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Not working out makes me stiff…

Not working out makes me stiff…

My last real workout was on Friday, I had done legs. Then Saturday we did some burning, meaning I did some raking, cutting shrubs, throwing logs. But yesterday I literally did nothing. Layed in bed watching tv all day and SHESSH I am so stiff from that today!

Today is cycle day 3, but I opted to go ahead and start buffing with this workout:

warm up bike 5 mins
Bench Press
warm up set 45×20 reps
95×10
105x10x2sets
during rest- Knee ups on bench 15 front/5 rt. side/5 left side 3 sets

Push ups
10 reps x 3 sets on handles (did pigeon toe pikes between each)
during rest-Old School sit ups
25 reps x2sets

Incline Flys
30’sx 10x3sets
during rest-Ball Crunches
15 front/5 rt. side/5 left side 2 sets

Tricep Extensions
50x10x3sets
during rest-Reverse crunches
25x2sets

Kickbacks (tricep)
10’s x 10x 3sets
during rest-Cats/Dogs
5 reps each way x2sets

I really noticed that I have been taking extra time between sets, so I timed it today to be 1 min., need to keep doing that, especially during buffing!

Ran Intervals outside- warm up 4 mins, 1 min uphill, 1 min downhill x 6, cool down mins = 20 mins total

I weighed 140 this morning, but that’s a bit of bloat from the weekend. I’ve been consistently around 138, I expect to see that tomorrow morning.

Here’s my countdown pic for today….84 to go!

Now I need to eat some GREENS, haven’t gotten in any yet today…plan is for a big salad!! YUMMY!!

Have a great evening,

Michelle

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

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Ahhh! Workout Love!

AHHH!!

I am feeling so much better~ got in a good little workout yesterday…It was my First workout since a run on Sunday– did a tiny, light workout. Lat pulls, rows, shoulder press, knee ups, lower back extensions, chest press, calf raises and leg curls. Neck is feeling so much better!! #workoutproof

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I am excited to get in another easy workout completed today. The plan is to do some legs and bike.

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

S2S~ Day 27: Fitness level, weight training and Injuries

Have a happy Saturday!!

Love,

Michelle

 The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

Lovely GOOD Friday

Happy Good Friday!! I love days like today– such an awesome reminder of LOVE and happiness!!

I’m feeling much, much better today! Thanks for all your well wishes about my neck and business thoughts.

Today’s contest post:

MY 6 Daily Goals–

  1. Cycle day- 13 all is good on the hormone front.  I feel clear minded, happy, focused, more healthy and I was hungry this morning when I woke up– Metabolism is alive!!
  2. Weight- 131.0…back down a couple pounds of water weight after getting a bit more active yesterday and staying away from the advil. I expect to be back under 130 by early next week.  This injury won’t keep me from my goals!!
  3. Sexy To do’s- I need to shave today. Also, I think I’ll go tanning again
  4. Workout- I’ll spend a little time at the gym doing some light weight training on the machines.  It’ll be a “therapy” type session
  5. Meal POA- embrace my hunger a bit….I’ve been really a big time baby about being a bit hungry.  The second I’m hungry, I’ll eat.  That’s fine most of the time, but not right now while I’ve been less active and if I want to attain my goal by VEGAS I’ll need to “embrace my hunger” a bit more!
  6. Sexy Actions- Today’s topic for the contest…I’m excited to read some of your ideas.  Hubby’s got Good Friday off, so I think I’ll be able to be a bit more flirty with him and get some “quality” time with him!!

Enjoy the day!!

Love,

Michelle

The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage others!

www.BuffMother.com

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!!!!

Squatting Again!

HI Ya!!

Sorry I missed posting yesterday here in the rally room…I had another busy day.  I wonder sometimes if I’m “manic”, LOL!  I go like a mad woman for a couple days and now today it’s almost noon and I’m still in my bathrobe??  HA! :hehe: Actually, I am so very, very thankful I have a handsome “Sugar Daddy” who works his tail off so I can “PLAY” with my own business, on my farm and as a stay at home mom!  God has really blessed me!  I am at a wonderful place in life and expect it to continue FOREVER!!

Yesterday, I got my SQUAT on!  It’s been a couple months since I’ve done free bar squats.  My new gym doesn’t have a squat rack- only a smith machine.  My squat rack is still at my old house– Here’s a picture I snapped after I squatted and while I was doing dead lifts….and YES, that’s the CUTEST puppy in the world there with me!

All together the leg workout included:

7 sets squats- 45, 95, 95, 115 x4 sets 5 sets knee extensions- 2 super high rep sets single legs x45#, 3 sets with 90 pounds 5 sets dead lifts- 45, 95×10-20 reps 3 sets of mule kick/jumps- from Zuzuka Light’s workout about 100 side jump lunges broken into 2 sets 1 set sumo pushups with a row/twist at top Hip rotations- standing in a lung position rotating hips like a dancer, sort of…  I need to video this!  2sets of 10 one set knee ups for abs

My workout on Monday went great too– Gunner and I lifted chest hard and heavy– my high set was 135×2 reps (didn’t trust him to spot me) and I ran on the treadmill afterward.  even minute intervals 7 for my easy 9 for my hard– during 2 hard mins I did 30 sec at 9; 30 sec at 10.  The incline was at 2 most the time, but I did up it to 2.5 for about 4-5 mins.  During the 20 mins (including warm up and cool down) …I covered 2.5 miles.

Today is running day again… I guess  I need to hit the trail and do hills??  I’ll also be lifting back with Gunner at 3… I should be up for it mentally and physically– it’s cycle day 3 for me today….feeling that buffing mojo coming soon!!  I love BUFFING!!

In other news….

Once I get my updated site up and running, I’ll announce the new contest– hoping for that this week!! Here’s a peek at it under construction–http://buffmother.com/

The new site for now is just the exterior portion for now, but we are going to be transitioning the rally room to a similar format within the next month or 2– it’s gonna be a process, but it’ll be worth the pain as it’ll enable us to grow bigger and for us to communicate easier in the long run!

AND….

I had a little conversation about “insanity” on facebook– thought I’d share– Keep in mind I have NOT done the workouts, but I KNOW They are INTENSE and very HARD!!

What’s your take on Insanity? Have you done it? Would you recommend it and why?

I think it’s good…anything that gets you moving is good. It’s worth doing for a “season” to challenge yourself to another level (not for the rest of your life, lol). Personally I’m not a big fan of the long duration and frequency of intense workouts—Your body needs a day or two between high intensity training like that. Plus, I believe in the long run traditional heavy weight training needs to be the foundation of your workouts…It keeps you YOUNG, strong and in a good HORMONAL place :) Too much “cardio” is catabolic and can leave a person skinny fat. My hour of workout time daily consists of 40-60 mins LIFTING- challenging my muscles to grow and 3-4 times a week I’ll add 20 mins of intervals. It’s effective and efficient and keeps me buff, healthy and happy!
Okay, time to get some food in my BELLY!!-Michelle

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

"All Star" Liz of NJ

“All Star” Liz of NJ

Have you ever been awe inspired by the site of very pregnant woman working out?  Well this story reflects just that!  Liz is a true success story in that she regained a great level of fitness during the third trimester of her pregnancy.  Here is Liz’s final summary for a contest we had in the Team BuffMother Rally Room starting May 2007~

at 29 weeks  At 39 weeks! NOW- 4 months later!

My Reflections on The 10-Week Quest for ConsistencyBy:  Liz of NJBuffMother! Since 2005

At the conclusion of this Quest for Consistency Challenge, I am about to deliver a baby any day now and I am in the best shape of my pregnancy! At the beginning of the QFCC I was at the beginning of my third trimester, not weight training or eating particularly well and had just returned to the Rally Room a couple of months earlier from a hiatus due to remodeling my home. Having been uprooted from my usual diligent routine of weight training 4-5 days a week, I had become complacent about exercise and lacked the necessary enthusiasm for this challenge. I had never participated in a challenge in the RR before and was not sure I was prepared at 7 months pregnant to do so, yet I attempted to “psyche myself up for it [QFCC].” Then fellow BuffMother!, Debra Golding, also pregnant and further along then I, posted that she was doing it and that I should too. I thought to myself, “Well if she’s doing it… how could I not?” She planted a seed and that was all it took. I decided to join in the QFCC and I am so glad I did because I accomplished more that I thought I would in 10 weeks!

My opening thoughts were (as per my blog):

Day 1: “…I’m scared. Consistency is not a strong point of mine: …any break down in my “scheduling” can frazzle or de-rail me.”

Day 2:  “I can do this!!! I feel GREAT! I wish I could bottle this [the excitement & energy]! Rather than worry too much about the outcome, I am just enjoying nourishing & energizing my body.”

What changed from one day to the next was that I walked into the gym with a plan and a mission. The QFCC was so well planned out with time frames, goals, mini-challenges and PMA (positive mental attitude) that it made it easy to “just do it!” I survived the first day back at the gym. My “test times” were not what they once were but I left the gym feeling GREAT!

And so as the QFCC progressed, I picked up steam. At first I was really tired and napped a lot! But as time went on I started feeling energized from my workouts. By week 4 I was hitting “pregnancy personal bests,” some of which exceeded numbers I hit BEFORE I was pregnant. Team BuffMother! encouraged me the entire way and by Week 8 I felt invincible even given “my biggest obstacle to overcome” over the 10 weeks: Almost constant lower back pain. Given this particular obstacle, the mini-challenge that I am most proud of, which I completed 100%, was the “100 lunges each day [for a] week.” I believe that was when I really picked up momentum.

Week 8 was a monumental one during the QFCC because at that point I was gaining in strength beyond what I thought was possible and realized my body’s capabilities were tremendous. I can only relate it to having attained a “runner’s high” because I was going into the gym and stacking on weights with such ease and determination that it was blowing my mind.  Then at the beginning of Week 9, I found the balance that ultimately I am always striving for in my life. I was determined to finish out the QFCC while enjoying the last few weeks before I gave birth.  I intuitively knew I had achieved a powerful lesson regarding my body, its capabilities and my attitude regarding CONSISTENCY: If I could be consistent, realizing that in doing so that my goals are attainable with such a natural flow that do it any other way was an injustice to myself, I could accomplish anything! And that my body is a powerful tool designed by nature to function optimally when nourished and strengthened properly and its driving force is determination and positive mental attitude!!!

Again, what changed my initial attitude regarding this challenge was a BuffMother!, who simply planted the seed of PMA that the QFCC could be done even in our third trimesters. If one simple statement could have such an impact on me that it changed the course of my pregnancy in such a POSITIVE direction, imagine the possibilities of encouraging other women. It is that simple! Michelle Berger has always said,  “The Key to your Motivation is to Encourage Others.” Well the dynamic of what occurred in the Rally Room to encourage me to follow through with this challenge clearly proved that point! I sincerely hope that my involvement in the Rally Room has had even a small positive impact on others compared to the tremendous positive impact the women of the RR have had on my life! Thank you for the 10 most energized & empowered weeks of my pregnancy!

Weekly Consistency Report Final Summary

How many weight/strength training workouts did I complete: average 4 per week

How many cardio/interval training sessions did I complete: average 2 per week

How many days of the week in total did I workout: average 4 per week

What obstacle did I overcome in order to get it done? Lower back pain

Who did I encourage?  BuffMother friends