Phase Two: Week 5. Day 32|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute jump rope 

Workout:

  • Low cable crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute jump rope between sets)
  • Cable Crossover: 3 x 16-20. 40 lb ( 1 minute bench step ups between sets)
  • DB flyes: 3 x 16-20. 20 lb (1 minute squat jumps between sets)
  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 3 x 16-20 , 30 lb (1 minute side to side shuffle between sets)
  • Cable lying triceps extension: 3 x 16-20, 30 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings – 8kg between sets)
  • Triceps pushdown (rope attachment) : 3 x 16-20. 40 lb (1 minute goblet squat -30 lb between sets)
  • Cross-body crunches: 3 x 16-20 ( 1 minute running in place between sets)
  • Standing cable woodchop: 3 x 16- 20, 20 lb (1 minute lunge jumps between sets)

Today my knee didn’t hurt much except for the goblet squats, but still got things done in a timely manner and worked up a good sweat. The more reps, I lowered my weight, but it brought on muscle soreness in a different way, really focused on pushing my cardio and also getting through this rep range. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 31| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

  • 2-3 minute skipping in place

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 6-8. 65 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)
  • DB incline row: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute goblet squats – 30 lb between sets)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 6-8. 120 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between sets)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 6-8. 165 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between sets)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute kettlebell swing – 8kg between sets)
  • Seated barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 40 lb ( 1 minute med ball slam- 10 lb between sets)
  • reverse barbell curl: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute DB lunge – 20 lb between sets)

My left knee was bothering me today during my workout, can’t say I enjoyed the pain and I didn’t take it easy on myself, but I did decide to add some muscle lotion afterwards and that took the pain away for now, hopefully later I will ice it and just rest up. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman.

Shay-lon xo

Phase Two: Week 5. Day 29|Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute step up with knee raise

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press (medium grip): 4 x 6-8. 95 lb and 75 lb ( 1 minute bench step up between sets)
  • Incline DB press: 3 x 6-8. 50 lb (1 minute DB clean- 20 lb between each set)
  • Decline DB bench press: 3 x 6-8, 50 lb ( 1 minute running in place between each set)
  • Dips: 4 x 6-8 ( 1 minute kettlebell swing- 8kg between each set)
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 4 x 6-8, 75 lb (1 minute smith power clean – 75 lb between each set)
  • Smith machine hip thrust: 3 x 7-8, 115 lb (1 minute bench step up between each set)
  • Hanging leg raise: 3 x 7-8. ( 1 minute bench step up between sets)

Keep in mind that if you aren’t yet ready to lift heavier weights using DB, there are smaller DB’s available so you can work your way up: 

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Phase Two: Week Four. Day 24| Six Weeks To Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute skipping in place

Workout:

  • Bentover barbell row: 4 x 9-11. 70 lb (1 minute skipping in place between sets)
  • DB incline row: 3 x 9-11. 70 lb ( 1 minute goblet squat – 30 lb between sets)
  • Seated cable rows: 3 x 9-11.  120 lb ( 1 minute box jumps between each set)
  • Barbell shrug: 4 x 9-11. 155 lb (1 minute DB step ups – 20 lb between each set)
  • Barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 45 lb (1 minute kettlebell swings- 8kg between each set)
  • seated barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 30 lb (1 minute med ball slams – 10 lb between each set)
  • Reverse barbell curl: 3 x 9-11. 45 lb. (1 minute DB lunge-20 lb between each set)

Today I was not feeling it, I was fatigued before getting started and just aching a bit. I don’t think it is over training ( not quite that bad) .. I just think it is about that time again (if you know what I mean). I couldn’t finish a whole minute of med ball slams without stopping and I hardly slammed the ball hard enough to make a noise, I was just barely getting by on my workout today, BUT with all that being said, I made some good progress compared to my week one results. If you are interested in seeing the results from week one to now, click Here

 

Anyone else have a long day at the gym today, or just not feeling today’s workout? 

 

Fitness Wonder Woman,

 

Shay-lon xo

now for those of you who are working on building strength and need something lighter to get started, my gym used body bars with some of their clients and in college I started with one for a class or two and let me tell you, they come real handy!

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Phase Two: Week Four. Day 23| Six Weeks to Shreds

Warm up:

 
  • 2-3 minute step ups with knee raise

Workout:

  • Barbell shoulder press: 4 x 9-11. 55 lb (1 minute bench step ups between sets)
  • DB shoulder press: 3 x 9-11. 60 lb ( 1 minute kettlebell swing- 8kg between each set)
  • Standing DB upright Row: 3 x 9-11. 40 lb (1 minute sprints between each set)
  • Barbell squat: 4 x 9-11. 115 lb (1 minute box jumps between each set)
  • Barbell deadlift: 3 x 9-11. 145 lb ( 1 minute med ball slams- 10 lb between each set)
  • leg press: 3 x 9-11. 180 lb (1 minute mountain climbers between each set)
  • Standing calf raises: 3 x 9-11. ( 1 minute lateral bounds between each set)

Compared to day two of the first week, my exercises have increased in weight. Check out my Instagram comparing today’s results with week one: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXiinhsF1Va/?hl=en&taken-by=shaylon_fitnesswonderwoman

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

 

DB Step Ups (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPyrLw2xJl0

I have another exercise for you, one that many of you that probably have done or either would be interested in implementing in your workout program. The above video and link is of me doing this exercise, using a very low weight and low platform (for the sake of the video). 

 

How To Do DB Step Ups:

 
  1. While holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand up straight. 
  2. Place either the right foot or left foot on the elevated platform. Step on the platform by extending the knee and hip of the chosen leg, using the heel to lift the rest of the body up, the place the opposite foot on the platform as well. You will want to be exhaling at this time
  3. Step down with the opposite foot you step up on, by flexing the hip and knee of the leg that is opposite of you coming down while inhaling. Then allow the leg to meet the other leg on the floor side by side.
  4. You will repeat this on the right or left leg first and then switch to the opposite one for the same repetitions. 

This is a good cardio exercise as well as one that will tone those legs. I typically did this exercise for a whole minute or sometimes two minutes. 

 

What muscles are being worked:

  • Quads
  • glutes

Definitely something to get that heart pumping!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Decline Smith Press (Exercise How To)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NFaQtUBYEk

Hey Bloggers!

Today is Tuesday, and this means I have some awesome workout videos to share with you and some exercise talk. The above video link is of myself at the gym the other day and I had to come up with an alternative to the decline smith press because the decline bench was in use by someone else – down below I will be explaining this exercise as if someone is using the actual decline bench. 

 

How To Do The Decline Smith Press:

 
  1. You will want to place the decline bench underneath the smith machine (make sure it is lined up in the center) & place the barbell at the height you can reach when you lying down and arms are fully extended. Use a pronated grip, making sure it is wider than shoulder width apart, unlock the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with arms extended (starting position)
  2. While inhaling, lower the bar allowing the elbows to flex 
  3. Pause, bring the bar back up by extending the elbows and exhaling while doing so. 
  4. Repeat the movement for the recommended amount of repetitions
  5. When finished with the set, lock the bar on the rack

Keep in mind this is going to seem awkward at first and if you aren’t used to it, use a lower weight to make sure you have your form and technique down. I like using the smith machine for the decline bench because it is easier to control. 

 

What muscles are being used:

  • Chest
  • Triceps

Overall thoughts:

I don’t implement this variation very often in my workouts, and while it isn’t my favorite, I still believe that it can be useful. However when someone does not have a decline bench, there are other ways to get it done depending on your comfort level, in my video, I am shifting my body in a decline but if you don’t feel comfortable doing so, you can use weight plates underneath the flat bench so that it is at a decline as well. 

 

Do you do the decline smith press or use a barbell? 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo