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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):

 

 

 

Sizzlin' in 6~ WEEK #2 (day 8): "D" is for Determined!

D is for Determined!

 

I am so DARN DETERMINED to get to my goal!! I love that feeling of FOCUS!!!
DETERMINATION is a GREAT thing!!!

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”
-Tommy Lasorda (American Baseball Player and Coach, b.1927)

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.”
– H. H. Swami Tejomayananda (Indian , b.1950)

“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
– Sonia Johnson

My determination led me to workout hard again today!!! I am on fire!!
I hope you are equally DETERMINED to get your workout done and make it better than your last one!!  Lift heavier, push harder and focus on getting results at the gym!!

Here’s a download for this week’s workouts:
week 2

Today’s workout is:

Upper body, ABS and Intervals

Be sure to start with a warm up- 10 mins on the recumbent bike is a great place to start

UPPER BODY- Circuit- do all exercises upper body in the order as listed; repeat the circuit 3 times.  #1 then immediately #2 then immediately #3 etc…then the entire series again for 3 rounds
EXERCISES DATE        
UPPER BODY          
#1-Chest press or Push ups regular or on knees lbs.        
3 sets to  failure reps.        
#2-Rows- machine or bent over holding dumbbells lbs.        
3 sets of  10 reps reps.        
#3- Tricep machine or Chair dips- for triceps lbs.        
3 sets of 10 reps each reps.        
#4-shoulder press machine or DB Shoulder Press lbs.        
3 sets of  10 reps reps.        
#5-Bicep machine curls or DB Bicep Curl lbs.        
3 sets of  10 reps reps.        
#6-Cable tricep push downs or Tricep extension lbs.        
3 sets of  10 reps reps.        
#7-Standing Lateral/Side shoulder Raises (flies) with DB’s lbs.        
3 sets of  10 reps reps.        

ABS:

ABS–CPTME….SIMPLE 7 for 7 – REFER to my book “AFTER BABY ABS” for an explanation of these exercises and terms
Passive Abs
Sit ups- hands on hammies
Vacuumes!! 10- 10 seconds daily
Knee ups- roman chair are best
Traditional AB crunch
Ball Crunches
Cats/Dogs

Then intervals like these:

Stair mill
15 mins of intervals
hard mins at 8 and 9 easy mins at 6
+ 8 mins on r-bike

Today’s Hormonal Timing (HORMONE CHARTING):
1- what cycle day is it for you? 2
2- what was your weight today?128
3- do you notice any water retention in your body? if yes, where? yes everywhere
4- are there any “other” factors of importance to note about your weight gain or loss today? I am looking leaner every day!! My tummy is shrinking big time! FUN STUFF!!!

BE DETERMINED to reach your goals!! And remember that together we CAN change the world for the better!!! We can help every woman become their best

Love,
Michelle!!!

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.

Today’s workout- 8-25-05


Hello! I had a great workout today (as almost every day:)) So I thought I’d share it with you. I am 11 weeks away from my contest and am “buffing” right now!

Discalimer:
This workout is very intense!!! Do not try this yourself with out being in the proper shape. I have been working up to these weights, volume, speed and intensity level for the past 2 years. Two years ago I would have died if I were to try this exact workout.

Here is my workout from today…
Warm up on Recumbent bike for 5min
Focus is Shoulders then Bi’s then back:
Shoulder Press
95×15
105×8
120×6
120×8
120×8 I wanted to do only 6 reps on these last two sets, but I couldn’t up the weight, because the next weight was 135 and is TOO heavy!
Bicep Curls on Machine-
50×12
50×12
60×10
60×10
W Military- standing both arms at the same time
25#db’sx6x3sets
Hammer curls
25#db’sx8x3sets
Pike abs on bench 2 sets 15 and one set of 15-8side-8side
Cable Curls- both arms at the same time
90×10
90-70-50 x 6-6-6
Upright rows on cable machine using curl bar
70×12
70×12
90×6
90-70-50×6-6-6
Cable later raises
20x10x3sets
20×6
Cable rear delt raises
20x10x3sets
Bicep curls on cable machine flex pose
30×10
40x8x2sets
Lat pulls
wide grip
70x10x2set
Close grip
110×6
120×6
Rows
90×10
110×6
120×6
120×6
Then my interval run on the tredmill:
Every run is at 2% incline unless noted otherwise
5min warm up 4-7.2 mph
min6-10mph
min7-recover-8mph
min8-10 mph @3.5% incline
min9-recover-8mph Heart rate at 9:10 is already 180
min 10- 10mph
min 11- recover 8mph
min 12- 10 mph @ 3.5% incline
min 13 recover 8mph
min 14- 10 mph @ 3.5% incline
min 15-16 recover…I needed extra time to recover my hr was 190 after min 14 interval!!!
min 17- 10mph @3.5% incline
min 18-10 mph @2%
min 19-recover at 6mph
Had to be done…childcare was over!
This workout took a total of 1 hour and 20 min.

Have a Happy Day!
xoxoxo~Michelle