Feeling stronger

Dynamic Effort Bench 

Warm up:

  • Incline DB bench press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Cable triceps pressdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover neutral grip row: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 8-10, 3 x 80 lbs, 3 x 85 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB arnold press: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB one arm row: 5 x 8-10, 35 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm
  • DB one arm chest press: 5 x 8-10, 25 lbs each arm
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Thick Tuesday — leg day

Warm up:

  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Box step ups: 4 x 25
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 8kg
Workout:
  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 6-8 (60%) 175 lbs
  • sumo deadlift: 3 x 6-8 (65%) 190 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 6-8 (60%) 135 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 6-8 (65%) 145 lbs
Superset:
  • Barbell overhead squat: 5 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • Lateral band walks: 5 x whole track, red band
Superset:
  • DB plie squats: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Ketttlebell goblet squats: 5 x 8-10., 16 kg

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t be Stressful on your stomach

Breathe.

Everything will be okay, no need to stress about what to eat, how to eat or when to eat.

It’s quite simple, what I am going to tell you. No reason to change yourself for a holiday, but a good reason to prepare for it, so when it comes in your direction, you are more than ready for the opportunity to enjoy yourself. 

  1. Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with family/friends/peers 
  2. You may attend as many Thanksgiving parties as you wish — don’t interpret this as greedy but instead as there is no number rule when it comes to attending family gatherings — it’s once a year, spend it with people.
  3. Food will be present 

Those top 3 things listed above should help you prepare. The next line will help you get through the holiday with a positive mindset.

  1. Eating is okay. 
  2. Trust yourself to make sound decisions. You will know when you are full because you know your body.
  3. Don’t go in with the mindset: “I will only eat this, this this” or “I will only eat one plate” or “no dessert this year” etc. Those are all grand ideas if you follow through but chances are, you won’t follow through and when you don’t, you will have then failed yourself enough to be frustrated — then comes stress eating because you give up on yourself. 
  4. Instead attend the dinner with the mindset: “I need food for energy, I need food for survival and food fuels me” with these words in mind, you won’t be stressed out, but will be positive.
  5. If you want to stay disciplined during the Thanksgiving Holiday with your weight loss plan: Eat a balanced meal. Drink plenty of water and stay active (go for a walk, attend the gym in the morning before dinner, chase the kids/grandkids around the house/yard, etc) if moving is going to be hard on you, then be sure to stretch every once in a while — you might be stuck in a chair watching football, but make the effort to stretch so you can get some form of movement) it’s better than nothing. Also be sure to share good news with the family about how your weight loss plan is coming along — it will help you stay on track with good support cheering you on! 

I realize the Holiday can be hard with all the temptation of food at work events, home, family gatherings, etc. You have worked hard on yourself and meeting your goals, they shouldn’t be thrown away because you had a plate of mac & cheese — and cheesecake for dessert. Food is fuel for the mind & body. Having a goal that you will eat one plate, is hard.. because whose to say you will be full after one plate? and why should you stack that ONE plate with everything just to meet your needs? Telling yourself you will only eat certain foods is hard too, because when you cook for yourself, you eat what you like & it should be the same during Thanksgiving. The problem people seem to run into is the fear of “overeating” or not making healthy, wise decisions during this Holiday. Many times, overeating does occur and the choices of healthy food is lacking or not something you really want to eat but force yourself to (which makes you unhappy and cranky) — the solution is eating a balanced meal (proteins, carbs, veggies, fiber, fats) – that way you are eating things you enjoy & aren’t missing out on the nutrients! If you are attending more than one Thanksgiving in a weeks time or on the same day, then eat according to how you feel from the previous dinner (if you are full, don’t eat), if you ate less veggies, and more carbs the first time, switch it this time around. No need to eliminate food from the diet UNLESS you choose to do that & can follow through and keep a positive mindset doing it. 

Keep in mind, I want Thanksgiving to be stress free eating and a focus on appreciating the fact you are spending it with loved ones. Keep in mind what you are eating and how much of it you are eating — if you can’t finish the plate, save if for later or the next day. Don’t be afraid of food, but be cautious of what your body is telling you, it will be your guide. If you don’t think you can trust you body with making sound decisions, then hold yourself accountable & be aware of your food choices and portion sizes.  Hopefully this will be helpful for your Holiday 😀 if you have anything you want to add, feel free to leave comments!

Shay-lon Moss

 

Good lifts Good chats

Good lifts 

Good chats

Had a worthwhile conversation with a member of the gym, and he was sharing his insight on career paths and taking on opportunities that could lead to bigger gains & success. It was well worth it, because I learned how to speak to a manager about wanting to negotiate salaries/hourly wages, etc and how to go about talking to a manager about my needs and asking questions so that it helps to give me more to go off of to make the possible choices for myself and my future. I didn’t have  my dad growing up, so for me, this was a huge deal and I appreciated it.

Besides that I did some heavier lifts today with squats and deadlifts & it felt easier.

Warm Up:

  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar butt lifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar hip thrusters: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 1-2 (93%) 280 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 1-2 (93%) 210 lbs
  • Front squats: 4 x 4-6, 100 lbs
  • Box squats: 2 x 5-6, 210 lbs 

Superset:

  • DB cleans: 4 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • Kettlebell one handed overhead squat: 4 x 5-6, 8 kg

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

Sore legs

Tuesday

Warm up:

  • kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • standing hip abduction: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 190 lbs, 3 x 195 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 145 lbs, 3 x 155 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell front squat: 4 x 8-10, 105 lbs 

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (narrow stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs
  • Linear leg press (wide stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine lunges: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated leg extension (single leg) 4 x 8-10 each leg, 20 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Bench & Arms

Bench & Arms

Warm up:

  • EZ bar chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 80 lbs, 3 x 85 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline press: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • DB chest press: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Alternating DB curl: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine behind the back shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 95 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm
  • One arm DB preacher curl: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm

Tri-set:

  • Seated DB shoulder press: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Narrow grip EZ bar chest press: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Seated DB curl (alternating): 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs