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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.

I was Attacked!


EEEK! I was attacked and had to use my mace last evening on my run. I was attacked by a dog. Thank God it was just a dog and not a man. BUT-
Always remember saftey first when you are outside walking, biking, running, etc.
Always carry mace. It is light and easy to cary during your outdoor activity and could save your life!

Stay Safe,

Michelle

 

Measurements for success!


Getting in shape takes patience, consistency and TIME!
If you feel like you aren’t getting there fast enough…
You have to find more measurements for your success:

  • Do you feel a sense of accomplishment?
  • Are you increasing your weights at the gym?
  • Are you getting in better shape?
  • Do you have more energy?
  • Are you more mentally focused, less stressed?
  • Are you learning new things?
  • Are you sleeping better?
  • Are your hair, skin, joints, digestive system, etc…more healthy?
  • Are you being a good example to your kids, family and friends?
  • Are you inspiring others to make changes themselves?

There is so much more to all of this than your slow results.
You are doing GREAT!!!
Keep it up and BELIEVE!
-Michelle
p.s Here is my workout today 8-30-05

Chest/Tri’s/Intervals:
Bench press
45×12
95×12 wide
95×12 wide
112×8 normal
bench dips for triceps
2xfailure
Incline smith press
50×12
70x10x2
80×8
50×20
Tricep extensions
45x8x2
35×12
DB Incline Flys
30’sx10
35’sx8x2
Cable flys
20x12x3
Tricep push downs
90×10
110×10
90×15
Intervals
20 min total on Elliptical
Alternated 1 min and 30 second intervals
rest periods of 1 to 1.5 min
This entire workout tool 1.25 hours
I failed to do any abs today:(… I will do them hard tomorrow!!!

Take care, Michelle

P.P.S.

this is part of the “40 days to FIT Challenge!” ~ Day 3

Day #3-FIT tip-

Keep your gym bag, stocked and ready to go in your car at all times. Mine is packed with a set of shoes, socks, extra underwear, a sports bra, lifting glove, a couple magazines, a water bottle, gum, lip balm, gum, hair band and a visor…and don’t forget the MUSIC- I use a pink IPod shuffle.

Please comment for your accountability~ stay focused…38 days left to get FIT!!!