Week 6|Day Two

Yesterday night, I was up to no good smashing pizza and drinking alcohol with peers, and so I figured today’s workout wouldn’t be as efficient because of my choices. I did however, found a way to work around the lack of sleep I had in order to do the load amount and meet my rep requirement and that was to take everything slow. While deadlifts and squats are meant to powerful, I had to really use a slower eccentric movement because going at my normal pace wasn’t going to happen with having alcohol in my body the previous night and not getting much sleep. While I don’t regret making my poor decisions the previous night, I knew I had to deal with the consequences and make the most of my workout no matter what it took because when you make decisions; good or bad, you learn to deal with whatever comes your way the best that you can – that’s what I did. I left the gym later than I normally would but I did the reps and met the load. 

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 10, 140 lb
  • Goodmorning: 3 x 10-12, 9 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 10, 190 lb (1 set with the belt)
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 10, 120 lb
 
  • DB lunge: 3 x 10, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 10, 55 lb
  • Lying triceps extension: 3 x 10, 30 lb
 
  • Hanging leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio Workout: (4X)

  1. Body bar squats: 20/30/45 seconds
  2. kettlebell swings: 20/30/45 seconds, 10 kg
 
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Push Up Variations

Standard Push ups are fine, but when you want to spice things up:

 
 
  1. Wide grip push up (engages shoulders more)
  2. Close grip push ups (engages triceps more)
  3. Clap push up (works on explosiveness and power) – plyometrics
  4. One leg push up (engages the core more)
  5. Hand release push up (helps those who want to ease the tension in the joints)
  6. Spiderman push up (improves hip mobility and engages the core more)
  7. One arm incline push up (utilizing your chest more in an unbalanced state)
  8. Decline push up (works the upper chest and shoulders)
  9. Incline push up (lower chest and triceps more)
  10. on the knees (modified for those who can’t yet do the standard push up)
  11. Shoulder tap push up (good for improving balance)
  12. slow negative push ups
  13. Pseudo planche (hands pointed toward the feet instead of forward. focuses on shoulders and biceps)
  14. Corkscrew push up
  15. Diamond push up (focuses on the triceps)
  16. medicine ball push ups
  17. renegade push ups
  18. kettlebell push ups

Of course there are more, but I listed a reasonable amount. If there is one you would like to add to the list, leave it in the comment section! do you have a favorite push up variation? leave it in he comment box! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon 

Week Six|Day One

Today’s workout went well overall. I realized based on other days, I have increases in loads and decreases, but I have been trying to be consistent so I can see where my strengths and weaknesses lie. For example I can DB bench press 80 lb for 8 reps but today, I could not do it for 10 reps, so I went down 10 lb in order to hit 10 reps. I don’t mind lessening up the load if it means I hit my reps clean and full ROM. 

Workout:

  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 10, 75 lb
  • DB bench press: 3 x 10, 70 lb
  • Wide grip pull up: 3 x to failure
  • Bentover barbell row: 3 x 10, 75 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 10, 50 lb
  • DB side lateral raise: 3 x 10, 30 lb
  • Sit ups: 3 x 20

Sprints:(3x)

  1. 30 seconds
  2. 45 seconds
  3. 1 minute
 
 

Have You Ever Jumped For a Squat?

Jump Squats

It is all in the name of pain that one can do Jump squats — LOL.  I remember when back when I was a spring chicken and more athletic than I am now (year or so ago) I was doing 30/40/50 reps of jump squats (and compared to some athletes now, that is nothing) but I will tell you WHAT: They definitely made you sore during and afterwards. I still implement them but not as often as I should – which will probably change now that I have mentioned them. I consider this exercise a more intermediate but can be advanced if you add weights (barbell, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc) to the mix; we won’t go to that extreme for the sake of this blog post (face it, bodyweight is a challenge)

 

The important thing to remember is form during this exercise and how to explode UP when you jump ( I posted a video for your use) typically this exercise is used as a plyometric exercise but in the shadows people call it “fuck this.. I can only manage 5” LOL — I like to think we can all do at least 10.. but if you are like me.. 50 reps makes us feel like a superhero so we go all the way to 50 and regret it later but have ego points! haha LET THE JUMPS BEGIN!

 

Step to jump squat:

 
  1. Feet will be shoulder width apart, head up and back will need to be straight
  2. Squat down until your upper thighs or parallel or lower to the floor – also don’t forget to inhale
  3. Press down with the balls of your feet, and jump straight UP as high as possible. You Exhale during this portion of the movement
  4. After touching the floor again, immediately squat down and repeat the movement

If you are aware of proper squat form then this won’t be too difficult, however, if you are unsure of squat form, go back to the basics and learn that FIRST!  Obviously be aware of your injuries/conditions that could prohibit you from completing this movement, so talk to your medical professional FIRST before conquering this exercise. 

 

What muscles:

  • Core 
  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • lower back

This is one of those exercises, where it can be done practically anywhere and doesn’t need any equipment, but be sure you have ample space and head room for when you jump, I don’t want you to endure any avoidable injuries. Enjoy!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon

 

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It is getting to be that time of year where people typically get more gloomy because of the weather, and the seasons changing. Not only do people tend to get allergies or aches/pains, their personalities or moods can change. I have to thank a friend of mine for bringing this disorder to my attention because we were talking about how the weather makes us both kind of “blah” because of the lack of sunshine and it becoming more and more cold outside. Neither one of us has been diagnosed with “Seasonal Affective Disorder” and I don’t believe I have it and neither does she, but it brought up a good point because this isn’t a disorder that I hear much about until it gets to be about this time of year – even then, I don’t think a whole lot of people think twice about it. I decided to do some research and learn something new about a disorder and hopefully share what I have learned with all of you, BUT I always appreciate it more when it comes from someone who has the experience because it is more realistic and more personal – so if you have something to add to this, please do in the comment section 🙂

 

First things first, what is seasonal affective disorder? In simple terms, it is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. Most often occurs in the early fall/winter and usually ends sometime around spring/summer. Clearly not everyone loves the cold weather but it doesn’t mean you have seasonal affective disorder. With this being said, I have some fun information below:

 

Word of caution: This disorder is not considered as a separate disorder. In order for someone to be diagnosed with SAD, they have to meet the full criteria or major depression coinciding with specific seasons for ATLEAST 2 years. This means it needs to be more frequent compared to other depressions. So having said this, there are reasons for why someone would be diagnosed with this, this isn’t just somebody who doesn’t like winter or cold weather – more goes into a diagnosis. 

 

Signs/symptoms:

Winter Pattern:

 
  • Low energy 
  • hypersomnia
  • overeating
  • weight gain
  • craving for carbohydrates
  • social withdrawal 

Summer SAD:

  • poor appetite /weight loss
  • insomnia 
  • agitation
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • episodes of violent behavior

Then also consider some of the major depression signs/symptoms along with these. 

 

Risk Factors Associated with SAD

  • Females are diagnosed more often than men with this disorder (lucky us ladies!, lol)
  • Living further from the equator
  • Family history of depression
  • Younger age

Treatment options:

  • Medication
  • light therapy
  • psychotherapy 
  • Vitamin D

With this being said, Vitamin D supplements haven’t been 100 percent proven to treat seasonal affective disorder, but having more time in the sunlight seems to help and taking the supplements is neither here or there in research.. depending on the individual. Now there may be new treatments available or perhaps more treatments I have not listed, and so share them if you will. If you have your own way of dealing with SAD, please share it for my readers and so I can also learn something as well. Thank you for reading, please feel free to share, like, reblog, and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

 
 

Week Five|Day Four = No Cardio Necessary

Opposite day! no cardio 🙂 but my legs are still sore from yesterday, so thankfully today was an upperbody day!

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 8, 75 lb
  • DB front raises: 3 x 10-12, 20 lb

Superset:

  • Incline DB bench press: 3 x 8, 70 lb
  • Bentover DB flyes: 3 x 10-12, 30 lb

Superset:

  • Close grip pull up: 3 x to failure
  • DB shrugs: 3 x 10-12, 70 lb

Superset:

  • Cable low row: 3 x 8, 130 lb
  • Barbell upright row: 3 x 8, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Military press: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • smith machine bentover row: 3 x 10-12, 75 lb
 
  • Floor crunches: 3 x 20
 

If I am going to be honest, the barbell upright rows were hell today, I mean 60 lb doesn’t sound like a lot of weight but I was feeling them. I have also noticed I am WAYY better at close grip pull ups vs wide grip, anyone else? 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

Whole Foods VS Walmart

I figured this would be a fun little discussion between two grocery stores. The reason why I chose these two is because: 1) whole foods is known to be one of the better stores to have healthier options, 2.) most people know what a “Walmart” is and it is another grocery store that is popular among Americans. Both of these grocery stores have pros and cons and some of you might shop at one or the other or both depending on your needs and finances. 

 

My town does not have a Whole Foods store, but we do have a Walmart – two of them. I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart because of it being constantly busy, sometimes the people piss me off (this is just honesty) and I live closer to a Kroger store but I will shop there for my feminine products and minor grocery depending on what it is. When I resided in Colorado Springs (I now reside in Ohio) I would go to Whole foods just for the burritos they made, so good! yum! but never actually shopped at a Whole Foods Store. The closest Whole foods to me would be about a hour or so away, so not too bad. 

 

Keep in mind this blog topic isn’t meant to make one out to be BETTER than the other – but to give perspective and start an engaging conversation as to why you shop at one or the other, or both! Maybe you don’t shop at either one of these stores, and if that is the case, share what store you prefer and why! This will be from my own perspective/data and also from research! 

 
 

Walmart:

Pros:

 
  1. They pride themselves with “Always low prices”
  2. Price matching
  3. newspaper ads, online presence
  4. During the holidays some of them offer layaway
  5. You can buy food, clothing, electronics, furniture, misc, household cleaning supplies, etc – in other words, ONE STOP SHOP! 
  6. they typically have restaurants inside them, so if you get hungry
  7. Their locations are vast
  8. huge employer
  9. most have a vision place to get exams, eyeglasses, contacts
  10. most offer a tire/lube place to have your vehicles tires replaced or oil change
  11. instore pick up or ship to home option
  12. Some might add the entertainment value (all sorts of society shop at Walmart) for a while there was a site or YouTube channel called the “people of Walmart”
  13. offers a credit card
  14. Typically attracts other businesses when a new Walmart comes to town
  15. Self check out option
  16. They accept EBT, debit/credit, checks, cash, Walmart gift cards, etc as a form of payment
  17. Typically open 24 hours
  18. Great Value brands for cheaper prices
  19. Gives towards charity
  20. They bake cakes for special occasions

Cons:

  1. Typically has one or two registers open – so either have to use the self check out or wait in long lines 
  2. Whenever I have gone to a Walmart and needed help finding a particular product, 95 percent of the time the employee didn’t even know what it was, didn’t know where it was located within the store
  3. I have found where they mark something down on a tag and it is the same price as the regular price
  4. I am not a huge fan of their produce area 
  5. I have been told the pay rate sucks as an employee there (depending on where you live)
  6. Their pricing of clothing isn’t that much cheaper than shopping someplace else with better quality (in my opinion where I reside)
  7. The cashiers always seem in a sad or bad mood whenever I’ve been there. lol I have had some rude ones too! 
  8. I don’t like their quality of beef or chicken 
  9. Sometimes the great value price is higher than the name brand
  10. People drive like maniacs through their parking lot — this is just from my own experience 
  11. It’s a huge store, many times you have to go from one end to the other to get everything you need – so if you are ever in a rush for time, this is probably not your go to

Now this whole pro and con list is again from my experience and different research I’ve done, be sure to add your own opinions to either list! 

 

Whole Foods

Pros:

  1. Good for college students who are need of a job (research says many college students work here to earn extra income)
  2. Supposedly great medical insurance 
  3. Quality products 
  4. Most if not all of them offer a salad bar, food kitchen area to have food made out for you to go or stay and eat
  5. surrounded by people who like eating healthier food options
  6. Educates people on healthy eating
  7. Variety of food products
  8. All meat sources at Whole foods is said to be raised without hormones or antibiotics 
  9. Gluten free food selection
  10. Typically more local foods found here
  11. They care about the environment
  12. By 2018 they are supposedly going to commit to GMO labeling on all their products
  13. Quality standards for both farm and wild caught seafood
  14. offers coupons
  15. online recipes on their site
  16. able to shop online
  17. offer flyers
 

Cons:

  1. Not a one stop shop
  2. tends to be more expensive
  3. Located in bigger cities vs smaller communities (typically)
  4. spending more and bringing home less groceries (a reviewer said)
  5. Some people prefer trader Joes over whole foods.
  6. Bigger stores – again can make it harder to navigate
  7. Have been reported they sometimes make it hard to tell the prices of things on their shelves

Again, Whole foods list of pros and cons came from my own experience and other reviews I had seen online. Feel free to add to either list your opinions! 

 

I hope all of you enjoyed this fun topic between the two stores! the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHOOSING A GROCERY STORE is choosing one that fits your needs and budget! 🙂

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon