You have to find time & get it done

I started Monday’s workout on a different side of the bed. I say this because normally Monday is my dynamic effort bench day but this Monday, I started with a Heavy bench day. Quite frankly it felt good & turned out well, but the only reason that provoked me to do this was when I missed Wednesday’s heavy bench day because I decided I need sleep (working two jobs can be tough) and rescheduled it for Friday but then decided I wasn’t feeling it and instead did some cardio, so I made Monday the day and got it done. I just knew it had to get done, and with that attitude, I made it priority. 

Warm Up:

  • Cable face pull: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar narrow grip chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar row (reverse grip): 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Plate press out: 5 x 12-15, 10 lbs
  • DB chest press (neutral grip): 5 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB incline fly: 5 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline chest press: 5 x 5-6, 115 lbs and then back down to 105 lbs
  • Close grip DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated smith machine shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs
  • Cable front raises: 5 x 5-6, 20 lbs each arm
  • Overhead cable triceps extension: 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill: 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.8 speed
  • Stair climber: 5 minutes, level 7

Current Weight: 155.8 lbs

Body fat %: 22.5

BMI: 23.6

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Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (70%) 85 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (75%) 95 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • EZ bar curls: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 4 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Cardio session:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes, resistance 15 and rpms staying between 40-50 

 

Current Weight: 155.6 lbs

body fat %: 22.0

BMI: 23.6

Squats weren’t having it today

We all have suffered those moments where one day we are killing it & the weights feel light, and the next day, it feels like even the lightest of weights feel heavy. That was my today — everything felt heavier & I couldn’t necessarily pinpoint why, but I think a lot of it has to do with the fact, I head to the gym after working 8 hours on third shift (lack of sleep) and the other being I am dehydrated quite often (not getting enough liquids) in my system before performing my workouts. The tiny bit could have been the fact my body was still somewhat sore or stiff — even after warming up. Whatever the reason code, it was quite annoying to say the least. 


I did conventional deadlifts — for a firstie since taking that personal time off from the gym & it felt good to lift what I lifted for light speed work, but I still felt slower and weaker in this lift, especially during the 70 percent of my 1RM range — I noticed it more. I did what I could manage today and ended the workout with some surprise cardio session & re-weighed and measured myself (read down below for details).


Warm up:

  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Lying hip rotation stretch: 4 x 25 each side
  • Glute bridge: 4 x 25

Workout Sess:

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 6, 200 lbs (65%)
  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 4, 3, 2 @ 215 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 6, 145 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 4, 160 lbs
  • box squats: 3 x 10, 160 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell OHS: 3 x 10, 45 lbs
  • Box steps ups: 3 x 10

Superset:

  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 3 x 10, 10kg each leg
  • Clam shell w/ resistance band: 3 x 10 each leg, red band

Cardio Sess:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes total. 15 min at level 4, 3 min @ level 5, 1 minute @ level 6 and 1 minute @ level 7. Burned 194 calories.

Simple workload, I have been doing sets of 3 instead of 4-5 because I want to gradually increase my strength back up to normal levels, & I don’t want to put too much on myself when I am getting off work in the morning — because I am exhausted and my body feels on overload not having rested beforehand, so I am keeping it at 3 for a while and will crank things up again in another month or so, pending results. 


New updates on weight & measurements: 

Current weight: 154.8 lbs

Body fat%: 22.8

BMI: 23.4 

Since August 8th– I have lost a total of 5.2 lbs 😀 now I have another 5 lbs to go before I hit my goal of 150 lbs but I still want to work in losing bf percent below 20. 




Counting my Macro’s

Now, I have been tracking my macros since last Monday since I want to lose some bodyfat & still increase muscle mass. I usually follow my macros loosely, but this time, I am going to try my hardest to be more strict to present more results. The goal is to lose 9 lbs but to still maintain and optimal amount of strength increase. In this macro tracking, I will give you my beginning weight, body fat % and BMI (although BMI is not relevant to me since it doesn’t consider the muscle density). i also, will break down two separate macro goals because one will be for my moderate days of exercise & one will be for my light days of exercise. I have decided that I may even carb cycle so that when I am not working out, I am not eating an accumulated amount of carbs (I will eat less carbs on my rest days)  — that will be tracked as well whenever I get started & I will let you know. 

Now most people around this time are probably “bulking” or will be on their way to bulking fairly soon, but I will probably start bulking up more during Nov or Dec months (late bloomer) due to this goal I want to achieve now & in bulking, I will gain mass, yes, but I don’t want my body fat to spiral out of control due to it, so it will be a healthy bulk. Now along with body fat, I will weigh myself every 2 weeks because I don’t rely on the scale very often and don’t want to go back to bad habits, and because I know I will feel better after 2 weeks of weighing in vs one week. I am hoping to lose 9 lb by the end Oct the latest, but I think it will be possible to lose it quickly depending on how strict I am and how my workouts play out. I also have to consider the fact muscle weighs more than fat , so if my number on the scale doesn’t go down but my bf % does, I will be just as happy with the results. Wish me luck!

P.S when I start to bulk — I will set up new macros & carb cycling rules & share those with you as well, along with any other goals for my nutrition. 

Light Activity Macro’s Plan: (burn 200-400 kcal) for females 

  • Calories: 1876 per day
  • Carbs: 220g
  • Protein: 132g
  • Fat: 52g

Moderate Activity Macros Plan: (Burn 400-650 kcal) for females 

  • Calories: 2115 per day
  • carbs: 264g
  • Protein: 132g
  • Fat: 59g

Now some of you are probably wondering how about a macros plan for when you burn more than 650 cals; well I have one for that too, but since I haven’t yet tracked my workout like I will be doing now, I don’t think I am burning more than that necessarily due to the fact I haven’t been doing cardio (Friday was my first time doing cardio in a long time) so now I will add cardio in the workouts to give myself more room to lose that weight & body fat. My cardio won’t be the bigger picture, because I don’t want to lose tons of muscle , but it will be 20-30 minutes, and I am thinking about implementing it either just Fridays or possibly doing it Monday-Friday. We shall see, haven’t thought it out yet. Trial and error. 

Another goal is to have myself drink a gallon of water a day since I don’t drink enough liquids throughout the day. I always end up dehydrated and that’s not healthy, so I am going to push myself to do better with that. 

Beginning weight: 160 lbs

Beginning Bf %: 22.8 

BMI: 24.3 

All of this information was taken on 8/6/18 — tomorrow I will update it so it is closer to this date & is more accurate. 

Hopefully I can lose this weight and get my bf% down below 20 percent. ALSO, ALSO ALSO,  I will allow myself to eat out/dine out once a week due to the fact I want less processed food in my diet (obviously) and it saves money as well! win-win! The goal is to still have it meet my macros but that won’t always be possible & I understand that, so it’s almost like my way of itching my craving without feeling bad. Especially since the weekends usually hold my nutrition hostage due to social events. Portioning will be my BESTFRIEND when eating processed food, so that I don’t eat too much of it at once. Goals. 

Wish me luck! & if anyone has any questions, feel free to leave comments or email me. 

I may be looking at more nutritional blogs to help with my meal prepping during the week so I can add variety to my meals. 

Shay-lon

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Exercise Science Degree

Sponsored Athlete

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Back at it

8-6-18 Workout

I started back at my normal routine at the gym Monday — it felt good to be back and to get after the gains once again. Last week was a very busy and productive day, i decided to make it my deload week for 5 days because my body needed rest and I had to find an excuse so I wouldn’t feel bad about missing so many days at the gym. I felt good lifting, I decided to start with a dynamic day with bench press & gradually work my way up, so my muscle memory could come into effect. 

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Floor bench press: 6 x 8 (60%) 75 lbs
  • Floor bench press: 6 x 8 (65%), 80 lbs
  • Floor bench press (wide grip): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lat pulldown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Db chest press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • push ups: 5 x 8
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs each arm

I also happened to weigh myself & take my body fat measurements as well, because I will be re-applying my macros and getting more strict about nutrition again in the course of next week so I can lose body fat and gain more muscle. 

weight: 160 lbs 

Body fat %: 22.8 

BMI: 24.3% 

I gained about 6 pounds since my last weigh in >.< but my body fat percentage went down & my BMI increased. I don’t pay as much to BMI because it doesn’t take your muscle into consideration & bases it off height and weight (not accurate) so my main focus will be body fat and weight possibly — getting down to between 140-150 lbs. Although if I can get down to 135 & maintain my strength; that would be optimal. 

Thanks for being patient with me these last few days since I haven’t been blogging consistently — I definitely plan on getting back on a schedule that’s more regular for my readers. 

Shay-lon Moss

Owner of Confident Fit, LLC

Sponsored Athlete

Exercise Science Degree

ACSM certified Personal Trainer 

12 Week “Cut” program (Day Two)

Hey FitFam,

 

So yesterday I told all of you I would keep you posted on my 12 week program I started, with that being said, I did manage to retweak my macros to my liking, which actually surprised me quite a lot, because my calories went up this time, and I was expecting them to go down, but anyways… they will vary because some days I plan on having low calorie days and high calorie and moderate calorie days (something I will probably share with all of you to keep myself accountable and on track) 

I haven’t yet decided if I will post my meal planning/meals on my blog yet during this 12 week program, it sounded like a good idea though. I figured I would share my IIFYM (macros) with all of you though.. 

 

My New Macros:

Calories: 1878 

Protein: 122 grams

Fats: 59 grams

Carbs: 221 grams

Fibers: 22 grams 

 

 

BMR: 1453

TDEE: 2347

 

Again my starting weight: 144 lb 

Goal weight: 135 lb at the very least, but aiming for 125 lb at the very most. 

 

I think once I figure out the moderate calories, lower calories and high calorie days, I will post it to let everyone know my goals to meet for each week. Yesterday, I stayed within my macros and did very well with the calories too, because I was like 836 calories under my goal. BUT I did not hit all my macros, I hit fats fine, but was under in protein and carbs (which will happen sometimes and I rather that anyways in case I am doing a low cal day) anyways this is all going to take a long time to talk about, so let us skip to the workout. 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Squats: 3 x 8- 10 (105 lb) but felt very weak during my squats. 
  • leg curl: 3 x 12-15 (50 lb)
  • leg extension: 3 x 12-15 (50 lb)
  • leg press calf raise: 3 x 15-20 (130 lb, 150 lb, 170 lb)
  • Plank: 3 x 60 seconds
  • Twisting hanging knee raise: 3 x 20
  • push up challenge: 45 reps

Yes, I can lift more in all of these exercises (looking back at previous post, you will see this) but I am gradually going to higher the amount of weights, because I want to be able to lift for those specific amount of reps with whatever weight I am lifting without stopping. For example I can do 100 lb in the leg curl and leg extension but not for 12-15 reps, only maybe a good 3 if that, and so.. I wouldn’t start off doing 100 lb until I can build enough strength to do so. Yes, the higher the weights, the lower the reps BUT in my circumstances, I want to eventually go up to maybe 70 lb or 100 and do 12 -15 reps.. (this might sound all confusing) another time I will explain more. 

 

Are any of you doing IIFYM (macros), if so, i want to see your numbers in the comment section and give me some ways you hit your macros and what ways you have missed them. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

12 Week “Cut” Program – (Muscle & Strength) Day ONE

I am starting a new program (12 weeks)…. 

 

This isn’t a challenge of any sorts, but instead a program for me to “cut” and still keep my gains. I had to do some research on my own time to figure out which program I would start to give me an idea on how to go about it, and chose one from Muscle and strength, now this particular program I am starting, I am doing  “my version” because everyone is different, while some might find following the plan word from word may work, I know myself well enough to tweak and make changes to things that won’t work for me & my goals. This program’s goal is to allow one to lose up to 20 pounds, keep muscle mass (while still being lean) and increases conditioning (which will help with keeping me in shape at the same time). Along with doing this program, I am going to redo my macros (reset them to fit this program better) because as I have said before “nutrition is very important”. 

 

I chose this particular program on a whim and just went with it, (so I am taking a risk and seeing if it works or if it does me no good at the end)  and I knew I could change what needed to be changed without going too far from the original. I don’t always listen to sites such as these, but every once in a while it is nice to take a break from having to come up with programs for myself and gives me more time to focus on other things that need to be done. This program also gives a meal plan (a break down of what to eat for the first 7 days and it is probably recommended to eat that same thing for the 12 weeks) but of course, I am not going to follow that particular meal plan because I don’t want to and want to do my own thing 🙂 – I may do some of what it tells me to eat but otherwise, I will find alternatives (of course as long as it fits my macros) and makes sense to the plan (I won’t go too far from the meal plan it has set up).  The same goes for the exercises, It list the first 7 days of exercises/ rest days but I will eventually add or replace certain exercises to get a variety (as long as it makes sense to the plan). 

 

For the most part, I plan on following this plan the way it is set up and making adjustments as I go. Today was the first day of me starting this 12 week program. I plan on sharing the exercises with you as I go along.. 

 

Workout Session: 

 
  • Incline bench press: 3 x 8-10 (45 lb)
  • One arm DB row: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • Seated barbell press: 3 x 8-10 (35 lb)
  • pull ups: 3 x 10 (no assistance)
  • skullcrushers: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • DB curls: 3 x 10 -12 (40 lb)
  • Cardio: 5 minutes 
  • push up challenge: 42 reps.

I followed the plan today with these exercises, after a while the goal is to eventually add more weight to them. The cardio for the first 6 weeks will be 3 times a week, the second 6 weeks cardio will be higher and more frequent. 

 

I have never heard of muscle & strength prior to this, so this will allow me to also do a review on this particular program & site. Which should be fun, if anything I hope to lose 10 lb, but 20 would be awesome, all the while getting more muscle packed on. We shall see how this goes. If you are interested in looking at the program I am doing, here is the link: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/12-week-fat-destroyer

 

My starting Weight: 144 lb

height: 5’8 

age: 24 years old

BMI: 21.9