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 🙂

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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/

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Add Some Pyramid training to your workout

Some of you might have noticed that I do some pyramid training in my workouts, and if you don’t know what that consist of then you probably want to know so you can implement it in your workouts. Now pyramid training can be done with beginners and advanced athletes alike, it isn’t complex and can make your workout a little lengthy at times but well worth it. I like describe pyramid as a way of increasing the weight as you go along – usually by 10 lb maybe 5 for beginners depending on your fitness level & more advanced athletes, sometimes 15 to 20 pound increases – but it has to make sense because you have to be able to do the number of reps associated with the weight. 

 

Typically my pyramid training is doing 1 set of whatever amount of reps for a specific amount of weight & each time adding more weight until you get to the end result. For example:

 

Bench press – let’s say I want to do 4 sets of this. My way of implementing the pyramid training would be to do:

1 x 10 = 100 lb

1 x 8 = 110 lb

1 x 6 = 120 lb

1 x 3-4 = 130 lb

 

I would start at the top and do lighter weights and as we work ourselves down to less reps, we add more weight each time. Now starting weight and ending weight will be up to you, because everyone is different, you should pick a number that you are comfortable with doing with the specific amount of reps. 

 

Another type of pyramid training is: descending pyramid training, which would be starting at a heavier load , and ending with the lighter load

. For example:

 

1 x 5 = 400

1 x 8= 350

1 x 10 = 300

1 x 12= 250

 

You start with less reps and more weight and work your way down to less weight and more reps. 

 

Another example of pyramid training would be: 

1 x 15 = 200 

2 x 10= 210

3 x 8 = 220

4 x 5 = 230

 

basically again you will start off with lower weights with 1 set but AFTER THAT, you end up having to do 2 sets or 3 sets or 4.. etc each set going higher in weight and less reps. 

 

This all seems confusing at first glance but keep it simple, no need to make it all technical and start with something easy until you get the hang of it.  Of course there are pros and cons of using this type of training like any other training, so let’s go over those. 

 

Pros:

 
  • Will include warm up sets 
  • good for those seeking strength gains
  • Includes a lot of volume

Cons:

  • Your warm up set can be taken to muscle failure quickly & you don’t want that early one because it will cause muscle fatigue which makes it more difficult to continue through the pyramid.
  • The last set might be the only set going to muscle failure and that might not be enough because in order to see growth you have to add more stress and reach muscle failure. 
  • This type of training in ascending order may not give you the maximal muscle size you are looking for

Hopefully this tidbit of information makes you more confident in your capabilities and gives you a reason to add some pyramid training to your workout! 

 

If you appreciate the information, be sure to like, comment, share and follow!

 

Fitness Wonder Woman,

Shay-lon xo

Thursday, Sept. 28th Workout

Traps, Lats & Forearms (Light weights, higher reps)

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Chin ups: 3 x 15-20
  • Barbell shrugs: 3 x 15-20, 135 lb

Superset:

  • Close grip front lat pulldown: 3 x 15-20, 90 lb
  • Plate shrugs: 3 x 15-20, 90 lb

Superset:

  • Full ROM lat pulldown: 3 x 15-20, 40 lb
  • Finger curls: 3 x 15-20, 20 lb

Superset:

  • Palms down DB wrist curl: 3 x 15-20
  • rope straight arm pulldown: 3 x 15-20, 50 lb
  • DB shrugs: 3 x 15-20, 60 lb

Pull ups: 3 x 5

 

Cardio:

  1. Jump rope: 1 minute
  2. Jump rope: 45 seconds
  3. Jump rope: 30 seconds
  4. Jump rope 1 minute
  5. Jump rope: 45 seconds
  6. Jump rope: 30 seconds
  7. Jump rope: 1 minute

HIIT Training (3 rounds)

 
  1. Flutter kicks: 15 seconds
  2. Sitting twist: 15 seconds
  3. Leg raises: 15 seconds
  4. Raised leg circles: 15 seconds

1 minute rest between rounds. 

 

I will be the first to say that my hiit training today was challenging, it was my first time performing leg circles and leg raises as ab workout but it was challenging for sure, don’t think I could have lasted longer than 15 seconds. I did those 3 sets of pull ups and barely could do 2 because by then my traps and lats were sore! but the chin ups came easy and of course the jump rope was fun! Overall a good workout!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

P.S a lot of people forget to work their wrist and forearm muscles, but do know it is very important, so start implementing them as part of your workout! if you need some ideas, hit me up!

September 14th – workout

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell shrugs: 4 x 10, 155 lb
  • barbell behind the back shrugs: 4 x 10, 135 lb

Pyramid/Superset:

  • Calf press: 1 x 15 – 90 lb, 1 x 12 – 180 lb , 1 x 10 – 230 lb
  • Box jumps: 3 x 1 minute

Superset/Pyramid:

  • Close grip lat pull down: 1 x 15 – 60 lb, 1 x 12 – 70 lb, 1 x 10 – 80 lb, 1 x 8 – 100 lb
  • Barbell calf raises: 4 x 10, 95 lb, 115 lb

Superset:

  • Smith machine upright row: 3 x 8-10, 50 lb
  • Wide grip lat pull down: 3 x 8-10, 100 lb

HIIT Training: (5 rounds / High knees)

  1. 30 seconds ( 30 second rest)
  2. 30 seconds (60 second rest)

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Versatile Blogger Award – Thank you :)

I was nominated for the versatile blogger award a week or so ago from https://withcoloursandcanitointhekitchen.blog/ & want to say thank you for the nomination, if you haven’t yet followed or taken a look at their blog, feel free! 

 

According to the Versatile Blogger Award Rules, I need to do five things to preserve the spirit of this award:

Nominees should know that if you are nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, you have already won 

Write and publish a blog post thanking and linking back to the person who nominated me

List seven random facts about myself

Nominate up to 15 other blogs that you follow and believe deserve recognition for their hard work

7 Facts about me:

  1. I have never done drugs of any sorts
  2. I was the tallest kid in class in elementary school
  3. I played basketball, softball and ran track the majority of my life
  4. I root for the Patriots 🙂 (but I am not from NE)
  5. I am a sponsored athlete
  6. I work at a gym 
  7. I am horrible at tennis! lol

15 blogs I nominate:

PoojaG

Ultimatetravel

elizabethfredrickson

thefitfrequentflyer

niccimshane

braddahr

livyourlifeeveryday

elainesadventureinbodybuilding

bodybyemilyrose

lacey

doctorinspe

halfarsed-runner

tyronepierre

heystephheyyy

kphoenix1

Now the majority of these blogs are new blogs I have chosen to follow and others I have followed for awhile, so take a look and show support 🙂 thanks! 

Edema (Generalized)

Today’s blog post will be discussing, you guessed it! edema and more specifically I will keep it generalized, but do keep in mind that there are different types of it, and I will discuss them in future blog post so that everyone has an idea as to what they are if you don’t already. Now personally I have never experienced edema but I know people who have and this picture above is showing the puffyness in the feet and ankles. While this condition is something most of you have heard before, I still find that any health condition is an important one to discuss?

For starters, do you know what “edema” is? before scrolling down, guess and then let me know if you were spot on. 

What Is Edema?:

Swelling caused by fluid retention (aka excess fluid is trapped in the body’s tissues)

 

Causes of Edema (generalized)

 
  • Sitting or standing in one place for too long (gravity) because it is natural for water to get pulled down to legs and feet
  • weakening of valves in the veins
  • certain diseases can bring it about 
  • medications can cause it as a symptom
  • allergic reactions
  • pregnancy can cause it to happen 

How many of you have had Edema? what was the cause of yours? 

Symptoms: 

  • affected area is swollen
  • skin could look stretched out and shiny
  • pushing into the area with a figure for about 5 seconds and releasing can leave a dimple
  • trouble walking (if you have leg edema)
  • coughing or trouble breathing (if you have lung edema)

Treatment options:

Most people probably do not know this, but edema can be temporary or more permanent. 

  • treating the underlying diseases that are causing the edema 
  • putting a pillow under your legs when lying down or sitting for prolonged periods
  • try to not sit or stand for long periods of time without moving
  • wearing support stockings
  • sometimes having to limit salt intake is especially important
  • possibly seeing a professional and being prescribed a diuretic. 
  • protect swollen areas from pressure

Most importantly, see a doctor if you experience edema. 

 

Hopefully this tidbit of information will provide a means of sharing what I know with all of you and getting feedback from those who have experienced this or are doctors and want to add more to this information. Please share, follow, like and comment.

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

5,000 Blog Subscribers!

Hey Bloggers! HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

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I have OFFICIALLY made it to 5,000 subscribers on this blog! 

what does it mean? It means over 5,000 people signed up on my blog to have notifications sent to their email whenever I post something new. I made this my goal in hopes I would hit it before the beginning of next year & some days have been really hard because my traffic slows down or  I miss days blogging due to other obligations and so it makes me feel really good that through all the crappy days this blog has encountered that something like this would happen. I appreciate all of you who enjoy my content, and enjoy sharing feedback in the comments – I about cried when I had seen this , because there are so many fitness/health blogs, and YouTubers and so it becomes saturated and standing out becomes harder and harder, seemingly impossible at times. What makes my blog unique is I use my own “voice” when writing, My content doesn’t tell you how to live your life but it gives you ideas and information, it doesn’t matter your fitness level or where you are in your journey, it is always helpful. I like to think that what makes my blog stand out is I use my brand Fitness WonderWoman to catch your attention, and make you ask yourself, what makes her the “wonderwoman of fitness” – this is my brand and trademark and I use it for my career and my blog and YouTube, etc & people love it and grab on to it because it makes them feel like they can trust me and you can. 

Having this many people care about my blog and what I have to say, is SUPER AMAZING and unbelievable! Honestly unbelievable! I am so blessed and happy beyond belief and I am so happy that I made some awesome blog friends who have been more than supportive and helpful, and have driven me to aim high and keep going. I just want to end this with, I love you bloggers and I want all of us to excel together no matter your niche! keep going, aim high and soar! xoxo 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week Three. Day 17|Six Weeks to shreds

Warm up: 

 
  • 2-3 minute jump roping 

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 2-5. 85 lb (1 minute jump rope between sets)
  • Bentover DB row: 3 x 2-5. 70 lb (1 minute goblet squat- 30 lb between each set)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 2-5. 120 lb (1 minute box jumps between each set)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 2-5. 175 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between each set)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 2-5, 50 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings- 8kg between each set)
  • Barbell or EZ bar preacher curl: 3 x 2-5. 40 lb (1 minute med ball slam – 10 lb between each set)
  • Reverse barbell curl: 3 x 2-5. 50 lb. (1 minute DB lunge – 20 lb between each set)
  • Seated palm up barbell wrist curls: 3 x 4-5. 45 lb ( 5 reps of pull ups between each set)

Today I did another PR & it was in my barbell shrugs! a week or so ago it was only at 165 and today I hit 175 lb! Another achievement. Hoping to continue this.  Today was another focus on building strength and I slowed down on the cardio acceleration to focus on my form during each exercise. I posted two new videos today on YouTube 🙂 check out my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAIrhf0FpxoQk4F_bznTjIg and I will hopefully be posting the links either tomorrow and talk about the workouts or possibly next week.  

 

Heads Up: I am starting my studies again this month and on, and so this means I will stay on schedule but sometimes I might post later at night (my time) or perhaps be late in responding to some of the messages on my blog and social media. Be patient with me as I have to stay on a tight schedule because I am also working two jobs at this time.  I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this announcement. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

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Bench Press PR & Video (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKgSIFBjBpc&t=5s

As many of you may or may not know, I officially made it to the 100’s club on my bench press. It was tough but I feel so good knowing that I finally can bench 100 pounds! 😀 Hopefully within the next 3 to 6 months, I will be benching 10 or 15 pounds more. Nonetheless, I wanted to go over the proper form in performing a bench press. Many of you don’t think about form when doing it, but it is very important you perform this exercise correctly because you can injure yourself. I also recommend people have spotters, unlike myself in this video (which I should have used a spotter just in case) but I took a chance and it worked out but don’t take chances, because it could hurt you. Hopefully I will have the chance to hear all of you share your PR accomplishments in the bench press! 

 

How to perform the bench press:

 
  1. Utilize a flat bench (lie back on it). Using a medium width grip on the barbell, lift the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with arms locked (starting position) 
  2. While breathing in , lower the bar slowly to your middle chest
  3. Take a brief pause, push the bar back to the starting position while breathing out. Use your chest muscles when pushing the bar up, lock the arms and contract the chest – hold the bar for a second at the top and then come down slowly again
  4. repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions 
  5. When finished, place the bar back in the rack

What muscles are affected?

  • Chest
  • Front shoulders
  • lats
  • triceps

For beginners, I recommend using a spotter and even more intermediate and advanced athletes, it is good to have spotter when lifting a new PR or unsure amount of weight. There are many different variations of the bench press and the hand placement – which I will go over in a future post. The important thing is, to use your chest muscles when pushing up, put less strain on the arms and really contract those muscles. If you don’t have a spotter, using a smith machine for beginners is another good idea… until you are more comfortable on the barbell or until you have a proper spotter. Everyone knows this is a fundamental exercise, where it develops upper body strength. If you have experienced previous injuries or conditions – please consult your doctor before performing this exercise. 

 
  1. What is your bench press max? 
  2. How many reps are you lifting for your max? 

Fitness WonderWoman ,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week Three. Day 16|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute bench step ups

Workout:

  • Barbell shoulder press (seated): 4 x 2-5. 65 lb. (1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Standing alternating DB press: 3 x 2-5. 70 lb. (1 minute kettlebell swings- 8kg between sets)
  • Smith machine one-arm upright row: 3 x 4-5. 60 lb. (1 minute sprints between sets)
  • Barbell squat: 4 x 2-5. 135 lb. (1 minute battling ropes between sets)
  • Barbell deadlift: 3 x 2-5. 135 lb (1 minute Med ball slam- 10 lb between each set)
  • Bodyweight walking lunge: 3 x 4-5 . ( 1 minute mountain climbers between each set)
  • Standing calf raises: 3 x 5-6. ( 1 minute lateral bounds between each set)
  • seated calf raises: 3 x 5-6. 100 lb. (1 minute pull ups between each set)

I hit another PR Today with my seated shoulder press, went from 45 lb to 65 lb today! yay 😀  Started the month off right. I apologize that this blog post is typed and published so late at night, I was out and about all day today, but given the time I have before going into work, made time to make sure I blogged.  Tune in, because I have some workouts for you to watch in the next couple of post! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo