No Slack on the Holiday

Just because it is St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t mean I slack off.. well maybe I slacked a little bit but not only did I make it to the gym, I had my mom and youngest brother attend with me! Yay! 😀 


My workout was shorter, because I was at the gym for a hour and half unlike my normal 2-4 hour sessions because I didn’t want to hold my family hostage in the name of gains today ❤ 

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 3


  • 70% of 90% of 1RM: 155 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1RM: 175 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1RM: 200 lb, 8 max reps


  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 8-10, 85 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 8-10, 210 lb



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Are You Wearing Green Today?


“St.Patrick’s Day an enchanted time- a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic”

– Adrienne Cook

What is something that you consider lucky that you own? — or what is your lucky #? 


Lifting Weights & Lunch with mom

Caution: Mini Story!

So today’s workout at the gym went well, but not only that, my mom decided to stop in for the second time at the gym this morning — and she got to meet my boss (the owner of the gym) for the first time, which went over very well. Small background on my mom’s fitness journey — she was a softball player all throughout her life practically, even in adult years until her life took a turn (which is how I got started in softball at such a young age because she was my coach for the longest time) and she loved playing but then as time progressed.. it wasn’t until maybe my freshman year of college or a little before that, she decided to join a gym. We both decided on joining Planet Fitness (it was just arriving in our town) and the membership was cheap enough we both could afford it and it was  a  way for me to lose weight at the time and for my mom to keep up with her health & wellness. For the longest time we both worked out at the same times and sometimes together but normally separate workouts, because obviously I was younger and could manage more than she was willing to do at the time. Fast forward a couple of years later and I got hired at the “Anytime Fitness” gym here in my town and that gave me a free membership at my job! yay! well for a while I was making it to both gyms, thinking why not, but soon enough I got sick of going to both and ended up just working out at Anytime Fitness each morning. My mom on the other hand stayed at Planet Fitness and did her own thing but as time went on, she stopped attending the gym all together. Fast forward to now, and here we are, she is now working out again and very happy about it, she misses it and will gradually get back to where she was comfortable and more confident with herself. I am more than proud of her for starting back up again and the fact she will be working out at MY GYM instead of Planet fitness, because I think with me being around, it will continue to motivate her and give her a reason to continue this lifestyle once again. Today was day two of her returning to the gym and she did well, she did a whole hour and a half workout with minimal assistance and tried some new equipment as well. Happy for ya mom 😀


On a even better note, I invited my mom out to lunch after out workout and we decided on Denny’s, which normally I am not a huge fan of because their service sucks and food is “eh” but today, the food was very tasty and customer service wasn’t bad. It was nice to spending time with my mom, we only live one life, so I want to make the best of what I have with people I love when I am able to. Don’t forget to spend time with loved ones 😀


Now back to my workout…

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5


  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 80 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1RM: 95 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 105 lb, 7 max reps ( would have gotten 8 reps, had the bar not hit the brackets)


  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 70 lb
  • DB incline press: 5 x 8-10, 50 lb
  • Barbell reverse bentover row: 5 x 8-10, 100 lb, 70 lb


  • push ups: 5 x 8-10
  • Seated cable low row: 5 x 8-10, 90 lb
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 8-10, 80 lb

Ab workout

  • One arm medicine ball slam: 4 x 20, 10 lb
  • vertical leg raises: 4 x 20

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to a workout I have with someone. They decided they are going to create the workout and I follow suit. 


Making a friend & doing deadlifts

For starters, today was a good workout BUT to add to that, I had a fun conversation with a girl who attends my gym, her fiance does too, but she was working out this morning and had a leg day, it was the day she was starting to use the barbell for squats for the first time in like years .. and she started off with a weight that she felt comfortable with and used a platform to make sure she was hitting the amount of depth she was aiming for and all the while I was watching — I decided she could definitely do more weight, how did I know? because I believed in her and I seen her potential .. I knew she was stronger than she had the confidence to admit and I figured if nothing else, she can give it a go and I would spot her. She decides to take the plunge and up the weight by 20 lb and here I am spotting. She does it, reps it out ONE MORE REP than the second set, I give her a huge high five and let her know I am proud of her. That’s an example of pushing someone to their fullest potential, spotting their opportunity for success & letting them know you believe in them; pushing them to try & having their back win or lose. 


Now back to the Deadlifting part:

  • Conventional deadlifts: 3 x 5


  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 170 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1RM: 200 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 225 lb, 6 max reps 


  • Deficit Deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 160 lb
  • wide stance barbell stiff leg deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 135 lb, 155 lb
  • Kettlebell snatch: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar glute bridges: 5 x 10, 40 lb

Cardio workout:


  • jump rope: 30/45/30 seconds
  • Sprints: 30/45/30 seconds


  • mountain climber: 30/45/30 seconds
  • burpees: 30/45/30 seconds
  • Treadmill (interval training): 15 min total (2 minute run, 5.5 speed, and 1 min walk, 3.5 speed)

Overall the deadlifts went over well, for the wide stance stiff leg, I decided to use my versa gripps (normally my grip is fine) but after doing deadlift after deadlift back to back, I wanted to be sure. Nobody loves burpees, especially me, but I got them done, the run on the treadmill was good. Overall a good workout 😀




Monday Week 10

Day one

Unfortunately I had to do my workout at 8pm at night tonight instead of the early morning because I had  to wait for a car repair that was scheduled to be 2 hours but ended up being 6 hours long .>.< ridiculous but that is my rant for today besides the creepy dude at the gym who scares me. lol. Besides that, it was very weird to workout so late at night— I didn’t like it but I did it because I had to in order to make up for not making it this morning. Hopefully this doesn’t become a regular thing. 

  • Barbell military press: 3 x 5


  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 55 lb
  • 75% of 90/% of 1RM: 65 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 70 lb, 6 max reps


  • barbell bench press, 5 x 5, 110 lb (did 5 reps the first set and 3 reps every set afterwards)


  • Assistance pull ups: 5 x 15, 130 lb
  • cable face pull: 5 x 15, 60 lb


  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 5 x 15, 40 lb



Did a Friday Workout Instead of Saturday

Normally I do my workout on Saturday’s and leave Friday & Sunday as a rest day, but because a co-worker decided to take my shift due to them needing more hours, I decided to make Friday my workout day and made Saturday and Sunday my rest day. The gym was very empty on Friday, which I enjoy. Saturday, I spent it at the movies with a friend; we went to see “Red Sparrow” and then had pizza at a nearby location, it was very good! I ordered two cheesy appetizers that we shared and ended the night on a good note. Sunday I caught up on the “Walking Dead” and got some studying in. 

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 5


  • 40% of 90% of 1RM: 85 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1RM: 105 lb
  • 60% of 90% of 1RM: 125 lb


  • Power clean: 3 x 5. 100 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 5 x 6, 45 lb
  • plie squats (kettlebell): 5 x 6, 20 kg
  • smith machine pistol squats: 5 x 6 each leg, 45 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 6, 110 lb

Cardio workout

  • stationary bike: 20 minutes, level 5, rpm 80+

My pistol squats weren’t great on my left leg — and weren’t my best on my right either but better than the left leg. I haven’t implemented pistol squats in a workout in a while, back in 2017, so probably 6 or more months back and so it is like starting over from scratch again with them — which frustrated me a lot, because I was able to do them smoothly and very well at one point and now I was running out of breath and slacking. I think I might implement them more because I want to get better at them again. My power clean for 100 lb went well, not too bad for 5 reps.



Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women's day

Happy Women’s Day Ladies 🙂


Tell me what “women’s day” means to you?