Phase Two: Week 5. Day 32|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute jump rope 

Workout:

  • Low cable crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute jump rope between sets)
  • Cable Crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb ( 1 minute bench step ups between sets)
  • DB flyes: 3 x 16-20. 20 lb (1 minute squat jumps between sets)
  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 3 x 16-20 , 30 lb (1 minute side to side shuffle between sets)
  • Cable lying triceps extension: 3 x 16-20, 30 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings – 8kg between sets)
  • Triceps pushdown (rope attachment) : 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute goblet squat -30 lb between sets)
  • Cross-body crunches: 3 x 16-20 ( 1 minute running in place between sets)
  • Standing cable woodchop: 3 x 16- 20, 20 lb (1 minute lunge jumps between sets)

Today my knee didn’t hurt much except for the goblet squats, but still got things done in a timely manner and worked up a good sweat. The more reps, I lowered my weight, but it brought on muscle soreness in a different way, really focused on pushing my cardio and also getting through this rep range. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Multiple Personality (Mental Health Awareness)

Thursday is mental health awareness on my blog.

I make it known to you the different kinds of mental health conditions and illnesses that may be overlooked, looked down upon & hope it gives you some insight – if not insight, then some interest in wanting to do your own research. I have always said and will continue to say, I am all for keeping a mental balance, one that is just as important as your physical attributes if not more important. Today’s topic of choice is “Multiple personality”, many of you may have studied this, or perhaps deal with this condition, and myself, has worked with individuals first hand who have this condition and many others. I might not understand 100 percent everything that comes with this, but having learned from watching, from textbooks and online research, I have learned quite a bit. My hope is that my viewers (you) will come forth and share what you know with me and my readers because I always appreciate more information that is current or will help people to understand. 

 

What is ‘Multiple Personality”

Another word for this is “Dissociative Identity Disorder” –

When two or more identities, or personality states are present in and alternatively taking control of an individual. 

 
  • Some individuals can have two and others can have 30.. it all ranges. 

Characterized by a fragmentation, or splintering, of identity rather than by proliferation, or growth of separate identities” PsychologyToday

  • “Certain circumstances can cause or stressors can cause a particular identity to emerge, and the various identities may deny knowledge of one another, be critical of one another or in conflict with one another” psychologytoday

Symptoms:

  • memory loss of specific times, people and events
  • possible out of body experiences
  • depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide
  • detachment from your emotions
  • lack of sense of self identity

Causes:

  • No definite answer but said to have come from trauma (sexual or physical abuse) – developing a way to deal with the trauma
  • combat and natural disasters can cause DID as well

Treatment:

  • Psychotherapies 
  • medications – none of which treat the disorder but can help treat the mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, etc) 

With proper treatment of this disorder, it is said that many can improve their ability to function in their occupation and personal lives. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 31| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

  • 2-3 minute skipping in place

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 6-8. 65 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)
  • DB incline row: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute goblet squats – 30 lb between sets)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 6-8. 120 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between sets)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 6-8. 165 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between sets)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute kettlebell swing – 8kg between sets)
  • Seated barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 40 lb ( 1 minute med ball slam- 10 lb between sets)
  • reverse barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute DB lunge – 20 lb between sets)

My left knee was bothering me today during my workout, can’t say I enjoyed the pain and I didn’t take it easy on myself, but I did decide to add some muscle lotion afterwards and that took the pain away for now, hopefully later I will ice it and just rest up. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman.

Shay-lon xo

Athlete’s Foot (health/injury)

Wednesday Injury/health condition chats. This one might sound familiar to some of you. Have you heard of athlete’s foot? I first heard of it in middle school when a coach of mine was talking to a fellow classmate about it, but to say I have had it, would be a lie but luckily after doing research during college and learning some things, I am now more understanding of what this is. Hopefully this post will be helpful to you as well.

 

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

A fungal infection that effects the skin on the feet and is considered contagious. 

Just an Fyi, it has been known to spread to hands and toenails. 

 

There are more mild cases and some that are very severe – I shown a picture that wasn’t severe, but feel free to look at some of the more severe cases, they can be very scary. 

 

Causes?

 
  • Direct contact from someone who has it
  • touching surfaces contaminated with it
  • Can be found in locker rooms, around swimming pools and in warm & damp areas

Risk Factors:

  • Visiting public places barefoot
  • Sharing socks, shoes or towels with an infected person
  • wearing tight fitted , closed-toed shoes
  • sweaty feet
  • Minor skin or nail injury on your foot
  • keeping the feet wet for prolonged periods of time

Symptoms:

  • itching, stinging and burning between the toes
  • itching, stinging and burning on the soles of the foot
  • Blisters on the feet that itch
  • cracking and peeling skin on the feet
  • dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
  • discolored, thick and crumbling toenails
  • toenails that pull away from the nail bed

Most doctor’s will diagnose this infection by doing a skin test or from the symptoms described

 

Treatment:

  • OTC medications (over the counter)
  • Prescription medications
  • home care – soaking feet in salt water or diluted vinegar to dry up the blisters

Something to keep in mind about Athlete’s foot, is that it can lead to more severe cases if someone is allergic to the fungus or if it goes untreated it can cause other issues with worse consequences. There are other alternatives to ridding of athlete’s foot but the above listed are some of the more popular ways. Be sure to consult with your doctor. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

 

Shay-lon xo

When in doubt .. cream it out..

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Fitness/health Advice Podcast #3

Quality of life

https://soundcloud.com/shay-lonfitnesswonderwoman-moss-fitness-wonderwoman/fitness-health-advice-3

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 30| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute bench step up

Workout:

  • Barbell shoulder press: 4 x 6-8. 65 lb ( 1 minute bench step up after each set)
  • DB shoulder press: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute kettlebell swing – 8kg between each set)
  • Standing DB upright row: 3 x 6-8. 40 lb ( 1 minute sprints between each set)
  • Barbell squat: 4 x 6-8. 135 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between each set)
  • Barbell deadlift: 3 x 6-8. 135 lb ( 1 minute med ball slams- 10 lb between each set)
  • Leg press: 3 x 6-8. 180 lb (1 minute mountain climbers between each set)
  • standing calf raises: 3 x 7-8 ( 1 minute lateral bounds between each set)
  • seated calf raises: 3 z 7-8 180 lb ( 1 minute running in place between each set) 

I struggled on the 2nd and 3rd set of the barbell shoulder press for 65 lb , sometimes only hitting 4 reps .. but the first and last set I hit 6 reps. Both the barbell and DB shoulder press were seated and I struggle with the seated ones vs the standing presses. I have noticed compared to where I was at 45 lb, I am able to lift more weight during this exercise, so this makes me happy. I always happily enjoy the sprints and my barbell squat is getting better overtime , although 135 at 6 reps I was still feeling it. My deadlift form is better than where it was and I able to pick up the barbell much better now when using the proper muscles. Overall today’s workout was very good for a leg day! 

 

P.S I don’t like mountain climbers, but they didn’t hurt as much today as they normally do and didn’t fatigue me as much either. 

 

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. 

 

If you are someone who will need padding for the barbell while performing squats, make sure to check this item out because it will be very useful for you

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YouTube Fitness Collab: Six Weeks To Shreds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqI13tyYLls

This was last week’s video with my fitness collaboration partner – nofilternina, as we discuss our results since the beginning of the program. 

 

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 29|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute step up with knee raise

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press (medium grip): 4 x 6-8. 95 lb and 75 lb ( 1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Incline DB press: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute DB clean- 20 lb between each set)
  • Decline DB bench press: 3 x 6-8, 50 lb ( 1 minute running in place between each set)
  • Dips: 4 x 6-8 ( 1 minute kettlebell swing- 8kg between each set)
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 4 x 6-8, 75 lb (1 minute smith power clean – 75 lb between each set)
  • Smith machine hip thrust: 3 x 7-8, 115 lb (1 minute bench step up between each set)
  • Hanging leg raise: 3 x 7-8. ( 1 minute bench step up between sets)

Keep in mind that if you aren’t yet ready to lift heavier weights using DB, there are smaller DB’s available so you can work your way up: 

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