Pre-workout can’t touch this

When your tired, you’re tired

Today I was exhausted, beyond exhausted, I mean I should be, I work third shift and then come straight to the gym and during the day get maybe 4-5 hours of sleep and sometimes I work both jobs, personal training during the day and at night the second job. It can be a lot on my shoulders and very exhausting and yet I still manage to make it to the gym each morning — but even after making it, sometimes it isn’t enough to get my energy levels higher, I just try, try, try until I realize I need to go home and get some sleep. Trying is better than nothing, but trying barely meets expectations if at all. Yet, I made today a short workout — very short workout in hopes it would make working out today easier but not so much because I still barely finished and the only way I finished was crossing off one workout and doing one less set of two workouts. Blah, what gives? I need to prioritize my sleep schedule and do a better job with taking care of my body overall. 

If this has ever been your struggle, then you know exactly how I feel. 

Warm up:

  • resistance band abduction: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band clamshell: 4 x 25, red band
  • foam roller — quads and hammies

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 260 lbs, 2 x 270 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 200 lbs, 2 x 210 lbs
  • Power cleans: 6 x 5 
  • barbell box squats: 6 x 3-5, 205 lbs
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Leg day Sets

Warm up:

  • Hip flexor stretch: 4 x 60 seconds
  • Leg swings: 4 x 25 each leg
  • Hip (posterior) hip mobilization: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 5, 215 lbs (75%) & 4 x 5, 220 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 5, 170 lbs (75%) & 2 x 5, 175 lbs 
  • Front squat (drop set):
  • 1 x 4-6, 135 lbs
  • 1 x 8-10, 120 lbs
  • 1 x 10-12, 115 lbs
  • 1 x 12-15, 110 lbs
  • 1 x 15-20, 100 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Bulgarian squat: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Single leg kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar squat jumps: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • DB stiff legged deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • seated leg extension (dropset)
  1. 1 x 4-6, 100 lbs
  2. 1 x 8-10, 90 lbs
  3. 1 x 10-12, 80 lbs
  4. 1 x 12-15, 70 lbs
  5. 1 x 15-20, 60 lbs
  • Seated leg curl (dropset): 
  1. 1 x 4-6, 80 lbs
  2. 1 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  3. 1 x 10-12, 60 lbs
  4. 1 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  5. 1 x 15-20, 40 lbs
P.S I came to the gym for a second time today to do biceps and triceps with a friend from the gym. Didn’t write it down, just followed their lead. 

Week Five|Day Three – Nothing but CARDIO!

Today, I decided to share a cardio workout I created for myself. I don’t typically show my full blown cardio workouts, but I had someone assume that I don’t usually do more than 5 minutes worth of cardio on my lifting days, and while that is true to a certain extent, it doesn’t mean I don’t do cardio for longer than that. I kind of keep my cardio workouts a secret (besides the ones you see on this blog or social media) because I feel like they are different enough where I don’t want to give out all my secrets just yet – not to mention, there is a BIGGER purpose to everything I post and don’t post when it comes to fitness/health, so I don’t want to give everything away. This particular cardio routine is very basic & seemingly easy compared to other cardio days. I finished it, so that is what matters & my legs are sore. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Jump rope: 30/30/30 seconds
  • Jumping jacks: 30/30/30 seconds

I did jump rope for 30 then jumping jacks for 30 back and forth without stopping for 3 sets. 

 
  • Jump rope: 45/45/45 seconds
  • Jumping jacks: 45/45/45 seconds 

Again, I did jump rope for 45 seconds then jumping jacks for 3 sets without a break

 
  • High knees: 30/30/30 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 30/30/30 seconds
 
  • high knees: 45/45/45 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 45/45/45 seconds 

no breaks between the high knees and mountain climbers for 3 sets

 

Sprints (10 times)

  1. 30 seconds
  2. 45 seconds 

I did 30 second sprints the 45 second sprints with NO break between, after the 45 seconds I would take a 1 minute break and start again for a total of 10 times I did this! The sprinters for 40 yard dash 🙂 

 
  • Jump rope: 1 minute
  • Jumping jacks: 1 minute
 
  • High knees: 1 minute
  • mountain climbers: 1 minute
 
  • Stationary upright bike: 3 minutes, level 20 resistance 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

CrossFit & Circuit Workout?

So along with this beautiful 8 week program I am doing, I have decided that I will be doing a CrossFit circuit on the days I am not scheduled to do my program workout because it gives me something to do on those off days and I LOVE CrossFit. This particular circuit you will probably see a whole lot of to be honest because I want to continue to use heavier weights as time progresses and speed up my times (when I start timing myself) but for now, I am just thankful that I was able to finish! lol. If you are someone into the sport, you should definitely do these circuit workouts, bet you will love em, maybe? 🙂

 

Circuit One: 4 rounds

 
  • Man maker- 5 reps, 40 lb
  • DB thruster: 5 reps, 40 lb
  • DB curls: 5 reps, 40 lb

Circuit Two: 3 rounds

  • Weighted burpees: 15 reps, 40 lb
  • Kettlebell swings: 15 reps, 40 lb
  • Decline sit up: 15 reps

Circuit Three: 5 rounds

  • Hang clean: 5 reps, 75 lb
  • Push press: 5 reps, 65 lb
  • Alternating barbell lunge: 5 reps, 60 lb
  • Barbell squat: 5 reps, 60 lb
 

Oct. 23rd Workout

Monday Workout!

chest, legs, abs & cardio

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 15-20, 75 lb, 65 lb
  • Linear leg press: 4 x 20, 180 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 15-20, 105 lb, 85 lb
  • Push ups: 4 x 15-20

Superset:

  • Barbell incline press: 3 x 15-20, 45 lb
  • bodyweight squat: 3 x 20

Superset:

  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 15-20, 45 lb
  • Cable iron cross: 3 x 15-20, 40 lb, 30 lb

Ab Workout: (3 rounds)

  1. Russian Twist: 20 reps
  2. Crunches: 20 reps
  3. Side bends: 20 reps, 30 lb

Cardio Workout (3 rounds)

  1. Kettlebell swings: 30 seconds/45 seconds/ 1 minute, 10 kg/8 kg/ 6 kg
  2. Jump rope: 30 seconds/45 seconds/1 minute
  3. jumping jacks: 30 seconds/45 seconds/1 minute

I will be the first to admit that my workout performance today was horrible, not even close to good or decent, I was slow and not focused and barely lifting much weight before I was fatigued. Bad day, horrible workout. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

How do you handle bad days at the gym?

 

Thursday, Oct. 12th Workout

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Reverse grip bentover rows: 4 x 10, 65 lb
  • Barbell shrugs: 4 x 10, 135 lb
  • pull ups: 3 x 8-10

Superset:

  • Seated cable rows: 4 x 10, 100 lb
  • chin up: 3 x 8-10
  • Standing DB upright row: 3 x 10, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Rack pulls: 4 x 10, 135 lb
  • Kettlebell sumo high pull: 4 x 10, 12 kg
  • V-bar pull up: 3 x 8-10

Superset:

  • superman: 4 x 10 seconds
  • DB shrugs: 4 x 10, 80 lb
  • Overhead slam: 3 x 10, 15 lb

Cardio: (5 rounds)

  1. DB step ups: 1 minute, 30 lb
  2. side to side shuffle: 1 minute
  3. kettlebell swings: 1 minute, 10 kg

Today’s workout was very good, especially the cardio, by round 3 I was already fatigue and running on low energy but still managed to push through. I did my supersets with minimum recovery besides the pull ups and chin ups, for whatever reason, those have me struggling to do them unless I do a 30 second break – The Vbar pull ups were a new exercise for me to try and I liked it, it was harder no doubt but I did fairly well in my opinion. Tomorrow will most likely be a rest day, so hopefully Saturday we start back up again with some strength training. 

Many of these exercises you can do at home with small equipment, for example if you want to be able to do pull ups at home, click below: 

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Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week Three. Day 18| Six Weeks to Shreds

Warm up: 

 
  • 2-3 minute jump rope

Workout:

  • Incline DB flyes: 3 x 21-30. 20 lb (1 minute jump rope between sets)
  • DB flyes: 3 x 21-30. 20 lb (1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Cable Crossover: 3 x 21-30. 40 lb (1 minute squat jumps between each set)
  • Triceps Pushdown: 3 x 21-30. 70 lb (1 minute side to side shuffle between each set)
  • Standing DB triceps extension: 3 x 21-30. 15 lb ( 1 minute kettlebell swings – 8kg between each set)
  • Cable lying triceps extension: 3 x 21-30. 30 lb ( 1 minute goblet squat – 30 lb between each set)
  • Crunches: 3 x 21-30 (1 minute running in place between each set)
  • Standing oblique cable crunch: 3 x 21-30. 30 lb (1 minute lunge jumps between each set)

As you can tell, today was a much higher rep range and a different kind of burn. I was starting to feel real exhausted before starting this workout but I pushed through, the flyes definitely are harder when doing much higher reps. When doing higher reps, I always use a lower weight that isn’t “too easy” but not heavy either  – I choose a weight that I can lift for the prescribed amount of weights. The cardio between sets wasn’t hard today, I pushed through it fine but talk about the soreness in my legs. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo