Tip #7: Don’t more than you can handle

Easier said than done. 

Most people assume you have to lift heavy to see results, but what happens is they compromise their form in order to do so. 

My tip is straight forward: Don’t lift more than you can handle, gradually increase but don’t compromise the form/technique in order to do it, because otherwise you will suffer a possible injury. It’s best to do increase the load over a period of time than to go in balls deep and hurt yourself in the process. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

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Week 6|Day Two

Yesterday night, I was up to no good smashing pizza and drinking alcohol with peers, and so I figured today’s workout wouldn’t be as efficient because of my choices. I did however, found a way to work around the lack of sleep I had in order to do the load amount and meet my rep requirement and that was to take everything slow. While deadlifts and squats are meant to powerful, I had to really use a slower eccentric movement because going at my normal pace wasn’t going to happen with having alcohol in my body the previous night and not getting much sleep. While I don’t regret making my poor decisions the previous night, I knew I had to deal with the consequences and make the most of my workout no matter what it took because when you make decisions; good or bad, you learn to deal with whatever comes your way the best that you can – that’s what I did. I left the gym later than I normally would but I did the reps and met the load. 

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 10, 140 lb
  • Goodmorning: 3 x 10-12, 9 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 10, 190 lb (1 set with the belt)
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 10, 120 lb
 
  • DB lunge: 3 x 10, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 10, 55 lb
  • Lying triceps extension: 3 x 10, 30 lb
 
  • Hanging leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio Workout: (4X)

  1. Body bar squats: 20/30/45 seconds
  2. kettlebell swings: 20/30/45 seconds, 10 kg
 

Week Six|Day One

Today’s workout went well overall. I realized based on other days, I have increases in loads and decreases, but I have been trying to be consistent so I can see where my strengths and weaknesses lie. For example I can DB bench press 80 lb for 8 reps but today, I could not do it for 10 reps, so I went down 10 lb in order to hit 10 reps. I don’t mind lessening up the load if it means I hit my reps clean and full ROM. 

Workout:

  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 10, 75 lb
  • DB bench press: 3 x 10, 70 lb
  • Wide grip pull up: 3 x to failure
  • Bentover barbell row: 3 x 10, 75 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 10, 50 lb
  • DB side lateral raise: 3 x 10, 30 lb
  • Sit ups: 3 x 20

Sprints:(3x)

  1. 30 seconds
  2. 45 seconds
  3. 1 minute
 
 

Seated Russian Twist (My YouTube Video) using 45 lb weight plate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCg9B5v8Obc

This video is of me demonstrating the seated russian twist using a 45 lb weight plate.

I would highly suggest to beginners to start this exercise without the use of weight until you get the form and technique down and strengthen your core. This is a great workout for the core muscles and you will definitely feel it. You can use lighter weights and do higher reps, when I was first beginning, I used 25 lb and was doing 50-100 reps and then decided to go up in weight, so there are various ways to increase the intensity of the workout. Hope all of you enjoy!

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My gym Workout – Feb. 25th

Sorry Fitfam, 

It has been a minute since I have posted my actual workouts. I know you don’t all care but for the ones that do, this is my way of letting you know I apologize – with this whole sponsorship contract and getting things around the Arnold Classic this year and not to mention my working on my certification, it has been very busy indeed. I have been making it to the gym though (even when I don’t post about it). Hopefully today’s workout makes up for my missed dates. Starting Monday, I am hoping to start my week of PR’s and see where I am strength wise in my exercises. I will probably be starting myself on a new squat program to get my squat back up to where it should be (which won’t be fun at all) and then I will be getting my new planner printed off and in the works, not to mention I will be changing my blog theme and reorganizing the categories- which will be fun.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for the March Push Up Challenge- Send me an email to Shay.moss19@gmail.com and let me know. 

 

For all those participating in my squat challenge, you are nearly finished and the last 2 days will go into March, so some of you may be doing push ups and finishing up for squats as well (twice the hard work). I have other challenges in the making and so those will be revealed when the time comes. Otherwise, as always, expect a very busy Shay during the month of March (because my birthday is also in March .. ) 

 

I have had someone ask me if I am still writing for any editors, etc. I am, but right now because I did the worse thing a writer can do (overbook herself) to the point where I am doing too much all at once, I will be slowing down quite a bit and reorganizing that as well so I am not stressing myself out. I will still be writing for others, but I am going to do better at not overbooking myself and over extending myself. I have had other offers come my way but that is for a later conversation. Right now, I am focused on so many things that my brain might be fried by the end of this weekend. Thankfully tonight I will be partying pretty hard 🙂

 

So… as I was saying…

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Smith machine squats: 3 x 10, 105 lb
  • smith machine leg press: 3 x 10. 135 lb, 155 lb, 175 lb
  • cable goblet squat: 3 x 12, 50 lb
  • hip adduction: 4 x 12, 130 lb
  • hip abduction: 4 x 12, 130 lb
  • lying leg raises: 3 x 10 ea. leg
  • planks: 3 x 30 seconds
  • push ups: 38 reps
 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxo

 

My Gym Workout – VERY light leg day

Good day bloggers,

 

Today’s workout was a very light leg day workout, I didn’t want to overtrain my body and it needed somewhat of a rest without resting inactively, so I did a light workout for my legs (didn’t lift as heavy) so hopefully that will help with my legs so they don’t get to the point of injury. If there is one thing I have learned about training, it is don’t overwork yourself ALL the time, know when to lighten shit up and do less, because it is better to lift little weights than to get injured and not lift at all. I know we have to workout hard and strong most days (the majority of us) but it is okay to lighten up the weights or the amount of reps if you need to. I do this more often than some of you may think.  We don’t have to “go hard or go home” all the time.

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Smith machine squats: 3 x 6, 105 lb, 125 lb , 155 lb
  • Leg extension machine: 4 x 12, 70 lb 
  • leg curl machine: 4 x 12, 2 x 50 lb, 2 x 70 lb
  • leg press: 4 x 12, 180 lb
  • hip abduction machine: 3 x 15, 110 lb
  • DB swings: 4 x 12, 20 lb
  • Push ups: 20 reps
 

Face Pull Exercise

It has been awhile….

Since I have created some post about specific exercises. I thought to myself, I have been slacking in that particular department, so here it is, I will do a better job of doing more of these again. 

This particular exercise is done using a rope extension with the cable machine, so unless you have this at your home, it will take a gym to do this exercise the way I am describing it. It is an upper body workout and like any other exercise, it takes proper form and technique to decrease chances of injury.

How to perform the rope pull (face pull):

  1. Facing a high pulley (using the rope or dual handles attached) pull the weight directly toward your face, being sure to separate your hands as you do so. Be sure to keep your upper arms parallel to the ground.

Easy enough right? Should be, it is a beginner exercise and to make it more challenging add more load or do more reps. 

 

Want a video how to?:

 

What muscles are being targeted?

  • Shoulders

Do I like this particular exercise?

  • Yes!

Tell me if you have done this exercise and if you like it, would love to hear, also don’t forget to mention how much weight you face pull, I am always curious how strong some of you are 🙂 

Very simple exercise, but make sure you are using proper hand positions to get the full ROM and avoiding injury. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx