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Monday, March 4, 2013

Set YOUR Tone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi Everyone! Hope everyone is having a good year so far...crazy how fast time goes by.  So that is why it is so important that you get after it and work hard in everything you do.  Don't waste any more time....Go Get It! This Is For You...  


Here is a workout that will challenge you and I think you will like. Make sure that you go at your pace and work up from there....so the next time you do this workout you will be stronger and it will become easier.  Make sure you watch your form on all exercises...full range of motion people! Do Not Sell Yourself Short! And don't forget to breathe. One of the biggest things people do is hold their breath during high intense workouts, which in turn will make them fatigue faster and they won't be able to workout to their potential...leading to disappointment! Vicious Cycle People! If you do not know how to do an exercise, please don't hesitate to use your comment button at the end of the blog entry with questions and concerns...I am more than happy to help you. 

Or your next option would be to substitute that specific exercise with one of your own.  Be Creative! Makes training more fun and adds variety to your training.  Always Challenge Yourself! Go Hard But Go At Your Pace...don't worry about the person next to you.  Worry about YOU and only YOU!  

And last but not least, pick challenging weight BUT weight that you can lift.  I have a hard time seeing people lift heavier weight than they should be lifting because in their minds it's about how important the number on the dumbbell is...BUT WITH AWFUL FORM! Remember, you want to pick a weight that is challenging, but one that will allow you to perform your exercises with perfect form and full range of motion.  My motto is : IT IS NOT HOW MUCH YOU LIFT...IT IS HOW YOU LIFT!!!!!!!!


Round One: Three Sets 
1. M.B. Sit-ups (keep ball at your chest/if you are a beginner use a basketball or soccer ball/this position doesn't allow you to use momentum from your arms/plus it adds a little resistance on the up and down motion of your sit-up)- 20x
2. Mini Crunches- 100x (Crunch up and pulse up as high as you can without your lower back coming off ground/do not let the back of your shoulders touch the floor/continuous crunch/Pulsing)
3. Alternating Corkscrews- 20x (Legs straight up in the air/similar to a hip raise but with a twist at the end of that motion/raise your butt of the ground and turn at the end of your raise)
4. Push-Ups- 20x
*Try Not to Rest Between Exercises (1-4)/Complete the set and then repeat until you have completed three sets total/Try to Rest at the end of the round- 1min


Round Two: Challenge Round/GO AT YOUR PACE/ TIME IT: Go down the list of exercises and complete the round as fast as you can BUT with perfect form and full range of motion...DO NOT CHEAT YOURSELF. I only care about the time if you have honestly completed exercise with good form and full range of motion)/Document your time and then the following week try to beat your time! You will be amazed by the end of the month (saying that you attempt the round once a week), you will have improved your time dramatically.

1. DB Squats- 100x (Use Challenging Weight if you are Moderate/Advanced Level/Beginners Use Body Weight Only/Put a bench/step behind you and tap your butt to bench...this will help you keep your form on your squats/gives you a target to aim for when squatting/will help you sit back instead of allowing your knees to shift over your toes.  ALWAYS SIT BACK ON YOUR SQUATS!!!
2. DB Standing Shoulder Press- 20x (Press dbs over head)
3. Jump Rope- 100x + Push-Ups- 20x (Advanced- If you mess up...start over/Moderate Level- Push Yourself and try to do all your push-ups on your toes/Beginner Level- do the best you can...if 100x is too much for you/take your time or reset that number working your way up to 100x/if you can't do 20 push-ups; take your time or reset the number)
4. DB Walking Lunges- 100x (Use challenging weight/sit back on your lunges/ beginner level- use body weight & remember you are developing your foundation so don't injure yourself trying to push when your muscles are not conditioned to go at this intensity...baby steps...Know in your mind that you are working up to being the strongest you can be.
5. DB Alternating Punches (Forward)- 50x (Flow with your punches/turning your hands at the end of your punch/bending your knees to support and stabilize/go moderate-to-fast/light weight)
6. DB Alternating Punches (Upward)- 50x (same as above)
7. Jump Rope- 150x + Push-Ups- 20x (same instructions as #3)
8. Squat Push-Press- 50x (Place bench behind you/have dbs at your shoulders/squat down as you come up Press DBS overhead/as you bring your press back down to your shoulders, stabilize yourself by coming down in a squat/think one unit....squat up; dbs go up/as dbs come down & squat down)
9. DB Bent-Over Flye- 20x (Bend your legs, this will help support your back/bend over as if you are diving in to the floor/arms are straight down to the floor & slightly bend them and raise arms up as if you are flying; spread arms open- squeezing shoulder blades together)
10. DB Standing/Alternating Bicep Curls- 40x
11. Jump Rope- 200x + Push-Ups- 20x (same instructions as #3 & #8)


Round Three: Push!
*Cardio of Your Choice- 20 minutes/moderate level but still hard...PUSH! (You may choose to do two-three different cardio machines/you may decide to go longer than 20 minutes....GO FOR IT! This is for you! Soooo Embrace It and DO IT! 


Proud Of You.....Keep Up The Good Work! Thanks for tuning in!
Love Always,
Dofitness

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Abdominal Challenge #1

  • NO REST Between Exercises/Keep hands on your head at ALL TIMES when you perform each Sit-up/Keep your legs bent on all Sit-ups/Watch your form and make sure you engage your belly button AT ALL TIMES/Control your motion and DO NOT USE MOMENTUM!
  • Unassisted Sit-ups- 10x/Hold #10 at the Halfway Mark for 20sec
  • Core Plank- 30 seconds
  • Unassisted Sit-ups- 15x/Hold #15 at the Halfway Mark for 20sec
  • Core Plank- 1 minute
  • Unassisted Sit-ups- 20x/Hold #20 at the Halfway Mark for 20sec
  • Core Plank- 1 minute 30 sec
  • Unassisted Sit-ups- 25x/Hold #25 at the Halfway Mark for 20sec
  • Core Plank- 2 minutes

Abdominal Challenge #2

  • DO NOT REST BETWEEN EXERCISES UNLESS IT IS STATED/USE THE SAME RULES FOR ABDOMINAL CHALLENGE #1/Substitute One Crunch + One Sit-up Twist/Twist for Plate Stand-ups if needed/Substitute Roman Chair Leg Raises for Hanging Leg Raises if needed
  • Medicine Ball Sit-ups (Unassisted)- 25 times/Explosive on the UP- 10 second count on the DOWN/Keep M.B. on your chest AT ALL TIMES
  • Hanging Bent Leg Raises- 3x15/Rest 10 seconds between sets/DO NOT SWING
  • Plate Standups/25 times/DO NOT MOVE YOUR FEET/Tempo- Moderate Pace/The lighter the plate the harder the exercise...CHALLENGE/PUSH!
  • Side Core Plank- Hold 30 seconds/25 Ups and Downs/Do one side at a time
  • Hanging Straight Leg Raises- 3x15/Rest 10 seconds between sets/DO NOT SWING
  • Plate Stand-ups + Sit-ups/(2=1) 35 times/DO NOT MOVE YOUR FEET/Tempo- Moderate Pace/The lighter the plate the harder the exercise...CHALLENGE YOURSELF
  • Side Core Plank- Hold 1 minute/35 Ups and Downs/Do one side at a time

CONDITIONING DRILL #1

  • PERFORM 5 SETS/NO REST BETWEEN EXERCISES/REST 30 SECONDS BETWEEN EACH CIRCUIT
  • Burpees x 30 seconds
  • Mountain Climbers x 30 seconds
  • Split Squat Jumps x 30 seconds
  • Mountain Climbers x 30 seconds
  • Split Squat Jumps x 30 seconds
  • Burpees x 30 seconds

CONDITIONING DRILL #2

  • PERFORM 5 SETS/NO REST BETWEEN EXERCISES/REST 3O SECONDS BETWEEN EACH CIRCUIT
  • Wall Sit with Medicine Ball Between Knees x 30 sec
  • DB Split Squat Jumps x 30 seconds
  • Mountain Climbers On Forearms x 30 seconds
  • DB Burpees x 30 seconds
  • Diamond Shape Push-ups On Medicine Ball x 30 seconds
  • Medicine Ball Squat Jump Toss x 30 seconds

CONDITIONING DRILL #3

  • PERFORM 4 SETS/NO REST BETWEEN EXERCISES/REST 30-45 SECONDS BETWEEN EACH CIRCUIT
  • Traveling Forward Burpee- 10x
  • Traveling Forward Burp + Burpee- (2=1)- 10 x
  • Traveling Backward Burpee- 10x
  • Traveling Backward Burp + Burpee- (2=1)- 10x

CONDITIONING DRILL #4

In order to MASTER this conditioning drill, each exercise must be performed with perfect form and without STOPPING!

**Be sure that the BURPEES are ALL EXPLOSIVE...JUMP AS HIGH AS YOU CAN AT THE START/LAND IN A LOW PUSH-UP POSITION/EXPLODE BACK UP, LEADING WITH YOUR LEGS

**Make sure that the SQUAT HOLDS ARE LOW (THINK OF AN L-SHAPE/DO NOT LET YOUR BUTT FALL TOO CLOSE TO THE FLOOR)...SIT BACK ON YOUR HEELS AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR BACK STRAIGHT

1) BURPEES- 15 TIMES
2)LOW SQUAT HOLD (15TH BURPEE)- 10 SECONDS
3) BURPEES- 12 TIMES
4) LOW SQUAT HOLD (12TH BURPEE)- 10 SECONDS
5) BURPEES- 10 TIMES
6) LOW SQUAT HOLD (10TH BURPEE)- 15 SECONDS
7) BURPEES- 8 TIMES
8) LOW SQUAT HOLD (8TH BURPEE)- 15 SECONDS
9) BURPEES- 6 TIMES
10) LOW SQUAT HOLD (6TH BURPEE)- 20 SECONDS
11) BURPEES- 4 TIMES
12) LOW SQUAT HOLD (4TH BURPEE)- 20 SECONDS
13) BURPEE- 2 TIMES
14) LOW SQUAT HOLD (2ND BURPEE)- 20 SECONDS

DEFINITION OF EXERCISES/LANGUAGE IN EXERCISE

1) Straight-legged to Heels-to-Butt Sit-ups- lie flat on the ground with your legs straight and your hands on your head. As you start to do a sit-up bring your heels in to your butt and tap the floor (*the closer the heels come to the butt the harder). As you come out of your sit-up and begin to roll-down straighten out your legs and make sure the heels touch the floor. It should be a smooth, contolled one motion.
2) Burpee In Place-start by jumping straight in the air and then landing in a squat position with hands on the ground. Kick your feet back into the downward position of a push-up. Thrust the feet up and push up with the arms simultaneously.
3) Traveling Forward Burpee- the same concept as the Burpee In Place the only difference is jump forward instead of straight up.
4) Traveling Backward Burpee- the same concept as the Burpee In Place the only difference is jump backward instead of jumping straight up.
5) Burp- also known as a stripped down burpee. Start low and tucked toward the floor. Kick feet out to the bottom portion of a pushup. Then, push with your hands, while thrusting the feet back to the beginnning position (which is low and tucked toward the floor). It is only a half way motion minus without the jump in the air.
6) M.B. or Plate Stand-Ups- lie flat on the ground with your feet planted on the ground. Beginners should use two dumbbells and place on feet. Hold a m.b. or plate over your head (*the heavier the db/plate the easier...the lighter the db/plate or no weight the harder). Quickly move your arms forward and start to sit up. It is very important that you use your arms for momentum and engage your abdominals. Once your arms pass your knees, quickly push forward with your legs, moving into a standing position.
7) Mountain Climbers- start with your body in a push-up plank position. With the hands stationary, alternate the feet back and forth. One leg should be tucked with the knee coming close to your chest and the opposite leg extended. Make sure to place your weight on the balls of the feet.
8) Grasshoppers- your body will begin in the same position you used for mountain climbers. The movement starts by bringing your left foot underneath the body until it touches your right hand. After touching your hand, return the left foot to the starting position and repeat the movement by bringing your right foot across the body to your left hand. You will be on the balls of your feet but when you bring your foot toward your hand you will land on the side of your foot.
9) Wall Sit- place yourself up against a wall and squat down until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Think about forming an L with the bottom portion of your body. Your back is supported against the wall. Hold this position for time. Do not place your hands on your thighs because this takes off the pressure in your legs. Absolutely no movement with this exercise.
10) Bridge- a great exercise that will develop strength and flexibility. It is a static hold that helps improve lower back strength. Start by lying down on the floor with your knees bent and your hands on the floor close to your ears. Lift yourself up with your abdomen pointing upward and with only the hands and the feet on the floor. Your body should create an arched position and you will maintain the upright position for time.
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12) Anaerobic Exercise- means without oxygen. Activity in which oxygen demands of muscles are so high that they rely upon an internal metabolic process for oxygen. Short burts of "all-out" activities such as sprinting or weightlifting are examples of anerobic exercises.
13) Burn- also known as "going for the burn." For instance, in endurance exercise, working muscles until lactic acid buildup causes a burning sensation.
14) Concentric- when muscles contract or shorten.
15) Delts- an abbreviation for deltoids, the large triangular muscles of the shoulder which raise the arm away from the body and perform other functions.
16) Eccentric- when muscles lengthen while maintaining tension.
17) Fast-Twitch- refers to muscle cells that fire quickly and are utilized in anaerobic activites like sprinting and powerlifting.
18) Glycogen- can be referred to as a full tank full of stored carbohydrates. Some of it is stored in the liver and some of it is stored in the muscles themselves.
19) Hybrid Lift- is two or more exercise done in one single movement. It is the inverse of a combo lift. For istance, performing a bicep curl while lunging.
20) Interval Training- is a short, high-intensity cardio exercise alternated with longer periods of lower-intensity cardio. It allows you to burn more calories, increase your speed, improve your power, and much more. It is more effective at burning fat while maintaining muscle mass. Combine this type of training with intensity will also increase your metabolic rate to amazing levels. This is because the work you do utilizes a greater percent of the body's muscles.



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