Leg dance & dance session

Warm up:

  • EZ bar hip thrusters: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: (heavy day): 6 x 2-3. 2 x 245 lbs (80%), 2 x 260 lbs (85%) 2 x 275 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell back squat [ low bar, wide stance]: 8 x 6-8 (speed work) 4 x 145 lbs, 4 x 155 lbs (belt-less) 
  • Box squats (moderate weight): 6 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • Barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 8-10, 95 lbs
  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 6 x 8-10, 295 lbs

Supersets:

  • seated leg extension machine: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs, 70 lbs, 80 lbs, 90 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 6 x 8-10, 80 lbs, 90 lbs, 100 lbs, 110 lbs

I did a video on my box squats today & did a groovy dance video as well, here

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Yesterday, I made changes to my bench

I decided that this week, I would change up my bench routine. For awhile I have been doing Monday speed training with bench & Wednesday were for heavy lifting with bench but this week  & the weeks going forward (assuming it brings results) I am going to do speed and heavy on the same days Monday & Wednesday. I did this change because in the past I was missing out on a Monday or Wednesday bench & it was hard making up for it due to obligations and travel so now if I miss either day, I can do the workout the next bench day & I think this will provide more results as well in the long run. 

Warm Up:

  • Reverse Triceps cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Biceps machine (isolated) 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 15 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6-8 4 x 80 lbs (65%) & 4 x 90 lbs (70%)
  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3, 2 x 100 lbs (80%), 2 x 105 lbs (85%) & 2 x 110 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 6 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets

  • DB floor press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 6 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB bench press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps overhead extension: 6 x 8-10, 25 lbs

Supersets:

  • DB farmer carries/walks (first time) – 2 x 180 lbs (2 90 lb DBs)
  • DB shrugs: 2 x 8-10, 90 lbs (2 45 lb DBs)

The farmer carries were lethal, extremely challenging and brand new to me, I took a picture of my injury from yesterday — here

BEGREATGUYS Tips #8

USE Your Failures As Strengths 

If you are going to remind yourself of your failures, then make them into strengths. Might as well make them useful and to your benefit. I’d rather you remember the times you failed or gave up in order to push you than to forget about them; only to end up in the same position you are in now: struggling with trying again. We have all been unsuccessful at something (work, fitness, sports, etc) and regardless if it happened in front of many people or in your own privacy — it still sucked nonetheless. Out of anger and frustration, we try again, only to fail once more because instead of using the failure as willpower, we used it to fuel our negative mindset. I can’t promise the voyage will be easy, but I can tell you one thing: it will be useful. 

I am going to share some simple steps to follow so that when the time comes, you have the power to continue:

  1. Don’t do it with anger or malicious intent. In remembering your failures, it can be hard to think that maybe you aren’t great at something, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get better — if you try again in a relaxed, focused state, you will be better off.
  2. Don’t assume the worst before beginning. It’s easy to assume that if we failed once, we are bound to do it again BUT don’t get caught up with that; that leads to anger/frustration & you lose focus on what is important
  3. Have to be willing to accept either path. It isn’t guaranteed that if you try again you will prevail the second time round; you may fail again but the goal is to try again and get better each time. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to fail in front of others. Allowing your pride to get the best of you, will only hinder you. Failing at something in front of somebody doesn’t make you weak, it makes you stronger. Don’t be worried about what someone may think or say, just worry about producing results
  5. Change your vocabulary. Utilize words that push you: I can, I will, It’s possible, Keep trying , etc. Using negative words can lead to negative thoughts and not so great results. 

For every time I have given up on something, I have regretted it later on. You never know what you are truly capable of, until you have given it all that you have more than enough times to count — Shay-lon

What makes for a good gym partner?

Some people are ‘lone wolves’ such as myself, but every now and then we want the encouragement of someone else to keep us pumped, grow a bond & be the ‘bro’ we need in order to hit that next PR (yelling in our ear and rooting for our success)! 

 

But.. 

 

We should be picking about who we choose to be that “bro” and that friend we call on because it does make all the difference. Down below I highlight some tips to look for when searching for a gym partner who benefits you & vice versa. 

 
 
  1. You need to choose someone who has a personality that meshes well with yours
  2. Choose someone who is close to your fitness level — unless you don’t mind playing teacher/coach (some people find that annoying)
  3. Find someone who commits to the gym as much as yourself or more so that you can count of them for the long term. 
  4. If they don’t push you to do better, don’t challenge you to excel then they aren’t a person who will benefit you. 
  5. Find a person whose schedule can work along with yours — or find a compromise you are both willing to do
  6. Choose someone who doesn’t ‘yap’ all day, but knows when to focus on the grind while at the gym — you are there for results not for a social party
  7. Choose a gym partner that keeps you accountable
  8. Choose someone that doesn’t have a huge ego, you don’t want someone that’s there to show off their gains, you want someone who compliments your gains but also confident with themselves without having to be flashing
  9. Choose someone who is open minded- because when choosing a program for yourself or the both of you, you need someone who is willing to give something a go, unless they seek different results, but not someone who talks down about your decisions *but offering advice is fine*
  10. A know it all, doesn’t always know it ALL. Choose someone who doesn’t treat you like a test subject, they might know their bodies but it doesn’t mean they know yours and unless you hire them for training you, don’t allow someone to make you feel stupid or incompetent. There are coaches with experience and degrees that can offer that type of support. If your gym partner is coming off like a ‘know it ALL’ then they are too involved with being right than being a friend & that will get old real fast. 

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The shenanigans of today

Warm up:

 
  • Straight arm cable pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flys: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 110 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6 (4 x 75 lbs 60% 1RM) (4 x 80 lbs 65% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 2-3 (2 x 100 lbs) ( 2 x 105 lbs) (2 x 110 lbs ) (2 x 120 lbs)

Tri-set

  • Hammer curls: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • Cable overhead triceps extension, 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band push ups: 5 x 5-6, red band

Want to see my PR from today (hitting 2 reps for 120 lbs, 95% my max) check out Bench press

Skipped Monday & regret it

Starting on a Tuesday was about as bad as skipping a whole week at the gym. My performance on Tuesday leg day was less than mediocre and hardly finished (in order to finish up my workout, I had to edit the amount of sets/reps & lower the weight on lifts that don’t normally require it) I just felt like a walking Zombie and no amount of time staying at the gym was making it any easier on me. I suppose it might not only come from missing Monday’s chest day but also from the lack of sleep I had gotten the night before and perhaps the fact that I wasn’t suped up on pre-workout (which I take normally twice a week) but would rather take it like twice a month due to wanting to go back to my natural energy from waking up in the morning. I have decided that yesterday’s workout was a tragedy & while we are human with bad days, I like to think that I could make up for this another day.

 

Now with all the blah blah blah out of the way, we can get to the point. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Leg press 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Leg extensions: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • hip abduction: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlifts: 8 x 6 ( 4 x 175 lbs (60%1RM) (4 x 190 lbs (65% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squats (low back, wide stance): 8 x 2-3 (2 x 180 lbs 80% 1RM) (2 x 190 lbs 85% 1RM) (2 x 200 lbs 90% 1RM) (2 x 215 lbs 95% 1RM)
  • Power cleans: 5 x 3, 100 lbs & 110 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (Hammies concentrated): 8 x 5-6 478 lbs
  • Linear leg press single leg: 8 x 5-6 each leg, 208 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar overhead squats: 3 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • DB Romanian deadlift: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Hamstring/glute machine: 4 x 5-6, 25 lbs
  • DB goblet squat: 4 x 5-6, 45 lbs

Shay-lon

BEGREATGUYS — Don’t rely on someone

Save some of your motivation from within. 

 

We all need a little bit of a boost to keep going – to know we are headed in the right direction — to keep us accountable — to make us feel good about how far we have come. 

Indeed all of this is true, and I believe having a partner in crime that keeps you focused and disciplined and makes it possible for you to keep going is a great opportunity and needed — because social support is important. On the other hand, relying on your partner in crime, in order to succeed might weigh you down long-term and keep you from exploring outside your comfort level — or prohibit you from taking a leap of faith.  I think too much of a good thing, is just that, too much of a good thing. We need someone to keep us grounded, but when that someone backs down after awhile, we need to know how to use what we have within to keep up from giving up. 

 
 

As a personal trainer, i like to think it is my job to be a cheerleader, role model, knowledgeable professional in the field of fitness/health and an accountability partner that creates workouts and talks to you about what specifically will get you from point A to point B. I love my job and I love that I can build people inside & contribute to their physical changes that make them feel good. I just wonder sometimes if people whom rely on their trainers, realize that at some point, it will be time for you to leave the nest and utilize all the teachings so that you become independent at the gym. Now, I am not against having a long term client because everyone meets their goals at different lengths of time & everyone’s goals are different how they go about them BUT at the same time, when I am relied on, I don’t want it to be so that when and if I go on vacation; my client decides to quit working out until I return. I want my clients to be self sufficient enough that if I should be gone for a short period of time, they can manage on their own. It’s profitable to have a client rely on me, but it doesn’t make me look good when I have a client for years who has yet to reach any of their goals or who has yet to be able to gain enough confidence to workout without me being physically there every waking moment. I don’t want to kick my clients to the curb but I want to know that they are growing independently, building self esteem, and maintaining their success in the process of having me train them & I know it will take time. 


But not only from a trainer perspective but also from a friend/neighbor/spouse/family, etc perspective… 

We shouldn’t allow these people to feel so pressured. Having a friend who comes to the gym with you is fun, motivating and keeps you on your feet but what happens when that person misses a few days? Normally, the first thought is to stop going for a few days as well because you don’t want to workout without them. The motivation you have stems from being able to workout with your friend, so when a friend misses a day or two, that becomes your excuse for missing a day or two. Basically when you realize you aren’t meeting your goals and aren’t seeing results, the blame will fall on your friend because in your mind, because your friend missed a few days– you weren’t able to meet the requirements it takes to meet your goals. Not saying you will legitimately blame them to their face, but when someone ask why haven’t you been attending the gym anymore; it will fall back on your friend — “I normally come when my friend comes, and he hasn’t been able to make it back in so when he feels better or starts back on his normal routine, we will be back”. Nobody should take the blame for your lack of choice to do something, because when it comes down to it, you have the time and the reason for wanting to workout– but you have co-depended on someone for so long in order to workout that when it comes time to come on your own, it’s too intimidating & you make them the excuse. 


When you want something bad enough… 

It should come from within, it should fuel you enough to start and to finish. Having an extra person to root for you is good, but sometimes people don’t root and don’t support, so you have to be prepared to conquer things on your own. Prepare to endure many things on your own, so that if the time should come where you lose that partner in crime or lose that support — it doesn’t prohibit you from continuing on your journey. Life doesn’t always play fair and in order to make the best of the lemons thrown at us, we need to rely on ourselves for the most strength. I am a firm believer that having social support is a wonderful thing, but I stand by that people can either bring you up or weigh you down; you have to stay in control of yourself and not allow someone else to be your driver. 


Anybody can play backseat driver to our choices, but you are the one driving, so the only person who can control your steering wheel is you” — Shay-lon Moss

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