The shenanigans of today

Warm up:

 
  • Straight arm cable pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flys: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 110 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6 (4 x 75 lbs 60% 1RM) (4 x 80 lbs 65% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 2-3 (2 x 100 lbs) ( 2 x 105 lbs) (2 x 110 lbs ) (2 x 120 lbs)

Tri-set

  • Hammer curls: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • Cable overhead triceps extension, 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band push ups: 5 x 5-6, red band

Want to see my PR from today (hitting 2 reps for 120 lbs, 95% my max) check out Bench press

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BEGREATGUYS — Don’t rely on someone

Save some of your motivation from within. 

 

We all need a little bit of a boost to keep going – to know we are headed in the right direction — to keep us accountable — to make us feel good about how far we have come. 

Indeed all of this is true, and I believe having a partner in crime that keeps you focused and disciplined and makes it possible for you to keep going is a great opportunity and needed — because social support is important. On the other hand, relying on your partner in crime, in order to succeed might weigh you down long-term and keep you from exploring outside your comfort level — or prohibit you from taking a leap of faith.  I think too much of a good thing, is just that, too much of a good thing. We need someone to keep us grounded, but when that someone backs down after awhile, we need to know how to use what we have within to keep up from giving up. 

 
 

As a personal trainer, i like to think it is my job to be a cheerleader, role model, knowledgeable professional in the field of fitness/health and an accountability partner that creates workouts and talks to you about what specifically will get you from point A to point B. I love my job and I love that I can build people inside & contribute to their physical changes that make them feel good. I just wonder sometimes if people whom rely on their trainers, realize that at some point, it will be time for you to leave the nest and utilize all the teachings so that you become independent at the gym. Now, I am not against having a long term client because everyone meets their goals at different lengths of time & everyone’s goals are different how they go about them BUT at the same time, when I am relied on, I don’t want it to be so that when and if I go on vacation; my client decides to quit working out until I return. I want my clients to be self sufficient enough that if I should be gone for a short period of time, they can manage on their own. It’s profitable to have a client rely on me, but it doesn’t make me look good when I have a client for years who has yet to reach any of their goals or who has yet to be able to gain enough confidence to workout without me being physically there every waking moment. I don’t want to kick my clients to the curb but I want to know that they are growing independently, building self esteem, and maintaining their success in the process of having me train them & I know it will take time. 


But not only from a trainer perspective but also from a friend/neighbor/spouse/family, etc perspective… 

We shouldn’t allow these people to feel so pressured. Having a friend who comes to the gym with you is fun, motivating and keeps you on your feet but what happens when that person misses a few days? Normally, the first thought is to stop going for a few days as well because you don’t want to workout without them. The motivation you have stems from being able to workout with your friend, so when a friend misses a day or two, that becomes your excuse for missing a day or two. Basically when you realize you aren’t meeting your goals and aren’t seeing results, the blame will fall on your friend because in your mind, because your friend missed a few days– you weren’t able to meet the requirements it takes to meet your goals. Not saying you will legitimately blame them to their face, but when someone ask why haven’t you been attending the gym anymore; it will fall back on your friend — “I normally come when my friend comes, and he hasn’t been able to make it back in so when he feels better or starts back on his normal routine, we will be back”. Nobody should take the blame for your lack of choice to do something, because when it comes down to it, you have the time and the reason for wanting to workout– but you have co-depended on someone for so long in order to workout that when it comes time to come on your own, it’s too intimidating & you make them the excuse. 


When you want something bad enough… 

It should come from within, it should fuel you enough to start and to finish. Having an extra person to root for you is good, but sometimes people don’t root and don’t support, so you have to be prepared to conquer things on your own. Prepare to endure many things on your own, so that if the time should come where you lose that partner in crime or lose that support — it doesn’t prohibit you from continuing on your journey. Life doesn’t always play fair and in order to make the best of the lemons thrown at us, we need to rely on ourselves for the most strength. I am a firm believer that having social support is a wonderful thing, but I stand by that people can either bring you up or weigh you down; you have to stay in control of yourself and not allow someone else to be your driver. 


Anybody can play backseat driver to our choices, but you are the one driving, so the only person who can control your steering wheel is you” — Shay-lon Moss

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4 Hour leg session

I swear I don’t make long sessions on purpose. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Kettlebell Romanian deadlift: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout Sess:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 2-3, 260 lbs (85% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squat: 8 x 6-8, 145 lbs (65% 1RM)
  • Barbell front squats: 8 x 10-12, 65 lbs
  • Box squats: 8 x 10-12, 155 lbs

Superset:

  • DB bulgarian split squats: 8 x 10-12, 30 lbs
  • Leg curl machine: 8 x 10-12, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Kettlebell snatches: 8 x 10-12, 12 lbs
  • Leg extension machine: 8 x 10-12, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable glute kickbacks: 8 x 10-12, 10 lbs
  • DB box step ups: 8 x 10-12, 30 lbs

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10 Lower Body resistance band exercises

Can be done anywhere

Yesterday I went over upper body exercises you could implement utilizing the resistance bands & today I will go over lower body exercises with the resistance band. A short list of exercises that can be done anywhere since the use of a resistance band can be taken with you on trips, to the gym, or in your home. Feel free to add to this of exercises!

 
 
  1. Prone lying leg curl
  2. clamshell
  3. Lateral band walk
  4. Glute bridge
  5. Fire hydrants
  6. Glute kickback
  7. Lunges
  8. Squat
  9. Seated straight leg raises
  10. Seated hip abduction

Hopefully this list of 10 exercises will help you in your next workout 🙂

 

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When the Bench Press Needs Work

Ugh! my bench , my bench, my bench needs improvement. Today was a heavier day for bench — what i could consider heavier but not near my max day. I was working in the 3 rep range and did 95 lbs & 110 lb lifts for my bench press. I show both lifts Here. My bench has always been my weakest lift out of the BIG 3  — I am hoping within the next couple of weeks my max will increase by 5 lbs or so, because when competing I have to be strong in all three lifts in order to get the better total. My deadlifts and squats are my strongest lifts but I can’t only rely on them so I HAVE to work on increasing my bench if I want to better myself as a powerlifter. 

 

As of now, my plan is to use weighted push ups & continue to work on my weaker areas that carry over to the bench in order to have a good balance of strength & hopefully seeing increases in my bench press. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band chest press: 4 x 25, green band
  • EZ military press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Lat pulldowns: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 3, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • barbell bench press: 6 x 3. 100 lbs (80% 1RM)

Superset:

  • Seated Arnold press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 6, 80 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs & 70 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 6, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar curls: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs

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Shay-lon

Bench Speed Day

Warm up:

 
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable Triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable face pulls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6, 75 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 5 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable triceps reverse grip pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB bentover row: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Bench dips: 5 x 8-10
  • DB reverse flyes: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB floor press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB seated overhead extensions: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs
 

Bloated but got it done

Warm up:

 
  • Seated leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg, green band
  • stationary lunges: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 3, 230 lbs (75% RM)
  • Barbell back squat: 8 x 5, 135 lbs (60% RM)
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs 

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstrings): 5 x 8-10, 298 lbs 
  • DB calf raises: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs 

Superset:

  • Cable pull through: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 10 kg

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