Squats & PR’s

For starters, my glute and back are feeling much better — I was able to squat and do my normal cardio workout and lift fairly heavy with no issues, there was tender areas but not BAD, so thank you to all those that wished me well with the injury! 😀

 
 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 140 lb, 5 reps
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 160 lb, 3 reps
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb, 1+ ( I was able to do 3 max reps)

 

  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 6, 100 lb, 110 lb
  • Barbell box squat: 5 x 6, 185 lb ( 6 reps), 225 lb (6 reps), 275 lb (3 reps), 245 lb (6 reps)
  • Linear leg press: 5 x 6, 478 lb
  • DB plie squats: 5 x 6, 40 lb
  • Leg extensions: 5 x 6. 100 lb, 110 lb

Cardio Workout:

Superset:

  • Sprints: 4 x 30 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 4 x 30 seconds
  • jumping jacks: 4 x 30 seconds
 
  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7
 

If you are interested in watching my box squat PR’s —– > Box Squat PR’s

 

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Squats/Bench/Cardio

I got lucky today because I forgot my running shoes at home when I arrived at the gym, and that meant no interval training on the treadmill today! haha 

 
 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 120 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 140 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 160 lb, 6 max reps 

 

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5, 100 lb
 
  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 15, 65 lb
  • Box Squats: 5 x 15, 155 lb
  • leg press: 5 x 15, 298 lb
  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 15, 345 lb

Ab workout:

  • Hanging leg raises: 4 x 20, 10 lb DB

Cardio:

  • Stair climber: 15 minutes, level 7

I hit a new PR in back squat, 6 weeks prior I was able to do 5 reps for 155 lb, now I can do 6 reps for 160 lb — my strength increased. If you want to see my squat videos from today —- Squat video

The Front Squat— Exercise

Many of you probably have either heard of or performed the front squat. This particular exercise is great for the quads (isolation) & also helps because to keep your back straight and upright. What makes this particular exercise “harder” is because there is two variations of the hand placement (depending on your preference, either you will put more focus on the wrist or more focus on the traps) everyone is taught differently — but both ways work and get the job done and hit the quads. For those of you with weaker wrist , the trap hand placement would be best and for those of you who find the trap placement to be uncomfortable can give it a go with the wrist. I will show both ways down below

The first video is the placement used when putting pressure on the wrist and the second video is of the bar being placed on the traps 🙂

 

How To Perform The Front Squat?

 
  1. You will start with putting the bar on the appropriate rack for your height. These directions are for those who want to use the trap placement. Bring your arms under the bar, making sure to keep your elbows high, rest the bar on top of the deltoids, and cross your arms while grasping the bar (make sure to have control)
  2. Lift the weight off the rack
  3. Step away from the rack, using shoulder width stance (feet placement) – toes slightly pointed out. Maintain a straight back and keep your head up at ALL TIMES. (starting position)
  4. Lower the bar by bending the knees, continue until you are slightly less than 90 degrees. You will inhale during this portion of the lift. MAKE SURE: That your knees are not past your toes because otherwise it could cause stress on the knees. 
  5. Raise the bar (while exhaling) using your foot. 
  6. Repeat for recommended repetitions

If you have back issues or knee issues be sure to contact your medical doctor before attempting this exercise. If you are beginner, start with lower weight and gradually increase. 

 

What muscles are being worked:

 
  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • soleus
  • hamstrings
  • gastrocnemius 
  • anterior/lateral deltoids
  • upper/middle/lower back

& other muscles — basically a full body exercise. Hit everything. 

 

If you want to see a video of me performing the Front squat —- Front Squat

Powerlifting Cycle 2 — Heavy loaded Squats

Week 5/ Day 4

Today’s lift was focused on squats and quad assistance work. I did heavy lifting on my squats, and noticed some improvements — so happy! I also did some ab work and cardio (changed up the cardio). I will leave a like at the bottom to my Instagram page; which will have all the squat videos from today and the lift numbers (I have a total of 5-7 videos from today of my squats) so be sure to check it out and follow me! 

 
 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 135 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 150 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 170 lb, 5 reps max
  • 1 rep: 175 lb
  • 1 rep: 180 lb
  • 1 rep: 185 lb
  • 1 rep: 200 lb

 

  • Barbell Front Squats: 5 x 12, 75 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 15, 145 lb
  • Leg press (quad dominant): 5 x 15, 298 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 15, 60 lb

Ab workout:

Supersets:

  • Ab rollout: 4 x 20
  • medicine ball toe touches: 4 x 20, 8 lb

Cardio Workout:

Treadmill interval training: 20 minutes

  1. 1 minute walk, 3.5 speed, no incline
  2. 2 minute run, 5.5 speed, no incline

I haven’t done running on a treadmill for a long ass time and actually have ran besides sprints for a long as time, so decided to give it a go see where I was cardiovascular wise. I try to do 15-20 minute of cardio so that it doesn’t interfere with my strength gains and I do HIIT and intervals because it works best for my goals and losing fat while still maintaining my strength. Normally people don’t do cardio the same day as leg day, but I’m a rebel. LOL 

P.S 200 lb  was my 1 rep max 6 weeks ago, today I proved that I can move above that when I noticed I hadn’t struggled as much as I had 6 weeks ago — so happy to see the small improvements. 

 

Instagram videos: Shay-lon FitnessWonderwoman

 

Circuit Training Workouts

In a world where being creative is a must if you want to prevent boredom, this is where I come in and enlighten your day and workout. I strive to help people find their wings in the gym, to find exercises and training modules that work best for them individually — because everyone is an individual. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of trying to find a workout that gives you results, keeps you entertained, challenges you & at the very best teaches you something new about your body and your limits. Many people do the same thing in and out, don’t see results and don’t feel challenged because they are afraid to push themselves (coming from experience, this is due to many things) but once you hop over that obstacle, you find that there is so many options and not all of them are alike, which intrigues you enough to want to give it a go.  Well, if you are ready to hop over that obstacle today, I have something that might intrigue you enough to give it a go. 

 

Circuit training is a fancy term for doing an abundance of exercises (typically 2 or more that are high intensity) that require you doing them in a timed situation OR a high intensity exercise that is done (typically 2 or more)  without a break between for a certain amount of reps .. for example:

 

Example One:

 
  1. Burpees: 10 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks: 10 reps
  3. Push ups: 10 reps

Having to do these all without a break between, one after the other for a certain amount of rounds

 

OR

 

Example Two:

  1. Burpees: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
  3. Push ups: 30 seconds

You are having to do these exercises within a certain amount of time — and recording your results, again this would require no break in between exercises. Another option would be.. 

 

Example Three:

Do 4 of these exercises within 20 minutes of time:

  1. Pull ups: 100
  2. push ups: 50
  3. burpees: 100
  4. Kettlebell swings: 150

Basically a lot of Crossfit athletes do these and have another term for it, but it is a form of circuit– the difference being you have 20 minutes total to finish the 4 of these exercises with the amount of reps– during my CrossFit class, we didn’t have a break between .. it was ongoing, sure I could stop and catch my breathe but I was trying to beat the timer, so I didn’t want to take long breaks if I wanted to succeed in the workout. Time was of the essence. 

 

Circuit training can come in all forms: cardio, strength exercises and a combination of both. You can also choose to use machines if you aren’t comfortable using free weights OR you can use body weight exercises (which means you can do them at home). Depending on your fitness level and the equipment available to you, it could be a fun workout to take on and you can change it up however you like to meet your needs. 

 

Pros of Circuit training:

  • Increases endurance
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • strength building 
  • can utilize weight machines, free weights or body weight
  • can be done at home or the gym
  • challenges you
  • lose fat while maintaining strength
  • Beginners, intermediate or advanced athletes
  • cardio, strength or a combination of both— depending on your goals

In my opinion, it is a great option for those of you who might need to turn up the fun factor in your workouts, need a challenge, want something new, great for partner workouts — where you both train together, and if you are new to exercise, it can help get you started in the right direction. I use circuit training more often than not, especially when I am doing CrossFit based workouts, or want to add some high intensity volume training. Definitely worthy of giving a go! 

 

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Whats your favorite circuit training workout? 

 
 

Deadlifts — Tuesday– Cycle 2

Road To powerlifting

  • Conventional Deadlifts: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 210 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 235 lb, 5 max reps

 

  • Goodmorning: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • Stiff legged DB deadlifts: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • One arm kettlebell swing: 5 x 15, 12kg
  • Front Box jumps: 5 x 15

I had to had to add 10 lb to my 1RM total and then figure out the new 90% of it, so if you are comparing last week with this week (week two of last week) then you will notice a difference int the numbers, obviously with the increase, I am lifting higher weights. For those of you who are interested in seeing me lift these weights from today, check out my IG —— > FitnessWonderWoman

 

 

Wall Ball Squat| CrossFit It Out

Going back to my CrossFit days when I was introduced to “Wall Ball Squats” — for the life of me,  I did not realize they would be a challenging workout; I figured what is so hard about squatting and throwing a ball against a wall BUT boy was I wrong! hard workout and definitely made to be challenging. Eventually I will get back into CrossFit and visit my local box BUT it won’t be because of Wall balls, LOL 

For any of my CrossFit athletes out there, then you know the struggle and for any of my recreational gym goers this is an exercise to amp up your leg day and core as well 🙂 

but obviously you can purchase them elsewhere as well, but the reason behind using these balls is because of the cushion compared to regular medicine balls made of hard rubber that would go bouncing off the walls, they don’t look fierce but these balls don’t play games with competitors. LOL 

 

So besides that, how does one do a proper wall ball squat? 

 
 
  1. Stand feet shoulder width apart while facing the wall with the “wall ball in hand”. Make sure to keep shoulders back and chest up high, standing 3-5 ft away from the wall (approximately) 
  2. Descent into a squat position, continue down until upper legs are below parallel to the floor (inhale during this time)
  3. Drive through heels to ascend, at the same time push the medicine ball up towards the wall while fully extending the arms. Aim to throw the ball 10-12 ft in front of you (although it depends the height of the ceiling)
  4. Catch the ball and return to the starting position. 

What muscles am I working?

  • Quads
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hamstrings
  • abs
  • lower back
  • chest
  • front deltoids
  • rear deltoids
  • biceps
  • triceps

Very good workout for the muscle groups and definitely can be done with beginners, just use a smaller weight and start off throwing the ball as a decent height and gradually progress as you get stronger and get the movement down.

 

Leave your experience in the comments!

 

Shay-lon