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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Week Nine Day Four —- Thursday

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1RM: 140 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1RM: 160 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1RM: 180 lb. 5 max reps

 

  • Barbell front squats: 5 x 12, 60 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 12, 185 lb
  • Leg press (quad dominant): 5 x 12, 298 lb
  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 12, 75 lb

Ab workout:

Superset:

  • Medicine ball seated twist: 4 x 20
  • plank: 4 x 30 seconds 

 

Hip Bridge – Exercise

Typically I utilize this exercise as a warm up, but it is awesome to add in to compliment your lower body days, it activates the glutes. Even better when a resistance band is added for extra resistance. 

Pay attention to the movement Scott shows in the above video, it is a simple exercise but be sure to squeeze those glutes. Also, if you want some added resistance and don’t have a resistance band, you can use the barbell for my more advanced athletes. 

Step by step instructions:

  1. Lie flat on the ground on your back with hands to your side. Have your knees bent, with feet shoulder width apart. 
  2. Push your heels lifting your hips off the floor while keeping your back straight. Make sure to exhale during this portion of the movement
  3. Go back to the starting position. 

Very simple instructions. If you need a challenge, use one leg instead of two. 

 

Muscles being worked:

  • Glutes
  • hamstrings
  • core 
  • more advanced variations will work the quads, hip flexors and obliques more. 

Have any questions, leave them in the comments! Be sure to speak to a professional before performing the movement if you have conditions or injuries that could hinder you. 

 
 
 
 

 

Circuit Training Workouts

In a world where being creative is a must if you want to prevent boredom, this is where I come in and enlighten your day and workout. I strive to help people find their wings in the gym, to find exercises and training modules that work best for them individually — because everyone is an individual. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of trying to find a workout that gives you results, keeps you entertained, challenges you & at the very best teaches you something new about your body and your limits. Many people do the same thing in and out, don’t see results and don’t feel challenged because they are afraid to push themselves (coming from experience, this is due to many things) but once you hop over that obstacle, you find that there is so many options and not all of them are alike, which intrigues you enough to want to give it a go.  Well, if you are ready to hop over that obstacle today, I have something that might intrigue you enough to give it a go. 

 

Circuit training is a fancy term for doing an abundance of exercises (typically 2 or more that are high intensity) that require you doing them in a timed situation OR a high intensity exercise that is done (typically 2 or more)  without a break between for a certain amount of reps .. for example:

 

Example One:

 
  1. Burpees: 10 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks: 10 reps
  3. Push ups: 10 reps

Having to do these all without a break between, one after the other for a certain amount of rounds

 

OR

 

Example Two:

  1. Burpees: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
  3. Push ups: 30 seconds

You are having to do these exercises within a certain amount of time — and recording your results, again this would require no break in between exercises. Another option would be.. 

 

Example Three:

Do 4 of these exercises within 20 minutes of time:

  1. Pull ups: 100
  2. push ups: 50
  3. burpees: 100
  4. Kettlebell swings: 150

Basically a lot of Crossfit athletes do these and have another term for it, but it is a form of circuit– the difference being you have 20 minutes total to finish the 4 of these exercises with the amount of reps– during my CrossFit class, we didn’t have a break between .. it was ongoing, sure I could stop and catch my breathe but I was trying to beat the timer, so I didn’t want to take long breaks if I wanted to succeed in the workout. Time was of the essence. 

 

Circuit training can come in all forms: cardio, strength exercises and a combination of both. You can also choose to use machines if you aren’t comfortable using free weights OR you can use body weight exercises (which means you can do them at home). Depending on your fitness level and the equipment available to you, it could be a fun workout to take on and you can change it up however you like to meet your needs. 

 

Pros of Circuit training:

  • Increases endurance
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • strength building 
  • can utilize weight machines, free weights or body weight
  • can be done at home or the gym
  • challenges you
  • lose fat while maintaining strength
  • Beginners, intermediate or advanced athletes
  • cardio, strength or a combination of both— depending on your goals

In my opinion, it is a great option for those of you who might need to turn up the fun factor in your workouts, need a challenge, want something new, great for partner workouts — where you both train together, and if you are new to exercise, it can help get you started in the right direction. I use circuit training more often than not, especially when I am doing CrossFit based workouts, or want to add some high intensity volume training. Definitely worthy of giving a go! 

 

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Whats your favorite circuit training workout? 

 
 

Have You Ever Jumped For a Squat?

Jump Squats

It is all in the name of pain that one can do Jump squats — LOL.  I remember when back when I was a spring chicken and more athletic than I am now (year or so ago) I was doing 30/40/50 reps of jump squats (and compared to some athletes now, that is nothing) but I will tell you WHAT: They definitely made you sore during and afterwards. I still implement them but not as often as I should – which will probably change now that I have mentioned them. I consider this exercise a more intermediate but can be advanced if you add weights (barbell, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc) to the mix; we won’t go to that extreme for the sake of this blog post (face it, bodyweight is a challenge)

 

The important thing to remember is form during this exercise and how to explode UP when you jump ( I posted a video for your use) typically this exercise is used as a plyometric exercise but in the shadows people call it “fuck this.. I can only manage 5” LOL — I like to think we can all do at least 10.. but if you are like me.. 50 reps makes us feel like a superhero so we go all the way to 50 and regret it later but have ego points! haha LET THE JUMPS BEGIN!

 

Step to jump squat:

 
  1. Feet will be shoulder width apart, head up and back will need to be straight
  2. Squat down until your upper thighs or parallel or lower to the floor – also don’t forget to inhale
  3. Press down with the balls of your feet, and jump straight UP as high as possible. You Exhale during this portion of the movement
  4. After touching the floor again, immediately squat down and repeat the movement

If you are aware of proper squat form then this won’t be too difficult, however, if you are unsure of squat form, go back to the basics and learn that FIRST!  Obviously be aware of your injuries/conditions that could prohibit you from completing this movement, so talk to your medical professional FIRST before conquering this exercise. 

 

What muscles:

  • Core 
  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • lower back

This is one of those exercises, where it can be done practically anywhere and doesn’t need any equipment, but be sure you have ample space and head room for when you jump, I don’t want you to endure any avoidable injuries. Enjoy!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon

 

 

Sit ups/Crunches Superset

Isolated Exercises 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=041wlaybIMY&t=1s

I did 3 x 30 sit ups & 3 x 30 Crunches (superset)

 

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Oct. 17th Workout

Workout:

(Ascending & Descending pyramid) barbell back squat:

 
  •  1 x15, 75 lb
  •  1 x 10, 85 lb
  •  1 x 5, 100 lb
  •  1 x 1, 135 lb
  •  1 x 1, 135 lb
  •  1 x 5, 100 lb
  •  1 x 10, 85 lb
  •  1 x 15, 75 lb

Tri-set superset:

  • Front squat: 4 x 2-5, 100 lb
  • Goodmorning: 4 x 10, 40 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 40 lb

Superset:

  • Romanian barbell deadlift: 4 x 2-5, 225 lb
  • Alternate EZ bar lunges: 4 x 2-5, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Overhead squat: 4 x 2-5, 45 lb barbell
  • Barbell stiff-leg deadlifts: 4 x 2-5, 135 lb

HIIT: (5 rounds)

  1. plank leg raises: 15 seconds
  2. plank jacks: 15 seconds
  3. plank arm raises: 15 seconds
  4. plank jump ins: 15 seconds

and 1 minute rest between rounds.

 

At the top is the routine I followed in the previous I posted for squats. If you enjoyed this workout, be sure to like, comment, share, and follow! thanks!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo