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#workoutwednesday A METCON to get you in shape FAST

Welcome to your workout!

METCON- short for metabolic conditioning. A type of training that blasts the entire body, igniting muscle fibers (both fast and slow twitch) to initiate maximum fat burning (rather utilization) while keeping lean muscle mass….AKA: the BOMB.

OK, so what you need for today’s workout is a timer (you can use a tabata timer OR an app, my fave), a medicine ball, a kettlebell or single dumbbell if you haven’t invested in kettlebells yet.

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Ignore the setting up there. You will be setting your timer for 30 seconds of prep (to get your mind right), 45 seconds of WORK and 20 seconds of REST.

This is referred to as negative rest, since the rest is shorter than the work.

You will have 6 cycles (or moves) and 5 tabatas. Your total time (sans warm up and cool down) is 35:00, so it’s short and sweet.

Sip on some aminos between tabatas to ensure maximum energy output. This workout can be done fasted or fed.

The moves:

  • KB Sumo Deadlift
  • Sit and Twist (core work, like a kick through)
  • Med ball slam (add in a squat for extra booty work)
  • Single arm KB snatch (or clean if you’re still working on your snatch) L/R
  • KB swing to clean and goblet squat

Move as fast as you can during the work phase, but make sure your form is key. 35 minutes will be ALL you need and your strength and cardio are taken care of! Ah, the beauty of a good metcon…..

Enjoy and let me know how you do!

Michelle

Strong Camp 28 Photo by Paul Buceta for Strong Magazine

 

Workouts to get in TOP shape for summer

Hello there!

The warm breezes have already started and our air conditioner is getting zero breaks right now…..the countdown to SUMMER is here!

We have less than 6 weeks to summer and I am pumped!

I get excited at the prospect of a fun summer every year, but this summer will prove to be particularly memorable.

How about you? Are you entering into warmer weather ready to take on the season? OR do you perhaps feel as though you wish you had a few more weeks to prepare?

Have no fear!

Today I have some workouts for YOU to implement over the next 6 weeks that will help to tighten your muscle and shed excess fat. All you need is consistency and a bit of a tweaked nutrition plan (see more below).

ENJOY! Oh, and cut your body some slack……it’s been there for you all along. So learn to work WITH it, not against it.

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THE PLAN.

Here’s the deal; you HAVE to lift some weights in order to get that tight and “toned” look you say you want. So, that’s what you’ll be doing.

Three days a week, you’ll be hitting the iron. Monday and Friday will be lower body days, while Wednesday will etch in the upper body.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will be cardio days, adapted to get the most results in the minimum effective dose.

The CARDIO.

Your cardio will be performed in a 2-1 ratio of work to rest. If you are not quite ready for this intensity, try a 1-1 ratio and build up. IF you stay consistent, you’ll feel better in no time.

The minimum effective dose is 20-40 minutes of this type of cardio. If you have a lot of fat to lose, opt for 40 minutes. If you’re just starting out, try 20 and move forward as you can.

Some examples are as follows:

  • Treadmill climb. Warm up for 5 minutes, then set the incline at a level 3 and speed between 3.5-4.5. Walk this for 1 minute. Lower the speed to 3.0-3.5 and take the incline between 12-15. Walk this for 2 minutes. Repeat for the duration of your workout, finishing with a cool down walk for 5 minutes.
  • Step mill. Start with a 3-5 minute easy warm up at a level 3. Take it to a level 6-8 for 1 minute and then a level 8-10 for 2 minutes. Repeat for the duration and end with a 5 minute cool down.
  • Tread Jog. Warm up 3-5 minutes. Take the speed to a fast paced walk for 1 minute, then jack it up to a jog for 2 minutes. Repeat for the duration and end with a cool down walk.

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THE WORKOUTS

Lower body days you will focus on ALL the muscles of your lower body PLUS a little bit of abdominal work. Warm up for 5-7 minutes beforehand.

SQUATS. 1 set of 20 reps to warm up, then 3 sets of 10-15 as heavy as you can.

LEG PRESS. 3 sets of 10-15 reps

DEADLIFTS (bar OR dumbbells). 2 sets of 10-12 reps

LEG EXTENSIONS. 3 sets of 10-15 reps

LEG CURLS (seated or lying) 3 sets of 10-15 reps

CALF RAISES. 2 sets of 15 reps

BACK EXTENSIONS. 2-3 sets of 10-20 reps (no weight added)

PLANK 60-90 second hold, 2-3 sets

Make sure you foam roll, stretch, and cool down before you leave.

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Upper Body Day will give you a well rounded physique and bring balance to your entire body. With tank top season right around the corner, this workout will build muscle and confidence.

Warm up for 5-7 minutes. I recommend foam rolling beforehand.

BENCH PRESS (or dumbbell chest press) 1 set of 15 reps, 3 sets of 10-12 reps

SEATED DB OVERHEAD PRESS 3 sets of 8-10 reps

DB ROW 3 sets of 10 reps

LAT PULLDOWN 3 sets of 10 reps

DB CURLS 2 sets of 10 reps

TRICEP PUSHDOWN (or seated dip) 3 sets of 10 reps

CAPTAIN’S CHAIR (or hanging) LEG RAISES 3 sets of 10-30 reps

Make sure to foam roll, stretch and cool down.

mc-7059 Need help with the weight? Check out THIS POST on how heavy you should go.

NUTRITION

All the workouts in the world will not help if you aren’t fueling properly.

Instead of focusing on taking away, try to focus on upgrading your nutrition. Make pre and post workout meals your top priority for the first week. Your macros surrounding your workouts should have higher carbs and fewer fibers and fats. My go-to of the moment is cream of rice mixed with a scoop of whey protein. I eat it cold pre and post workout and it tastes like pudding :) Other options include whey protein shakes (some, Like LABRADA offer the perfect ratio of carbs, fats and proteins ready to drink), raisins, rice cakes, toast, lean lunch meat, etc. A pre-workout should be taken in 30-45 minutes prior to hitting the workout. Post workout protein uptake usually happens within 30 minutes, BUT research has shown that the body is susceptible to greater protein uptake up to 2 hours post workout. In other words, don’t let that be a stressor.

Protein intake does NOT need to exceed your need. In order to create a lean physique you do need an adequate amount of protein. Try eating protein at every meal to ensure an adequate intake. Vary your protein for maximum satiety. You can try chicken, turkey, fish, lean red meats, game, whey, casein, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc. Take the time to explore and see what works best for you.

Drink PLENTY of water throughout your fat loss phase. I suggest aiming for a gallon a day for most (your tea and coffee intake can count towards this), but start where you are and add daily.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember, the body needs TIME to change. You can expect GREAT improvement with this workout plan in just 6 weeks, but ONLY If you are vigilant and consistent. If you have a lot of fat to lose, know that these 6 weeks will give you a large jumpstart, so don’t get discouraged. Be kind to your body and it will return the favor.

See you soon!

Michelle

 

 

Cellulite Smasher Workout! And some tips for ya ;-)

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!

I’ll make this as short and sweet as a I can since I have a lunch date with one of the coolest kids around….my daughter :)

CELLULITE.

It’s a plague that every single woman moans about on a daily basis.

It’s also not the end of the world and I would venture a guess that 99.9% of us have it…..the .1 will get it soon enough.

What is it?

It’s just fat. It’s not a different kind of fat. It’s not some exercise resistant mutant fat. It’s just plain fat that lies close to the surface, hence the reason it looks awkward to us.

Today I did a glute and leg workout at the Slaughter House and realized this would ROCK the world of you 99.9% (.1 save this for later).

When struggling with cellulite there are a few things to remember:

  1. Hydrate like there’s no tomorrow.
  2. Ditch the alcohol.
  3. Toss the sugars too (fast sugars will be stored where your body stores fat fast: i.e. celluliteville)
  4. WORK IT! Heavy weight training AND training legs from all angles helps.
  5. Recover with stretching and foam rolling so you can WORK IT again.

You can do this workout 2x per week to get you started packing your bags towards smoother stems.

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THE WORKOUT.

You will need weights or kettlebells, rubber strength bands (the ones that look like large rubber bands) and some gusto.

Warm up please! Foam roll, dynamic stretches, dance, whatever….just get your legs warm and your heart pumping.

GLUTE firing circuit (uses a medium strength band)

  • Banded bridge with band just above knees (4×20)
  • Banded ABduction (with band above knees, press knees out) (4×20
  • Low banded bridge with band below knees (4×20)
  • Low banded ABduction (4×20)

Move through each move for 1 set, then continue through a circuit of 4 sets, 20 reps. Your butt and hips should burn.

THE WORK

We’ll be using active rest. I alternated between kettle bell swings (ONLY do these if you know how…..like you could teach me cause you’re THAT good) and banded jumping jacks with the strength band at mid-calf

KB (kettle bell) stiff leg dead lift 4×10-15 followed by 20 KB swings after each set

Barbell single leg stiff legged dead lift 4×10 each followed by 20 banded jumping jacks after each set

Elevated Sumo squat with KB (feet on platforms so I can squat lower) 4×10-15 followed by 20 KB swings after each set

Glute finisher:

Banded hip thrust on exercise ball followed by banded hamstring roll ins with bridge on exercise ball. NOTE: if you’re confused, that’s why you need an trainer ;) 4×10 of each move. Followed by 20 banded jumping jacks after each set.

And there you have it. Less than an hour and you should be toast, along with your buns.

IF you follow the above advice and do this workout 2x per week, you should notice a difference in 6-8 weeks…..just in time for Summer.

I’ll be back with more nutrition, training, workouts, tips and tricks for you to live your healthiest life!

Michelle xoxo

 

 

FREE back and chest workout

How about a totally FREE workout each week????

Yeah, I thought that would be helpful.

Take a walk through my training journal with me and learn about exercise sequencing, loading techniques and conditioning to get the body you want :)

Workout of the Day: Chest and Back.

I performed this exact workout yesterday and logged it into my BODYSPACE account this morning. You can click the link to BODYSPACE and view my workout.

Here’s the basic breakdown.

I warmed up with a 1000 meter row (took about 6 mins) on the rowing machine, then I did 4 sets of 20 back extensions and 2 sets of assisted pull ups. Trainer Tip: Warm up the body part you are WORKING! Don’t hop on the treadmill if you’re working upper body.

 

Meaty meaty!!!!! A little #pumpday inspiration from #backandchest today #figure #physique #doit #bodybuilding
The Workout (whole thing, with weight used, is on BODYSPACE)
Underhand barbell row 2x warmup with the bar
4 working sets of 12 reps
Incline DB pec fly 4 sets of 12 reps
Straight arm pull down 4 sets of 12 reps (kind of the theme for the day)
Machine chest press 4 sets of 12 reps
Standing reverse flys 4 sets of 12 reps
Incline DB press 4 sets of 12 reps
High Hammer Lat Pull 4 sets of 12 reps *** if your gym does not have a Hammer strength machine, sub a lat pull down
Trainer Tip: Form is KING when it comes to results of any kind. Pay attention to form THEN add weight. Today’s workout was a bit light for me as I was recovering from a tender rhomboid.
Enjoy the workout and let me know what you think!
Michelle

Legs for DAYS workout write up PLUS upcoming challenges

Oh hey!!!!!!!

So, if you follow along on INSTA then you likely know that my regularly scheduled leg day was derailed a bit. I got to think outside the box and play around a bit :)

Before the workout, I feel it is best to explain WHY I do certain things…..you see, I got LEGS. I have big legs and have had them all my life. They gain easily and in order to keep them lean, I have to workout in a specific manner.

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This is the last year of leg changes. My quads are over excited little boogers, so I work the heck out of hammies and glutes, leaving quads alone for the most part. That’s just what works for me!

This workout is minimal equipment and was done in my garage. You can feel free to add a bit to it if you like. You will need a timer of some sort at the end (I prefer Tabata Pro App).

First, warming up is CRITICAL! I use a variety of moves to warm up my hips, hams, glutes, lower AND upper back as well as core work. This will make sure your work environment is safe.

Now, the fun part :) This workout contained 3 distinctive parts.

Round 1: loop or therapy band (a regular exercise band can work, or body weight is you have nothing).

Perform each move 30x with no rest between sets

Lateral walking

Banded squat

Monster Walk

Round 2: you need a heavy dumbbell or kettlebell, bench or raised surface and a band for upper thighs

Perform in a circuit, 4 sets of 15-20 reps each (I used kettlebells, 25-44 pounds)

Sumo squat (4×15)

KB Squat on bench (4×15, butt touches bench)

Banded hip thrust (4×20)

Round 3: the Cinnamon Bun Burner :) You can do this with NO weight, but I used a 25 lb KB

Set timer for 30 seconds of work and 5 seconds of rest, 6 cycles, 5 Tabatas (if you have the app; otherwise you are simply going through the whole thing 5x)

There is NO resting here.

Single leg hip thrust Right

Single leg hip thrust Left

Alternating side to side lunge (sometimes called a sliding lunge)

Single stiff leg dead lift Right

Single stiff leg dead lift Left

Reverse hyperextensions

Do this 30 seconds per move, 5x through for roasty-toasty buns :)

Make sure to refuel afterward (I chose a Len and Larry’s Cookie and some protein) and drink plenty of water.

CHALLENGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re tired of starting over all the time, try the Fall Eating Challenge HERE.

 

Also, follow me on INSTAGRAM and take part in a totally FREE fat loss challenge for the holidays.

I’ve been working tirelessly to pack on muscle and the holidays seem like a great time to lose fat right?????

Really, we all get tight on time during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season….soooooooo, I’ve decided to try something a little out of my box of comfort and see where it can take me. I’ll be experimenting with Intermittent Fasting (which I already do a form of) and HIIT training each day. This will cut my workout time down and allow me to focus on other fun things about the season, like making and eating cookies. Wait, that went south……but we all know I do it. So, you can follow me on INSTA to get my daily workouts, my eating philosophy, my cheater cheater pumpkin eater recipes, AND my world famous, not-spending-my-time-on-this-and-always-in-bad-lighting-PHOTOS!!!!!!

You’re sold right?

The cool thing is we’re all just along for the ride here. Wanna learn the HOW TO of succeeding? Try the eating challenge. Wanna see pics and follow HIITs? Do the INSTA challenge. Wanna be a bad A? Do both :)

Got it?

Let’s get it together!!!!!!!!!

Michelle

Work It Wednesday! Track Workout

Track workouts have been added to my conditioning for my upcoming FIGURE debut (oh, fancy) and I thought I would share the torture with you! You’ll thank me later……way later.

Benefits of track workouts:

  • Change of scenery will give you some fresh energy.
  • You’re outside!!!!!! If the weather permits, get out there.
  • If the sun is shining you can ramp up your vitamin D production (your happy vitamin).
  • It helps to beat the fat off the body when it doesn’t want to budge (this is my favorite and current reason).

Track workouts should NOT be boring. There are LOADS of things you can do at your local track, I’m just sharing what I did last Saturday.

How do I find a track?

Check your local high school! If that gate is locked, find one that’s open (there’s always one). If you don’t live near a high school (that’s weird), you can use any stretch of land for your own personal track.

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You can adjust the intensity of your track workout to your current fitness level, but it should be challenging!

Here’s my workout from last weekend:

  1. Begin with a light jog around the track. This helps me wake up and assess my body from the start. Assessment read: my body was not into this.
  2. Lateral squat down the long side with right leg lead, run the corners; lateral squat down the long side with left leg lead, run the corner.
  3. Sprint Work: once around the track I sprinted the corners and jogged the straights, on the second pass I sprinted the straights and jogged the corners…..I also sounded like I had severe asthma and began to really question my fitness level.
  4. Leg Work (this was my FAVE!): 20 walking lunges and sprint back to start, 30 walking lunges and sprint back to start, 40 walking lunges and sprint back to start, 50 walking lunges and sprint back to start; 20 broad jumps and sprint back to start, 30 broad jumps and sprint back to start, 40 broad jumps and sprint back to start, 50 broad jumps and sprint back to start. YOWZA!!!!!
  5. Jog to bleacher and perform simple bleacher runs on both sides.
  6. Wobble to car and drive home before people see me collapse…..

It took me almost an hour to complete and I did stretch before/after. I should have foam rolled MORE afterwards as I don’t run and my calves were yelling mean things at me for 3 days afterwards :)
Remember that you can adapt the intensity of the workout, but try some time at the track for your next leg day and see what happens.

Don’t forget to stretch!

Michelle

WorkIT Wednesday: Hump Day Workout

Hey Mike! Mike, Mike, Mike!!!!!! It’s HUMP DAY!

Oh yeah, baby. Today’s workout is dedicated to your lovely humps. Whether you are building the booty of your dreams or tightening what your momma gave you, incorporate this superset focused workout once a week to see results.

Hump Day Workout:

Warm Up. I usually only hop on the cardio equipment for leg day. Warm up for 5-10 minutes.

First set:

Dumbbell Squats. Run the rack with these. Start with a heavy weight and do 10 reps, then drop weight 3 more times of 10 reps. Do a total of 4 sets.

First Super Set (perform first exercise and immediately follow with the second; rest for 30-60 seconds in between sets):

Barbell Squat. 15 reps

Pop Squat (some people call it a jump squat, but move the feet out and in). 30 seconds.

Repeat 3x

Second Super Set:

Weighted walking lunge. 40 reps (20 on each leg).

Switch lunges. 30 reps (15 on each leg)

Repeat 3x

Third Super Set:

Quad Extensions. 15 reps

Seated Hamstring Curls. 15 reps

Moving lateral squat. 30 reps

Repeat 3x

Finisher:

Bring a band (one that is a circle with no ends and LOTS of resistance) and perform Monster Walks for 2 minutes. Rest and then do it 2 more times.

Monster Walk: With band snug at mid calf (NOT the ankle or knee joint!), separate feet and assume squat position. Without losing your position, take large steps forward and then backward. Try to cover some ground.

If you have any legs left, hop on the stairmill for 20 minutes :)

Here’s to your humps!

Strong Camp 107 Photo by paulbuceta.com

Work IT Wednesday! Kettlebell HIIT Workout

Welcome to mid-week mania!

Here’s a short Kettlebell HIIT conditioning circuit I use to tighten and tone everything in a brief period of time. Pick a couple of different weights and hop to it!
NOTE: you can use a single dumbbell if you do not have access to a kettlebell

 

Set your timer for 40 seconds of WORK and 10 seconds of REST. You will repeat this circuit 3 times with a 30-60 second rest between circuits. Let me know how you do in the comments below!!!!

THE WORKOUT:

KB swings (weight stays in heels)

KB swing hops (moving forward and back)

Turkish get up left side

Turkish get up right side

KB around the world (keep waistline TIGHT)

High Skips, holding KB overhead

Figure 8 KB squat

V-UP (use the bosu for an extra challenge)

Make sure you have water and some AMINOS to keep you going.

Strong Camp 95 Photo by Paul Buceta

WANT MORE???? Would you like to SEE these workouts on video? Let me know in the comments.

Today’s Workout: THE PUSHUP!

Do one or do them all. Push ups work your whole upper body, including your core…so get to it!

#WORKIT Wednesday! Free Workout for you: Tank Top Arms

Arm B&W

Ah, the arms…..the most naked part of the human body. Our arms carry groceries, babies, bags and purses. They push strollers, shopping carts and even buttons.

Arms are involved in just about every aspect of life, yet most women leave them untrained and complain about things such as Bat Wings, Chicken Wings (which are tiny BTW) and flappy things.

Have no fear! I have an arm toning workout that can be done in MINUTES and have you ripping the sleeves off your shirt in no time….OK, maybe not THAT, but you get the point.

What do you need?

Dumbbells that CHALLENGE you. That means your last rep better be a struggle. I usually use 15-25 pound DB’s, but I’ve been working on these things for a few years now.

A padded surface (you know what that means right?).

Some really great music. Never underestimate the power of the playlist.

A great attitude…..that WILL determine your results.

Got it? Let’s get it then!

TANK TOP ARMS:

This workout will be done in a circuit fashion, using a timer (I use a tabata timer on my phone, you feel free to use any timer. A lot of tabata timers are FREE online).

You will be WORKING for 40 seconds, then RESTING for 10 seconds. You will repeat the exercises 3x through (more if you have time to kill or just really don’t want to move tomorrow).

  1. THE PUSHUP! Oh yeah baby, get down and get dirty with them. Range of motion is critical, so if you can’t come all the way down (or 90 degrees at the elbows) drop to your knees and modify as you build strength.
  2. Alternating Biceps Curl. Weights will be in each hand and you will perform slow and controlled bicep curls, one arm, then the other.
  3. Alternating Shoulder Press. Weights up, elbows alongside the shoulders, press one DB to the ceiling, return to start and press the other….remember, slow and steady, no momentum.
  4. Long Arm Plank. Get in a pushup position, but resist the urge to do a pushup. HOLD IT! Contract the core, thighs and shoulders.
  5. Triceps Dip. You can use ANY surface really. Hands face forward, drop your butt directly down (not away, as that is shoulders) then squeeze your arms in and press up. Keep your neck neutral and perform as many as you can before you feel like you might drop yourself, then rest and do some more until your time is up. These can be tough, so aim to do more each time.

These 5 BASIC moves will start to make a BIG difference in your upper body physique. Aim to complete this workout 3 times per week, never on consecutive days. Next week, come back for a body weight leg workout that will have you strutting in shorty shorts (keep it appropriate people!) in no time!

Peace, Love and Lunges (and pushups)

Michelle

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