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Gearing up for legs!

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

#workoutproof

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

 

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

 

Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA~ SSS Wk 01

SSS week 01- Michelle’s DETAILED workout POA

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

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

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

ABS

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

Monday-

Chest/Tri workout and Intervals:

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

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

INTERVALS-

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

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

Tuesday-

Lower Body and ABS:

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

Wednesday-

Lift Back, Shoulders and Biceps Intervals:

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

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

Thursday-
Intervals:
Run outside
*See Monday*

Friday-
SAME AS MONDAY

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

Sunday- OFF
Rest and make POA for nest week

If you don’t do it…a puppy dies.

Saturday sleep in!!

HOLY COW…I woke up at 9:52 this morning! I was very tired!!

Last night I posted how I was tired and got some really funny responses to my plea:

 

“Is anyone else tired today– I have chest/triceps/abs and intervals to do– can you talk me into it please???”

 

~Do it or face the wrath of all of us who lift vicariously through you!

~Quitcher whinin’ and hit da gym already!

~Everyone wants to be a beast, until its time to do what beasts do. Get it done.

~Less talk and more work. Wuss! hehe

~Do it. Naked you will thank you.

**And…my favorite:

~If you don’t do it. A puppy dies.

So…

I did a chest/Tris/Abs workout

Skipped the intervals to save for today-

here’s how it went

Warm up on bike

3 sets push ups

15-10-15 with some butt up/pikes between and after

Bench

45×10

95×10

115x8x2sets

Incline flys

30’sx10x3sets

Bench dips

3 sets

Knee ups

hanging- 20, 25

on bench- 25

Tricep extensions/skull crushers

45#x10x3sets

DONE!

I’ll get in a run outside on my trail today- meaning HILLS. Gonna have some pre-workout (@GymAngel Energy Angel) now to get amped up for it! @GymAngel Energy Angel

 

Today is all about “Burning it down” here on the farm– it’s finally dry enough for a fire! And the twins have a BB game at 3   PLUS, we’ve got 3 football games to watch!

Have a great Saturday!

-Michelle

 

p.s. today’s the Final Day to enter the Gym Angel shirt and a bottle of SLIM angel (fat loss supplement) give away!!
Here’s how:
1- post a picture of your “gym” to your profile with the hash tag ‪#‎gymangel‬
2- tag the pic with Gym Angel and your gym (give them credit!!)
5 winners will be announced on later today!! (Jan10th!!)
Enter now and often!!
My gym is in my cozy home! No braving the elements to get there!! #gymangel
www.GymAngel.com

blacktank

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Need to think!

Emotionally strong posts abound online right now, lots of 2014 recaps and lots of 2015 resolutions!! It’s fun to see!

It’s also a bit overwhelming as I try to figure out my goals for the upcomming year. Much of what I had envisioned for 2014 turned out quite differently than expected.

July 2nd I wrote my last “goals list”

http://www.teambuffmother.com/blog/revisit-my-goals

 

One thing I do know is that I won’t be “hosting” a new year transformation contest this year, instead I figured we’d Piggy back on the BodyBuilding.com Transformation contest, more info here…

http://www.teambuffmother.com/…ansformation-contest

 

I had a solid yet tough day of accomplishing stuff yesterday…

Did insurance elections

Paid some bills

canceled some recurring expenses

posted some items for “work”

got a few packages sent and a few more ready to roll

ETC…

on the workout front, did 20+ mins on the bike in morning; Chest/Tricep/Abs and some bicep lifting plus 3.1 miles of intervals on treadmill

Workout details:

Warm up bike

push ups- 3 sets of 10 on handles with pigeon toe booty pops for about 20 of them

Bench-

95×10

115x7x3sets

 

Bicep curls with 25#Db’s

20 reps

 

Knee ups on Bench 2sets of 20

 

Incline flys

25#’sx10

30#’s x10 x2sets

 

ab wheel

15 reps x 2 sets

 

Dips

2 sets of 7

 

Bicep curls with barbell

45#x10

 

Ran treadmill: 9mph intervals with 7mph recovery, finished 3.1 miles total in 23.45

 

Today Legs are on tap, but that’s later…first I’m going finishing some VERY IMPORTANT WORK (six to sexy prizes announcement), then going tanning and getting some FOOD!

 

 

2 days of 2014 left, are you going to finish strong??

~ Tuesday~
Check out today’s suggested workout- The WRAP: http://youtu.be/3wm0-KVsKhA

 

THE WRAP

Repeat this circuit 4 times

1)    W- Wiggle It- Stand with legs slightly further than shoulder width apart. shift weight from one side to the other lifting right hip and bending knees of left leg to do so and switch back and forth giving a “wiggle” type dancing motions.

2)    R- Running Ups- Stand holding a bar or back of chair infront of you.  Bring knee up to chest (like running) and then extending foot back behind you about 1.5 to 2 feet with a “bounce” between.  Do 15 on each leg then switch.

3)    A- Adductions- Lay on your back with feet up in the air and butt propped up with hands. Made a V with legs being sure to get it as wide as possible and then close V and repeat.  SLOW and controlled for 10 reps. You can vary foot position to emphasize certain muscles.

4)    P- Pilate UPS- Stand with toes out like a ballerina, squat down low with knees out to side then extend all the way up onto toes with arms above you.  Repeat 5 times.

 

EXTRA Fitness Focus~ Lactic Acid.

Our focus for this week is LACTIC ACID

Here’s a little video “Vlog” I recorded talking more about lactic acid training http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohIuXa3DoQ0…

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

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

Fearless and SEXY!!

Congrats ladies on how awesome you are doing in the contest!  It’s so exciting to read all the amazing blog posts you’ve been writing. The SELF-Discovery is AWESOME!! Much of creating a better life is based upon KNOWLEDGE about who you are and why–then formulating a plan for change!! I love that so many of you are UP for CHANGE!!  You should be proud of yourself for being BRAVE and FEARLESS to become your best!!

 

Today’s post  6 to Sexy~ day 9: be DESIRABLE

 

And a reminder….

CHAT with us!!

Everyone is welcome!! (I changed the chat settings so all Rally Room members can join!!)

Simply click the link and you’ll see the chat screen pop up on Wednesday at NOON Central time

http://www.teambuffmother.com/…chats-noon-central-1

 

 

Yesterday I had a good workout day. Monday’s are always busy, but I’m making my workouts and diet a huge priority right now. I also got in some EXERCISE getting groceries. I’ve even been eating fish!

Morning fasted: 10 min bike warm up

CHEST

Bench Press
3×10
45×10
95×10
115×10
105×9

Push Ups
2×15 *

*Was dying due to lack of food; decided to hold off on the remainder of workout until afternoon
Restart workout at 5pm
1×15

Incline Flys
25’sx10
30’sx10x2set

Tricep Extensions
45x10x3sets

Tricep kickbacks
10’sx10repsx3sets

abs between sets (during recovery)

Between bench
Knee Ups on hanging roman chair
3x15front/5side/5side ABS

Between push ups
Old School sit ups
3×25

Between incline flys
Crunches on ball
3×15/5/5

Between tri ext
Ab wheel
15
10x2sets

Knee ups between kickbacks
20 x 3sets
+ All day vacuums at least 10 if not more, did them every time I thought about it!
Run Treadmill intervals 20 min total 7 hard mins @8
(2mi in 17:35)

 

I am SORE from the workout and abs especially!!

In other news I posted this in the FB Team Group….

Has anyone here used www.DietBet.com? They’ve asked me to be a celebrity host for a “game”…I’m testing it out this month. What are your thoughts?

 

Time for me to get off of the computer and on my bike!

See ya laters,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Get buff by kissing!

Our monthly RR theme is “Kiss-able March”; be more kissable and give more kisses!!
This is a Fun kissing fact: “Mucus membranes inside the mouth are permeable to hormones such as testosterone. Through open-mouth kissing, men introduced testosterone into a woman’s mouth. Testosterone is absorbed through the mucus membranes in the woman’s mouth and increases arousal and the likelihood that she will engage in reproductive behavior.”

 

That makes sense and also makes me think it’ll help us get buff to KISS more!!

 

 

I’ve been kissing on these 3 ladies a bit more this week…makes it easier when they are home all day from school due to snow days, LOL!!

 

This pic was taken on Saturday at my niece’s baby shower~

Yesterday I got in a very solid workout:
10:30 warm up bike

15 handle push ups
Bench 45×15 75×40 pump run challenge practice Jumping 1 min Rest 1 min 95×10 Knee ups 30 Jumping high 30 each foot (20;10) 115×6 135×2+1 with spot- bad form 135×4+2 spot 115×6
Incline flys– higher position 35’sx6 35’sx4 30’sx4
Chest Dips 6,5 Dancing abs between sets
Perfect push ups 8, 6, 10 Vacuums between– did a total of about 5 during workout, then I did 5 others during the day for our challenge to do at least 10 daily
Tri extension 55×4, 45×8 , 45×10 Knee ups on bench 30 x2sets
Tri kick backs 15#x10x3sets Hanging knee ups 25

Bicep curls 55x10x2sets Lateral sh raises 10#x10 Run treadmill intervals

4 min warm up 3% grade 8mph 1 min 9mph 1 min 6mph 1 min 9mph 1 min 6mph 1 min 9mph 1 min 6mph 1 min 9mph 1 min 6mph 1 min 8mph 4 min (just over a half mile) Walk 3min

bike 11

 

Then I cooked burgers for the family~ it was a good post workout meal.  Then at a bit of dessert in the form of sticky popcorn and a couple mini candy bars.

 

Today is cycle day 23 and my weight is 129.2, I did much better at drinking my water yesterday and staying away from dairy and gluten.

 

My workout today will be legs~ but first I need to get some stuff DONE!!

See ya later babes,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

relationships

Let me start today’s post with a BELIEF of mine…but first let me say how much I’ve been enjoying reading yours!! I just love the inspiration!! THANKS!!

I believe in relationships…we are made for this purpose. The reason God created man was so he could have “relationship”…that is AMAZING! And makes me realize that the HAPPIEST times of my life have been when I am actively seek out relationships with other people. I am a very independent person and have at times a tendency to isolate myself from interacting with others. It is my natural “I can do it better by myself” attitude. However, it is not very fun nor is it very rewarding when others are not involved in the process or the reward. That’s why I love the Rally Room! It keeps me in relationship with others and gives me a place to easily give my energy away through encouraging others!! I love the RELATIONSHIPS I have been blessed with in TEAM BUFFMOTHER!!

Weird that it is already Thursday??? Where does the time go~

Yesterday I was BEYOND tired!! Finally seemed to get some energy at about 4pm, but literally was dragging all day. It was cycle day 10 and now today I feel some “hormonal” stuff going on in my head.  Must be ovulation~ Oh the joys of being a woman! I wore my cowboy hat yesterday because the thought of washing my hair was exhausting:

 

My workout last night was a good one– just upper body stuff.

– push ups, bowflex flys, bench, rows, bicep curls, incline flys, abs, pull ups, dancing abs, bike cool down and more!

 

Okay…so today I did it!! I had no cream in my coffee!! I’m a big girl now, straight up BLACK coffee drinker, YAY!!

 

Time for this lady to get in some SQUATS!!

Have a good one yourself,

Michelle

 

 

 

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

Met my Vince!!

I don’t have much time to blog today a MILLION and 1 things going on. But I wanted to be sure to stick to blogging for my accountability.  I am feeling almost 100% recovered from the tummy flu ~ thanks again for your prayers!

 

at 2 I worked out with my favorite client, Miss Emily McArthur!!
here’s what we did, circuit style with little rest–Try it:
2 sets of each pair then move to next pair:
Pair 1-
Squats 20 reps
Jumps one leg at a time 10 reps
Pair 2-
Backward lunges 20
jumps 20 each leg
Pair 3-
Push up 10
Stretch hip flexors
Pair 4-
Wide squats 10
Shoulder press 10 reps
Pair 5-
Ladder Abs 20+10 crunches
Calf raises 10
Pair 6-
Lay side raises 20 each
Adductor v’s 15

Here are some of my eats from yesterday:

 

 

 

Bowflex rows 3x60x15
Pigeon toe push ups 3×10

Inverted pull ups 3 sets
Lat row 40#kb

Bicep curls 45×10

Lateral raises 15’sx10 + front x5 x3sets

Bench 45×25
95×10
115×8
115×8

115×7

Then intervals on treadmill– went up to 4% grade at 9mph for my hardest interval

I felt great!

Now on to my title….Vince is the name of the character in the movie I’m in…Diedra (me) and Vince are very flirty with each other during the movie and even have a bit of a bedroom scene.  I met him yesterday.  Thankfully, we hit it off

 

Gotta go,

Have a fun HUMP DAY!!

-Michelle

 

p.s. here’s a pic I took last Saturday== then got too sick to post it:

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

“Get Buff”- Day 23

“Get Buff”- Day 23

Today’s workout is a circuit style lifting workout.  What that means is to do a set the first exercise, then the next, then the next, etc…until the entire list of exercises is complete- then REPEAT the entire series for the allotted sets.

For this specific workout we are focusing on “auxiliary” lifts- different exercises than we did on day 1 that will “hit” our muscles a little differently.  The mover are mostly for smaller muscle groups than BASIC moves, thus termed Auxillary.

Workout:

Workout  Day #23
“Auxiliary day”
CIRCUIT very little rest between sets= 15-30 seconds
Exercises: Upper:
1. Push ups
3×15
2. Tricep extensions
3×10
3. Bicep curls
3×10
4. Shoulder press
3×10
Lower:
5. Leg curls
3×10 
6. Leg extensions
3×10 
ABS:
7. Old school sit ups
8. Cats/dogs

Substitutions:

Push ups- On knee push ups, wall push ups, perfect push ups, chest press machine, DB press on ball, etc….

Tricep extensions- chair dips, tricep push downs, tricep kick backs, french press, tricep machine, overhead db extensions, etc…

Shoulder press- DB overhead press, military/shoulder press machine, Arnolds, etc…

Leg Curls- dead lifts all varieties, ball leg curls, froggy squats

Leg Extensions- lunges -stationary, walking, smith, etc…, Close stance squats, front squats, leg press, etc….

NOW is the time we need to

NOW is the time we need to focus!! The end is in sight~ it’s go time!! I challenge you to hit it hard and have a no excuses mentality for the remainder of the contest!! we are getting close to the halfway mark!!

Today’s EXTRA-

AFTER your lifting circuit do the following-

HEAVY Smith lunges 4×6-8 reps

Here’s a video- they are for your BUTT!!

“The Key to your Motivation is to ENCOURAGE others!”

Today’s Diet Focus:

NO Carbonation!

Carbonation throws our entire body’s pH balance off- eliminating it will help you eliminate toxins from your system and allow your body to function in a less stressed state.  Less stress=more results!

Here’s some cool info on it:http://www.ehow.com/about_6362…healthy-kidneys.html

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Keep us posted on how you are doing by taking a few mins to blog in the rally room.  Blogging is easy- just write what you are thinking, what you did for the day, how you feel, what you ate, what your plans are, etc…

You can’t do it wrong~ so JUST DO IT!!

Your friend,

Michelle