Booty Builder: Banded Squats

Are you working on building out those glutes?

Banding above the knees gets the glutes activated immediately!

In this video I am using it for my weighted wide squats.  This is so hard that I have to drop my weight way back to complete my sets.   The glutes are activated and it’s intense.  You have to fight to keep your knees from caving!
I use the band in my thrusting, side leg work and squats/deads.


Booty Blast: Sumo Split Squats

Benefits:  Biceps, booty, inner thighs, heart
OOOOO.. this one burns.  If you are working on glutes and want to amp up your calorie burn, add this metabolic blast.
I’m using 10 pound weights here and usually do 3×12 each side.   I like to use this at Sleek as an interval.  Your heart rate will definitely be up there!

Couple things: If you are new to working out, you may begin with no weights and a smaller range of motion.
Always listen to your body, but push yourself.

Peak week begins

All this happened.. and more!
All this happened.. and more!
1 week out. Progress
1 week out. Progress


It’s been a busy 3 weeks.
I’ve been hitting the gym at 5am for HIIT and then back again to lift.
It’s pretty much been a blurr.

Last week, I came down with a nasty sinus infection.
It took 3 doctor trips but I finally got antibiotics.
I was able to get all my workouts in but it was brutal.
It took almost a full week to get my energy back up.

Last year, in my prep I also got sick. Remarkably, that was the last time
I was sick. So.. the Zpack I think was almost as bad as being sick.

I added about 6 pounds of water for almost a week. That was a real


I hate running! But.. I love this tank and Lulu Speeds!
I hate running! But.. I love this tank and Lulu Speeds!

Rob and I have been hitting the track once a week. We have also hit Tower Grove Park for hill sprints.
Track was easier for me this year. I really pushed. I totally run like a girl. I embrace that. It’s not pretty.
I’m glad I’m not being judged on that.

I have had some amazing trips to Lululemon.
I’ve said it before. I’m motivated by workout pants.
I got some super cute outfits for my workout videos I’m putting on IG.
The new Bruised Berry is my favorite.

Lululemon haul
Lululemon haul

Pic 1:  Power Y tank and Milky way Wunder Under crops.
Pic2:  Curious Jungle speed shorts. I have been stalking these.
Pic 3: Bruised Berry Run : Inspire crops. These run small.  I bought the Flower bungas and had to return. They were so small! I do not want to size up. I just lost 17 pounds!

1 week out. Progress

Here is it. My last progress pic until the show.
I am 3 pounds under my last show weight.  I weigh 139 here. I’ve lost 18 pounds since Jan 1.  My bikini is awesome. I have my peak week meal plan and workouts. Stay tuned!

4 weeks out update

4 weeks out. All this happened., and more
4 weeks out. All this happened., and more

I started the week off on Sunday with track.
I hit the mark on all my cardio and workouts.
I’m training 7 days a week. I have 6 lifting days.

I almost peed in my car. Don’t judge! #bikinigirlproblems

Had my check in with my coach, MJ today. I will get all new food and workouts
for this week.

My suit will be here Monday!! I cannot wait to see it!

I’m officially down another pound. I am 142. I am 1 pound over my last show weight
but I think I look much different than last year.

1 year apart
1 year apart

These pics are exactly 1 year apart. I’m happy with my progress.

We are upping my cardio this week and getting a little more food.
I am officially 3 weeks out! I have had no cheats and I’m ready to kill it this week!

Lululemon haul

Hipster café in Chicago. The mister and I.
Hipster café in Chicago. The mister and I.

On our Chicago trip, we did a little shop it up.

I was excited to visit the Rush Street Lululemon and found my unicorn!!
The Super Stripe Cadet Blue Wunder Under pants!!
Squeee!  I love these pants. The fabric is very different than my other WU
but it’s a winner.  I got the last pair in my size. Sorry, not sorry!

Super Stripe Wunder Unders in Cadet Blue
Super Stripe Wunder Unders in Cadet Blue

Rest less Tank

This outfit was much cuter than I had anticipated.  Rest Less Tank and the
Inspire crops in Black Burlap.  The fabric on the pants is very different than the other
10 pairs of Run crops I have. I almost had to size up!  It’s not that stretchy. I admit that I didn’t like the look of this at all until I tried it on. Lulu is like that for me. I have to try on everything.  The tank is adorbs. It has a long, strange rubber band gathering the waist.
It stays in place nicely.  The back detail on the top is really cool.

Restless tank and Inspire crops in Black burlap
Restless tank and Inspire crops in Black burlap


Rest less tank back detail. Cute.
Rest less tank back detail. Cute.

I was discussing pants with one of my friends, Jennie. We both agreed that we never really knew that different workouts benefited from different fits/fabrics.  Lulu is great for that.  I wore a pair of bright blue Under Armour pants for leg day this week. It was a huge fail. They came down with every jump up.   No one wants their business out there!

NOTE:  Wore my Speed shorts to the track with a 105 F Singlet *Silver
and both those pieces out performed me.  I looked like a hot mess after my workout but I was cool.  Believe me.. I used to wear my VSX Knock out crops to the track.  Misery.

I also picked up the Cool Racer Back in Wee Are from Space Blue Tropics.

Wee Are From Space Blue Tropics Cool Racer Back CRB
Wee Are From Space Blue Tropics Cool Racer Back CRB

I’m loving my CRB tanks as of late. Got my friend Rose, hooked on them too.
Uh oh.. once you go Lulu!

Run Pace Crop
Run pace crop is great for weight training!

My workout on Friday was tough.
HIIT at 6am
2 pilates classes
2 hours of legs

I rocked my Run: Pace Crops and the Energy bra.
The green tank is VSX studio tank.. which I own in ever color. They are flattering!

The crops are terrific for everything I did today. They didn’t move at all.
I got these in a 6 when I was 12 pounds heavier. I think they run a bit small and they are a shorter crop. They really fit me well now. I didn’t love them 6 weeks ago. I probably could have sized up.  Lots of our clients bought them at our trunk show. Terrific crops.
 These pants are still on the Lululemon site


Week 10 Update:

Landmine lunges. 1st time. Oh man
Landmine lunges. 1st time. Oh man

The last few weeks I’ve been struggling with my weight loss. I had lost 3 pounds but made a well needed change to my meal plan and
started the scale moving again. Even though I’ve stressed out about my weight loss, I have discovered that in one month I’ve lost a total
of 6 pounds and 2.1 percent body fat. I felt like I was leaning out, but really retaining water. I had a heart to heart with a competitor friend
and she held me accountable to my water jug. No excuses. It made a huge difference.

I did a small intermitten fast followed by a high carb day. I’m super bloated from that. I always drop a bit after that type of re-feed.

Tidbit of information:
The best pants in the entire planet to squat in are LuluLemon Wonder Under pants!

I love these pants.
I love these pants.

I’m becoming a collector of Lulus and rock lots of their styles, but these are my favorite because they don’t move.
Girls, you know if your V-string pops out of the back of your tights when you squat, that’s not ok. Just saying. It’s the little things.

Today, my workout was less than beast mode. I had fully intended to GO HAM. My pre-workout let me down.
I get samples from GNC and they tossed a sample of Arnold’s Iron Pump pre-workout my way. I should never have tried that on my hardest leg day. It was
a thumbs down. I was fueled correctly but nothing kicked in. I missed my C4. So I will not cheat on her again!!

I had PR’s today but not like I wanted.
I added Land Mine legs today. First time ever and you know what.. I might have died.
I did Land Mine Goblet Squats and lunges. I was shaking and could barely walk away.
If you haven’t added those yet, to your training, it’s time!
Follow my Instagram and see my video of my workout!

This week, is more pushing!
Go after what you want!!