Heavy never felt so good

Warm Up:

  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Kettlebell lateral lunges: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Single leg butt lifts: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 260 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 200 lbs

This was all I had done today because I had to get home in time to have a nap, meal prep and get around for an online Webinar (which I ended up waking up late for – only got a glimpse of 30 minutes of it) so hopefully it still counts towards my CEC’s lol. 

P.S I did a two a day today and came in to lift with a friend  — working on triceps 

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Heavy core leg lifts “learning to push through”

Feeling bloated and cramping sucks. I wasn’t sure by the way my body was acting if I would be able to go through with this heavy lifting day, especially since it was deadlifts AND squats, and I knew I wouldn’t hae time to make up for it this week — because of it being Memorial Day weekend & I would be out of town most of the weekend. All I knew is, I had to try it and see what would come of it. Thankfully, it wasn’t my very best lifting day but it didn’t go poorly — it went better than I had expected & I am happy for that. I guess, this is what happens when you “push through” and “try”, sometimes it works out. 

I kept my accessory work fairly light but not super light. My main lifts were heavy and so I thought I would do high reps with accessory but not push a heavy load —

Warm up:

  • Body bar overhead squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • leg curl machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 1-2, 285 lbs (95% 1RM) I failed the 5th set because i lost some gas in my lift. Regardless, for the first few sets were easy. 
  • Barbell back squat (low bar/wide stance): 5 x 2-3, 190 lbs (95% 1RM) — easy lift, i was able to do 2 reps easy, probably could have went for 4 reps. 

Tri-set:

  • DB goblet squat: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • DB plie squat: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band butt lifts: 6 x 12-15, red band

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 6 x 12-15 each leg, 8 kg
  • linear leg press: 6 x 12-15, 388 lbs
  • Body bar squats: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs

I did some video footage of my squat and deadlift from today – & also happen to get a follow from the legend Matt Wenning (professional Powerlifter) so that was fun and he also liked my video 🙂 

I know when I test my new max for squats, it will be well over 200 now.. I am hoping maybe 215-225 lbs. My deadlifts I am hoping it meets 310-315 lbs soon, but that will depend on the day and how well I lift with the correct form. My sumo deadlift probably will hit 275 lbs soon, so hoping for the best. I will probably test max’s in a couple more weeks — possibly the 1st or 2nd week of June is the goal. 

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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. 

 
 
 
 

 

Linear Leg Press (Exercise How to &YouTube Video)

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

Most gyms will carry this machine, but I have seen them shaped seemingly different. The above video is of myself demonstrating how to use one (I did 4 x 20 at 180 lb) but of course depending on your goals and fitness level that could be different for everyone. Something I want EVERYONE to keep in mind during this exercise since so many people have gotten hurt utilizing this machine (because they did not use it properly) is DON’T LOCK YOUR KNEES! also, this machine weight DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BARBELL SQUAT IT! so many people assume because they can leg pres 500 lb they can then squat 500 lb — that is not how this works and you will harm yourself assuming otherwise. Please head to my warnings, if you want to see some videos of people who have broken bones during this exercise, let me know.. ha. 

 

So now that I have the warnings out of the way, this exercise is actually a decent workout, now people with knee problems or issues this machine might not be for you (ask your medical doctor first) but I have known people with knee surgery, etc to utilize it afterwards (post their surgery after rehab) so don’t assume you will not ever be able to – anything is possible with a mindset of success. I personally use this machine as a superset and pyramid workout as well, I think it definitely is one that will leave your leg day worthwhile after doing so many reps and sets. 

 

How does one use this machine/do this workout:

 
  1. Sit down at the machine and place legs on the platform in front of you. There are three stances you can use on this machine but I will be talking about the medium (shoulder width) foot stance. 
  2. Lower the safety bars while pushing the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended (without locking your knees)
  3. Inhale and lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90 degree angle
  4. Push using the heels of your foot, and quads.. go back up to starting position.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions and be sure to remember to lock the safety pins again when finished. 

What muscles are being worked?

  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hip and torso for stabilization

Depending on foot placement on the platform you can isolate which muscles you want to work on more directly. I tend to like the variety this machine offers. 

 

I would recommend this machine for beginners as well as intermediate athletes, because like I said it can be used as a superset, pyramid or even just a way to strengthen your leg muscles. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

Do any of you not like using this machine? 

 

Kettlebell swings (exercise)

Happy Friday! 

 

Today, I am going to go over an exercise that I enjoy doing myself. It is called the “kettlebell swing” and I was first introduced to it during during my exercise science class and picked it up fairly quickly (it isn’t a difficult exercise) but form and technique like any other exercise is very important in order to do this exercise correctly. I am going to discuss how to perform this exercise and give you a briefing on what muscles it works on and then I expect all of you to go out and give it a go & let me know in the comments your thoughts on the exercise.

 

How To Perform The KettleBell Swing:

 
  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and toes pointed out. Look straight ahead (choose an appropriate size kettlebell) with the kettlebell between your legs using a two-handed, overhand grip. 
  2. Keep the arch in your lower back, bend your hips back until the kettlebell is between/behind your legs. Squeeze your glutes to extend your hips and swing the weight up.
  3. Allow the weight to swing back between your legs as you bend your hips and slightly bend your knees. Extend the hips and knees to reverse the momentum as you go in for the next rep. 
  4. Repeat for however many repetitions. 

Muscles worked:

  • Hips
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • lats
  • abs
  • shoulders
  • grip 
  • and chest area

You can also use… 

  • Dumbbells for this exercise 

If you are beginner, choose a lighter weight to begin with so that you can work on getting the correct form down then as you become more comfortable you can then give heavier ones a try. If you have had any prior injuries or conditions, please speak with your doctor before attempting this exercise. Please feel free to share, comment, like and follow me for more exercises. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

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