Increasing intensity and results

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“I workout at home. I am not buying any more equipment. How do I make the workout harder?”
“The workout my coach gave me is too easy.”

So let’s dig right in and talk about your workout and the effort you need to apply to it. For amazing results, it should be intense.  That means you should have laser focus and give 100 percent effort to your sessions.

We often see clients walking through their workouts with a very lacadasical pace.

Last week, I got a check in from a client who said “I need harder workouts”.
If you have ever thought that.. you need to work harder.  This is on you. I can give my clients a series with 5 pound weights and I anticipate they will kick their own asses with that.

I will give you some really nice ideas here now to increase your intensity and raise your game.  I’m throwing shade on that last check in..  Work harder!!  I’m squeezing so hard here.. RARRRRRRRRR
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Ways to increase intensity:

Lift heavier:   I gave Mary Beth 3 sets of 10 reps with her bicep curls.  She’s been doing 8 pounds on those curls for 2 months.


Your body gets used to lifting a certain amount and it adapts.  So now you need to grab a heavier weight and push your muscle to do more.

Pro Tip:  Muscle engagment. Visualize that you are lifting 100 pounds on those curls and resist!!  Squeeze.  Visualize your muscles growing!!  Connect the hardware (brain)to the soft ware (body). Tell your muscles to grow!!

Muscles grow when they are challenged!!  We have to keep on the progressive overload if we want results so keep lifting heavier!! Look for increases in strength to let you know you are building!! YES.

More reps:  Our client said she’s not investing in more weights and the 10 pounds she has to use is all she is going to use. Hmmm..

I asked her to add sets.  Progressive overload is still happening by using a more volume training approach.  She can do 4 sets of 12-15.  I promise you, she will burn out and feel that fatigue!!  If you can’t increase weight.. increase reps.

Super sets:  This is a fun way to fatigue the muscle. Fun for who?  hahahah.. It’s a burn like none other.

Marybeth was given
bicep curls 3×10
Tricep kickbacks 3×10

So she can super set them

Bicep curl 10 reps
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Tricep kickback 10 reps
3 sets

No rest between those two moves.  A super set is just putting two moves in succession.  You can super set anything together.  After she does her superset, then she will rest. Repeat 3-4 times.

Giant set:  adding 3 or more moves in succession before you rest. It’s often called a Circuit.

Let me be clear.. if you can do more.. do more!!  If you have energy for a second workout or could go take a class.. you did not do your job. You should be spent.

Ok.. here’s one for you..
Let’s say you are doing cardio blasts at home or the gym.  You are bored or just not feeling the effort is there. You can increase intensity in your basic movement by using the  STAR method.

STAR stands for
Speed
Tempo
Air
Range of Motion (ROM)

How to do this:  
Start with a very basic move.  Any one will do.
Round 1: do your basic move.
Round 2: change the speed (faster.. slower..  up to you)
Round 3: change the tempo.. to what? Doesn’t matter. Slow, fast slow fast.. just alter the tempo.
Round 4: Add a hop or jump to it!!
Round 5: See how big the movement can be!!
My video below shows this!!

My video shows a very basic movement. It can work with any thing!! You could increase the box height too.  You could use a ladder.. you could just do super basic movements on the floor like skaters or jumping jacks.  You could use a bosu too!

How to do this for cardio.  Set your timer for 30 seconds work/ 10 seconds rest.
Pick one move then do the STAR method. That’s 5 rounds!  Or do it twice!  Mix and match rounds.. you got this..

In your weight training, you can also somewhat modify this to your lifts.  Using tempo changes, holds, less rests, more rests, all create variance in your training. Our bodies need to be pushed.

One thing to remember, you  are fully in charge of the work you are doing.  So push really hard!!!

This is Baby Iggy. He’s very sure you can train harder. So go on and do that.

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FIRE! I BRING YOU FIRE workout

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I haven’t posted a good booty workout for a minute!!

I did this one today. It’s my second leg day and I focused on glute activation.
I did about 45 min of this plus the finishers.  Good luck

Goal is 3-4 rounds with purpose. Glute activation and zero slacking!

Warm Up: be sweaty and ready .

Band side steps using hip circle 30 seconds
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Barbell Glute bridges HEAVY slow with hip circle above knees. Keep glutes activated 10 reps
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Banded Cable squats 2 counts down 1 count up 10 reps
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Banded stiff leg cable deads 10
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Bulgarian split squat  with barbell 10 /10
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Stationary  lunges 10/10 with barbell
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Barbell Squat pulses 10
Rest

Finishers are 
Cable hip extension 100/100
45 degree hypers with weight 3×12

Music for this one is

No slacking…

Show Update: UFE Mayhem Prep

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Anyone else? This is totally me. I’m so squishy right now.

Oh man, it’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. It’s been so crazy.
My mother in law says I have “luxury problems” being that I’m so busy with my business and what not.  Ok.. maybe so here’s what going on.. the short version.

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Julia killed Figure! 2 trophies!!  She was amazing!

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Photo shoot went really well.
Took 7 girls to NANBF Southern States Classic in Liberty and we came home with 5 trophies. Everyone looked great!  We are back to work, heads down and grinding for next
season. UFE Rampage STL is April 22, 2017!  We have 10 girls already training for this show!
We also have some amazing athletes getting ready to compete in just a few weeks. Squeee!!  I can’t wait to show you!!

Sick
Last week, I was starting my own prep and got really sick. The lady at Brow Art in the mall used a communal eye liner on me and I ended up at the ER sick as a dog. GROSS. I was so sick I wished someone would kill me. I haven’t been this sick in so long. I missed my son’s graduation!  This was a pretty bad week. I think missing his graduation was the worst day of my life.  I’m so glad he understood. I’m so proud of him.

I’m finally feeling better. I am going to start my full on prep in the morning. I have 8 weeks until my 20 year wedding anniversary Trip in Vegas with the Mister. Here we are in Nashville at Miss Pole Dance America Championships!


Prep:
I’m ready. I have a game plan in place. I’m pretty freaking psyched that my girls are training with me this time. We are at a new gym and have added in some sled training. I can already tell my legs are better.  I need to really bring it this year.

My prep is long. I’m taking it slow as usual but I’m going a bit of a different route this time. I will fill you in later about what I’m doing. Right now I’m just going to get a little leaner before Vegas then spend the last 12 weeks to finish it out. I will be 51 at this show, UFE Halloween Mayhem.

I’m not really feeling 100 percent but I’m heading in with the right mindset. My before pics are done already. I’m puffy from the meds, I haven’t trained for over a week so.. this should be interesting!

So that’s the short update:  Here’s how my whole weekend looked.  This is Roo. She trains with Lou Ferrigno. She eats totally Bro.  puppy

 

Booty Builder: Single Leg Glute Bridge Foot Elevated

Glute bridges of all kinds are badazz for creating round booties. All competitors and fitgirl followers are deeply skilled at thrusting for a peachy booty.

This version takes it up a notch.  

We use this in my studio and do 50 per day each leg.  No one likes them. Not even me. You are wishing you were somewhere else, that’s for sure.  Ok ,so why do them? Because you get some extra activation by elevating that weight bearing leg.  The med ball is unstable so that makes it even more challenging.

Things to remember.
1.Press through the heel.
2. Squeeze as you come up.
3. The ball should be pretty close to your glute but you can experiment to see where YOU feel it best.
4. Your hamstring is engaged hard here. Good to know!

Modifications: Put your foot on a bosu, or a couch cushion, coffee table. If you are at the gym, you can use a bench but the ball is crazzzy.

I hope you incorporate this into your training for a perfectly peachy booty.
xoxo
t

 

 

Glute Builder: Single leg press


I’m competing Halloween weekend this year. I am determined to get my legs hard and my glutes are always my trouble spot.

I was looking at my training pics from 2012 and I have been able to get some  gains in that area but you know.. it’s a never ending pursuit.  Let’s just say, I’m hitting them harder than ever . I actually want them to be hard this year because I’m no longer bikini.

I like unilateral leg work, every other week or so. I try to mix it up. The single leg press is one I can really feel .  However, this sled is too heavy for me to get a full range of motion.
My legs are long so it’s already a struggle to get my knee close to my chest. Today, I was able to get my reps in by balancing the toes of my other leg on the sled. This allowed me to get a little assist at the bottom of the lift. It doesn’t look like I’m going very deep but on the push up, I’m feeling it like mad in my glute.

I did 90 minutes of legs today with focus on the glutes/hamies and 30 min of cardio.

So here was another version of single leg press if your machine would allow you to hit this angle. I have some interesting food angles on this one.

Good luck in your training!!

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Boss workouts:Booty builder

This workout is one of my favorites for competition training.
I do this on my big leg day.  I set the big leg press up with 4 plates. Yeah, I can lift a lot more than that but this one is a volume set so I keep it on the light side-you know.. like Luke Skywalker.

10 leg presses
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10 pop squats
10 rounds

Of course, you can use your regressions and cut the sets down and lower the weight.
If you don’t have a leg press, you can rock the power cord version which will burn like
Hades. Just saying.

I wish you well in your competiton! Keep pushing!

 

 

 

Bikini Girl Abs

 

This is the advanced version of the reverse curl.
If you want to start your training with 2 dumbells, that’s great too.
I’m using a 45 pound Olympic bar. The goal is to balance the bar and keep it very still while you do your reverse curls. You can  use a lighter bar if you like.

The progressions are to add twists. Regression is bent knees.
Be sure you focus on bringing the spine down one vertebra at a time.

Spinal articulation is bringing each bone to the mat like you are laying down a strand of pearls.  Really draw the core in!

 

You can do it.

Boss workouts: Fat Shredding Plyo

Plyometrics: What kind of fresh hell is this!?

Plyo has great benefits. It’s good for your heart, it builds lean, sexy muscle.
I for sure use it for prep!
This series is pretty freaking tough.
Start with 30 seconds air squats then go right into 30 seconds jump squats. Follow that with 30 seconds of wide tuck jumps.
Tuck jumps are the hardest for me.
I also did a variation with a box jump instead of the tuck jumps. There is no other fire. You have to push.

So get to it and let’s see those glutes!