Week Five|Day Three – Nothing but CARDIO!

Today, I decided to share a cardio workout I created for myself. I don’t typically show my full blown cardio workouts, but I had someone assume that I don’t usually do more than 5 minutes worth of cardio on my lifting days, and while that is true to a certain extent, it doesn’t mean I don’t do cardio for longer than that. I kind of keep my cardio workouts a secret (besides the ones you see on this blog or social media) because I feel like they are different enough where I don’t want to give out all my secrets just yet – not to mention, there is a BIGGER purpose to everything I post and don’t post when it comes to fitness/health, so I don’t want to give everything away. This particular cardio routine is very basic & seemingly easy compared to other cardio days. I finished it, so that is what matters & my legs are sore. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Jump rope: 30/30/30 seconds
  • Jumping jacks: 30/30/30 seconds

I did jump rope for 30 then jumping jacks for 30 back and forth without stopping for 3 sets. 

 
  • Jump rope: 45/45/45 seconds
  • Jumping jacks: 45/45/45 seconds 

Again, I did jump rope for 45 seconds then jumping jacks for 3 sets without a break

 
  • High knees: 30/30/30 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 30/30/30 seconds
 
  • high knees: 45/45/45 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 45/45/45 seconds 

no breaks between the high knees and mountain climbers for 3 sets

 

Sprints (10 times)

  1. 30 seconds
  2. 45 seconds 

I did 30 second sprints the 45 second sprints with NO break between, after the 45 seconds I would take a 1 minute break and start again for a total of 10 times I did this! The sprinters for 40 yard dash 🙂 

 
  • Jump rope: 1 minute
  • Jumping jacks: 1 minute
 
  • High knees: 1 minute
  • mountain climbers: 1 minute
 
  • Stationary upright bike: 3 minutes, level 20 resistance 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

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Whole Foods VS Walmart

I figured this would be a fun little discussion between two grocery stores. The reason why I chose these two is because: 1) whole foods is known to be one of the better stores to have healthier options, 2.) most people know what a “Walmart” is and it is another grocery store that is popular among Americans. Both of these grocery stores have pros and cons and some of you might shop at one or the other or both depending on your needs and finances. 

 

My town does not have a Whole Foods store, but we do have a Walmart – two of them. I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart because of it being constantly busy, sometimes the people piss me off (this is just honesty) and I live closer to a Kroger store but I will shop there for my feminine products and minor grocery depending on what it is. When I resided in Colorado Springs (I now reside in Ohio) I would go to Whole foods just for the burritos they made, so good! yum! but never actually shopped at a Whole Foods Store. The closest Whole foods to me would be about a hour or so away, so not too bad. 

 

Keep in mind this blog topic isn’t meant to make one out to be BETTER than the other – but to give perspective and start an engaging conversation as to why you shop at one or the other, or both! Maybe you don’t shop at either one of these stores, and if that is the case, share what store you prefer and why! This will be from my own perspective/data and also from research! 

 
 

Walmart:

Pros:

 
  1. They pride themselves with “Always low prices”
  2. Price matching
  3. newspaper ads, online presence
  4. During the holidays some of them offer layaway
  5. You can buy food, clothing, electronics, furniture, misc, household cleaning supplies, etc – in other words, ONE STOP SHOP! 
  6. they typically have restaurants inside them, so if you get hungry
  7. Their locations are vast
  8. huge employer
  9. most have a vision place to get exams, eyeglasses, contacts
  10. most offer a tire/lube place to have your vehicles tires replaced or oil change
  11. instore pick up or ship to home option
  12. Some might add the entertainment value (all sorts of society shop at Walmart) for a while there was a site or YouTube channel called the “people of Walmart”
  13. offers a credit card
  14. Typically attracts other businesses when a new Walmart comes to town
  15. Self check out option
  16. They accept EBT, debit/credit, checks, cash, Walmart gift cards, etc as a form of payment
  17. Typically open 24 hours
  18. Great Value brands for cheaper prices
  19. Gives towards charity
  20. They bake cakes for special occasions

Cons:

  1. Typically has one or two registers open – so either have to use the self check out or wait in long lines 
  2. Whenever I have gone to a Walmart and needed help finding a particular product, 95 percent of the time the employee didn’t even know what it was, didn’t know where it was located within the store
  3. I have found where they mark something down on a tag and it is the same price as the regular price
  4. I am not a huge fan of their produce area 
  5. I have been told the pay rate sucks as an employee there (depending on where you live)
  6. Their pricing of clothing isn’t that much cheaper than shopping someplace else with better quality (in my opinion where I reside)
  7. The cashiers always seem in a sad or bad mood whenever I’ve been there. lol I have had some rude ones too! 
  8. I don’t like their quality of beef or chicken 
  9. Sometimes the great value price is higher than the name brand
  10. People drive like maniacs through their parking lot — this is just from my own experience 
  11. It’s a huge store, many times you have to go from one end to the other to get everything you need – so if you are ever in a rush for time, this is probably not your go to

Now this whole pro and con list is again from my experience and different research I’ve done, be sure to add your own opinions to either list! 

 

Whole Foods

Pros:

  1. Good for college students who are need of a job (research says many college students work here to earn extra income)
  2. Supposedly great medical insurance 
  3. Quality products 
  4. Most if not all of them offer a salad bar, food kitchen area to have food made out for you to go or stay and eat
  5. surrounded by people who like eating healthier food options
  6. Educates people on healthy eating
  7. Variety of food products
  8. All meat sources at Whole foods is said to be raised without hormones or antibiotics 
  9. Gluten free food selection
  10. Typically more local foods found here
  11. They care about the environment
  12. By 2018 they are supposedly going to commit to GMO labeling on all their products
  13. Quality standards for both farm and wild caught seafood
  14. offers coupons
  15. online recipes on their site
  16. able to shop online
  17. offer flyers
 

Cons:

  1. Not a one stop shop
  2. tends to be more expensive
  3. Located in bigger cities vs smaller communities (typically)
  4. spending more and bringing home less groceries (a reviewer said)
  5. Some people prefer trader Joes over whole foods.
  6. Bigger stores – again can make it harder to navigate
  7. Have been reported they sometimes make it hard to tell the prices of things on their shelves

Again, Whole foods list of pros and cons came from my own experience and other reviews I had seen online. Feel free to add to either list your opinions! 

 

I hope all of you enjoyed this fun topic between the two stores! the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHOOSING A GROCERY STORE is choosing one that fits your needs and budget! 🙂

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 
 

Tip #6

Come to the Gym with a Plan in Hand

I am a huge advocate with coming to the gym with a “plan in hand”. Now for some of you, you already do this and for others of you, you don’t like having all the extra papers lying around or don’t like bringing your electronics to the gym with you BUT I am telling you, as tedious as it might seem, it is always better to come to the gym with exercises you already have planned out vs coming to the gym and having to pace around or stay on the treadmill until you decide what to do next. 

My course of action is written the night before or the morning of the workout as soon as I wake up, because typically I already have an idea of what muscle groups needs to be worked on or have a program I am following and so having it written down will allow me to stay accountable and also allow me to keep track of everything. I have two whole notebooks full of workouts and tons of random sheets of papers with all my workouts since day one of keeping track of my workouts – I am able to look back on everything I have done (but I also have another purpose intended for why I do this).

 

Sometimes in order to get results you have to do trial and error and keeping up with your workouts will be helpful to you in doing so. I even have to track my eating habits come Monday, so I have an app for that and I am debating on having a notebook for it but that might be a little redundant (but helpful if I lose my phone, etc) anyways, the point is, when you come to the gym prepared it lessens the time having to think about what to do and puts more emphasis on the actual workout time, it might help take away some anxiety, it allows you to remain accountable, it will increase your likelihood of sticking with a program, tracks your plateaus, allows you to make new goals for yourself, and in the long run might serve as an reward for all the hard work you put in! 

 

Do you track your workouts? how do you track them – paper or electronically?

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon

Week Five|Day Two Dec. 5th Workout

Not going to lie, I was nervous about today’s workout being a leg day because after missing two days at the gym, I knew I had lost some upper body strength and I was really hoping I didn’t lose any lower body/core strength, thankful, everything went as planned! 

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 8, 140 lb
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 8, 120 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 8, 190 lb (2 sets without the belt & 1 set with the belt)
  • DB lunge: 3  x 8, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 8, 55 lb
  • Lying triceps extension: 3 x 8, 30 lb
 
  • Hanging leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio: (3 times)

  • Body bar squat: 20 seconds/30 seconds/45 seconds, 3 lb
  • Kettlebell swings: 20 seconds/30 seconds/45 seconds, 10 kg

Overall the only hard part of the workout was the bicep curls at 55 this week. Last week it was easier. My deadlifts I did without a belt to see if I could pull this weight with no belt and actually did a good job but utilized the belt by the 3 set because of how fatigued I was and didn’t want to mess up the lower back. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

Today’s workout! Week 5 Arrived

The start of week five today and I will admit that I noticed a decrease in strength during some of my lifts – which would be expected when I miss two days worth of workouts and haven’t been eating the best foods for recovery either. Even my sprints were slow, but I did happen to lose 3 pounds. Hoping that tomorrow’s leg day isn’t as much of a struggle as today was. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 8, 75 lb
  • DB bench press: 3 x 8, 80 lb
  • Wide grip pull up: 3 x 8
  • Bentover barbell row: 3 x 8, 75 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • DB side lateral raise: 3 x 8, 40 lb
  • sit ups: 3 x 20

Cardio:

  1. sprints: 30 seconds
  2. sprints 45 seconds
  3. sprints: 1 minute 

I did this 2 times for 100 m 

 
 

Week Four|Day Three Wednesday Nov 29th

Instead of my usual CrossFit workout, I had to change it up because I was PMSing (usually I don’t workout at all during this time) but wasn’t feeling too bad this time round and decided to find a workout to cater to it that I could do at low intensity. This workout I created was good, I had no extra pain during or afterwards and still put in a decent amount of effort. This probably won’t always work, but thankfully it did this time.

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Lat pulldown (wide grip): 4 x 10-12, 60 lb
  • Lat pulldown (narrow/underhand grip): 4 x 10-12, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Goblet squat: 4 x 10-12, 25 lb
  • Plie squats: 4 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Push ups: 3 x 10-15
  • planks: 3 x 10 seconds

Superset:

  • Body bar overhead squats: 4 x 10-12, 18 lb
  • Curtsy lunges: 4 x 10-12

Week Four|Day Two

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 8, 140 lb
  • DB lunge: 3 x 8, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 8, 190 lb
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 8, 120 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 8, 55 lb
  • lyring triceps extension: 3 x 8, 30 lb
 
  • handing leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio:

  1. Bodybar squats: 20 seconds
  2. kettlebell swings: 20 seconds
  3. bodybar squats: 30 seconds
  4. kettlebell swings: 30 seconds
  5. bodybar squats: 45 seconds
  6. kettlebell swings: 45 seconds

I used a 18 lb bodybar and used a 10 kg kettlebell. Did this whole cardio workout 3 times.