Today was supposed to be a rest day..
But it wasn’t. The program called for a rest day but if you know me, then you know I workout about 5 – 6 days a week (when I am healthy and active/not when I am pmsing and sick) and so this means, I did WHAT I WANT (typical of me), will I pay for it later? possibly, but I don’t like having too many rest days unless they are necessary and while I am following the program and doing a good job of it for a day three; I told you I would tweak things to my liking.
Today was my LAST day of the push up challenge and I am sore and very happy! It has been a fun rollercoaster of excitement and strength gains, I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to seeing my competitors at the finish line during this challenge. Yesterday, my calories were under, but didn’t meet any of my macro goals except fats (of course) and this is because I am not used to eating more than 3 times a day (I know, I know, judge me later okay) so I am trying to aim little by little to eat 4 small meals a day and work my way up if necessary. I will be discussing this program via YouTube and still posting my workouts on the blog, BUT more in depth via video.
Circuit #1: 4 rounds
- Man Maker: 5 reps, 40 lb
- DB thruster: 5 reps, 40 lb
- DB curls: 5 reps, 40 lb
Circuit #2: 3 rounds
- weighted burpee: 15 reps, 30 lb
- kettlebell swings: 15 reps, 25 lb
- roman sit ups: 15 reps
Circuit #3: 5 rounds
- hang clean: 5 reps, 50 lb
- push press: 5 reps, 50 lb
- alternating lunges: 5 reps, 30 lb
- squats: 5 reps, 30 lb
Push ups: 50 reps
Cardio: 8 minutes – running on treadmill (4.8 speed) no incline.
I made this circuit (it was not in the program) and yes, it was hell! I thought I was going to pass out many times BUT it is a circuit I will do again because the aftermath feels so good.
Let me know if YOU decide to give this circuit a try, I would love to see what others think of it and how well you do 🙂 not to mention, all of you stronger people probably can show off your strength! ha. leave comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow me! thanks!
Your Fitness Blogger,
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..
- 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
age: 24 years old