Sunday, March 25

eat clean, get lean: a workout so you can WORK IT!

in the past, working out has always been a chore. on my list, it was probably between dusting baseboards and cleaning toilets. and just like dusting baseboards and cleaning toilets, i always found a way to put it off until next week, and the next week, and the next week.

and when i did finally get around to working out, i'd stick with it for several months. then, i'd just fall out of the routine, because it was boring and i wasn't seeing REAL results. i didn't expect chiseled abs and bulging biceps. i just wanted to tone-up and lose some weight. plus, being in the gym 5 days a week for an hour just plain sucked!

it wasn't until i started working out with my husband, LT, that i actually tried free weights. i was a litle weak i was, how my butt looked when i squatted, how my arms jiggled when i did a shoulder press, how my muffin top drooped when i bent over for a dead-lift, how my face looked when i lifted the weights, and forget about those grunting sounds. here's a tip: GET OVER IT!!!
after a couple months of learning how to properly lifts weights, i had near perfect form, grunted and made faces like a power-lifter, and even wore a weight-belt. let me say, if you don't know someone to train you the right way, then hire someone. also, i HIGHLY recommend weight belts. i squatted 20 pounds more after putting LT's on for the first time. i got one of my very own! i tell you about it next sunday...super cute!

so, about the workout. i'm only in the gym (my garage) 4 days a week, and for no more than 30 minutes!

after a warm-up (light stretching or jump rope), i do sets to failure until the total number of reps is 15 with no more than a 30 second rest between each set.

let's say i start with doing deadlifts, i'll do one, and two, threee, and ffffour reps, ughhh, and rest for 30 seconds. 

then, five, and siiiix, and sevvvvvennnnn reps, and rest for 30 seconds. and, so on until i reach 15.

then, rest and move on to pull-ups or whatever exercise you're doing next.

monday: deadlifts, pull-ups, and bent-over row
tuesday: cardio (spinning, kick-boxing, or tabata)
wednesday: REST
thursday: squats, lunges, and shoulder press
friday: cardio (spinning, kick-boxing, or tabata)
saturday: REST
sunday: REST

i've seen serious results and combo with a diet, of course. i'm not kidding. three months ago i wouldn't even wear shorts. now, it doesn't matter if it's 50 degrees cold outside (i live in houston, tx), if the sun is shining, i've got shorts on! 

what'd i tell ya? a workout so you can WORK IT! i can even WORK IT in a picture in front of a wall with crappy light, right? i know!

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