Squat Challenge- FINAL DAY! :) I DID IT!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGWkq6GTcUQ

Hey everyone! 

Today was my LAST DAY OF THE SQUAT CHALLENGE! I conquered it, the unbelievable 250 reps, I did it! I fucking made it! I started off now knowing if I would even get past 50, I had no game plan and I thought to myself, I wanted to reach at least 100, and call it a day, but when I reached 100, I realized, the fire was still in me and decided to continue on! 

This challenge was hard, it was mentally hard because every chance I had, I could have quit if it wasn’t for the competitive edge in me – if it wasn’t the constant reminder that I want to know what it feels like to finish something like this. Many days I did this after leg day workout and fuck did it hurt like all hell, but I pushed through, I wish you could have seen the videos from the beginning up to now and how I have changed the pace and changed the amount of rest between reps, everything I did for this challenge made me realize something about myself and i am very proud of how far I have come! 

Tomorrow is the FIRST day for those that signed up for the squat challenge, you will all receive an email from me when I wake up. When you are finished with your reps, you may send them via video, or just email me back , letting me know that you finished them, I am keeping track of everyone’s personally, so when this challenge happens again, you will know where you left off and what you need to beat 🙂 

For those that missed out on the rules of this challenge, please click here

If you have not already signed up and would like to sign up, please email me at: Shay.moss19@gmail.com 

it is free and will be worth your while, it doesn’t matter how far you go, just do your best, and I am wishing all of you the best of luck!

Who will make it to 250 reps like I did, LOL.  Looking forward to finding out 🙂 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

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The Last Day Of January Workout – Woot!

Hey FitFam, Happy Tuesday! 

The last day of January, and we have some fun events coming up in Feb — starting tomorrow. If you haven’t yet signed up for the squat challenge, please email me at Shay.moss19@gmail.com that way I know who all is participating, it is free, click here

for the rules.  I can very excited to see how far all of you get with it and how much it will challenge you 🙂 Good luck to all the participants. 

 

Today’s workout was an upper body workout with some abs, and I finished up with my final reps of the squat challenge (which I will post a video and upload to YouTube here soon) 

 

Workout Session:

Superset:

 
  • Reverse DB flyes: 3 x 10, 10, 8. 40 lb
  • Front DB raises: 3 x 10, 10, 8. 30 lb

Superset:

  • lateral DB raises: 3 x 8, 8, 6. 20 lb
  • DB “Y” press: 3 x 8, 8, 6. 30 lb

Superset:

  • DB shoulder press: 3 x 10, 30 lb
  • Overhead plate press: 3 x 10, 25 lb

 

  • Crunch machine: 10 x 10, 70 lb
  • Face pull: 3 x 8, 8, 6. 2 x 20 lb, 1 x 25 lb
  • Pull ups (no assistance): 3 x 8, 8, 6
  • Bodyweight squats: 250 reps

If you are interested in looking at any of my other workouts, please click here

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxx

If You Are New To Fitness..

In Case The World Forgot…..

 

I do still make post that don’t have my workouts attached. Let’s be honest, the majority of people who aren’t into fitness, think it is stupid, waste of time, don’t understand it, don’t give a shit or were misinformed, they tend to to think fitness is about “showing off muscles”, over-confident assholes, girls who have fake tits on the cover of sports illustrated, men who are meatheads and talk about lifting but don’t have common sense and feel as though we go around bragging about our bodies and how much we can lift in order to make ourselves feel better. When I mention anything about working out, or fitness to someone who doesn’t participate in those activities, I get the complaint, the look of “wow.. yeah, I don’t workout.. not my thing”, the comment “eh.. I would much rather smash my face with food” and while I don’t mind those particular people and respect their feelings toward fitness, I want them to know, being hip to being a healthier person doesn’t have to mean all those stereotypes I get boxed in. 

 

Sure, we have the occasional assholes who think they are better than everyone else at the gym, the occasional “bitch” who seems to think because she is in shape, she can talk shit about the girl on a journey and the pretend trainers who think they know everything about fitness because they watch YouTube videos and their favorite celebrity icon is Arnold. WOW! — yeah.. those people might suck, but guess what? we also have people like myself who don’t have to pretend to know shit, because if I know it, I say it and if I don’t I find out, I don’t think I am better than anyone at the gym because GUESS WHAT? I’m not. I don’t talk shit about the girl/guy on their fitness journey because I used to be on mine and probably had the same people talking shit about me. It seems like we are a rare bunch, but really we aren’t; there is more of us out there and many of us can’t stand when people think highly of who we are because we are human just like you, we didn’t come out the womb with a 6 pack and a nice ass – we started from the beginning too. Sure, I don’t know what it is like to be you, and you don’t know what it is like to be me, all you see is it what I look like and assume that I have no bad days because I carry a confidence about me that I don’t allow to fall victim to people’s negative vibes – this could be you, but instead you are giving up, you are doing exactly what people do to you, to me by assuming that my story is any less important than yours and giving me shit about being fit to excuse your choices and wrong turns in life. 

 

So to help you out and get you thinking outside of the box – if you are new to fitness:

 
  • Give everyone a chance to tell you how they can relate to your journey instead of pretending that you are the only one with a soap box- who knows, you might just be shocked to hear some of our journeys. 
  • Don’t judge me for choosing to be healthy and choosing to work my ass off for the body I have (you have no idea how long it has taken me and I will be damn if you choose to make me feel like shit about it) INSTEAD.. how about you get to know me as a person instead of judging me for what I look like and the amount of time I spend inside a gym. 
  • Get rid of the negative people holding you back from feeling good about yourself, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE CONFIDENT, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. 
  • Don’t stay complacent, always strive for more. There is always room for progress mentally and physically (just cause you met your goal of losing 5 pounds doesn’t mean you stop doing what you are doing) – it means aim for new goals (appropriate goals, realistic goals) 
  • Develop a learning mindset instead of a know it all mindset. Don’t get mad at helpful criticisms, people normally want to help, not make you feel dumb.  
  • stop whining. Seriously, we get it.. you were a child who got made fun of, so have many people, you were in shape and drank too much and gained weight, we got it. No need to throw it in our faces to make us feel bad, seriously.. we respect what you went through but I don’t care about your past, let’s focus on what you are going to do about it now. Tell me your story but don’t throw it in my face when shit starts to get hard and you want to give up, because guess what? many people have been through some shit, your’s is not the worse case scenario. It is okay to go through dark times, and cry, and be mad.. but don’t make me feel like the monster who did it to you.. because I am only here to be supportive and help. For ex. “You have no idea what I have been through.. blah blah blah..” chances are I have been through some shit too, just different story. 
  • Don’t go into fitness comparing your results to other people’s results= this will end in disaster and make you even more anxiety ridden. This isn’t about competing against another person, this is about making yourself happy with yourself. 
  • To get your body right, have to have your mind right – balance is important. You might be strong physically but are you strong mentally.. this makes a difference, trust me. You might be lifting 500 lb squats but if you don’t have a good mindset , you won’t lift it.. because you don’t believe in yourself nor your capabilities and you have allowed your mind to keep your body from achieving. 
  • Don’t worry what others think of you, because chances are, they aren’t paying you any attention in the first place – if they are, they aren’t doing what they need to be doing (which is focusing on their own journey)
  • Don’t talk to us (people in the fitness industry)  like we are gods/goddesses, we aren’t. We enjoy compliments, but don’t forget we are human too, we have flaws, we have bad days and we struggle just like you do and when I am PMSing, I get bloated too, our abs don’t keep us from dying ya know.. we are HUMAN 🙂 
  • Don’t worry about lifting the heaviest weights and running the furthest distance – do you. Whatever you can do, do it and do it well.

If you want respect from us, respect us. Not all of us are the same, and I sure the hell don’t want to be a stereotype, I am Shay-lon and if you want to stereotype me to make yourself feel good, then do it, but don’t be shocked when you find out I don’t meet your expectations. Fitness isn’t about being the strongest, fastest, most athletic person in the world, fitness is about finding that burning desire to create something amazing out of yourself and conquering the very thing that kept you from starting in the first place. If you don’t know what fitness is about, the find out.. from someone who does. 

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

Squat challenge, 240 reps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLeh5SLgc3A

Hey! make sure to sign up for my squat challenge by Feb. 1st 🙂 send me an email to Shay.moss19@gmail.com if you are interested and let me know! I would love to keep everyone active and productive and help motivate you through it 🙂 The rules are posted on a previous blog post Here, so make sure to look them over! I hope it turns out fun!

 

Tomorrow is my LAST DAY OF THE SQUAT CHALLENGE! woot woot! it has been real fun and a learning experience for sure, my legs have thanked me. Remember to share, reblog, like and leave comments. I would love if everyone could share my squat challenge with their peers, so everyone can participate in this wonderful challenge! 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, email me. I am so excited for Feb 1st to see how everyone does on their challenge through the month of February. Thank you for the continued support on my social media and blog as well.

 

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more videos! 

 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx

Long Damn Week, Back to normal Hours, back to gym.

Happy Monday FitFam!

Finally January is coming to an end and the only reason I am happy about this is because finally I am not working another 60 hours in Feb. lol. which means I get TIME to actually get things done, the weather is getting closer to spring/summer and that excites me and because valentine’s is around the corner and this will give me a chance to drink wine.. lol.

Oh and I have a friend who has a birthday and I GUESS I will be celebrating it with her, so.. I mean Feb, seems like a good month besides having to pay rent. LOL. 

 

So to kick it off on a Monday, I did a workout at the gym this morning (woke up on time) and got there when it wasn’t busy, yay! My workout today went fairly well, I made it a full body workout day, although I did more work on the legs because I haven’t had an actual leg day in awhile and that isn’t good because things seem to go away when you stop training muscles. Nothing was “too heavy” today, I wanted to stay within 60-70 percent of my 1RM for many exercises. I also thought I would announce, I LOST  a fun 3 pounds! hahahaha. that is great, right? now I weigh 144 lb:) ( I am 5’8) , but with my weight loss came muscle loss, and not so fun, but that is alright, I will pump some iron and get it back in no time. 

 

If you remember me talking about the “weird” man who watched me the last time I was the gym, well, he was there again today and this time, he was less creepy, or at least trying to conceal it.. so I wouldn’t notice. I suppose I am only worth watching when I am doing overhead presses of 50 plus pounds haha. — jk, but I was relieved he decided to not stop and stare today. He must only watch me on certain days of the week. LOL. Anywho, tomorrow is my last squat challenge day! YAY! so happy! it has been a blast (but that is for another blog post) 

 

Anyways, don’t forget to sign-up for my squat challenge, by Feb 1st. 🙂 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Smith machine squats: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8. 1 x 55lb, 1 x 75lb, 2 x 87 lb
  • smith machine lunges: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8. 1 x 15 lb, 1 x 35 lb, 2 x 55 lb
  • Bench press (neutral grip): 4 x 8. 1 x 70 lb, 3 x 42 lb
  • smith machine bentover rows: 4 x 8. 3 x 65 lb, 1 x 75 lb
  • Cable kickback: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8. 1 x 10 lb, 1 x 15 lb, 2 x 20 lb per leg. Superset with Curtsy lunge: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8
  • Cable curls: 4 x 8. 20 lb. Superset with Cable upright rows: 4 x 8. 20 lb
  • Leg press: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8. 1 x 70 lb, 1 x 90 lb, 2 x 110 lb
  • leg extension: 4 x 12, 10, 8, 8. 2 x 70 lb, 2 x 90 lb
  • pull ups: 4 x 8 (no assistance/ stopped at 6 and finished with the 2 each time) 
  • bodyweight squats: 240 reps (I will post the YouTube video next post) 

Today’s workout was a longer than I anticipated but that is okay, I got through it and needed a longer workout to make up for the lack of days I missed because of my work schedule being so long. Hopefully all of you started your Monday off with some productivity! feel free to try out some of these exercises and share your workouts me in the comment section. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

Gym Workout – Jan. 26th

Gym, Sport, Fit, Fitness, Bless You

Hey FitFam, 

I woke up later than usual today due to a phone conversation last night that seemed to last longer than I would have expected but it was well worth it until I woke up and realized how tired I still was – ugh. I swear I looked at my alarm clock (yes I use an alarm clock and not my phone because I am still somewhat in the 90’s lol) and realized is it really after 10am .. do I need to go to the gym today; then realized I had promised someone I would post a video of me doing my squat challenge today since I am feeling much better in the female department — next time I will not make any promises so I can sleep in instead, lol. jk. 

 

Oh and let’s not forget, there is this certain blogger who keeps reminding me about having to do pull -ups, I won’t speak his name or anything because I don’t want all of my blog followers to bring torches to his page, but yeah he is also the reason for my going to the gym today. LOL  but seriously.. I am glad he reminds me, because we have this small challenge going on and it has helped me develop my pull ups 🙂 

 

On to the good stuff, but WAIT! Yes, I did have a YouTube video for today and will post the link and what not in the next blog post for all the world to see, please subscribe to my YouTube channel, I love feedback and positive vibes or criticisms. I have a fun announcement to make in my next blog post as well, which hopefully will get people excited with me! be on the lookout for that! 

 

Now on to the good stuff…. 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Bench press (narrow grip): 3 x 10, 1 x 55 lb, 1 x 70 lb, 1 x 80 lb. Superset with Pull ups: 3 x 10 
  • Overhead triceps extension: 3 x 10, 20 lb. Superset with smith machine one arm upright row: 3 x 10 per arm , 25 lb
  • Triceps Pushdown: 3 x 10, 1 x 40 lb, 1 x 50 lb, 1 x 60 lb. Superset with Low row (narrow grip): 3 x 10, 1 x 55 lb, 1 x 70 lb, 1 x 85 lb
  • Kneeling Triceps extension: 3 x 10, 1 x 15 lb, 1 x 20 lb, 1 x 25 lb Superset with Cable rope curls: 3 x 10, 1 x 20 lb, 1 x 25 lb, 1 x 30 lb
  • Bodyweight squats: 230 reps 

So this probably looks like a short workout, but when you consider it being done as supersets, it isn’t as easy as it looks after all. I had a wonderful time during my workout and as I am typing, i can feel the soreness coming from a good workout today. I PR in my bench, which was nice. I went from a good 70 lb struggling to do 10 reps, to now 80 lb with 10 reps! I love that, my goal is 100 lb by the end of Feb, so hopefully that increases. If anyone does any of these exercises or does this routine, please leave me a comment letting me know what you think of it, love hearing from all of you. Thanks for reading.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxx

So am I an Athlete Yet?

So this post had me thinking about some things, I mean I guess it is assumed anyone who workouts and does fitness is an athlete, right?I am not so sure anymore. When reading her post it out some thought in my mind about this term. Seems more people these days call themselves “athlete” but for what reason? and what does it take me to be considered an athlete. I believe some people use it for the title.. but maybe I am wrong. This gave me a blog post idea to write about in response to this bloggers post! thank you for this post 🙂

The Hangry Runner

I read a post on a Facebook page that I follow and the poster made an interesting statement: they said that all athletes are runners but not all runners are athletes.  Their reasoning was based on an obstacle course that they had recently participated in.  Along with the other competitors, there was an elite-level ultra runner.  This poster beat the elite which they interpreted as being in superior physical condition.

So naturally I got thinking about that.  There are quite a few assumptions that this person was making, not the least of which was that the elite was trying to win or at least push themselves to the max.  For all we know, they were just there to try something different.

There is also the assumption that the elite runner were in prime condition.  They could have been nursing an injury or an illness.  Or maybe they lack upper body…

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Working out in the gym Jan. 25th

Fitness, Sport, Athlete, Illustration

Hey FitFam! 

Guess what? I made it to the gym again today, which means all of you get a new set of exercises to try, win-win situation. I have also noticed the gym has died down some since New Year’s, which is good for me, because I don’t have to wait for every machine or make room to do my free weight workouts. Although, I attend the gym in the mornings so, not sure what the evenings look like. Has anyone else realized their gym dying down in numbers? not as crowded. as the beginning of the year. 

 

Heads up to https://culturalatheist.wordpress.com/ (Braddahr) – I again didn’t get to my pull up exercise because it was taken over. With that being said, there is always tomorrow

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Plate side bends: 5 x 20, 25 lb Superset with Seated Russian Twist: 5 x 20, 45 lb plate
  • Jackknife sit up: 5 x 20 Superset with Decline sit up: 5 x 20
  • Straight leg hip raise: 5 x 20 Superset with Toe Touches: 5 x 20
  • Goodmorning: 3 x 10, 40 lb Superset with DB stiff-leg deadlift: 3 x 10, 70 lb
  • Vertical crunches: 5 x 10 Superset with planks: 5 x 30 seconds 

This was a short workout routine, but definitely a good ab workout and I enjoy working my core muscles. The added hamstring exercises felt really good to do as well and you don’t have to use heavy weights to do them. The hardest ab workout superset I did was probably the “Jackknife sit up/ decline sit up” it had been sometime since doing the jackknife and it was difficult for the first couple of sets but I continued to do it and it got easier when I took my time and didn’t try to rush through it and it definitely gave me a burning sensation. The decline sit up is a good exercise and offers a challenge to those that want something different. If you want to add weights, you can or you can make into a decline sit with a overhead press, depending on how hard or easy you want it. I am typically really good at doing sit ups and crunches, but the decline sit up challenges me in ways that allows me to feel the full contraction at the top (which I love). 

 Oh and I PR’d – I went from using a 25 lb weight plate for seated russian twist to now 45 lb weight plate (this made me really happy) 

I hope all of you have had time to try my past exercises if not the whole routine and continue working on self and self appreciation for what you are capable of – you may not believe you can do any of this, but you will be so proud of yourself when you see how much you can do and more! thank you for reading.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

 
 

Long hours at work but made it to the gym

FitFam Tuesday, 

 

Hello fellow bloggers, yesterday I had mentioned that I did not make it to the gym, I decided to catch up on some sleep, study and work on my social media projects in order to get somewhat ahead. I had warned all of you that last week and this week would be very busy weeks for me since I picked up many hours at work. I received my schedule for next month, and I will be back at my old schedule (yay!), ALSO, thank you to those that watched and commented on my video from yesterday. I appreciate the feedback and positive words. Today I did so happen to make it to the gym, and this would be the day for me to do squats for the challenge, but I am going to wait until my pmsing goes away because squatting is uncomfortable for me otherwise. Sorry. I did however do an upperbody workout and did very well today in my opinion. 

 

The weirdest thing happened to me today at the gym, while working out, this man was watching me, he watched me for about 30 minutes straight and I am not sure why, maybe it was because he thought he knew me, maybe because I was doing an exercise that caught his attention or possibly because he had nothing better to do, not sure. Anyways, I found it to be weird , lol not to mention I could see him the whole time watching me as I am looking at the mirror and looking at him, to see if maybe it would throw him off, but nope he continued – just thought I would share that story. lol. 

 

On the other hand, here is my workout I accomplished for today:

 

Workout Session:

 
  • lat pulldown (narrow grip): 3 x 15, 55 lb Superset with Cable crossover: 3 x 15, 20lb
  • Lat pulldown (narrow grip): 3 x 10, 70 lb Superset with Cable curls: 3 x 10, 25 lb
  • Lat pulldown (narrow grip): 3 x 8, 85 lb Superset with Cable upright row: 3 x 8, 25 lb
  • One hand cable row: 5 x 6 ea. 25 lb Superset with overhead press: 5 x 6, 50 lb
  • one arm cable pull: 5 x 6 ea. 15 lb Superset with overhead press: 5 x 6, 50 lb
  • One arm upright row: 5 x 6 ea. 15 lb Superset with straight bar bentover row: 5 x 6, 50 lb
  • Triceps dips: 2 x 15
  • Pushups: 2 x 6

Thanks for reading, feel free to give this workout a go, or share it among friends/family. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx