lost muscle and therefore rebuilds your metabolism. BuffMother!’s weight training philosophy is based on:
  1. The Basic Big three
  2. Challenge
  3. Change
The Basic Big Three:
What do I mean by the big three? There are 3 larger main muscle groups of the body and my lifting program is centered around them. Metabolism will be affected most if these 3 muscle groups are emphasized since they comprise the majority of the muscle mass on our bodies. The basic big three are your legs, chest and back.

1. Legs (and butt)
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!
Let’s talk about the area that all women are concerned about, your butt. It must be dealt with head on. Meaning you must make a huge concentrated effort to reshape the behind that inactivity and age has destroyed. Butts require squats and lunges!!! Lots of them and with weight. No amount of donkey kicks, step-ups, abduction or adduction exercises will do the significant work that must be done in order to reshape your butt. These exercises are great auxiliary ones and are helpful initially and in complementary sense to a leg weight training program, but on their own they will not do much. Legs and butts are strong muscles so in order to change their looks we have to challenge them. This requires using heavier weights and intense contractions.
Most modes of cardio or aerobic exercise utilize the legs. These exercises do great in toning the muscles of the legs that are used during these aerobic sessions. However, they don’t hit all the muscles of the legs and butt and for the most part they don’t build them. Instead they are what we call catabolic. This means they lead to the breakdown of these muscles. For instance look at a marathon runner. They look sickly. They are some of the most aerobically in shape people and they do a lot of working out with their legs, but there muscles are tiny and they have gross butts. So let’s take a lesson from this. Aerobic exercise is very important for health issues, for stress relief, for conditioning the muscles we have, but bad at building muscle! Strong, active leg and butt muscles burn fat!

2. The Chest
I don’t mean your mammary glands. I am talking about your pectorals. The muscles all women need to embrace. I’ve been there. Pregnancy and breast-feeding do nasty things to a woman’s breasts. The looks of a woman’s breast goes beyond the mammary tissue, it lies underneath in the pectoral muscles. Remember what I had said about pregnancy robbing our bodies of muscle. This means the muscle that once lifted our breast now is gone, and it too needs to be rebuilt. If you want to give yourself a natural breast lift, build up your chest! It will not only help those saggy boobs, but also Boost your metabolism! Strong ,active chest muscles burn fat!
3. The Back
Oh, I forgot about you back there! Most women are absolutely unaware of the huge potential fat burning muscles they have on their back. Our backs are full of muscles. There are tons of them holding our spine, ribs and shoulders in place. These muscles are very important to our health. How often do we hear about back and neck pain? Unfortunately it is rampant. I truly believe that weak back muscles cause much of the pain. Lifting with your back requires proper form and extreme focus on the muscles you are working. Strong, active back muscles burn fat!
And don’t forget- you must challenge yourself if you want to see change, Challenge = Change
Challenging yourself:
Muscles are very smart. If challenged to the limits of their capabilities they realize that they need to rebuild themselves even stronger. Then when faced with that same challenge they will be able to perform at a higher capacity. This is the key to understanding your weight training program.
You must find a way to challenge your muscles. Lifting the same weight every time you perform an exercise will maintain what muscle you have, but not change them. I don’t know many people that like spending an hour in the gym to stay exactly the same. We all crave to improve ourselves. So we must challenge our muscles by lifting weights that are challenging. There is nothing complicated about it. Just make sure you find yourself slightly challenged by your lifting program. Challenge yourself.
Change it up:
Change is good. Your muscles get used to the same thing over and over again. They get bored just like you do. Boredom causes your muscle to not respond just as it causes you to not want to do your boring workout. Don’t be afraid to change:
  • Try some new exercises
  • Change the number of sets and reps of your exercises
  • Increase or decrease your rest time between sets and workouts
  • Change the order of your exercises
Just remember to keep the basic big three muscle groups as the foundation to your weight training program. Change will help you stay focused and your muscles will keep working hard to burn your fat!!!!
Here are some supplements that I have used in my quest to build fat burning muscles:
l-glutamine, l-lysine, l-tyrosine, creatine, NO2 (AKG) products, CLA, Gamma-O, DHEA, fish oil, St. John’s Wart, caffine, whey protein, casien protein, sugar free Red Bull, Lubriflex, Move Free, Gaba etc. Exactly what I take depends on how I feel, where I am at in my Hormonal Cycle and what I am trying to accomplish within my fitness goals. There is a lot of money wasted on sports supplements that are ineffective, so do your research before purchasing anything.

MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!!!

Athletic SEASONS – training smart!

Athletes train in seasons- off season, pre-season, in-season, post- season… Each season has a specific goal and a unique training program. I see many clients who want to train the same all the time and then wonder why they don’t get the results they desire.  Many women tend to only think about losing weight and try to stick to an “in season” type traing program 24/7/365  and they when they fail to get the desired results wonder why??   

In sports there are “Season”for a reason,   Let’s take a quick look at how and why integrate each of them into your traing program.

“Pre-season”:
The time of the year when athletes set the foundation for the entire rest of the year.  The goal is to gain overall fitness, strength and skill.  All activity is geared towards “Building” the body. A ton of cardio, which “breaks down” the body is not the  focus during pre-season….you should put much more emphaisis on weight training, nutrition and short duration cardio- the focus needs to be effective efficient workouts which will lead to REBUILDING your muscle mass and fitness level. Pre season lasts typically 1 to 3 months in duration.

My fitness prescription for pre-season:

Lift 4-6 days a week- keeping the reps low (6-10) and at a challenging weight.  Keep your focus on your big muscles- legs, back and chest.

Cardio- 3x’s a week after lifting- integrate speed work into the run so that it is more intense and of an interval nature- keep the distance short- no more than 20-30 per sesson.

If you have the energy you can do one additional long cardio day a week of  at steady state pace.

“In Season”

This is the time of the season where fitness is very sports specific, the majority of what an athlete does during this time is solely practicing for their event.  It’s the time of the year where they are constantly trying to find the balance between recovery and training.  This is when individuals need to be highly aware of competition dates, injury prevention, recovery and maintenace of the fitness level they gained during the pre-season. 

Once you get to where you are IN-season add to your cardio  based upon your competition goals (are you planning to run a road race?  compete in figure?  compete in some other sporting event?)  The key to being a success during the in season training period is to listen to your body and be sure to realize the goal is to peak for the post season…in season is important, but not your final destination.  You want to stay healthy to have your best performances when it counts!

The biggest downfall during this season is that most individuals they strive to do too much training, specifically cardio-  instead of getting “buff” these women get exhausted, moody, injured, sick, weaker and HUNGRY!! They are destined for failure because they are approaching their training with a short sighted goal in mind- to simply lose weight….cardio is very boring and taxing on your body- being able to do a lot consistently  is not a realistic goal and too much to expect of your body to endure.  It’s important to look at the big picture of your training program.  This season can range from 1 month to 6 months in duration.
 

My fitness prescription for in-season:
Shift your workouts to predominantly your sport- for example:

If you are a 5K road racer:

run 4-6 days a week, integrating sprints/fast speed work 1 day/week, 1 longer slightly slower than race paced run, 2 interval runs (running 1 min at race pace of slightly faster followed by 1 min at a recovery pace) right at race distance.

Lift- 2-3 days a week- your goal is to maintain muscle mass gained during pre-season

If you are a figure competitor:

lift 5-6 days a week-
cardio- do 3-4 intervals/week after lifting workouts
posing- daily
diet= goal is to stay lean and ripped- keep calories/carbs at maintenance levels.
 

“Post Season”:
This is the Olympics, Nationals, SUPER BOWL, CHAMPIONSHIP time!! It’s time to push yourself to the edge of your capabilities.  This is the time to shine.  It’s when competitors use strategies to peak.  Depending on your sport you will have changes in diet and activity level.  To peak for a race athletes use tapering in training and carb loading in their diet. To peak for a physique contest competitors add fasted cardio, carb deplete and dehydrate.  It’s GO time, time to pull out all the stops.  This is a very short season- typically no longer than 1-2 weeks in duration.
“Off Season”:

Recovery time! It’s the time after post season to when a body simply needs rest.  The mind needs rest also…it’s time to recharge desire and focus.  No one can go all out all the time…every person needs rest and vacation from the demands of life.  Athletes are no different.  The mental toll of training wears a person down in mind body and spirit.  Training and diet at this time should be very relaxed if not all together forbidden.  This season can last from 1 week to 3 months in duration.

What season are you in now?  have you ever taken a “seasonal” approach to your healthy lifestyle?  I encourage you to examine your training and adjusts it to a “seasonal” training system.  Your mind, body and soul will benefit from the added structure to your training.

Happy Training my athlete friends,

Michelle

p.s. here’s my workouts for the past 2 days~

Last night I got in a good short upper body workout with my hubby:

Chest press 3 sets
Seated rows
110×10
120x10x2sets
Bench press
95×10
135x6x2
Lat pulls
130×10
150×10

Then I ran intervals on the tready- 6mph for the easy mins and 8mph for the hard mins- I was dying!  My breathing was greatly affected by my time off and allergies.  I made it 18 mins then walked for a cool down.  My ankle feels better every day!!! YES!!  I plan to go to football practice for the first time in 3 weeks on Wednesday!!

Today I did legs- not the longest workout either, but It was a good one!
Warm up r-bike 10 mins
Squat
45×10
95×10
135×10
155×6
175×6
135×10
STRETCHING between sets and hip rotation exercises too

Dead Lifts
45×10
95x10x2sets
115×10
135×10

Seated Calf raises 45×20 reps x3 sets, 70x15x2sets — various foot positions being careful with ankle

45 degreee hack squat- 2 sets of 30 reps (just machine for resistance)

Leg curls 70×10, 75x10x2sets

Leg extensions 110×10, 130×10, 150×10

then it was time to get home for the kids…

It is beautiful here and Gunner is currently working on mowing, trimming and fertilizing my yard!! I love having a boy slave, lol!! I have yet to take my after photos for the SSS- gonna try to get them done now 🙂

Have a great day!!

-Michelle

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

Build your SEXY Fat FURNACES!!

Week #4 in our SEXY in70  contest~  Build your SEXY FAT FURNACES!!!

This morning I commented on a blog about slow weight loss and that inspired me to talk more about MUSCLE today:

Here is my comment~

“Weight loss is always hard, but I do agree it’s harder with age.  Do you know why? HORMONES~ not just the estrogens and progesterone ones, but the ones that are typically thought of as MALE hormones: testosterone and growth hormone.  Those are stimulated to be released when you do certain types of exercise= Lifting heavy and intense anaerobic or lactic acid cardio…and also through diet, for example when you go from a fasting state (buffing) to a higher caloric intake (boosting).  I know that in my own fitness when I focus on stimulation my body’s “anabolic” hormones, I can get LEAN!!!

Keep working hard and remember to work WITH your hormones and you will see you body respond!

-M”

And here is an EXCERPT from one of my articles about building muscle that BURNS FAT:

How do I go about building muscle?

Muscle in women deteriorates at almost every stage of life. This is why we must weight train!!!!
Weight training rebuilds your lost muscle and therefore rebuilds your metabolism. BuffMother!’s weight training philosophy is based on:
  1. The Basic Big three
  2. Challenge
  3. Change
The Basic Big Three:
What do I mean by the big three? There are 3 larger main muscle groups of the body and my lifting program is centered around them. Metabolism will be affected most if these 3 muscle groups are emphasized since they comprise the majority of the muscle mass on our bodies. The basic big three are your legs, chest and back.

1. Legs (and butt)
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!
Let’s talk about the area that all women are concerned about, your butt. It must be dealt with head on. Meaning you must make a huge concentrated effort to reshape the behind that inactivity and age has destroyed. Butts require squats and lunges!!! Lots of them and with weight. No amount of donkey kicks, step-ups, abduction or adduction exercises will do the significant work that must be done in order to reshape your butt. These exercises are great auxiliary ones and are helpful initially and in complementary sense to a leg weight training program, but on their own they will not do much. Legs and butts are strong muscles so in order to change their looks we have to challenge them. This requires using heavier weights and intense contractions.
Most modes of cardio or aerobic exercise utilize the legs. These exercises do great in toning the muscles of the legs that are used during these aerobic sessions. However, they don’t hit all the muscles of the legs and butt and for the most part they don’t build them. Instead they are what we call catabolic. This means they lead to the breakdown of these muscles. For instance look at a marathon runner. They look sickly. They are some of the most aerobically in shape people and they do a lot of working out with their legs, but there muscles are tiny and they have gross butts. So let’s take a lesson from this. Aerobic exercise is very important for health issues, for stress relief, for conditioning the muscles we have, but bad at building muscle! Strong, active leg and butt muscles burn fat!
2. The Chest
I don’t mean your mammary glands. I am talking about your pectorals. The muscles all women need to embrace. I’ve been there. Pregnancy and breast-feeding do nasty things to a woman’s breasts. The looks of a woman’s breast goes beyond the mammary tissue, it lies underneath in the pectoral muscles. Remember what I had said about pregnancy robbing our bodies of muscle. This means the muscle that once lifted our breast now is gone, and it too needs to be rebuilt. If you want to give yourself a natural breast lift, build up your chest! It will not only help those saggy boobs, but also Boost your metabolism! Strong ,active chest muscles burn fat!
3. The Back
Oh, I forgot about you back there! Most women are absolutely unaware of the huge potential fat burning muscles they have on their back. Our backs are full of muscles. There are tons of them holding our spine, ribs and shoulders in place. These muscles are very important to our health. How often do we hear about back and neck pain? Unfortunately it is rampant. I truly believe that weak back muscles cause much of the pain. Lifting with your back requires proper form and extreme focus on the muscles you are working. Strong, active back muscles burn fat!
Challenging yourself:
Muscles are very smart. If challenged to the limits of their capabilities they realize that they need to rebuild themselves even stronger. Then when faced with that same challenge they will be able to perform at a higher capacity. This is the key to understanding your weight training program.
You must find a way to challenge your muscles. Lifting the same weight every time you perform an exercise will maintain what muscle you have, but not change them. I don’t know many people that like spending an hour in the gym to stay exactly the same. We all crave to improve ourselves. So we must challenge our muscles by lifting weights that are challenging. There is nothing complicated about it. Just make sure you find yourself slightly challenged by your lifting program. Challenge yourself.
Change it up:
Change is good. Your muscles get used to the same thing over and over again. They get bored just like you do. Boredom causes your muscle to not respond just as it causes you to not want to do your boring workout. Don’t be afraid to change:
  • Try some new exercises
  • Change the number of sets and reps of your exercises
  • Increase or decrease your rest time between sets and workouts
  • Change the order of your exercises
Just remember to keep the basic big three muscle groups as the foundation to your weight training program. Change will help you stay focused and your muscles will keep working hard to burn your fat!!!!
Here are some supplements that I have used in my quest to build fat burning muscles:
l-glutamine, l-lysine, l-tyrosine, creatine, NO2 (AKG) products, CLA, Gamma-O, DHEA, fish oil, St. John’s Wart, caffine, whey protein, casien protein, sugar free Red Bull, Lubriflex, Move Free, Gaba etc. Exactly what I take depends on how I feel, where I am at in my Hormonal Cycle and what I am trying to accomplish within my fitness goals. There is a lot of money wasted on sports supplements that are ineffective, so do your research before purchasing anything.

MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!!!

Legs Again ~ Build your FAT Furnaces!

Day 8- FCH…LEGS again!!!  Build your FAT FURNACES!!!

See day FCH day 2 and/or day 4 for workout details~

This morning I commented on a blog about slow weight loss and that inspired me to talk more about MUSCLE today:

here is my comment~

“Weight loss is always hard, but I do agree it’s harder with age.  Do you know why? HORMONES~ not just the estrogens and progesterone ones, but the ones that are typically thought of as MALE hormones: testosterone and growth hormone.  Those are stimulated to be released when you do certain types of exercise= Lifting heavy and intense anaerobic or lactic acid cardio…and also through diet, for example when you go from a fasting state (buffing) to a higher caloric intake (boosting).  I know that in my own fitness when I focus on stimulation my body’s “anabolic” hormones, I can get LEAN!!!

Keep working hard and remember to work WITH your hormones and you will see you body respond!

-M”

And here is an EXCERPT from one of my articles about building muscle that BURNS FAT:

How do I go about building muscle?
Muscle in women deteriorates at almost every stage of life. This is why we must weight train!!!!
Weight training rebuilds your lost muscle and therefore rebuilds your metabolism. BuffMother!’s weight training philosophy is based on:
  1. The Basic Big three
  2. Challenge
  3. Change
The Basic Big Three:
What do I mean by the big three? There are 3 larger main muscle groups of the body and my lifting program is centered around them. Metabolism will be affected most if these 3 muscle groups are emphasized since they comprise the majority of the muscle mass on our bodies. The basic big three are your legs, chest and back.
1. Legs (and butt)
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!
Let’s talk about the area that all women are concerned about, your butt. It must be dealt with head on. Meaning you must make a huge concentrated effort to reshape the behind that inactivity and age has destroyed. Butts require squats and lunges!!! Lots of them and with weight. No amount of donkey kicks, step-ups, abduction or adduction exercises will do the significant work that must be done in order to reshape your butt. These exercises are great auxiliary ones and are helpful initially and in complementary sense to a leg weight training program, but on their own they will not do much. Legs and butts are strong muscles so in order to change their looks we have to challenge them. This requires using heavier weights and intense contractions.
Most modes of cardio or aerobic exercise utilize the legs. These exercises do great in toning the muscles of the legs that are used during these aerobic sessions. However, they don’t hit all the muscles of the legs and butt and for the most part they don’t build them. Instead they are what we call catabolic. This means they lead to the breakdown of these muscles. For instance look at a marathon runner. They look sickly. They are some of the most aerobically in shape people and they do a lot of working out with their legs, but there muscles are tiny and they have gross butts. So let’s take a lesson from this. Aerobic exercise is very important for health issues, for stress relief, for conditioning the muscles we have, but bad at building muscle! Strong, active leg and butt muscles burn fat!
2. The Chest
I don’t mean your mammary glands. I am talking about your pectorals. The muscles all women need to embrace. I’ve been there. Pregnancy and breast-feeding do nasty things to a woman’s breasts. The looks of a woman’s breast goes beyond the mammary tissue, it lies underneath in the pectoral muscles. Remember what I had said about pregnancy robbing our bodies of muscle. This means the muscle that once lifted our breast now is gone, and it too needs to be rebuilt. If you want to give yourself a natural breast lift, build up your chest! It will not only help those saggy boobs, but also Boost your metabolism! Strong ,active chest muscles burn fat!
3. The Back:
Oh, I forgot about you back there! Most women are absolutely unaware of the huge potential fat burning muscles they have on their back. Our backs are full of muscles. There are tons of them holding our spine, ribs and shoulders in place. These muscles are very important to our health. How often do we hear about back and neck pain? Unfortunately it is rampant. I truly believe that weak back muscles cause much of the pain. Lifting with your back requires proper form and extreme focus on the muscles you are working. Strong, active back muscles burn fat!
Challenging yourself:
Muscles are very smart. If challenged to the limits of their capabilities they realize that they need to rebuild themselves even stronger. Then when faced with that same challenge they will be able to perform at a higher capacity. This is the key to understanding your weight training program.
You must find a way to challenge your muscles. Lifting the same weight every time you perform an exercise will maintain what muscle you have, but not change them. I don’t know many people that like spending an hour in the gym to stay exactly the same. We all crave to improve ourselves. So we must challenge our muscles by lifting weights that are challenging. There is nothing complicated about it. Just make sure you find yourself slightly challenged by your lifting program. Challenge yourself.
Change it up:
Change is good. Your muscles get used to the same thing over and over again. They get bored just like you do. Boredom causes your muscle to not respond just as it causes you to not want to do your boring workout. Don’t be afraid to change:
  • Try some new exercises
  • Change the number of sets and reps of your exercises
  • Increase or decrease your rest time between sets and workouts
  • Change the order of your exercises
Just remember to keep the basic big three muscle groups as the foundation to your weight training program. Change will help you stay focused and your muscles will keep working hard to burn your fat!!!!
Here are some supplements that I have used in my quest to build fat burning muscles:
l-glutamine, l-lysine, l-tyrosine, creatine, NO2 (AKG) products, CLA, Gamma-O, DHEA, fish oil, St. John’s Wart, caffine, whey protein, casien protein, sugar free Red Bull, Lubriflex, Move Free, Gaba etc. Exactly what I take depends on how I feel, where I am at in my Hormonal Cycle and what I am trying to accomplish within my fitness goals. There is a lot of money wasted on sports supplements that are ineffective, so do your research before purchasing anything.

MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!!!

Female Fat FURNACES!!

I am building my body into a BEAUTIFUL, Symmetrical, CURVY, Lean, BUFF Female Fat FURNACE!!

I had a good leg workout yesterday- BIG focus on BIG MOVEMENTs!
That is the key to getting results. The foundation to my training program has revolved around using my BIG muscles and sticking to mostly BIG movements. Auxiliary exercises are not nearly as effective as the MAIN ones.
So keep that in mind when you are working out. THINK “what is the BIGGEST hardest exercise I can do right now for the BIGGEST muscles on my body?” And then do them…you will be amazed at how much more results you will gain.

Please read MUSCLE BURNS FAT! for more understanding about this concept.

Thursday was a BIG Movement LEG Day- for my BIGGEST potential Fat FURNACES…Then Yesterday my focus was my 2nd Largest muscle group…my BACK!! Did you know that your back and legs contain over 70% of your entire muscle mass? AND since MUSCLE BURNS FAT~ you need to BUILD them into the most active muscles on your body…in order to that you have to LIFT HEAVY! NO more foo, foo weights! They only work the muscle you have and are nothing more than glorified cardio. Go for the weights that CHALLENGE your muscles and you will be surprised at how much leaner you can become!

Here is my Back (back, shoulders and bi’s)workout:
Warm up r-bike (rather hard)- 10 mins ready article about mineral supplementation and weight loss—both chromium and calcium are GREAT!!

Lat pulls- works: back, sh, bi’s
120×10
140×10
170x6x3

Seated rows- works: back, sh, bi’s
90×12 exaggerated stretch and contraction
120x6x3

Behind the head (not a bar) Hammer Iso-lateral pull down machine- Back, sh, bi’s
70each armx6x2
45 each armx10

Iso-lateral hammer shoulder press
35each armx10x2
45 each arm x6

Pull ups assisted
Close grip focus on bicep also
40×15
20×6 with 5 second on the negative
30×4 with 5 seconds on the negative

Roman Chair
40x2sets
Knee ups on bench
25 slowx2

One arm DB lat row
50×6
40×10

Elliptical- arms off handle running motion- good posture!
3 min warm up
2 min hard at level 13, 1 min easier at 11 x 5 total
1 min cool down

1 monster set of walking lunges
55# bar on back x60steps..now today my butt is sore

Now today…I ran again!! Good steady run of about 2.5 miles…knee good, lungs good– then I did abs and right Now I am going to pump out 40 pushups!

Have a STELLAR SATURDAY and remember BIG MUSCLE FOCUS for the most effective efficient workouts!

ROCK IT!!
xoxoxo~
BuffMother!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi all!!
I am very thankful today for all the work I have put into my body over the past 3 plus years- 3 years ago was when I really was first starting to shoot to BUILD Muscle mass–and it has forever changed my body. Now I can have a free day, or even a free week and not hardly even notice. My muscle mass is so good at burning calories that when I eat a lot extra or lay off on my workouts, nothing much changes. Of course it would if I took a MONTH off, lol. I am thankful for MUSCLE!!

So, that said, I have had a few days off. After being sick at the end of last week, I decided that workouts would be optional this week. My body was due for a rest, plus with everything else going on this week–it was perfect timing for a slight break.

I think we will hit the gym this morning though–but, that’s still not 100%, lol! It is actually nice to have that freedom–

I do plan on hitting it hard starting next week. I plan to take pics, measurements and my bodyfat, then test again in 4 weeks. That should be right in time for Christmas!! I am excited for that!

Well if I workout today, I’ll check back in!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Michelle