Bloated but got it done

Warm up:

 
  • Seated leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg, green band
  • stationary lunges: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 3, 230 lbs (75% RM)
  • Barbell back squat: 8 x 5, 135 lbs (60% RM)
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs 

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstrings): 5 x 8-10, 298 lbs 
  • DB calf raises: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs 

Superset:

  • Cable pull through: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 10 kg

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August 29th Workout

Today’s Back attack and Abs 🙂

 

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute step ups

Workout:

Superset:

  • Face pull (rope attachment): 3 x 6-8, 60 lb, 70 lb, 80 lb
  • Military press: 3 x 6-8, 60 lb
  • 1 minute jump rope

Superset:

  • Close-grip pulldown: 3 x 6-8, 100 lb
  • single arm DB row: 3 x 6-8 per arm, 35 lb
  • 1 minute jump rope

Superset:

  • Smith machine single arm row: 3 x 6-8 each arm, 55 lb and 65 lb
  • Inverted row: 3 x 6-8
  • 1 minute jump rope 

Superset:

  • Seated Russian Twist: 3 x 10-15, 45 lb
  • Planks: 3 x 1 minute
  • Vertical crunches: 3 x 10-15

I pretty much did all supersets and focused on working my back muscles today and abs, the jump rope was some added cardio!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

 

August 28th Workout

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute DB step up – 30 lb

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell squat (bar only): 3 x 15
  • Linear leg press: 3 x 10, 180 lb
  • Pull ups: 3 x 10

Superset:

  • EZ bar lunge: 3 x 15, 40 lb
  • Kettlebell cleans: 3 x 10, 10 kg and 8kg
  • Barbell curls: 3 x 10, 40 lb

Superset:

  • Bulgarian squats: 3 x 15 each leg, 20 lb 
  • smith machine vertical leg press: 3 x 10, 205 lb
  • standing DB shoulder press: 3 x 10, 40 lb
 

Man-Makers (Exercise How to)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMNnvhg1JcM

 

I call these WOMAN MAKERS! 😀 

It is probably obvious why I call them “Woman makers” instead, basically because I am female and I am cool like that; but don’t get offended men, because they are formally called “man-makers”. 

Now the majority of you are probably thinking “WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS THIS” and I don’t blame you because in ordinary gyms, you don’t normally see this workout being performed BUT in a CrossFit gym, oh yeah this workout is being done like no tomorrow baby, lol. I would know.. just ask me how 🙂

If none of you have tried this particular exercise, look out because it is no joke and no easy movement and imagine having to do this timed (having to get so many done in under a certain time) – yes I was THAT person. I however, used about 20-25 lb dumbbells .. so that didn’t make my job any easier and some people use heavier than that and others go lighter – doesn’t matter because this workout isn’t easy. I will start by saying that this workout is performed differently depending on the CrossFit box and who is teaching you, so don’t be alarmed by the video up top, some people perform it this way and others add other things to it but this video will give you an idea on how to perform the movement, good luck 🙂

How Do You Perform A ‘Man-Maker’:

  1. Start with positioning a pair of dumbbells (that you know will be easy for you to do with this movement) in front of you, parallel to each other.  You will want to keep your back flat, bend forward, and squad down grasping the dumbbells. 
  2. Initiate the movement by kicking one leg back and the other so that you are in the push up position while holding onto the dumbbells. You will do a one-arm row on each side (bring the elbow up as high as you can)
  3. Hop with your weight forward and rise up by cleaning the weights (bring dumbbells up to shoulder level), descend into a squat, and explosively rise up, then press weights overheard to full arm extension. 
  4. you will lower the dumbbells back to shoulders, then bend over as you squat down to return the weights back to the floor in front of you
  5. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

As you can tell this movement can be highly difficult for beginners and with few steps, there is still a technique involved so that you minimize injury. The important part not choosing too heavy of dumbbells to do this movement because that can be the DIFFERENCE between hurting yourself and making it all the way through. 

 

What Muscles Are Worked:

  • Quads
  • obliques – to a lesser degree
  • shoulders
  • biceps
  • groin
  • chest
  • traps
  • forearms
  • abs
  • calves
  • middle back
  • triceps
  • lower back
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • hip flexors 
  • and outer thighs
  • lats

As you can tell it targets a lot of the body and muscles – because this exercise is considered a total body exercise and calisthenics workout. You really will feel this exercise throughout the body and while I don’t recommend beginners to do this exercise without first trying it with very low weight, I do recommend implementing it to your workout for those who need a good total body day! 

A good challenge with these is to see how many you can do in under 1 minute or under 2 minutes if you feel like a warrior 🙂 I had to do them within 2-3 minute ranges and on a bad day, sometimes 4-5 minutes intertwined with other workouts. 

 

Hopefully all of you are feeling extra adventurous and if so, I want to hear how many you did under that 1 minute or 2 minute 🙂 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 
 
 

Phase Two: Week 6|Day 36|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute step up with knee raise

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press (medium grip): 4 x 2-5. 100 lb (1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Incline DB press: 3 x 2-5. 70 lb (1 minute DB clean- 20 lb between sets)
  • Decline DB bench press: 3 x 2-5. 60 lb (1 minute running in place between sets)
  • Dips: 4 x 2-5. ( 1 minute kettlebell swing- 8kg between sets)
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 4 x 2-5, 65 lb (1 minute smith power clean – 75 lb between sets)
  • Smith machine hip thrust: 3 x 4-5, 205 lb (1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Hanging leg raise: 3 x 4-5 , 10 lb (1 minute bench step up between sets)

Today starts the last week of this particular program & I am so very excited with how far I have come in strength gains and endurance. I ended up adding 10 lb to my hanging knee raise and was able to do the movement like so and even increased my DB incline press by 10 lb and did 5 good reps. 

Let me know what your workout was today? How ya feeling afterwards and any new PR’s.

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 32|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute jump rope 

Workout:

  • Low cable crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute jump rope between sets)
  • Cable Crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb ( 1 minute bench step ups between sets)
  • DB flyes: 3 x 16-20. 20 lb (1 minute squat jumps between sets)
  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 3 x 16-20 , 30 lb (1 minute side to side shuffle between sets)
  • Cable lying triceps extension: 3 x 16-20, 30 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings – 8kg between sets)
  • Triceps pushdown (rope attachment) : 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute goblet squat -30 lb between sets)
  • Cross-body crunches: 3 x 16-20 ( 1 minute running in place between sets)
  • Standing cable woodchop: 3 x 16- 20, 20 lb (1 minute lunge jumps between sets)

Today my knee didn’t hurt much except for the goblet squats, but still got things done in a timely manner and worked up a good sweat. The more reps, I lowered my weight, but it brought on muscle soreness in a different way, really focused on pushing my cardio and also getting through this rep range. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 31| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

  • 2-3 minute skipping in place

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 6-8. 65 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)
  • DB incline row: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute goblet squats – 30 lb between sets)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 6-8. 120 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between sets)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 6-8. 165 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between sets)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute kettlebell swing – 8kg between sets)
  • Seated barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 40 lb ( 1 minute med ball slam- 10 lb between sets)
  • reverse barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute DB lunge – 20 lb between sets)

My left knee was bothering me today during my workout, can’t say I enjoyed the pain and I didn’t take it easy on myself, but I did decide to add some muscle lotion afterwards and that took the pain away for now, hopefully later I will ice it and just rest up. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman.

Shay-lon xo