12 week (cut) program – Day Seven (workout)

It has been an upward battle with this 12 week cut, everything sinks in quickly when you realize you have to keep a close eye on everything you eat and all your workouts. I have had a lot of support on my YouTube channel and from all of you and I appreciate that because I need it.  Today’s workout was a leg day, and abs (which if you know me, you know I love working the abdominal muscles) and I don’t mind leg day but leg day means sore day! lol 

 

What was your workout today? leave it in the comment section. 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Squats: 3 x 8-10. I did 105 lb then moved on to 125 lb with my last set
  • leg curls: 3 x 12 -15. 50 lb 
  • leg extension: 3 x 12-15. 50 lb
  • leg press calf raise: 3 x 15-20. 130 lb
  • plank: 3 x 60 seconds
  • twisting hanging knee raise: 3 x 20 (this sucks so bad, always hard and always feeling the burn) lol

I did not do any cardio today, as tomorrow will be a cardio workout day along with my strength training. My eating habits are okay, I think yesterday was a higher carb day, so the rest of this week will be low carb days and moderate carb days (which I am getting used to, kind of). Are any of you doing a cut program? let me know how it is going currently in the comment section!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

 
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12 Week “Cut” program (Day Two)

Hey FitFam,

 

So yesterday I told all of you I would keep you posted on my 12 week program I started, with that being said, I did manage to retweak my macros to my liking, which actually surprised me quite a lot, because my calories went up this time, and I was expecting them to go down, but anyways… they will vary because some days I plan on having low calorie days and high calorie and moderate calorie days (something I will probably share with all of you to keep myself accountable and on track) 

I haven’t yet decided if I will post my meal planning/meals on my blog yet during this 12 week program, it sounded like a good idea though. I figured I would share my IIFYM (macros) with all of you though.. 

 

My New Macros:

Calories: 1878 

Protein: 122 grams

Fats: 59 grams

Carbs: 221 grams

Fibers: 22 grams 

 

 

BMR: 1453

TDEE: 2347

 

Again my starting weight: 144 lb 

Goal weight: 135 lb at the very least, but aiming for 125 lb at the very most. 

 

I think once I figure out the moderate calories, lower calories and high calorie days, I will post it to let everyone know my goals to meet for each week. Yesterday, I stayed within my macros and did very well with the calories too, because I was like 836 calories under my goal. BUT I did not hit all my macros, I hit fats fine, but was under in protein and carbs (which will happen sometimes and I rather that anyways in case I am doing a low cal day) anyways this is all going to take a long time to talk about, so let us skip to the workout. 

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Squats: 3 x 8- 10 (105 lb) but felt very weak during my squats. 
  • leg curl: 3 x 12-15 (50 lb)
  • leg extension: 3 x 12-15 (50 lb)
  • leg press calf raise: 3 x 15-20 (130 lb, 150 lb, 170 lb)
  • Plank: 3 x 60 seconds
  • Twisting hanging knee raise: 3 x 20
  • push up challenge: 45 reps

Yes, I can lift more in all of these exercises (looking back at previous post, you will see this) but I am gradually going to higher the amount of weights, because I want to be able to lift for those specific amount of reps with whatever weight I am lifting without stopping. For example I can do 100 lb in the leg curl and leg extension but not for 12-15 reps, only maybe a good 3 if that, and so.. I wouldn’t start off doing 100 lb until I can build enough strength to do so. Yes, the higher the weights, the lower the reps BUT in my circumstances, I want to eventually go up to maybe 70 lb or 100 and do 12 -15 reps.. (this might sound all confusing) another time I will explain more. 

 

Are any of you doing IIFYM (macros), if so, i want to see your numbers in the comment section and give me some ways you hit your macros and what ways you have missed them. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Push Up Challenge – Day 28

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

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

 

Push Up Challenge – Day 22

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

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

 

Feb. 7th Gym Gains

Happy Tuesday Bloggers!

 

Today, I will be posting two new YouTube vids (one showing my push up challenge and the other one discussing what it takes to become a “good” blogger and gain followers”) – the second one will be a mind blower for sure, but hopefully it will get my point across well. 

As for today’s workout, it went over well, I was in and out the gym faster than I have been in a while, had some regulars stop me to discuss “The Walking Dead” that we be premiering new season this month. I am excited about that! Who else watches “The Walking Dead”? I have gotten better with my pull ups, still need some work but have gotten better and that is always a good thing. Hopefully all of you had a wonderful workout as well today, keep up the gains ladies and gents.

 

Workout Session:

Superset:

 
  • Behind the back cable curl: 3 x 10-12, 30 lb
  • Reverse barbell curl: 3 x 10-12, 40 lb

Superset:

  • underhand kickback: 3 x 10-12, 40 lb
  • face pull: 3 x 10-12, 30 lb

Superset:

  • Cross body curl: 3 x 10-12, 40 lb
  • Shoulder shrugs: 3 x 20, 40 lb
 
  • Pull up (narrow grip): 3 x 8 (no assistance)

Superset:

  • Cable press down: 3 x 10-12, 30 lb
  • underhand lat pull down: 3 x 10-12. 55 lb, 70 lb, 85 lb
 
  • Push ups: 10 reps (push up challenge day seven)