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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Playlist #2- Songs I Workout to

Some of the songs I have most recently added to my workouts!

I don’t know about you, but I need a little beat to take my mind off of what I am doing. Helps me push harder, do more, and achieve my goals. I live and breathe music. It touches my soul. Some people wonder why I have a hard time working out without it. I wonder the same about why they would choose otherwise. ❤

  1. Somebody (feat Jeremih- Natalie La Rose
  2. She Knows (feat. Juicy J.)- Ne Yo
  3. Sugar- Maroon 5
  4. She Came to Give It to You- Usher
  5. Fireball- Pitbull
  6. Sledge Hammer- Fifth Harmony
  7. Burnin’Up (feat. 2 Chainz)- Jessie J
  8. 2 On (feat. ScHoolboy Q)- Tinashe
  9. Booty (feat. Pitbull)- Jennifer Lopez
  10. BO$$- Fifth Harmony
  11. Bailando- Enrique Iglesias
  12. Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
  13. Na Na- Trey Songz
  14. Fancy- Iggy Azalea
  15. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)- Ariana Grande

My Workout 1-13-15

I know I haven’t had a lot of time to workout, and that is going to change. Going home will hopefully give me stability and the time to really focus on my health. I did manage to get a good workout in today. So here it is:

Leg Day!

  • 15 minute elliptical warm up
  • stretching session
  • talk with Darren one of our personal trainers, encouraging, and positive
  • warmed up with 3 sets of walking lunges forwards and backwards (12 forwards 12 backwards)
    • followed immediately by hands to feet stability ball passes (x20)
  • 8 sets of Kettle bell swings 12 KG for 30 seconds
    • followed immediately by 30 seconds of side to side medicine ball crunches
  • 3 sets of TRX strap lunges 12 on each side
    • followed immediately by 8lb medicine ball crunches (pushing ball to ceiling with legs elevated as well)
    • 1 minute of rest between
  • felt like puking so had to take a break
  • 5 sets of Bosu ball squats (x15)
    • followed immediately by v-crunches (x20)
  • glute/leg kickback machine
    • 70lbs (x12 each leg)
    • 80lbs (x12)
    • 90lbs (x12)
    • 100lbs (x6)
  • Squats in the squat rack with 45lb bar narrow stance, wide stance, and Plié squats
    • +20lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • +40lbs (x5, x5, x5)
    • +50lbs (x2, x2, x2)
    • +60lbs (x2, x2, none)
  • Hip Abduction Machine
    • 10 outside pulses at 150lbs (x5)
    • 160lbs (x3)
    • 5 outside pulses at 170lbs (x4)
  • Smith Machine Calves toes out approx. 30 deg., toes straight, toes inwards approx. 30 deg.
    • 20lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • 40lbs (x12, x12, x12)
    • 60lbs (x8, x8, x8)

No more! I was donneeeeeee. Now I’m super tired and need a nap!

Workout: Tuesday 6/11/14

So already I am behind on my schedule! *grrr* I was SUPPOSED to do leg day on Monday…but hey I guess everything doesn’t always go as planned and we just have to improvise ;). This workout was particularly hard for me, possibly because it was my first time at the gym since I got sick. I didn’t get to get everything in, but what I missed I will add in later on today after work!

  • 15 minute warm up on the elliptical
  • Leg extension machine x12 (3 sets)
  • I WAS going to do the leg curl machine afterwards, but you know…some ladies need their social time and thus decide that they need to do it while they are “working out”…. Makes me so angry. DO NOT DO THIS!!! There are people who go to the gym to actually accomplish something rather than exercising their jaw muscles… Have a little respect and consideration for others <3.

Sorry about the rant, might feel a little strongly about this :-p.

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Ok :-p I think I got that off my chest ❤

back to my workout…

  • Smith machine squats (narrow, wide, sumo)
    • 20lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 40lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 60lbw x12, 12, 12
    • 80lbs x7, 7, 7
    • 100lbs x3, 2, 3
  • Romanian deadlifts (60lbs) and lunges
    • x20 (deadlifts), 20 (lunges on each leg, so total of 40)
    • x15, 20
    • x16, 29
    • x9, 15
  • Seated calf raise (in, middle, out)
    • 70lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 75lbs x12, 12, 12
    • 80lbs x12, 12, 12
  • Dumbbell squat 25lbs for the duration of the song : Wiggle by Jason Derulo (yes I know…I just can’t help myself…)
  • Side lunges for the duration of the songs: Stay with My by Sam Smith, and Wild Love by Pitbull

 

I then had to haul a** out of the gym to make to do dinner with Nate and Paige!

Workout Plan for the Week of 6/9/14!

Schedule for the week of June 9th 2014

Monday: Leg Day (3 sets of each exercise as always)

  • 15 minute warm up
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Curls
  • Smith Machine or Barbell Squats
    • Narrow, wide, sumo so total of 36 each time (3 times so a total of 108 squats when you are done theoretically… lol)
    • OR I like to start off at 20lbs, and then progressively add 10 onto each side until I can’t do anymore squats
      • I have been able to get to 100lbs, but I can only do 2-3 squats at that point
      • So push yourself, but be safe!
  • Side lunges x 20
    • If I am with someone I will do these while I wait for them to be done with their sets
    • If I am alone, I will just rest in-between sets
  • Interval Training: jump rope or landmines
    • 1 minute on with 30 seconds rest for around 7.5 minutes
  • Calf Raises
  • Plank
    • If I am waiting for my partner to finish
    • If I am alone simply rest in-between sets
  • Leg Press
  • Hip adduction machine
  • Hip abduction machine
  • Interval Training: burpees (I have to do frog burpees because of my knees, but do whatever you are comfortable with!)
    • 1 minute on and 30 seconds rest like before
  • Romanian Deadlifsts
  • Walking or Stationary Lunges
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Dumbbell Squats to failure
  • Make sure to stretch!!!!!

Tuesday: Chest

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruR1HLYLNT8
    • Shows you how to do some of the exercises!
  • Spinning Class (5:30 AM or whenever)
  • Bench Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Plate Press
  • Cable Machine (if I am feeling frisky adding that on :-p)

Wednesday: Back and Abs

  • Probably go for a run/sprints this morning
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0X24DPqFm0
    • Check out that video- where I got the exercises from
  • Close-Grip Bent-Over Row and Dumbbell Pull-Over
    • Do them together with no to little rest inbetween
  • Chin ups and Barbell Bent-Over Row (Wide Grip)
    • Same as before
  • Pull-Ups
  • Cable Crunches
  • Leg Lifts
  • Fork/whatever crunches (cannot figure out the name at all, driving me crazy!)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Planks
  • Anything else I feel like adding ❤

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Shoulders

  • Interval Training
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfbCdxxUARQ
      • Video on how to do these exercises from Scott Herman on YouTube!
    • 4 rounds, 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest, 8 minutes total
      • V-Up
      • Handstand Push-Up (how about just a handstand….lol…yeah that is totally not happening yet baha)
      • Flutter Kick (1-1 count)
      • Burpees
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXZVCfmF_Zw
    • Check out the video, got this workout grouping from him. I really like his routines and how he explains them!
  • Dumbbell Military Press
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise
  • Dumbbell Front Raise
  • Rear Deltoid
  • Barbell Shrugs

Saturday: Biceps and Triceps

Sunday: Rest

Doctor’s Visit: Reality Check

Have I ever mentioned how telling the truth of how things are in your life and fessing up are the hardest things for me? I am so much better at blocking out the bad and pushing forward. Sometimes though, you cannot keep running, it eventually catches up. Which totally sucks by the way :-p

So I saw my doctor and confessed to him everything that has been going on. How I didn’t finish school, and have not been really great about taking my medication like I should. He gave me homework:

#1- get an app to remind me to take my pills, and actually do it
#2- get in touch with my advisor and talk to her about everything

He also mentioned that possibly my venture into this whole fitness thing might be some sort of coping mechanism to help me feel better about not doing well in school. Sort of a, I am working hard in one area to make up for my lacking in the other. While I do not regret the choice to live a healthier lifestyle, this does makes sense, and I am going to try to be more aware of it, and I am never going to give up on school. I will finish no matter how long it takes me!

#3- I have to get another hand brace that fits properly. The official diagnosis is De Quervains Tenosynovitis! So I just need to take some Aleve, ice my hand, and give it tons of rest. Nothing major, just more annoying than anything.

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And just remember!

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Keep up the hard work in whatever you are doing. Something is better than nothing!

Workout Tuesday 5/21/2014

Goood Morning!!! ❤

So yesterday I officially went on my first bike ride in who knows how many years. It all came back too, I didn’t fall off and face plant onto the cement (yay haha).

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Look at my little biker self :-p

Anywaysss… My roommate has been biking to and from work for sometime now and I can see why she does it (besides having a completely crappy car that breaks down on her all the time…). It was a decent workout, and I could really feel it in my quads for the small amount of time we spent riding around the neighborhood. Great way to get out and about, and even participate in some cool fundraisers/charity events (such as the Tour De Cure!).

So back to my workout:

  • Romanian Deadlifts
  • Smith Machine Squats- Narrow (hip width), Wide (outside of hips), and Sumo.
    • 20lbs x12 (1 set of each)
      • superset with 20 lunges (alternating 10 on each leg)
    • 40lbs x12 (1 set of each)
      • superset with 20 lunges

Small break because my workout buddy FORGOT she had a meeting at work so we had to break it up and go back when she was done :-p (workout fail)

Concluding with a nice stretching sesh, and a good nights sleep! ❤

Keep fighting! Keep pushing towards your goals :). It may take longer than you would like but you will get there one day!

Workout Monday 5/20/14

It’s getting close to the end of the Reinvent challenge at my gym (Vent Fitness)! So I am going to be adding a lot more cardio to my workouts to try and lose some of this pudge! Also…I am attempting to eat better also… ATTEMPTING… my 7+ Hershey Cookies N Crème bar binge yesterday might not have helped… (I know I should fight my food cravings when I am down…but…it is so hard…and it just makes me feel so much better- until I get a stomach ache… :-p ) That is my weakness by far: my diet. I applaud those of you who have it all under control, because I can’t seem to muster the will sometimes to stick to it.

Alsooo… I have what I believe to be tendonitis in my thumb. So lucky me! I am wearing a thumb stabilizer hand brace, which let me tell you is oh so attractive (and fun…). I feel like right around 23/25 my body has rebelled against me and started falling apart. This is also why I am so adamant and into my workout routine. I need to stay as healthy as possible for as long as I can! On to what I am really supposed to be posting about: my workout.

  • 6:30 am Kinetix with Arleen
    • A metabolic session taking you through a 4-cell training process focusing on power and strength in a functional calorie blasting workout!
  • 8:15 am BodyVive
    • Low-impact group fitness workout using VIVE balls, tubes, and optional hand weights
    • I will just mention that it says low impact, but in no way is this class easy. You can adjust the tube strength for more resistance, and it burnnssss!
  • 10:00 pm I took a 4.2 mile run with a small pee/Dino potty break at 3 miles in.

Feeling good and accomplished! Now I’m off to leg day at the Latham Vent, with my bestest Jenniferrrr. ❤

About (Also in my profile, and about section)

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(haha sorry just had to add that picture…I crack myself up baha)

Just thought I would throw this on my main page also! ❤

  • I had, for many years, thought there was something very wrong. If you know what I mean you understand how one can feel “crazy,” and that no matter what they do they can’t seem to fix the issue.
  • I have memories of days or periods of time when I would feel amazing and be able to drink anything, do anything, and be anything. I would charge things to credit cards because it felt good to do things I couldn’t afford. I acted uncharacteristically wild, and although I do reflect on those times with a strange sort of fondness, I know they were horribly wrong.Then there were the times when I would just lose the will and ability to push forward. I would become mentally and sometimes physically down to the point where I couldn’t finish my semesters in college. Fatigue and crushing sadness caused me to miss out on a lot of opportunities, and pushed my life goals farther and farther from reach. People might say you just didn’t try or study hard enough, or I am lazy. Let me correct you on this. I have had a 106.5 final grade in Anatomy, and I even held and instructed study sessions in my home. I have over a 3.0 GPA on my associates degree from my community college and most of my grades are all A’s and B’s if you were to look at my transcripts. I even worked 30+ hours at 2 jobs while taking 6 classes this past spring of 2013 ( in which I received all A’s and B’s).
  • Recently, this past fall, I had another episode of depression where I could barely get out of bed. It was right at the beginning of my second semester at yet another university. If you have not experienced it, I cannot explain to you how I just can’t do what I want and/or need to do. I get a strange sort of anxiety when it comes to doing schoolwork, so it is almost impossible for me to study, write papers, or get any homework done. It is inexplicably frustrating and the oncoming failure just piles guilt and embarrassment right on top of everything else.  Luckily, I have a tremendously wonderful support group of doctors, friends, and family, who helped me to understand and recognize my symptoms.
  • I had been previously diagnosed with ADD.  so I was on generic Adderall. Needless to say, the medication most likely only aggravated some of my symptoms. I ended up with tachycardia (fast heart beat) and palpitations due to the stress and anxiety, and was put on a beta blocker. I couldn’t remember things, I was extremely forgetful to the point where I overflowed the bathtub for 20 minutes while I was in the next room. (I was a mess!) I finally broke down and went to the doctor and was like “something is extremely wrong.” I wrote a summary of all of the things I felt were off that I had done/gone through in my life in a document and gave it to him. He read everything and suggested that he thought I might be bipolar. Now you might find this weird, but I was so relieved to finally get an answer/explanation to everything that had been going on. It is awful to feel like you cannot function properly, but have others telling you there is no reason why you can’t. It is very difficult for people who have not experienced mental illness personally to really grasp the concept of the symptoms and their repercussions. With knowledge comes understanding, and this is my goal in life. To learn more about myself, my symptoms, my illness, and the path to a better life. I don’t care if I am not specifically bipolar or not. I know I have anxiety, depression, and manic issues.
  • Never be afraid to admit you are weak and suffering. Say something. If one person dismisses you find another who will listen with an open mind. You are not crazy, you just have mental obstacles to overcome. You are not weak, your strength just lies somewhere else.
  • Remember most people struggle silently. Try to be courteous and nice to everyone you meet. A smile or wave just might brighten someone’s day, or even save a life. I am here for you. I usually don’t let people know when I am down, or anxious, until it is too late. People with mental illnesses are not going to run around saying ‘I’m DEPRESSED!!” to everyone. Really? No… They are more likely going to try to hide it.

We are normal people trying to live normal lives.

Live strong. Live beautifully.

Workout Thursday 5/8/14

  • Workout 5/8/2014
    • 7:00am gravity class
    • 7:30am stabilyze class
    • Romanian deadlifts (I can go a lot further down because unlike most of these people in these videos I am actually flexible baha)
    • Leg Press Machine with 20 lunges in-between sets (40 total)
    • Hip abduction machine
      • So what I do is spread my legs so I can feel it in the upper/side of my butt/leg and I do little bounces back and forth keeping the muscle engaged the entire time and squeezing as I go the furthest out I can (“pulsing” is the word I am looking for!).
      • So 5 turns of 10 bounces (not sure what else to call it lol) 3 sets of each
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB67P2N-iHE lol usherrrrrrr
    • Smith machine squats so 5 total sets increasing weight and pushing till failure towards the end!
    • Standing calf raises
    • Landmine lunges
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMraJKe1Kxg
      • Sort of like that but I take the bar to one side dip down into a lunge then push back up doing the normal landmine move to the other side, then I dip down into a lunge onto the other side. I did this for 1 minute and I usually rest for 30 seconds and then go again for 5 sets…butt I was a little tired so I had 1 minute on and 1 minute rest x5.
      • Just make sure to keep abs engaged, and push off your heels, keeping proper lunge form. Do not round the back and watch the bar, if you dip it too low your back rounds and the bar can come out of the plate if you are using one to hold the bar in place! (I believe this is about ittttt maybeh…)
    • Hip adduction machine
      • 130lbs x 12 (3 sets)
    • Good nice and long stretching session!!!

Leg day 5-8-14 (word document for those of you who would like to look at it that way!

All done! ❤