Stiff-legged Deadlifts (Exercise How To)

For my deadlifters out there, this will be another one of those exercises you might enjoy, although I have met some that don’t enjoy this variation, but I, for one like it. If you are looking for way to strengthen those hammies, this is an exercise for you! don’t give up on yourself if you can’t lift heaver weight, no need for it, you could go reckless and rep it out with lower weights and still feel the aftermath of a good leg day workout. 

 

How to perform it:

 
  1. Grasp the barbell using an overhead grip
  2. Stand with torso straight and legs spaced shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent (starting position)  you may also use a narrower stance
  3. keep the knees stationary while lowering the barbell over the top of your feet by bending at the waist & keeping your back straight (continue to move forward until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings while inhaling)
  4. Bring your torso up straight again by extending the hips until you are back at the starting position (exhale while doing so)
  5. repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions. 

What muscles are being worked:

  • Hamstrings
  • back muscles (lower back)
  • glutes

Caution: This exercise is not recommended to those that have back conditions or injuries. Be sure to speak to your medical doctor before performing this exercise. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

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A New Week, A New Thought

Bloggers,

I decided to add another fun topic to my blog because well, I wanted to and because there are some things I think would be fun to talk about with within this category. This specific category will be called “Thinking Out Loud” & I will post it on Sundays! basically this will integrate my thoughts for the week, current events (preferably around fitness/health), my opinions on certain things in the industry, it might talk on my experiences or tell a story, it might be discussing things outside of the scope of fitness/health, it could be about anything really that doesn’t already fit into my other categories (which I will name at the end of this post) so hopefully all of you will enjoy it greatly because I am looking forward to it myself. 

 

ALSO…For those of you who may not follow my soundcloud account, I have decided that I also want to add another category based off of my podcast & it will be “Tuesday Fitness/health advice & tips” so I will continue my podcast series but will be adding this to the blog as well now because I want everyone to benefit from this 🙂 Which this basically is going to be me giving you advice & tips and also be answering questions that maybe people have asked me or have for me now that could be helpful for others. 

 

ALSO, ALSO… My podcast is supposed to have interviews, current events, Q & A on Saturdays, but I have been slacking and yet to do that, so not only will that continue (as soon as I find ways to get that going) but WHEN and IF I have time, I will be adding guest post to my blog (which is nothing new) but haven’t done it in a  LONG time. Yikes! sorry.  but this will take place on Saturday’s or Sundays possibly – the way I will go about it, is I just have a list of over 100 DIFFERENT TOPICS I want to write about written down and some are meant for guest post and some are meant for me to write about – so basically if I come to you about writing something for me, it is because I feel like you could be a good person to discuss that particular topic BUT this does not mean I don’t allow people to write guest post otherwise, because I have had people come to me about wanting to guest post (which is fine) but I am just really picky because this blog is my baby! lol so don’t take offense if I don’t accept your topic or request to write a post on my blog, because I like to be choosy because I worked my ass off on this blog like everyone else on theirs. 

 

ALSO, ALSO, ALSO.. LOL.. I have been doing Review Wednesday’s on YouTube (so yes, I will be adding them to the blog regularly on Wed whenever I do them) 

 

So with this all being said and laid out, I am hoping going into this new year, my blog will continue to grow, and give everyone something to read about that they are interested in no matter what journey they are on as far as fitness/health goes. 

 

Blog Schedule:

 
  1. Monday: Motivation/Inspiration quotes & my workout for the day
  2. Tuesday: Exercise (how to do/I choose an exercise and discuss it), my workout for the day, YouTube exercise videos, & fitness/health tips & advice
  3. Wednesday: My reviews, injury prevention post & my workout for the day
  4. Thursday: Mental health awareness post & my workout for the day
  5. Friday: No blog post
  6. Saturday: Recipes & my workout for the day, possible guest post
  7. Sunday: “Thinking out loud” Sunday post, possible guest post

Podcast Schedule:

  1. Monday: Motivation/Inspiration
  2. Tuesday: Fitness/health advice & Tips
  3. Wednesday: LGBT+ Topics and discussion
  4. Thursday: Recipes (a lot of times I will share this recipe on Saturday’s blog post for recipes so don’t be shocked if they turn out to be the same thing at times because not everyone follows my blog or podcast.. so I want everyone to hear and see the same things)
  5. Friday: no podcast
  6. Saturday: Interviews, Q & A, current events, misc 
  7. Sunday: no podcast

If anyone has any questions about these two schedules, let me know! As far as YOUTUBE goes, my schedule has not been completely made yet, so when I have that organized, I will be sure to post that schedule as well. 

Keep in mind that I work two jobs and I have studies & with holidays coming up and growing my brand, I will be busy and I might miss days of the week or have to post certain topics on other days because I am hella busy like everyone else in the world, don’t get mad at me, I am only human and I will do my best to continue making fun content that engages all of you! I love all my bloggers and readers and appreciate all of you for being my #1’s 🙂

My Social media (Yes, you can follow me)

YES, I do use them all (some more than others) so feel free to add me! otherwise, everyone have a wonderful Sunday!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

 

Shay-lon xo

P.S don’t forget my second blog ... https://gaylesbianme.wordpress.com/

Side Lunge (Exercise How to)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUX6Pz8vV0s

The video above is an older video (2009) but I don’t think side lunges have changed that drastically since then, lol.

Anyways, I chose this exercise because it a simple beginner’s workout that would be beneficial for leg day. Personally I have not implemented side lunges in my workouts, but I still believe it is a good exercise, and from what you can tell by the video, there is no need for weights so it can be done at home with minimal space and equipment. 

 

How to do the side lunge:

 
  1. knees and hips slightly bent, and feet shoulder width apart. Head and chest should be up.
  2. While staying low , take a step to the right while keeping feet facing forward. Extend the left knee, driving your weight to the right side. Flex the knee and hip into a side lunge. Maintain head and chest up & good posture through the spine
  3. Take a brief pause at the bottom of the motion then extend through the working leg to return to a standing position. Then transitioning to a lunge on the opposite side. 

Muscles worked?

  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings (secondary muscle)
  • soleus (secondary muscle)
  • Gatronemius (secondary muscle)
  • Tibialis anterior (secondary muscle) 
  • Transverse abdominus (secondary muscle)

Have you tried this exercise, do you use weights or no weights? leave me comments, follow, like and share!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon xo

Plie Lunge (Exercise How to)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mrk2_HFnZU

Happy Tuesday 🙂

Today I have a fairly easy workout to teach you, it is properly demonstrated in the above video. Many of you have done lunges or seen it performed, but to add some variety, I will talk about the “plie lunge”, for those that aren’t aware, there are many lunge variations. Lunges are a great functional exercise! 

How to perform the movement?

  1. Start by standing feet shoulder width apart.
  2. take either the left or right leg and step sideways behind the other leg on your knee. 
  3. You will do the opposite side – make sure that your back is straight the whole time
  4. repeat for the recommended repetitions. 

So the workout is easier done than said, but a great movement and you can choose to add dumbbells or do it without weights, for beginners I would highly recommend without weights until you are more comfortable. 

 

What muscles are being worked on?

  • Major muscles in your legs

This particular exercise isn’t common, but it does exist. I usually add this exercise to a superset when squatting or I can do it for timed, if necessary. For those of you who have issues with performing lunges, this might not be your favorite exercise. I know I am not a BIG lunge fan myself, but I do however, enjoy plie lunges 🙂 Make sure that if you have any conditions or injuries, you speak with a doctor before performing this exercise.

 

Let me know in the comment section if this is an exercise you have done?  like, comment, share and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

Sumo Deadlift (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ3A_HmfQyk

Hey Bloggers,

Hope all of you had a wonderful fun filled Labor Day! Today is Tuesday, and this brings me to my topic; an exercise how to.

Today’s exercise how to, is another type of deadlift exercise, the “sumo”. Now depending on your stature, this movement is easy for some and harder for others — like myself. I don’t implement sumos in my workout because they always strike me as awkward when lifting and I never feel like I am doing it correctly, even when I am. Doesn’t mean they are useless, because in the above video you will notice he has good things to say about them and I do believe they are necessary, especially for those of you who may be powerlifters. My goal after watching this video is to find a time to really work on doing more sumo lifts so I become more comfortable with them – especially if I have to demonstrate them to clients. 

How many of you like doing sumo deadlifts? 

How to perform a sumo deadlift?

  1. Place the bar on the grounded, loaded with weights. Feet should be set very wide, bend at the hips to grip the bar, arms directly below the shoulders – inside the legs. The grips range from pronated, hooked or mixed grip. 
  2. Lower your hips, look forward with head and chest up. Weight should be on back half of the feet, and drive through the floor – extending through the hips and knees
  3. When the bar passes through the knees, lean back and drive the hips into the bar – while pulling your shoulder blades together
  4. Return the weight to the ground, by bending at the hips and making sure to control the weight. 

So like the romanian deadlift we have spoken about, this is a lot of leg work. 

 

What muscles are being worked?

  • Hamstrings
  • glutes
  • quads
  • inner thigh
  • hamstrings
  • lower back
  • Traps

Overall a lot of leg work and makes for a good leg day workout if you can get the technique down, in my opinion, it is nice to do this to add variety but for basic lifters, it isn’t necessary – but I always say try something different and find out if you like it. Obviously if you have been hurt before and have previous conditions, speak with a doctor before performing this lift. Otherwise, if you enjoyed this post, follow, like and leave comments! thanks!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

Romanian Deadlift (Exercise How To)

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

One of the BIG 3 LIFTS! 

So this lift will be exciting to talk about because I know my blog has some heavy lifters for sure and people who implement this workout on a more daily basis, but if you aren’t someone who has done this particular exercise, don’t fret, today is your lucky day to learn! The above video shows Scott Herman demonstrating it with the barbell, but it can be done with dumbbells (will be discussed in separate post) so, if you don’t have a barbell, this is one of those versatile exercises. The ONE thing to keep in mind is to ALWAYS do this exercise using the correct form and technique or you will end up injured or with unnecessary soreness.  I know I always tell you guys to watch for form and technique, but this one of those exercises it is extremely important because many people do not do this exercise correctly. If you are like me, you should be putting most of the effort in your legs and not so much your back – although you will use your back muscles as well. Pay attention to the above video and the step by step directions. 

 

How to perform the movement:

 
  1. Using a barbell, hold it at hip level, with a pronated grip (palms facing down). Shoulders back, back arched,  and knees slightly bent. Starting position.
  2. Lower the bar by moving your butt back as far as you can, keep the bar close to your body, head looking forward and your shoulders are back. Should end up just below the knee. 
  3. Return to starting position by driving the hips forward and standing up tall. 
  4. Repeat for the recommended repetitions. 

Now this exercise is easier said than done, pay attention to your full ROM and making sure you aren’t compensating in any way that could cause injury. I obviously recommend for beginners, using the bar only and if the 45 lb bar is too heavy, try using the 35 lb bars or using a body bar. 

 

Muscles being used:

  • Hamstrings
  • Quads
  • hip flexors
  • glutes
  • back muscles
  • abdominal muscles help keep you from folding in half 

So for those of you who do this deadlift, what is your max? 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

P.S I have actually spoken to Scott Herman on Instagram! lol 

Man-Makers (Exercise How to)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMNnvhg1JcM

 

I call these WOMAN MAKERS! 😀 

It is probably obvious why I call them “Woman makers” instead, basically because I am female and I am cool like that; but don’t get offended men, because they are formally called “man-makers”. 

Now the majority of you are probably thinking “WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS THIS” and I don’t blame you because in ordinary gyms, you don’t normally see this workout being performed BUT in a CrossFit gym, oh yeah this workout is being done like no tomorrow baby, lol. I would know.. just ask me how 🙂

If none of you have tried this particular exercise, look out because it is no joke and no easy movement and imagine having to do this timed (having to get so many done in under a certain time) – yes I was THAT person. I however, used about 20-25 lb dumbbells .. so that didn’t make my job any easier and some people use heavier than that and others go lighter – doesn’t matter because this workout isn’t easy. I will start by saying that this workout is performed differently depending on the CrossFit box and who is teaching you, so don’t be alarmed by the video up top, some people perform it this way and others add other things to it but this video will give you an idea on how to perform the movement, good luck 🙂

How Do You Perform A ‘Man-Maker’:

  1. Start with positioning a pair of dumbbells (that you know will be easy for you to do with this movement) in front of you, parallel to each other.  You will want to keep your back flat, bend forward, and squad down grasping the dumbbells. 
  2. Initiate the movement by kicking one leg back and the other so that you are in the push up position while holding onto the dumbbells. You will do a one-arm row on each side (bring the elbow up as high as you can)
  3. Hop with your weight forward and rise up by cleaning the weights (bring dumbbells up to shoulder level), descend into a squat, and explosively rise up, then press weights overheard to full arm extension. 
  4. you will lower the dumbbells back to shoulders, then bend over as you squat down to return the weights back to the floor in front of you
  5. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

As you can tell this movement can be highly difficult for beginners and with few steps, there is still a technique involved so that you minimize injury. The important part not choosing too heavy of dumbbells to do this movement because that can be the DIFFERENCE between hurting yourself and making it all the way through. 

 

What Muscles Are Worked:

  • Quads
  • obliques – to a lesser degree
  • shoulders
  • biceps
  • groin
  • chest
  • traps
  • forearms
  • abs
  • calves
  • middle back
  • triceps
  • lower back
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • hip flexors 
  • and outer thighs
  • lats

As you can tell it targets a lot of the body and muscles – because this exercise is considered a total body exercise and calisthenics workout. You really will feel this exercise throughout the body and while I don’t recommend beginners to do this exercise without first trying it with very low weight, I do recommend implementing it to your workout for those who need a good total body day! 

A good challenge with these is to see how many you can do in under 1 minute or under 2 minutes if you feel like a warrior 🙂 I had to do them within 2-3 minute ranges and on a bad day, sometimes 4-5 minutes intertwined with other workouts. 

 

Hopefully all of you are feeling extra adventurous and if so, I want to hear how many you did under that 1 minute or 2 minute 🙂 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 
 
 

Zercher Squats (Exercise How to)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpy4ADmlo1E

In dedication to my leg day today, let’s talk about the “Zercher Squat”.  How many of you have heard of this type of squat? How many of you have performed it? Well, in all honesty, I have only done it once before and it was utilizing the smith machine. I am no pro at this squat by any means, but it was worth giving a shot. Now depending on your fitness level, you will either be able to do this movement with little to no issues or will suffer and end up walking away from it – for me, I did it with minimal issues but it wasn’t the most comfortable movement in my opinion & watching the video link you will see why. 

If you are looking to go out of your comfort level and try something new, this will be something fun and unique to add to your leg day, but if you aren’t someone who can squat then this isn’t the right exercise for you. With this being said, let’s find out how to perform this exercise the proper way. 

 

How To Perform it:

 
  1. Set the bar on the rack that best matches your height (above the waist, below the chest)
  2. Lock your hands together, placing the bar on top of your arms between the forearm and upper arm
  3. Lift the bar up so that is rest on your forearms
  4. position legs shoulder width apart (after stepping away from the rack) with toes slightly pointed out. Maintain a straight back and keep your head up at ALL times. 
  5. Lower the bar by bending the knees, until you reach a 90 degree angle, while keeping the back straight (you will be inhaling at this time)
  6. Raise the bar as you exhale, pushing the floor with the ball of your foot.
  7. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

What Muscles are being worked on:

  • Quads
  • glutes 
  • hamstrings
  • biceps
  • strengthen abs
  • build traps 

Overall Opinion:

I feel as though this exercise will help build your front squat and can be useful in adding some variety in your workout, it takes some time getting used to the odd placement of the arms on the bar, but if you can get past that, you will notice it really works those lower body muscles. 

 

For beginners, I wouldn’t recommend, unless you have a professional around to guide you and if you do decide to do this movement, it is safe to use lower weight until you get the form and technique down. Also, if you have any prior injuries or conditions, make sure to speak to your doctor before getting started. 

 

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DB Step Ups (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPyrLw2xJl0

I have another exercise for you, one that many of you that probably have done or either would be interested in implementing in your workout program. The above video and link is of me doing this exercise, using a very low weight and low platform (for the sake of the video). 

 

How To Do DB Step Ups:

 
  1. While holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand up straight. 
  2. Place either the right foot or left foot on the elevated platform. Step on the platform by extending the knee and hip of the chosen leg, using the heel to lift the rest of the body up, the place the opposite foot on the platform as well. You will want to be exhaling at this time
  3. Step down with the opposite foot you step up on, by flexing the hip and knee of the leg that is opposite of you coming down while inhaling. Then allow the leg to meet the other leg on the floor side by side.
  4. You will repeat this on the right or left leg first and then switch to the opposite one for the same repetitions. 

This is a good cardio exercise as well as one that will tone those legs. I typically did this exercise for a whole minute or sometimes two minutes. 

 

What muscles are being worked:

  • Quads
  • glutes

Definitely something to get that heart pumping!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Decline Smith Press (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NFaQtUBYEk

Hey Bloggers!

Today is Tuesday, and this means I have some awesome workout videos to share with you and some exercise talk. The above video link is of myself at the gym the other day and I had to come up with an alternative to the decline smith press because the decline bench was in use by someone else – down below I will be explaining this exercise as if someone is using the actual decline bench. 

 

How To Do The Decline Smith Press:

 
  1. You will want to place the decline bench underneath the smith machine (make sure it is lined up in the center) & place the barbell at the height you can reach when you lying down and arms are fully extended. Use a pronated grip, making sure it is wider than shoulder width apart, unlock the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with arms extended (starting position)
  2. While inhaling, lower the bar allowing the elbows to flex 
  3. Pause, bring the bar back up by extending the elbows and exhaling while doing so. 
  4. Repeat the movement for the recommended amount of repetitions
  5. When finished with the set, lock the bar on the rack

Keep in mind this is going to seem awkward at first and if you aren’t used to it, use a lower weight to make sure you have your form and technique down. I like using the smith machine for the decline bench because it is easier to control. 

 

What muscles are being used:

  • Chest
  • Triceps

Overall thoughts:

I don’t implement this variation very often in my workouts, and while it isn’t my favorite, I still believe that it can be useful. However when someone does not have a decline bench, there are other ways to get it done depending on your comfort level, in my video, I am shifting my body in a decline but if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you can use weight plates underneath the flat bench so that it is at a decline as well. 

 

Do you do the decline smith press or use a barbell? 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo