Legs

Legs

Warm up:

  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Hip adduction: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Ab coaster: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 6-8 (70%) 3 x 215 lbs, 3 x 220 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 6-8 (70%) 3 x 155 lbs, 3 x 160 lbs
  • Power cleans: 6 x 3, 100 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine sissy squats: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • EZ bar walking lunges: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Walking kettlebell toe touches: 4 x 8-10, 12 lbs
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Bosu Exercises

Upper, lower, cardio & Abs 

Upper body:

  1. Bosu Walkovers: 

2. Bosu Triceps walkup: 

3: Bosu Dome push up: 

Lower body:

1. Bosu lunge: 

2. Bosu Squat: 

3. Bosu hamstring curls: 

Abs:

1. Bosu ball sit ups: 

2. Bosu ball ab twist: 

3. Single leg glute bridge: 

Cardio:

1. Bosu burpees: 

2. Bosu mountain climbers: 

3. Bosu toe taps: 

 

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New Way of Doing Things

Time for me to finally hop off the Jim Wendler program and re-focus my attention on the things that Matt was telling me Tuesday so that when I schedule to see him in May, he can see I have developed in some form or fashion or at least have started implementing my programs around my weaknesses. Today was the first day back at the gym since meeting him Tuesday, so with it being Wednesday, and realizing I need at least 4 days a week — I decided I would start the core lifts with accessory work Monday. For the time being, Today, tomorrow and Friday I will be doing all accessory work using the warm up format he gave me, and only working on the muscles that he listed were my weaknesses. 

 

Today I focused on upper body accessory work & also added in some isolated core exercises as well. 

 

Warm up: 12-15 min

 
  1. DB chest press (because it will help with keeping my wrist straight) 4 x 25, 40 lbs & 30 lbs last set
  2. DB triceps overhead extension: 4 x 25, 15 lbs. 10 lbs, and 5 lbs
  3. Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

I meant to keep the weight light while doing this warm up circuit but my ego got the best of me and I started with moderate weight thinking that I would be fine, but as you can see, I had reduce the load. 

 

Workout (Lats, triceps, rear delts) in that order

Superset:

  • Assisted pull ups (wide grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups (narrow grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
 

Superset:

  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB Tate press: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Seated bentover rear delt raise: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • One arm lat pulldown: 5 x 8-10 each arm, 20 lbs, 30 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10 ea arm, 15 lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Core Workout:

Tri set:

  • Decline medicine ball sit ups: 3 x 20, 8 lbs
  • Body weight decline sit ups: 3 x 20
  • Med ball slams: 3 x 20, 10 lbs

First day went alright, the warm up was grueling but definitely got me worked up and warm for the rest of the workout. Day two is tomorrow. 

 

Shay-lon

 

Yesterday’s deads

I did not make it to the gym today due to having other priorities and then having to work. This was yesterday’s workout.

 
 
  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 185 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 215 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 240 lb, I did 3 max reps. previous to this, I was doing 5 max reps at 235 lb, so I wasn’t too happy I only got three up with 240 lb, but wasn’t entirely upset either. I probably could have gotten one last rep in. 

 

My 1-RM went up 10 lb, so this means I should be able to lift 295 lb for maxing, WHICH IS TRUE, because I had a video last week, I believe or the week before showing my 295 lb 1Rep max — so this means I am on the right path. Tomorrow I might aim for 295 lb again just to see if I can still lift it and if got any easier. 

 
  • Romanian deadlift from deficit: 5 x 8-12, 135 lb
  • Rack pulls: 5 x 8-12, 135 lb, 155 lb
  • Kettlebell one legged deadlift: 5 x 12, 12 kg
  • Resistance hip bridge: 5 x 12, red band

AB workout:

Superset:

  • DB hanging knee raises: 4 x 12, 10 lb
  • Vertical leg raises: 4 x 12

Cardio workout:

  • Stair stepper: 20 minutes, level 7

Tomorrow I will try to post a blog post, but it is the last day before I leave, so I might be busier and so if I don’t post tomorrow for whatever reason, I should be back on Monday 😀 

 
 

 

Yesterday’s workout

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 90 lb, 5 reps
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 105 lb, 3 reps
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 115 lb, 1+  (I did 3 max reps)

 

 
  • Wide Grip pull ups (assistance machine): 5 x 6, 100 lb
  • DB floor press: 5 x 6, 80 lb
  • DB incline press: 5 x 6, 70 lb
  • Lat pulldown (wide grip): 5 x 6, 100 lb

I used the pull up assistance machine because I am not good at wide grip pull ups. I can do one set of 4-5 usually without assistance. 

 

Ab workout:

Superset:

  • medicine ball decline sit ups: 4 x 20, 8 lb
  • plank: 4 x 45 seconds

Cardio workout: 

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7
 

 

Wall Ball Squat| CrossFit It Out

Going back to my CrossFit days when I was introduced to “Wall Ball Squats” — for the life of me,  I did not realize they would be a challenging workout; I figured what is so hard about squatting and throwing a ball against a wall BUT boy was I wrong! hard workout and definitely made to be challenging. Eventually I will get back into CrossFit and visit my local box BUT it won’t be because of Wall balls, LOL 

For any of my CrossFit athletes out there, then you know the struggle and for any of my recreational gym goers this is an exercise to amp up your leg day and core as well 🙂 

but obviously you can purchase them elsewhere as well, but the reason behind using these balls is because of the cushion compared to regular medicine balls made of hard rubber that would go bouncing off the walls, they don’t look fierce but these balls don’t play games with competitors. LOL 

 

So besides that, how does one do a proper wall ball squat? 

 
 
  1. Stand feet shoulder width apart while facing the wall with the “wall ball in hand”. Make sure to keep shoulders back and chest up high, standing 3-5 ft away from the wall (approximately) 
  2. Descent into a squat position, continue down until upper legs are below parallel to the floor (inhale during this time)
  3. Drive through heels to ascend, at the same time push the medicine ball up towards the wall while fully extending the arms. Aim to throw the ball 10-12 ft in front of you (although it depends the height of the ceiling)
  4. Catch the ball and return to the starting position. 

What muscles am I working?

  • Quads
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hamstrings
  • abs
  • lower back
  • chest
  • front deltoids
  • rear deltoids
  • biceps
  • triceps

Very good workout for the muscle groups and definitely can be done with beginners, just use a smaller weight and start off throwing the ball as a decent height and gradually progress as you get stronger and get the movement down.

 

Leave your experience in the comments!

 

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