New Squat & Deadlift Program

Week One — Day One

Warm up:

  • Band hip bridges: 4 x 25, red 
  • band clamshell: 4 x 25, red
  • seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 20 lbs


  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 5 x 70%, 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 70%, 155 lbs


  • Barbell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs


  • Seated leg curl (dropset): 5 x 8 , 70 lbs, 60 lbs, 50 lbs, 40 lbs, 30 lbs
  • Seated leg extension (dropset): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs, 70 lbs, 60 lbs, 50 lbs, 40 lbs, 30 lbs, 20 lbs

The new program will still have me doing squats and deadlifts on the same day, it asked for me to do them once a week, but I am choosing to do them 2x a week because I like it. This program is for 17 weeks. The program has me taking every 4th day off, but I doubt I will do that. Hoping this helps to increase my weight in all three BIG lifts. #TrialandError 


365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 109


Do you easily give up on things? Why is this?

  • Yes and no. I learned at a young age that in whatever I choose to do (sports, music, school activities/clubs) regardless if I was good or not, that I wouldn’t give up but finish til the end & always give it my all. Same with my education, I struggled with reading growing up (elementary school) and so my mom always worked with me to strengthen my reading skills and I was put in a special reading class in order to get extra help with reading — and she never gave up on me and I had to continue working on it (even if most days I wanted to give up) and it paid off, because I became a phenomenal reader and excelled in reading each year after that. I use this same mindset in my adult life but sometimes I have to walk away from something for an extended amount of time to rethink things or to take a break from it in order to come back to it with a positive mindset again. I always TRY, and never give up, but have learned that sometimes taking a break from something can be good for the mind and cause less stress in the long term of things. 
I am sure some of you have given up at least once in your life or have thought about giving up — doesn’t mean you give up easily or maybe it does? Are you the type to give up easily? 

Still working out

Sorry, Not Sorry

Even though I haven’t talked about it, I have been about it (last week I took 3 days away) due to health issues with my tummy, otherwise, yes I have been at the gym and working out. As a matter of fact, I have been doing my bulking phase of the season right now, and plan on leaning out hopefully the middle to end of January — with my schedule the past of couple of weeks at the gym, It didn’t give me much time to blog & when I did blog, I was trying to keep up with my self discovery post considering my workouts are only to keep my accountable and to give me something to look back on .. for my own growth. I didn’t realize how long it had been before I posted my last workout,  but it has been awhile, but I didn’t want you guys to think I gave up on the idea of fitness/health, especially since it is my profession and hobby alike. Thanks for being patience, although, you didn’t have any other choice in the matter. LOL

For the sake of time, I will post today’s workout– and try to do a better job with keeping ya’ll up to date with my workouts, progress and regression alike. 

Warm up:

  • lying leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg
  • back hyperextenion: 4 x 25
  • hip abduction: 4 x 25, 35 lbs


  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 5 x 70%, 205 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 70% 155 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 6-8, 210 lbs
  • Single leg, leg press: 5 x 8-10 each leg, 208 lbs


  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 8-10, 85 lbs
  • DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

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?

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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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+