365 days of self discovery: Day 42

How would you change the world?

  1. I’d make it a place where people could feel safe being who they are without feeling as though there will be consequences or judgement rendered (i.e prevent bullying, body shaming, make places more LGBTQ friendly and open minded, etc)
  2. I’d make treatment for diseases and health conditions more affordable so that everyone could afford treatment without worrying about debt, or losing everything they have (cancers, STDS/HIV, bone & heart conditions, etc) 
  3. I’d have wages match the cost of living everywhere so that people could better afford their living circumstances & it could cut down on homelessness and hunger
  4. I’d spread the importance of exercise and have health providers give fitness counceling to patients (cardiovascular test, muscular test, etc) cutting down on the deaths of inactivity and spreading awareness. 
  5. I’d make better suited laws against rape, molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence, so that families could get the justice they deserved and the victim could feel safe after their attack. 
  6. Pedophiles would not be released , they would be held accountable for the rest of their lives for the crime(s) they commit. 
  7. I’d make college education more affordable by either allowing one year free of tuition (undergrad students) or lessen the cost of education so that more people could afford to get their college education without sinking into debt by the time they graduate or worse, having to drop out because they can no longer afford their education. 
  8. I’d have schools better guarded so that when mass shootings erupt, the students can feel more at ease, and have a better plan of action for each school in case something like this does happen for all grades. 
  9. I’d pay actors and professional athletes less money (instead of millions) maybe I would make sure they still got paid for their talents but not paid to the point where they make more money than some other important professions, I think 6 digits would be comfortable and still be fair vs having some of these athletes & actors being paid millions per contract or commercial, etc. I want the pay structure to still compliment their talents and effort but not exceed a certain amount of money to keep things reasonable. 

These are just some of which I would change, I have a whole listful of things I would want to change that would hopefully be for the better and help many people. As for you, what would you want to change about the world?

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A Friday Wednesday Workout

I remember mentioning that I had skipped Wednesday’s bench workout because I was way to tired and needed to get sleep because I would be working both jobs, so I would make it up on Friday. In which I did 🙂

Warm up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs & then back down to 20 lbs
  • Resistance band triceps kickback: 4 x 25, red band
  • Resistance band rows: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (80%) + 5 lbs, 100 lbs & 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (85%) + 5 lbs, 110 lbs, 115 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 195 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs then 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Low row: 5 x 5-6, 80 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs
  • reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar skullcrushers: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar chest press (narrow): 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs

Cardio HiiT Seshh:

  • Jump rope: 2 minutes
  • Jumping jacks: 1 minute
  • Burpees: 2 minutes
  • Sprint: 1 minute
  • Spin bike: 14 minutes, gear 6

Today’s long leg sesshh

Warm up:

  • kettebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • Front box step ups: 4 x 25
  • DB Romanian deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout Seshh:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 5-6 was the goal (but did 6 x 4-5) at 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 5-6, 155 lbs

Supersets:

  • Front squats: 6 x 6-8 ( I did 5 reps) 120 lbs
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 6 x 6-8 each leg, red band

Supersets:

  • Barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 6-8, 100 lbs
  • box step ups w/ DB: 6 x 6-8, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Smith machine alternating lunges: 6 x 6-8, 95 lbs
  • DB squats: 6 x 6-8, 50 lbs
  • DB plie squats: 6 x 6-8, 55 lbs

Supersets:

  • Seated leg extension: 6 x 6-8, 60 lbs
  • Seated one legged leg extension: 6 x 6-8 each leg, 20 lbs

Cardio Seshhh:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes total. 
  • 5 minutes, resistance 1, rpms 80+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 10, rpms 60+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 1, rpms 80+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 10, rpms 60+

Heavy and max deadlifts and squats

Once again today I decided to test the waters and make sure I was still capable of lifting my max in squats and sumo deadlifts. 

Warm up:

  • Kettlebell plie squat: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • DB romanian deadlift: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 1-2, 275 lbs (95%)
  • Sumo deadlift: 1 x 1, 290 lbs (max load)
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 1-2, 215 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 1  x 2 reps 225 lbs (max load)
  • Box squats: 3 x 5-6, 205 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press: 3 x 5-6, 478 lbs 
  • EZ bar stationary lunges: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Kettlebell goblet squat: 3 x 5-6, 16 kg
  • Cable kickbacks: 3 x 5-6, 30 lbs each leg

Cardio Session:

  • Stair climber: 10 minutes, level 7 speed
  • Stationary bike: 10 minutes, resistance 12, rpms 50+

Tuesday legs

Warm up:

  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Body bar hip thruster: 4 x 25, 19 lbs
  • Resistance band seated hip abduction: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 5-6, 205 lbs
  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 3-5, 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 5-6, 160 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3-5, 170 lbs 

Was making sure to do 70% and 75% my max today for deadlift and back squat 

  • Front squats: 3 x 10, 45 lbs

Supersets:

  • Single leg linear leg press: 3 x 10, 208 lbs 
  • Kettlebell goblet squat: 3 x 10, 10kg

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar stiffed legged deadlift: 3 x 10, 40 lbs
  • One arm kettlebell swings: 3 x 10, 8kg
  • EZ bar walking lunges: 3 x 10, 40 lbs

Cardio:

  • Stair stepper: 10 minutes, level 7
  • Stationary bike: 10 minutes, resistance level 6, and rpm 70+

PR’s are cool, but..

Personal records are cool and all, but don’t allow them to define your worth. Of course, for professional athletes in weightlifting & powerlifting, we use those PR’s to determine where we are at within our goals and wanting to increase weights, but sometimes we need to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation and look at the bigger picture; which happens to be our consistency and dedication. I love a good ego boost when hitting heavier weights, but sometimes it can be a huge hit to the ego when I don’t hit a new PR each week, its almost like we get rejected after putting in so much work. I’ve known people to rely on their PR’s and when they don’t hit one, they give up or get angry with the process. Not always is a PR a good thing, not when you are pushing your body beyond its means in order to gain it (unhealthy manner), not when you are sacrificing attitude and dedication to achieve it. I figure it like this, if you hit a PR — AWESOME! but if you don’t, and sometimes you won’t, then take it with a grain of salt, because we are human and we aren’t perfect 100 percent of the time. 

The point of working out, regardless if you are an athlete or not, is to stay healthy, to discipline yourself & to gain insight on your strengths and weaknesses (while working on the weaknesses to make into strengths) and of course to enjoy the process no matter how hard it gets, because in time, it will pay off. If you forget those steps & focus on hitting new PR’s each week, it will get old fast & it will weigh you down when it comes time you fail. I want PR’s to be a bonus to your workouts, a goal that is achievable & as a means of an ego boost to your confidence; all the while pinpointing your weaknesses before a competition so that you can use it to excel. Your gym worth is based on how you feel when you leave the gym, how you feel about yourself when you see small bouts of progress or obstacles that seemed rather hard but you hurdled; nothing compares to the process. It’s like watching yourself evolve. PR’s shouldn’t hold you down, or make you feel weak, they should give you a reason to keep pushing, prevent you from wanting to give up and make working out a fun journey. Even so, being an athlete, it’s hard not wanting to PR frequently in our sport and as a powerlifter, you learn that PR’s can come from various forms (not just lifting heavier) — and while that is the overall goal, you hope to see yourself transform into a stronger person in other ways as well. 

Thanks for reading, hope all of you enjoyed a fun tip to share with your peers, feel free to reblog, share, comment and like!

Light Bench & A blooper

You are probably wondering what the “blooper” was, well I caught it on video, check it out here (it is at the end) & hopefully this will give people a lesson on benching 101 not to do, lol first time for everything, as they say. 

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • cable triceps kickback: 4 x 25, 20 lbs, 10 lbs 

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 6-8, 80 lbs (65%)
  • barbell bench press: 3 x 6-8, 85 lbs (70%)

Tri-sets:

  • DB incline chest press: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • DB Triceps lying triceps extension: 3 x 10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar skullcrushers: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • DB chest press: 3 x 10, 60 lbs
  • DB alternating bicep curls: 3 x 10, 50 lbs

Supersets:

  • Lying DB fly: 3 x 10, 30 lbs
  • Med ball slams: 3 x 10, 10 lbs