Sit ups because sometimes less is more (Exercise How to)

The best way to do a sit up, is to do it the right way! 

 

If you guessed today’s workout and guesses Sit ups, then you are correct (I know it was obvious) lol. but honestly, I chose this exercise because for 3 reasons 

1) it can be done at home or at the gym, on the go

2) it is simple (unless you have an injury that prohibits this movement) 

3) SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THEM CORRECTLY, lol and that can cause injury and strain your neck. 

 

Now, I have been taught to do sit ups two different ways, and I think I like one way more than the other but I see the concept of them both if executed correctly. Personally I will share a link down below of a video of one of the ways I have done them (if I can find the other, I will share that one as well)

 

Someone will say, “Why should I do sit ups, if I am doing compound movements then I am already working the core muscles” & while this is TRUE! and very important because a weak core means possible injury, not correct form or technique BUT doing isolated movements for that muscle will always be beneficial because it does help to strengthen that area. I am not promoting to do abs everyday, because if you are doing your workouts correctly, you should be utilizing those muscles anyways but it doesn’t hurt to do ab workouts 2-3 times a week if necessary, which I do with my clients & they enjoy it. Everyone will have a different outlook but I do what I find is necessary for myself and who I am training. 

 

Something else to keep in mind, sit ups aren’t meant to lose fat in that area (not useful for weightloss) they are useful for strengthening the core. So many individuals believe that by doing these everyday they can lose weight in their abdominal area but that isn’t what this exercise is for. This particular exercise you won’t necessarily see the results unless you have already gotten your fat percentage low enough to where you can notice a difference in the performance of the exercise and muscles being worked. Some might argue they lost weight doing sit ups, but I will argue that there had to be other exercises performed that played a part in your weight loss as well because sit ups alone isn’t going to do it. 

 

How to do Sit ups properly?

 
  1. lie down on the floor – either place feet under something or have your partner hold them down so that they don’t move about. Legs will be bent at the knees.
  2. place your hands behind your head – starting position
  3. Elevate the body until it creates a V-shape with your thighs (breathe out during this portion of the exercise)
  4. :lower the upperbody down while inhaling
  5. repeat for the recommended repetitions

Now this is one way to do it (hands behind the head): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwoBqPH0jk

 

Now my workout video where I am doing sit ups in my previous post you will think that I am straining my neck, I am not,  but I should have done a better job of looking forward when coming up to make sure I am not putting too much pressure on the neck. Always remember it is important to do the exercise correctly rather than hurting yourself. Be sure to speak with medical professionals before attempting this exercise. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section!

 

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Shay-lon 

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V-ups (Exercise)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP2fjvG0g3w

Happy Monday FitFam, 

I love working my abdominal muscles, I love being creative and finding new ways to really activate my upper, lower and oblique muscles. I know a few people who find ab workouts to be boring or not as engaging, but I think many of those people I find only do the standard crunches and sit ups. There are so many exercises for the abdominal muscles, and today I am going to introduce you to at least one but in future post I will introduce you to more. 

Have any of you heard of the “V-Up” ? Have you performed it? if so, let me know what you think of this exercise and your experience with it. 

What Muscles Does This Exercise Work:

  • Strengthen back muscles
  • abdominal muscles
  • quads 
  • hamstrings 
  • A little bit of the obliques as well

How Does One Perform this exercise? 

You can watch the video in the following link above, or follow these steps:

  1. Lie on your back on the floor
  2. Extend arms behind your head, palms face the ceiling
  3. keep feet together and toes pointed toward the ceiling
  4. Lift the legs up (keeping them straight)
  5. Raise the upper body off the floor – reaching for your toes
  6. Engage and squeeze the abdominal muscles as you reach for your toes
  7. lower back down to the starting position

Would I recommend for beginners?

Personally this exercise requires some flexibility and someone who is not very flexible may have issues with it but with practice may be able to acquire this movement more smoothly. I know for me, this exercise was difficult at first and I was all over the place with it, but focusing and really engaging the muscles, while going at a slower pace will be helpful for beginners. 

If you are someone with prior injuries or conditions that could possibly prohibit you from doing this movement, I would speak with a professional before continuing with this movement. 

 

I hope all of you will give this exercise and chance, and let me know how you did! 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxo

 
 
 

Smith Machine Back Squat (My YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYh9rbwye8I

I did 3 x 8-10 

Warm up.

105 lb

125 lb

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12 week (cut) program – Day Seven (workout)

It has been an upward battle with this 12 week cut, everything sinks in quickly when you realize you have to keep a close eye on everything you eat and all your workouts. I have had a lot of support on my YouTube channel and from all of you and I appreciate that because I need it.  Today’s workout was a leg day, and abs (which if you know me, you know I love working the abdominal muscles) and I don’t mind leg day but leg day means sore day! lol 

 

What was your workout today? leave it in the comment section. 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Squats: 3 x 8-10. I did 105 lb then moved on to 125 lb with my last set
  • leg curls: 3 x 12 -15. 50 lb 
  • leg extension: 3 x 12-15. 50 lb
  • leg press calf raise: 3 x 15-20. 130 lb
  • plank: 3 x 60 seconds
  • twisting hanging knee raise: 3 x 20 (this sucks so bad, always hard and always feeling the burn) lol

I did not do any cardio today, as tomorrow will be a cardio workout day along with my strength training. My eating habits are okay, I think yesterday was a higher carb day, so the rest of this week will be low carb days and moderate carb days (which I am getting used to, kind of). Are any of you doing a cut program? let me know how it is going currently in the comment section!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

 

Push Up Challenge – Day 29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRHN96Ik7b4

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The Pistol Squat (exercise)

Thanks to a lovely blogger…

 

I am going to be speaking about the “Pistol squat”. Now before I begin, let me give you the run down on this particular exercise because I don’t want people going out and hurting themselves trying to be cool. This particular exercise I do not recommend to those that don’t have a proper two legged squat form/technique down, that have issues with their core strength, and don’t have much strength in their legs/thighs as well – this is an advanced movement. This is not an exercise to be taken lightly because it is difficult and requires a lot more out of you. There are a lot of things that go into being able to perform a pistol squat the right way without causing yourself injury. 

 

Pistol squats are an amazing exercise and one that always has people in the room in “Ahh”, it took me a LONG time to perform a “perfect” pistol squat because it isn’t something that everyone can go out and do tomorrow. It takes practice, balance, discipline, and strength (in multiple areas) and an idea on how to do it so that you don’t end up harming yourself. For those of you who are able to do it like myself, you probably found a way that helped you be able to perform it and have your own steps in what worked for you & the exercises you used in order to build on your weaknesses – which is great, as do I. 

 

For those of you who want to learn to do a pistol squat, well.. there is no easy way to go about it, and don’t expect to do it in like 15 minutes unless you are THAT skilled and if so, well I tip my hat off to you. I always found the easiest part of the pistol squat was the downward position and the hardest was getting back up on one foot – but some may disagree (this is okay). I am going to do my normal “step by step directions” that I would normally post for an exercise and then I am going to talk about what muscles this exercise effects, then end it with MY OWN tips on how to accomplish a pistol squat (WARNING: my tips sound ridiculous but they helped me and I don’t expect everyone to be the same, so they may help some and not others). 

 

How to: 

 
  1. From a standing position, raise one foot off the floor. Chest up, looking forward, knees and hips slightly bent, back straight (starting position)
  2. Descend into a squat flexing your hips and knee, while squatting, extend the non-working leg forward. You will want to descend slowly, paying attention to your balance, and body mechanics. You will flex as far as possible.
  3. Hold the bottom position briefly (2-5 seconds), then return to the starting position by extending through the hips and knee (driving through the heel of your working foot)
  4. Repeat for however many repetitions

What muscles am I working on:

  • Quads 
  • hips
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • core support – this is necessary in order to do this exercise (you need a strong core)

Important factors (keep these in mind):

  • Posture alignment is important when performing squats, even pistol squats (VERY important)
  • Balance is VERY important during this exercise (you can find ways to improve your balance)
  • Your arms will come into play when doing this exercise (they don’t just sit at your side)
  • advanced movement (first have your two legged squats down and strength in all the right places)
  • do this exercise on the ground before doing it on kettlebells and buildings, etc
  • If you have had any prior injuries or conditions that could hinder you, ask your doctor before performing this exercise. 

How Did I Learn to Pistol Squat?

  1. I started from the bottom. Literally. I would sit on the ground in the pistol squat position (with my hands holding my body up) for like 15-30 seconds for like 3-4 sets. This helped me to get the form down because I had issues with extending my leg because my knee would always want to bend when I would extend it (my legs are lame, don’t make fun of me) LOL (each leg)
  2. Then after being comfortable with step 1 (which took some time for me), I would again start from the bottom and push my self up using my arms/hands and then go back down slowly in that same position (this helped me to get used to pushing myself up on one leg) I still run into difficulties with this sometimes because it is harder and especially after you have done like 10 reps.. your legs get tired. LOL (each leg)
  3. Finally after being comfortable with step 2, I would then start from from the top and and slowly descend downward while extending my non-working leg. and do this for a number of sets and reps on each leg. 

After a while you get the movement down, I use my hands/arms sometimes to touch my toes while descending into the pistol squat position. This might be considered weird, but how I train myself is never normal. lol. I do things that work for me. before doing any of this, I obviously did strength exercises to strengthen my core and muscles that are needed. & worked on balance. With this all being said, mine are not always perfect (especially when I rush through them) , like today I fell on my butt when performing them because I lost balance and that will happen. I have been continuing working on them though because I want to get even better and start challenging myself with dumbbells, barbell and doing them on unstable surfaces. 

 

Hopefully all of this information has helped someone and will be helpful to others who want to learn how to perform them. Like I said, everyone learns differently, my way might not help you and that is okay, find what does. Good luck! and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Share, like, comment & follow me! 

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxooo

Push Up Challenge – Day 40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXJQS752_do

40 reps.