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Bikini Workout: Leg Day

sexy legsHere’s a new Leg Workout I designed for my bikini boot campers last week – created for the gym. Give it a try!

Rest Time:
45 SECONDS max rest time between sets
2 minutes between exercises

Hack squats: 4 sets/15 reps each
suggested: start with 1-25lb plate on only one side.

Try to increase each set,  BUT it is more important to get 15 reps than go heavier and stop early

Single leg leg press: 4 sets/20 reps each
suggested: start with 1-25lb plate on only one side.

Try to increase each set,  BUT it is more important to get 20 reps than go heavier and stop early

hamstring curls

Ham string curls: 5sets > #1 20 reps, #2 18 reps, #3 15 reps, #4 15 reps, #5 12 reps
Suggested: Start at 35lbs and go heavier by 5-10lbs every set.  Please maintain your reps

Leg Extension: 5 sets/ 15 reps
Suggested: Start at 40lbs and go up.  But keep you reps up

HARD CORE: Upper Body & Core Workout

LiveExercise Hard Core WorkoutThis conditioning circuit will toast the shoulders and core. Do this one circuit alone, or do all the workouts (including this one) in our last LiveXfit show (Episode 7) at LiveExercise.com (or on Live Exercise on Roku).

WARNING: Don’t go to a comedy for a few days, your sides will be too sore to laugh. 😛

CLICK ON EXERCISES FOR INSTRUCTION.

10 Double Unders
10 Push Ups
10 Squat Thrusts
60 Seconds of Plank

Do 3 Times Through with NO rest between exercises. Add more rounds for more intensity!

Post Competition Leg Workout

Nano 3.0I just competed in a bodybuiding competition in Port St Lucie, Florida Saturday, August 24th with 10 other athletes from Team Max (our competition team of bikini, figure, bodybuilding and physique athletes) from our gym, Max Fitness Club.

I trained and dieted for this event for about two months, counting every calorie in and every calorie out. I treated every rep of every exercise as if someone else was doing it better. I did 3-a-day cardios and worked my abs harder than I ever have before. I truly pushed my body to what I felt was the limit. The outcome?  Awww sweet success, but what do I do now?

Treasure Coast Classic

Nano 3.0I decided I would compete again in 4 weeks, with some of my clients, so there is no way to take a week off (which is what I would usually do to allow my body to heal).  So, here I sit Monday morning having to do legs and my body is still so achy, sore, and depleted from the crazy carnage from the weekend. I strap on my new favorite lifting shoes, my new Nano 3.0’s and off I go!

I decide that whatever I do today will need to be submax, and less intense – maybe I’ll add a little more rest time and decrease the resistance.  Off I go…

POST COMPETITION LEG DAY… just to get started again

Quadriceps and glutes:

A. Leg press
Five sets starting very light and adding resistance every set for five easy sets,

Set1: 2 plates X 30 reps (wide foot placement)
Set 2: 4 plates X 30 reps (moderate foot placement)
Set 3-5: 6 plates X 30 reps (3 each side) (alternating foot placement from narrow to wide)

NOTE: the Nano 3.0 gives great feed back and response while doing leg press.  Love that feeling.

B. Deep Squats
Five sets starting ridiculously light and working my way to just 135.  All I want to day is to stretch out the carnage from flexing this weekend.  I need to move the weight through a long range of motion safely.

Set 1: 95lbs X’s 20 reps (deep as safely tolerated)
Set 2-5: 135 X’s 20 reps (deep as tolerated)

NOTE: the Nano 3.0’s provide stability and true feel from the floor through the lift that you just cant get with any other shoe outside of a oly-lifting shoe.

C. Leg Extension
let’s keep this slow and methodical.  Five sets using each rep as an opportunity to squeeze theses muscles into a full contraction.

set 1: 100lbs X’s 15
set 2: 120 X’s 15
set 3: 140 X’s 15
set 4 150 X’s 15
set 5 160 X’s 15

NOTE: in most open chain exercises (where your feet aren’t planted or connect to a machine’s surface), the only benefit the Nano 3.0 has to offer is how cool it makes me feel wearing it,,, lol

So there it is… my post competition workout.  I hope this helps you after a race, a meet, or any competition.  After meeting our fitness goals, and competing, it is always hard to find a way to “restart”.  But follow this easy 2 step guide:

Step 1:  Pick a goal
Step 2: Go to the gym

Yep, it’s pretty much that simple.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Need To Workout, But Short On Time?

20130727_065902_resized copyHere I am, Saturday night, feeling pretty good and relaxed.

I started the day off with an amazing run (thanks to my new Polar RC3 Heart Rate monitor) with “Team Max“, washed my truck, did some laundry, spent some quality time with Bonnie and Marley at the beach – but, between the hellacious run this morning and the relaxing sun at the beach, I am just ready to crash.

Bonnie PfiesterSitting here thinking about my day, beautiful sunset and totally relaxed… HOLY CRAP, I FORGOT TO DO ARMS THIS MORNING.  What do I do?  Skip it?  Hit it harder next week?  Ughhh, I just got settled and I’ve had such a great day – and just the thought of another hour in the gym is killing me.

Still, I know I must go.  I have invested to much this last month to backslide now, and this whole week I have felt, and seen, great gains.  I hate this conundrum!  I’VE GOT A GREAT IDEA…

 “I am 100% sure I will not regret going…and I am also 100% positive I will regret not going.”

now is the timeI am going in, regardless of how I feel.  I am 100% sure I will not regret going to finish the last of my training this week, but I am also 100% positive I will regret not going. So, off I go.  I don’t want to compromise hitting arms, but I need to get this done and get home to finish enjoying my saturday night with no regrets.

My Story (the readers digest version)

steve pfiesterI’ve had epic workouts all week.  It’s now saturday, and I am short on time and very tired – BUT I really want to finish my regiment to keep up the pace and be ready for a bodybuilding show in 4 weeks. I’ve made up my mind that I will leave this instant before my stupid brain justifies staying home any longer.  When I get to the gym I will crush my arms relentlessly for 15 minutes, super-setting  between biceps and triceps.  Ten rounds on each muscle group.  30 seconds on and only 10 seconds rest to switch to the apposing muscle group.  Back and forth for ten rounds.  By the time I’m finished, 11 minutes and 40 seconds will have elapsed, I should have a pump that makes Arnold look like an Olson twin.  Just kidding big guy.  🙂

My Routine

max fitness clubPick two exercises that you can execute or be ready to perform about 15 repetitions in 30 seconds with only ten seconds to set up and start each round going back and forth from biceps to triceps.  At my gym “MAX FITNESS“, we have a “preacher curl Hammer Strength machine” right next to a “Hammer Strength dip machine“.  I set my interval timer for 30/10 at 20 sets.  1 round of preacher followed by 1 round of dips with only 10 seconds of rest and repeat that superset for 10 total rounds of both exercises.  I keep track of rounds by throwing a close by 5 pound plate on the ground after every round.  If I don’t,  I will lose count and do too many sets, or worse, too few.

steve pfiesterI made up my mind that I would set the weight where I could get close to 15 reps the first few sets and I wouldn’t decrease resistance as long as I stayed above 8 reps.  I was able to continue with 15 repetitions of dips for the entire 10 rounds but my biceps fatigued quickly.  By the 4th set of biceps I dropped the preacher curl resistance by 10 pounds just to get 8 reps.  Again at round 6 I had to decrease the biceps resistance even more, and again after the 8th round. Finally I see 10 five pound plates (my markers) on the ground and I know I have finished this lightning fast, crazy intense routine.

As I am walking out to my truck, I realize that was more burn, more intense and created more of a pump than other  great workouts I’ve had that lasted an hour.

Moral of the Story?

Don’t lose your momentum just because you are short on time.  Every rep is an investment into the next workout.  Don’t throw your hard work away!

Arms On Fire WORKOUT

 

Shoes News

Reebok Sub Lite Running ShoeI was so excited about this mornings run in my Reebok Sublite Duo Run‘s that I had to mention them.  A brutal 5 and 1/2 mile run up two steep causeways in the crazy heat.  I thought for sure my body would give out, but I was surprised how well my knees and low back held out for such a long and intense run.  I really believe it was my shoes. I’ve run in different shoes before and had aches and pains on much shorter runs. Thanks Reebok!

#LiveWithFire
#TeamPolar

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fitness Vomit or Workout Program?

workout at homeWith the onset of online fitness enthusiasts, and the quest for more knowledge, I’ve noticed more workouts shared online now than ever. And, unarguably there are a lot of great “workouts” available by both professionals and fitness enthusiasts that are taking the time to post some killer workouts.  Enough of the politically correct niceties… here it goes!

No matter how amazing a workout seems, a single workout is not purposeful unless its used correctly in a program.

hammer and nailA workout is like a tool in a tool bag. A hammer is useless without a nail and a piece of wood.  But even a hammer, nail, and wood are just a bunch of “construction vomit” unless you have an idea, or desire, to build something.  The more grandiose your goals of construction, the more tools (workouts) you will need. I’ve seen lots of hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches, thrown together into a bag of tools with no idea, if any, of what the builder even wants to build.

nail gun failThe next analogolitical /ano:log:itical/ (yes, my new word) idea is knowing how to use the tools properly so you don’t waste your wood. At 43, it is a bad idea to ever do that. If you don’t use your hammer properly you can bend a nail in the wood, not only will you never reach your goal, you can injure yourself or injure someone else in your quest.  A perfectly good hammer (workout) is dangerous,or even useless if you aren’t taking your time to learn your craft.

PROGRAMMING

love handlesAfter you develop some goals (what you want to build), look at what materials you have to work with.  Some things I hear are “I’m too fat”, “I’m too skinny”, “I have no cardio”, “I’m not flexible”,or “uh-uhm… I’m all the above”  Make sure you have the right tools, or workouts, for the right construction materials and a reasonable goal of what you want to attain.

Old_bookYour workouts should be a journey that lead you to reaching your goals.  The individual exercises in a single workout are like words in a paragraph. The way you pair your exercises together in a workout are comparable to a finished paragraph. What body parts you do together, and in what order each week, are your chapters. How you change and arrange your training and rest days to reach your final goals, is the novel that we call your goal.

If the chapters are randomly thrown together the story will make no sense. If the words on the page are just 5 and 6 syllable words that you can’t understand, how will they ever tell a great story?  Thus, they are nothing more than “literary vomit”.

Anyone who has ever worked out can put a single workout together by picking some tough exercises, decreasing the rest time, and turning up some angry grunge music – but to what end? Is this leading us anywhere long-term – or is it just meant to blow off some steam and carbs for an hour or so????

GOOD, BAD AND UGLY  

p90xA great example of an outstanding program is P90X; it has a method to its madness. The training is methodical, scheduled, and so are the rest and recovery periods, as well as the eating. This example has every tool you need to attain an amazing physique in 90 days. However, the same company produced “Insanity.” What a tough and incredible workout – and Shaun-T is a great instructor. The programing, however, is “vomit”. The idea of “let’s take the hardest exercises and throw them together into a video that kicks butt, but takes us nowhere specifically” = VOMIT.

insanityNow, to use insanity as a hammer with some other tools and materials would be profoundly useful. However, in and of itself, its just a hard workout – and if that is all you do as a “program” it would be like reading the same paragraph in a book over and over and expecting a different ending, or trying to build a skyscraper with just a hammer.

My point is this (and don’t hate), if you are showing up for your “workout of the day”  and not getting the long term results you want (especially with your physique), maybe you should question what direction that specific program is taking you if any, or find out how to use your existing program in a more purposeful way. Because, even if you are getting stronger or your cardio is improving, but it isn’t helping you reach your main goal (which, for most of us, is to also improve your physique), then maybe you need to tweak your program or change it altogether.

Looking for a workout program to follow? Subscribe to DualFit.com and join my newest online 4-week daily workout plan – great for  both guys and girls and requiring minimal equipment so you can do it at home or the gym. 🙂 Recruit some friends and I’ll be posting a launch date for peeps to all start together!

DualFit 4-Week Workout

Burpee and Swing Suicide

Steve PfiesterHere’s a tough conditioning circuit you can add to any strength or cardio workout to take your training up a notch.

Burpee and Kettlebell Swing Suicide 

1 Burpee & 1 Kettlebell Swing

2 Burpees & 2 Kettlebell Swings

3 Burpees & 3 Kettlebell Swings

…continue until you reach

10 Burpees & 10 Kettlebell Swings

By the time you are finished, you will have done 55 Burpees and 55 Kettlebell Swings!

Build-A-Thruster Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell WorkoutThis killer kettlebell workout works your core, shoulders, legs and glutes, as well as your cardio. If you don’t have a kettlebell, you can use a dumbbell – or even a gallon of water! Click on each exercise to view video instruction.

Do 3 Rounds!

New Reebok Shoes: 

Reebok One CushionReebok One Cushion – This is Reebok’s newest shoe. It’s designed to maximize comfort and performance for runners with a neutral gait and a strong arch. Although it’s designed for running, it seems to make a great cross-trainer too since it’s relatively flat. Here was my formal review: “The landing is the best part. I get great feedback from the ground and at the same time reebok ONE provides such a soft landing. It felt very comfortable throughout my first run. I conditioned in them yesterday (crossfit style workout) and they gave me the support I needed, and then some. It’s only been a few days, but so far this is great shoe!”

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beginner’s HIIT Workout

HIIT ITWhether you’ve never done a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout before, or you are a pro, here is a workout I put together for DualFit that is designed for beginners – but can be adjusted in intensity by simply adjusting the intervals.

OTHER INTERVALS TO TRY:

  • 30/30: 30 Seconds of Exercise & 30 Seconds of Rest
  • 30/30/30: 30 Seconds of the 1st Exercise ( no rest), 30 Seconds of the 2nd Exercise and 30 Seconds rest
  • 45/15: 45 Seconds of Exercise & 15 Seconds of Rest
  • 50/10: 50 Seconds of Exercise & 10 Seconds of Rest

CLICK HERE to get the written workout, and get more great info at DualFit.com!

Hard Core Abs Workouts

 

Here is one of the workouts we did this week! I thought you might like to give it a try.

Hard Core

Click on the links below to see video instruction:

Combine this workout with another ab workout and really blast those abs! Or combine

re·bound verb \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈ\

Rebound: Return, bounce back, setback, backfire, move backward. 

Stev Pfiester, Light Heav WeightI recently took 18 competitors from my gym, Max Fitness, to compete in the NPC Southeast Classic. The goal was hitting the stage. Not winning a trophy, but using the stage to make us push harder and be our best.

The goal was made, and the goal was met!  What we do now defines what we learned on our journey to accomplish our goal.  In the “realm” of goal acquisition, focusing solely on the goal can be a tragedy.  What I mean is, the goal is just that: “a goal” – a means to an end.  How we develop, the wisdom we gain, and the way we develop along the way is the real reward for meeting our goal.  Goals are not the real rewards.

Team max

Josh GayLets think backwards for a second.  By creating a goal to shoot for, you are inviting some level of adversity into your life.  How much adversity we will endure is measured by how grandiose the goal.  The “Goal” only gives reason to validate and hold accountable our hard work, our long suffering, our perilous effort to make our bodies fitter, our will stronger, our bellies hungrier.  I have never seen anyone train harder than when they were stretching themselves to reach a new goal. These guys did just that. Josh Gay‘s 60-day before & after picture shows just how hard they worked. Then, they hit the stage, and celebrated, and then they went home…

Score! Now What?

CruiseWhat happens after we reach our goal?  It is good after hard training to back down, enjoy the “win” and celebrate the goal acquisition. For me, it was going on a vacation (cruise). We hit the keys, then Mexico and then headed to Disney shortly after we got home. Yes, there was a lot of food involved. But, at some point, we must get back in the game.

We don’t pay off credit cards just to go on some huge spending spree waisting our money, discipline and hard work. It is ok to go charge a dinner, but then we pay it off immediately to avoid getting in the bad position we were once in. Whether the goal was physical or financial, it’s important to remember what you learned along the way and how you felt while you were working so hard.

Sloppy Joes Key West

The best way to prevent rebound is to give yourself a marked amount of time to enjoy your hard work. But after that time is finished, it’s time get back to work. It’s time to make new goals – both long and short term.

bench pressBefore you even reached this goal, you should already dream about what is next. Don’t take your eye off of the immediate prize.  Don’t focus on your future goals until you accomplished the one set right before you.  However; you should already be thinking about what is next.  This will prevent your downtime from turning into a complete train wreck and a complete rebound.

Doesn’t matter if we are talking about finance or weight loss, enjoy your success but don’t throw away your investment.  Remember what you learned along the way.  This is what makes you better, stronger, and more patient.  Make some goals, so you can push your limits!

Geared Up & Ready

Even something like a new pair of shoes can get you motivated to get back in the gym and hit it hard again.  I got these new Reebok ZigCarbons and love them. It was just what I needed to want to do cardio again.

Reebok ZigCarbon

My next new gym toy is Reebok’s Bose Headphone set. They help get my mind focused, shut out distractions and make the most of my time at the gym. Totally what I needed to tune back into my routine.

Reebok Bose Headphone Set

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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