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.

legs and glutes leg work Musclemania LEGS Insert leg song of choice here…….

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

Tough Love Tuesday: Why it’s so hard to just PUSH PLAY

You know, losing weight, gaining muscle, getting lean, getting healthy, eating healthy….ALL of these require one key ingredient: HARD WORK.

Getting healthy and fit require persistence and dedication. They require a level of commitment that most people just aren’t used to giving anymore.

They also require…help.

This is what I do, I help. I don’t call all the shots or force people to workout and eat right against their will. In fact, it’s their will that usually landed them in my helping hands :)

So, why do I do it? Well, you can go back and read my whole story, but I was far from healthy in my formative years. I was a couch decoration (which is worse than a potato!) and always felt I had nothing to offer. Once fitness and clean eating found me, my life took a dramatic turn. Now, I am able to help others achieve a lifestyle that enables their dreams, instead of one that just keeps dreams at bay.

Question: if I could point you to ALL the resources you need to make a lasting change, would you make it? Would you take that step to change your daily habits? Would you embark on a journey that would end in your ultimate success? By now, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit, ready for the secret. Here it is: DO THE WORK.

Over a year ago I partnered with Beach Body, a well-known company that provides fitness programs and nutrition expertise. I was ecstatic at this partnership since it would enable me to help more people. I’m not talking about helping people get skinny or just fit into pre-baby clothes…I’m talking about life changing help. Empowerment. The big stuff. The biggest obstacle is that all too often excuses arise and people just stop pushing play. Those who stop pushing play on the program also end up being the same ones who stop pushing play in life. They take their seat on the bench and let the others have fun. That way they are always there…should somebody need them. They would hate for their health goals (which, incidentally, have been shown to increase the quality of life and decrease pain while ALSO increasing overall productivity) to get in anybody elses way. So, they leave them behind, set on pause, frozen in time. Along with these are a laundry list of things that never got finished in life…

How many of you are there RIGHT NOW? Do you feel like you got dealt a bad hand? It’s NOT the hand you’re dealt, it’s what you do with it. Why I am involved in fitness anyway? Because I have witnessed people able to come off of loads of medication. I have seen people regain strength. I have seen them reach their goals AND set even better ones! I have seen miracles happen because they believed they were not made of junk. I have seen faith restored and the powerless become empowered. That’s the awesome things about fitness! So…why do you quit? Why are you still struggling? Don’t throw lame excuses around! For everyone who complains about their feet, there is an amputee working harder….and NOT complaining. Suck it up, push the button, then commit to push yourself. THAT is how you find out what you’re made of…

Need help setting or reaching a goal? Check THIS out!

Third April Challenge

This is Tai Cheng and it is the final April challenge.

Tai Chenge is PERFECT for those of you who simply need to focus on initiating a daily exercise program.

It is also incredibly beneficial for those of us that suffer with inflammatory issues such as osteo and rheumatoid arthritis (I have the previous!) as it helps to ease inflammation and increase joint range of motion.

Got game? Golfers in particular have noticed a great improvement in their swings and range of motion while basketball players and runners reported an increase in endurance.

Get in on this 60 day challenge to improve overall health with all the tools you need!

Michelle