Exercise of the Day!!!

 

The Barbell Deadlift (or in this case, the broom deadlift :-p)

  1. Stand feet shoulder width apart in front of the barbell.
  2. Looking straight ahead, squat and grab the barbell with a wide overhand grip.
  3. Make sure your knees are close to the bar.
  4. Push through your heels as you stand erect while holding the barbell below you at arms’ length.
  5. Stand fully erect while holding the completed movement.
  6. Be sure to squeeze your glutes at the top!
  7. Carefully reverse the process, lowering the barbell to the ground.

Avoid

  • Arching your back- your core should be tight, use a mirror to make sure your back is straight throughout the whole movement.
  • Locking your knees.
  • Do not do this exercise if you are experiencing knee pain.
  • If you have any health concerns, you should always check with a doctor before performing specific exercises

Targets

  • Back
  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • Hams
  • Core
  • Forearms
  • Biceps

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Breast Cancer Awareness!

Just a little fun at my gym the other day! Got a little pink put in my hair and a glitter tattoo! So cute! Also in an update of my mental and physical health I have been really bad lately. I keep forgetting to take my medicine (will be correcting that SOON), and because I was too busy working I had not been working out for the past couple of months and therefore my sciatica is back. UGH!!!

For those of you who do not know sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve which is a symptom of an underlying condition. I have seen my doctor and mine is not spine related (thank God) but it is still annoying/painful. It is also a huge reason why I should continue to keep up with my physical health. Keeping my back and ab muscles in shape kept this away for a while, but since I have lost most of that strength now it is back! My symptoms are shooting pain, numbness and a tingling sensation from my hip to my foot, and dull achy pain in my lower back. It gets worse the more I don’t relax and tend to it. Let’s just say I have been hauling ass back to my gym and getting in some low impact ab and back workouts to try and rectify this situation. I seriously can’t wait to get back to my full workouts. I miss them so much.

Seeing that I have been seriously over working myself I am only going to be working two jobs from now on and focusing on my mental and physical health. Also I need to fix everything and get my life in order (#1 move is to FINALLY get my room clean…omg been an ongoing project for weeks!).

Good video for sciatica: http://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatica-interactive-video