The shenanigans of today

Warm up:

 
  • Straight arm cable pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flys: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 110 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6 (4 x 75 lbs 60% 1RM) (4 x 80 lbs 65% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 2-3 (2 x 100 lbs) ( 2 x 105 lbs) (2 x 110 lbs ) (2 x 120 lbs)

Tri-set

  • Hammer curls: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • Cable overhead triceps extension, 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band push ups: 5 x 5-6, red band

Want to see my PR from today (hitting 2 reps for 120 lbs, 95% my max) check out Bench press

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First Workout of July

Got my FIRST workout of July finished up, and boy oh boy, would I have loved to have made an excuse to not go today. I was busy from sun up to sun down practically and still busy with having to play catch up on the blog post & make sure my social media is all caught up for the night & it starts all over tomorrow. The only thing that mattered today was being able to start my Monday off with a workout — I was able to workout later this afternoon vs in the morning and many thoughts streamed through my mind to just half ass the workout and go home BUT, I knew I couldn’t do that, because once I am at the gym, I finish the job 100 percent; that’s what it means to talk the walk. While I am somewhat exhausted, I was able to meal prep for the next couple of meals for the week and do a small amount of cleaning. The majority of my problem lies with the fact it is HUMID as all hell & I don’t like it at all. Anyone else dealing with the humidity?

 

Besides all that, I made Monday another chest day. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band front raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6, (60% and 65% 1RM) 4 x 75 lbs, 4 x 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 8 x 5, 95 lbs
  • barbell bench press (close grip): 8 x 5, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 8 x 6, 70 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 8 x 6, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Underhand lat pulldown: 8 x 6, 90 lbs
  • Dips: 8 x 6

Superset:

  • EZ bar military press: 8 x 6, 60 lbs
  • Reverse cable triceps extension: 8 x 6, 70 lbs

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Last Workout in June

The last workout of the month landed on a leg day — 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • Hip abduction: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • Hip adduction: 4 x 25, 25 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 6 x 3-4 (80% 1RM), 230 lbs
  • Barbell back squats: 8 x 6-8 (60%-65% 1RM), 4 x 135 lbs, 4 x 145 lbs
  • Barbell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 115 lbs

Superset:

  • DB Romanian deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Single leg kettlebell deadlifts: 5 x 8-10 each leg, 12 lbs

Superset

  • Resistance band lying leg raises: 5 x 8-10 each leg, red band
  • resistance band abduction: 5 x 8-10 each leg, red band

Rewind to Wednesday

  • Barbell bench press: 

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 5, 85 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 3, 100 lb
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 1, 110 lb
  • 95% of true 1-RM: singles, 3 x 1, 125 lb

 

  • DB chest press ( on the floor): 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Incline DB press reverse grip: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Hammer grip incline DB press: 5 x 15, 40 lb

Ab workout:

  • Cable crunch: 4 x 20, 100 lb
  • Vertical leg raises: 4 x 20

Cardio workout:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7
 
 
 

I Am Only Human

Bound By Flaws.

For a first time in a long time.. 

 

It had occur to me that people see me as this “super human” amazing women who lifts heavy and walks with confidence and seemingly has her life together & everything she does just seems to be #goals (my blog, my workout, my future career, my online presence, physique, etc) & this scares me a little bit, actually a lot of bit. I mean granted I am thankful that I have inspired people, built relationships and rapport with people who now trust me enough to come to me with questions about fitness/health, have had a blog that went from 0 to hero in matter of months and that I tend to make people smile with my random comedic personality BUT what scares me is that people seem to think because of all this I did do, that they think they can’t do it. Like it took some magical pixie dust and oops the store ran out of it, so looks like no one else is capable of doing AMAZING things with their own life. 

 

I hate to give it to you like this.. BUT.. I am only human. That’s right, I came out the vagina the same way you did and I ended up on planet earth just like you. my baby self didn’t have a 6 pack and big arms, I surely wasn’t tying blogs at the age of 2 and I couldn’t have been that famous because I am still broke & I am willing to bet .. no one really even knows me besides family and friends and the people who know of me online. I could lie and say I am a HUGE deal but lets get real, I am not. Do I want to be? YES! because I have a lot to offer in my field and I know I am capable of GREAT things! I believe this. I know how hard I have to work in order to keep my physique in top notch if I want the “deals” and exposure, I know what it takes to keep my blog running smoothly so that all of you keep coming back to pester me about how much you love my stuff (lol)  & I know how much constant research, learning and events it will take for me to build more knowledge so I know what I am talking about and can teach others and spread my knowledge to others who listen to me. My life is not all daisies and wildflowers with tons of sunshine – I have cloudy days. I have periods and bloating that makes me look “gross” , I have struggled with body shaming, I have had the ups and downs of having a nice physique, I have failed in sporting events, I have struggled with my own self confidence and who I am, I have struggled financially, I have lost out on many opportunities (not being good enough), I have days where my abs are no longer there and my arms look like twigs and I am crying trying to pick myself back up. I have had many days where my post suck and I felt like walking away, and for goodness sake .. I know what it is like to have flaws. 

 

The problem is, maybe not all my flaws are seen with the human eye, maybe some of them are seen and you can pinpoint them in less than 5 seconds, but it doesn’t matter because I am no better than anyone else. Being in the fitness field can put a lot of pressure on you to be something like someone else in order to gain a huge following, more “friends”, more money and more fame. I don’t mind the pressure much anymore because I had to stop trying to be like her or him and had to try better at doing what I do best: being me, with flaws and all. I can’t always show my flaws because, hey it is a business, and I have to put on a good face and a good show if I want to keep everyone else around me happy, but when I do, it hits hard — because that is the one time I can let go and just allow myself to cry or get angry. Becoming a trainer isn’t easy either, hell .. you are responsible for someone outside of yourself and being an athlete, well hell you are responsible with being “good” and if not good, then you better be able to handle the harsh criticisms because the world is ready to chew you whole and spit you out. Truth is, during this whole time of learning about myself and wanting to go the distance in everything I do, I have learned I am as strong as I allow but I can’t handle every hurdle and I can’t handle every ball thrown at me.. because like everyone else, I am human and I am going to have days where I fall and getting back up will seem impossible. 

 

Hopefully this post gave people some perspective and understanding. Feel free to leave comments, likes, share it on social media or follow me 🙂 Thank you.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxooo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The A-Z Tag

I will thank PoojaG for nominating me for this particular activity, I have not done this before and found it to be quite interesting & a creative way to get to know someone. This definitely will challenge me because I am scared of what to think of when I get to letters I hardly use on a daily basis, but should be fun! Check out PoojaG blog for more encouraging words and inspirations.

A – Athletic (always have been involved in sports and love anything to do with fitness)

B- Bold ( I tend to make bold statements sometimes, never one to beat behind the bush most days)

C- Charismatic (my personality, I have had people tell me) 

D- Determined ( I go for things I want)

E- Emotional, I can be sometimes..

F – Fun, I am definitely fun to be around

G- Goofy  (constantly)

H- Humble ( I don’t think too highly of myself or my life)

I- Imaginative ( I always have very creative thoughts and ideas)

J- jesting

K- Kindhearted

L- Loving & Loyal

M- Mature ( I like to think I am when the time comes)

N- neat (very)

O- Organized, I always try to be and prefer to be

P- Patient ( I have always been somewhat of a patient person, some days are harder than others)

Q- Quick 

R- Realistic – I try to be realistic about things so I don’t get my feelings hurt 

S- Sexual (only when the time calls for it) but hey not afraid to admit it lol

T- Tactful, I take people’s feelings into consideration before acting on something

U- Unique (aren’t we all?)

V- Versatile

W- Wakeful ( I sleep very light so can be easily disturbed when sleeping)

X- xenodochial ( I am friendly to strangers as long as they don’t come off to creepy or make me feel uncomfortable)

Y- Young; some might say I am 

Z- Zealous 

My Nominees Are:

grevisangel73

Sarahlivelovelift

thesweetlifeofme

Bella

joesimmonsjr

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