Tip #5: Do deadlifts right, or learn how

So, today’s tip goes along with a particular exercise – the DEADLIFT! we might have talked about this before but I want to get it ingrained in your mind – WATCH YOUR FORM, DO THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE! If you want to lift heavier weight, do it the right way, because on your journey to being Mr/Miss “Badass” you will find out REAL quick that lifting heavy don’t mean shit if you can’t do it properly and safely. I love lifting, & like the majority of you, I love lifting heavier weights because it just feels so good and gives us that ego boost – you know I am right! lol. In the same context, there is no point in lifting heavy if I can’t properly do it and end up with an injury that puts me on my ass for months at a time because I thought I’d be a cool kid and not listen to Shay’s advice and lift it however the fuck I want. Well guess what buddy?! GO ahead and lift it however the fuck you choose, but when and if you should hurt yourself, don’t come to this post talking loads of crap about how nobody told me so, or “I have been doing it this way for years” or any other excuse that comes out like gas and smells because I will not respond with a smile on my face. If the weight is to heavy for you to do it correctly, then suck up your pride and put your ego aside and lower it and work up to it gradually. 

 

If you are a personal trainer, you should know better and should be watching your client’s form and technique, no excuses because ask yourself, do you want your client injured? do you want the possibility of losing them as a client? NO, so pay attention! 

 

Listen to my podcast over aRomanian deadlift advice

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon

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Sit ups because sometimes less is more (Exercise How to)

The best way to do a sit up, is to do it the right way! 

 

If you guessed today’s workout and guesses Sit ups, then you are correct (I know it was obvious) lol. but honestly, I chose this exercise because for 3 reasons 

1) it can be done at home or at the gym, on the go

2) it is simple (unless you have an injury that prohibits this movement) 

3) SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THEM CORRECTLY, lol and that can cause injury and strain your neck. 

 

Now, I have been taught to do sit ups two different ways, and I think I like one way more than the other but I see the concept of them both if executed correctly. Personally I will share a link down below of a video of one of the ways I have done them (if I can find the other, I will share that one as well)

 

Someone will say, “Why should I do sit ups, if I am doing compound movements then I am already working the core muscles” & while this is TRUE! and very important because a weak core means possible injury, not correct form or technique BUT doing isolated movements for that muscle will always be beneficial because it does help to strengthen that area. I am not promoting to do abs everyday, because if you are doing your workouts correctly, you should be utilizing those muscles anyways but it doesn’t hurt to do ab workouts 2-3 times a week if necessary, which I do with my clients & they enjoy it. Everyone will have a different outlook but I do what I find is necessary for myself and who I am training. 

 

Something else to keep in mind, sit ups aren’t meant to lose fat in that area (not useful for weightloss) they are useful for strengthening the core. So many individuals believe that by doing these everyday they can lose weight in their abdominal area but that isn’t what this exercise is for. This particular exercise you won’t necessarily see the results unless you have already gotten your fat percentage low enough to where you can notice a difference in the performance of the exercise and muscles being worked. Some might argue they lost weight doing sit ups, but I will argue that there had to be other exercises performed that played a part in your weight loss as well because sit ups alone isn’t going to do it. 

 

How to do Sit ups properly?

 
  1. lie down on the floor – either place feet under something or have your partner hold them down so that they don’t move about. Legs will be bent at the knees.
  2. place your hands behind your head – starting position
  3. Elevate the body until it creates a V-shape with your thighs (breathe out during this portion of the exercise)
  4. :lower the upperbody down while inhaling
  5. repeat for the recommended repetitions

Now this is one way to do it (hands behind the head): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwoBqPH0jk

 

Now my workout video where I am doing sit ups in my previous post you will think that I am straining my neck, I am not,  but I should have done a better job of looking forward when coming up to make sure I am not putting too much pressure on the neck. Always remember it is important to do the exercise correctly rather than hurting yourself. Be sure to speak with medical professionals before attempting this exercise. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon 

Rope Climbing (Exercise How To/CrossFit)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD0uO7JGdZU

I will be honest when I say not a whole lot of you will probably find time in doing this workout, or don’t go to a gym that offers a rope for this type of training BUT if you ever do get the chance to give it a go at a local CrossFit box or make something at home like this, I highly recommend it because it works multiple muscles and it is a lot harder than what these athletes make it out to be (if you are doing it properly). I realize there may be 100 different ways to climb a rope, but there is a technique that CrossFit athletes have to follow if they want to get it done faster and do it the right way with minimum injury. We were all kids once upon a time and that meant possible tree climbing and doing things without even thinking about how we are doing them, but as we got older and more cautious, we might not always take those same risk and that goes with rope climbing because even though the concept of climbing a rope doesn’t seem hard at all when you think about it, it is dangerous because if you let go – you could fall on hard ground and mess yourself up, you could slide down the rope and get rope burns.. I mean the possibilities are endless BUT it shouldn’t keep you from experiencing this fun activity! 

 

The above video I posted, is an older video but shares how rope climbing should be done, so those of you who need visuals, I have that there (keep in mind there are so many trainers found on YouTube, that most of them know what they are talking about if you need more tutorials) & for those of you who do better reading instructions, I will have them down below with much more information! 

 

How does one rope climb?

 
  1. Grab the rope with both hands above your head, pull down on rope as you take a small jump
  2. wrap the rope around ONE LEG while using your feet to pinch the rope. Reach up as high as possible with your arms while gripping the rope tightly
  3. Release the rope from your feet as you pull yourself up with your arms, bringing your knees towards your chest
  4. Then re-secure your feet on the rope, standing up to take another high hold on the rope, then continuing until you reach the top
  5. if you want to lower yourself – loosen the grip on the rope with your feet as you slide down using a hand over motion. 

So.. what muscles will strengthen because of it?

  • Lats
  • biceps 
  • triceps
  • delts
  • chest
  • abs
  • obliques
  • also if you are using mainly your legs , then you will use the majority of your leg muscles as well
  • forearms
  • grip strength

Beginner’s exercise?

Not necessarily because it is a more intermediate to advanced training but BEGINNERS SHOULD DO IT because practice makes better and it challenges you! nothing should stop you from doing something no matter what your fitness level is, because we ALL have to start somewhere & we all were beginners at ONE POINT! keep it safe and you will do fine!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

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Skier’s thumb (gamekeeper’s thumb) injury prevention

So I will be honest when I tell you I have never heard of this injury before, I mean I know people can hurt their thumb, but never heard of this and not an injury I hear a lot about when it comes to sports. I don’t ski so this isn’t something I would have been aware of, but for all you who do, have you heard of this injury before, has this ever happened to you? Feel free to share your experience and story in the comment section. I had to do some digging to see what this injury consisted of, and luckily for you I found a source that was able to be helpful in explaining it more in depth, but for my fellow readers, I will use short sentences to give you an idea as to what this is. 

 

What is “skier’s thumb”

An injury to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) of the thumb. The UCL is either torn, damaged or ‘avulsed’ from the insertion site. 

 

How does this injury happen?

Any extreme force that pulls the thumb away from the palm of the hand

 
  • downhill skiing
  • fall on your hand with thumb stretched out
  • when a skier falls down while holding the ski pole

So it might be more common that I had thought. 

 

Symptoms:

  • painful
  • swollen
  • thumb may feel weak when pinched or grasp something
  • bruise like discolorations around the joint
  • difficult to hold or squeeze things
  • there might be a bump around the surrounding area

Treatment options:

  • Partial tears don’t need surgery usually. Thumb will need immobilized for about 4 to six weeks in a special cast. 
  • If completely torn- chances are you will need surgery, normally done as an outpatient procedure. 

Rehab will be needed in both cases to gain strength and ROM back. 

 

I don’t know about you guys but this doesn’t seem like a fun injury to have – so try to be careful next time you go skiing or when you take a fall. Like,comment, share, and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon 

A New Week, A New Thought

Bloggers,

I decided to add another fun topic to my blog because well, I wanted to and because there are some things I think would be fun to talk about with within this category. This specific category will be called “Thinking Out Loud” & I will post it on Sundays! basically this will integrate my thoughts for the week, current events (preferably around fitness/health), my opinions on certain things in the industry, it might talk on my experiences or tell a story, it might be discussing things outside of the scope of fitness/health, it could be about anything really that doesn’t already fit into my other categories (which I will name at the end of this post) so hopefully all of you will enjoy it greatly because I am looking forward to it myself. 

 

ALSO…For those of you who may not follow my soundcloud account, I have decided that I also want to add another category based off of my podcast & it will be “Tuesday Fitness/health advice & tips” so I will continue my podcast series but will be adding this to the blog as well now because I want everyone to benefit from this 🙂 Which this basically is going to be me giving you advice & tips and also be answering questions that maybe people have asked me or have for me now that could be helpful for others. 

 

ALSO, ALSO… My podcast is supposed to have interviews, current events, Q & A on Saturdays, but I have been slacking and yet to do that, so not only will that continue (as soon as I find ways to get that going) but WHEN and IF I have time, I will be adding guest post to my blog (which is nothing new) but haven’t done it in a  LONG time. Yikes! sorry.  but this will take place on Saturday’s or Sundays possibly – the way I will go about it, is I just have a list of over 100 DIFFERENT TOPICS I want to write about written down and some are meant for guest post and some are meant for me to write about – so basically if I come to you about writing something for me, it is because I feel like you could be a good person to discuss that particular topic BUT this does not mean I don’t allow people to write guest post otherwise, because I have had people come to me about wanting to guest post (which is fine) but I am just really picky because this blog is my baby! lol so don’t take offense if I don’t accept your topic or request to write a post on my blog, because I like to be choosy because I worked my ass off on this blog like everyone else on theirs. 

 

ALSO, ALSO, ALSO.. LOL.. I have been doing Review Wednesday’s on YouTube (so yes, I will be adding them to the blog regularly on Wed whenever I do them) 

 

So with this all being said and laid out, I am hoping going into this new year, my blog will continue to grow, and give everyone something to read about that they are interested in no matter what journey they are on as far as fitness/health goes. 

 

Blog Schedule:

 
  1. Monday: Motivation/Inspiration quotes & my workout for the day
  2. Tuesday: Exercise (how to do/I choose an exercise and discuss it), my workout for the day, YouTube exercise videos, & fitness/health tips & advice
  3. Wednesday: My reviews, injury prevention post & my workout for the day
  4. Thursday: Mental health awareness post & my workout for the day
  5. Friday: No blog post
  6. Saturday: Recipes & my workout for the day, possible guest post
  7. Sunday: “Thinking out loud” Sunday post, possible guest post

Podcast Schedule:

  1. Monday: Motivation/Inspiration
  2. Tuesday: Fitness/health advice & Tips
  3. Wednesday: LGBT+ Topics and discussion
  4. Thursday: Recipes (a lot of times I will share this recipe on Saturday’s blog post for recipes so don’t be shocked if they turn out to be the same thing at times because not everyone follows my blog or podcast.. so I want everyone to hear and see the same things)
  5. Friday: no podcast
  6. Saturday: Interviews, Q & A, current events, misc 
  7. Sunday: no podcast

If anyone has any questions about these two schedules, let me know! As far as YOUTUBE goes, my schedule has not been completely made yet, so when I have that organized, I will be sure to post that schedule as well. 

Keep in mind that I work two jobs and I have studies & with holidays coming up and growing my brand, I will be busy and I might miss days of the week or have to post certain topics on other days because I am hella busy like everyone else in the world, don’t get mad at me, I am only human and I will do my best to continue making fun content that engages all of you! I love all my bloggers and readers and appreciate all of you for being my #1’s 🙂

My Social media (Yes, you can follow me)

YES, I do use them all (some more than others) so feel free to add me! otherwise, everyone have a wonderful Sunday!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

 

Shay-lon xo

P.S don’t forget my second blog ... https://gaylesbianme.wordpress.com/

Guest Post- Treadmill Running or Outdoor Running: What’s the difference?

Hello bloggers, 

Today I have a guest post written by Lindy Schwarts on the difference between running on the treadmill and running outdoors. I know many of my followers are avid runners and for those of you who want to start running, this article will be just as helpful for you as well. I hope that many of you will enjoy this article.  Lindy contacted me about wanting to guest post for my blog after reading one of my more recent blog post and sharing her appreciation for my written work, after learning that she enjoys fitness and has a blog that talks about fitness machines, I felt that it would be more than appropriate to have her as a guest post because believe it or not, I learned quite a bit from this article. I want all of you to keep an open mind, there is no right or wrong answer but this article will help to give you perspective. Thank you Lindy for writing such a great piece! 

Treadmill running or outdoor running: What’s the difference?

No matter where you do it, a run is still a run. Based on researchers, a treadmill run is just as effective as an outdoor run. For years, runners glorify the benefits of outdoor running. Yet, as the outdoor environment in most areas of the world becomes harsher, running on a treadmill becomes the second option. Treadmill users enjoy the convenience that each running sessions bring. However, running purists maintain that there is no substitute for outdoor running. They maintain that the benefits of running outside outweigh the benefits of using the treadmill. A question frequently asked by runners and even now – runners alike is if treadmill running can build the same endurance as running outside. Runners – beginners and experts alike are also mulling about this great question: Is there a difference between outdoor running and treadmill running?

 

On the level of difficulty

 

Treadmill running is easier since there is a belt that assists the leg for the easy turnover. This has directed the runner’s pace so much so that runners coming from treadmill running find out that their pace on the treadmill does to correlate to outdoor running. The rearward motion of the belt helps the runner in his stride and rhythm patterns. This reduces the need to drive your weight forward. The treadmill’s belt is also cushioned as compared to the hard pavement, so the impact of the movements on the joints is also reduced. This is especially beneficial to those who are overweight or prone to injury.

It is also easier to run on a treadmill, there is no wind resistance. In an outdoor run, the legs should be propelled forward and pushing against the wind resistance. However, sports researchers have found a way to make running on the treadmill the same as that of running outdoors. The research showed that if you adjust the setting of the treadmill, to a 1% incline or grade, then the machine can very well simulate the conditions when running outdoors. It stimulates the effort and energy cost the same as that of running outdoors. Therefore, it makes the runner’s pace similar to the pace taken on running outside.

As it is easier to run on the treadmill, running enthusiasts should utilize them for speed training. One can increase the speed at a shorter interval then make it slower at the recovery phase.

Convenience is the name

With the increased awareness and adherence to wellness programs, the establishment of gyms and health clubs has become very common today. It is not surprising to see gyms of all types popping up in the neighbourhood. Hopping onto a treadmill has never been easier.

As most of us have already sworn to follow the tech – savvy lifestyle, the use of the trackers, gadgets and even phone are easier when you are indoor and running on a treadmill. The presence of the accessories and gadgets in the exercise equipment are delivering videos, news and music allow you to multitask while keeping fit.

The treadmill machine, as well as the environment where one is running, is simply consistent. The room’s temperature is controlled and one can control and manipulate the surrounding. The treadmill allows the runner to set a phase then maintain it. This will be beneficial if the runner wants to build his stamina or training for a particular event like a marathon. It helps the runner sustain his determination if it seems to be weakened. Running outside sometimes makes it harder to keep constant track of the runner’s progress while in the treadmill, all the essential biometrics data can be programmed. There are machines that can accurately measure heart rate and calories burned. They also allows you to monitor your progress like the speed, distance and calorie burned.

Dealing with the elements

 

Most runners would say that it is easier to run on the treadmill as you are not dealing with the elements in nature. Harsh temperatures like the scorching heat during summer and the bitter cold during the winter.  Ironically, the lack of the elements in nature when treadmill running also makes it less preferable for some runners. Researchers also pointed out that exercising in green spaces in nature was associated with greater relaxation, the decrease in the tension and anger. The results revealed that people who exercised in nature find the activity more enjoyable as it has given them better mood, better relaxation, and even better sleep.

The outdoor environment gives runner’s visual cues which somehow signals that the finish line is almost near. In the treadmill, the redundant views on the wall might not motivate the runner enough to push for more. The moderate exposure to the sunlight helps in the synthesis of Vitamin D and this is another advantage being in the outdoors.

Since we are assured that we still get the adequate exercise even in the extreme weather and environmental condition. Access to a treadmill means that there is really no excuse to miss out on the running schedules and attaining fitness.

Pushing yourself some more

 

In outdoor running, going beyond your threshold can be difficult. Using the treadmill makes it easier to push yourself for more. The machine enables you to take control of your speed, incline, and duration at a touch of a button. Setting a pace then maintaining it is easier on a treadmill. This is useful if you are training for a specific event or just looking to improve your stamina endurance. It is also helpful to keep you going when your determination is wavering. As a runner, you can easily monitor your progress on speed, distance and calorie counter displays.

Risks to take

 

Outdoor running puts you at the risks of injuries due to falls or missteps, there’s pollution from traffic to contend with. If we run on the streets, we might be at risk for accidents. The exposure to the harsh weather can make us vulnerable to diseases.

However, there are also risks to using the treadmill even in the controlled environment of the gym. The repetitive running motion that you do on the flat surface of the treadmill makes you at risk for joint and ligament injuries. When on a treadmill, it is better to have a variety of movements and set them at varying speed. Outdoor runners are also vulnerable to these risks especially if they only run on a concrete pavement. The changes in your strides due to the changes in the terrain has a beneficial effect in lowering your risk for injury. The more you adapt your movements to the curbs, hill or corners, the less likely you overuse the same muscle. For those with injury, it is best to use the treadmill to prevent further damage.

Treadmill running has already evolved from being an inferior form of running as compared to outdoor running. There is a specific circumstance which will push even the staunchest fan of the outdoor running to use the treadmill. Using the treadmill can be very effective knowing that we can customize this machine according to our needs. If we are able to adjust the speed and the incline, then we may have the best option for running in our hand. You and your body shall determine what surface that is best for you and this will determine the outcome of the debate.

 

Lindy Schwarts of https://amazingmachines.info. I’m a very active women. My passions in life are Fitness, Yoga, Golfing and Kids. I started earlier this year playing a Little around with websites and I can say that’s a new challenge unlike anything else!

 

The Burpee & Half Burpee

Half burpee video

The burpee video

Hello fitness Fanatics! 

 

Today I want to go over the Legendary burpee & half burpee.  I have participated in both exercises during my CrossFit class, and have to say I think the “half burpee” is harder, especially when you are reaching fatigue but both exercises are considered to be somewhat of an advanced workout. There are many ways to make burpees a bit more challenging but I want to keep it simple for our sake, I don’t want to confuse anyone.  I might decide to add some tips at the end to make it more challenging if I have time but honestly, just doing 5 burpees can be challenging enough for most people, let alone more than that. Personally, I don’t mind the burpees, but I have learned to hate them during CrossFit because of everything else that comes along with doing it.  This isn’t an exercise I would recommend to just anyone, especially if you have never done them, or have prior injuries or conditions/present injuries. I think this is an exercise that shouldn’t be taken lightly, people have been known to get injured doing burpees because they are hitting fatigue and mess up the form/technique or because they don’t know what they are doing. I have posted two videos at the top demonstrating both exercises, please adhere to them before jumping into this exercise and as always, consult with your doctor before starting any exercises. 

 

How many of you like doing burpees? which do you prefer, the burpee or half burpee? which is harder in your opinion? How many burpees can you do in 1 minute? 

 

I normally write down the how to portion on each of my exercises but decided for this particular exercise it was best to not do it, to keep people from being confused. Although if you are someone who wants the words, I don’t mind sending you the steps to perform a proper burpee without injury. 

 
 

Benefits of the burpee?

 
  • Full body strength training exercise
  • Functional exercise
  • Works the arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, core
  • Require no equipment
  • dynamic exercise
  • mentally stimulating
  • builds endurance
  • Improved anaerobic capacity
  • helps with weight loss

If any of you want to do this activity, and let me know your score that would be splendid:

 

time yourself for 1 minute and see how many burpees you can do in under a minute, then take your break and time your self for 1 minute and see how many half burpees you are capable of doing. I would love to see how well everyone did, and don’t worry about being judged, I am not here to judge you. My blog is a judgement free zone. I will give you my score if anyone is interested in knowing sometime this week possibly (Saturday maybe). Thanks for reading, please feel free to share, comment, like, and or reblog.

 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo