Let’s get REAL

This is my first post in a while, but I think the topic is so important and means the most to me. 
There are hundreds of thousands of fitness accounts out there focusing on both men and women looking perfect and lifting heavier than anyone else, eating better, etc. I’m not one of those people. Yes, I love working out! It relieves me of stress and allows me to feel good about myself. I post pictures and workouts on my social media to share my progress and influence and motivate others to get active! It’s a great feeling that I think everyone should get to experience.

One of the biggest parts of being healthy and looking/feeling great is your diet. And I don’t mean that you have to DIET. I mean the food that you eat does have an affect on your body and can be a burden or be beneficial to your overall appearance and physical health. Personally, I don’t go on crazy diets to lose weight or go on a “cleanse” to be healthy. I think if you are interested in that kind of thing, that’s great!! It’s just not for me. Maybe I don’t have enough self control to stop myself from eating. I just LOVE food! I always find myself indulging in chocolate or some sort of yummy dessert at a restaurant. 

Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to continue my poor eating style for a long time. My body just doesn’t work that way, and the calories will start catching up to me. At that time, yes! I’ll start watching what I eat and cut out desserts instead of stuffing my face with whatever I can get my hands on. 

My main message here…do what works for YOU. I’m not a health expert or a personal trainer, but I’m a person who has respect for my body and knows I need to take care of myself. I never push myself too far but rather just far enough. My limits are going to be different than others, and once you realize that what works for others may not work for you, everything feels easier. Live up to your own expectations instead of someone else’s! Make your own goals and go get them!
…and that’s my dose of positivity for the day:)

It’s been a while!!

I know I haven’t posted for a few days but I have been SO BUSY!! Not only do I start work next week but guess who got to sneak away for vacation😎 With that being said, it is going to be even more difficult to find time to workout and head to the gym but priorities, right? Right. 

I chose not to bring any supplements or even my preworkout on vacation with me to save space, but man I already missing it. One of the supplements I miss most is my Klass Nutrition pure shred product. It’s been helping  me maintain my weight while I’m still eating enough to keep an active girl like myself full and satisfied!! If you’re interested in the product or have questions reach out to me!! If you use my code BECKYFIT you can get 20% off of this really cool brand that keeps adding new products to their inventory! The link to the site is on my sidebar:)

My first workout with minimal equipment at the resort I’m currently staying st was great! Even with the lack of equipment. Here is what I did:

Cardio (you got this)

Dumbbell shoulder press: 4 sets of 10

Dumbbell Skullcrushers: 4 sets of 10

Dumbbell curls: 5 sets of 12 ( I liked this one)

Tricep pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Cable curls: 4 sets of 12

Abs!!!!! 
Have fun;)

BACK it up!

“It’s a beautiful day to be alive”! Ugh, I couldn’t agree more @WhitneySimmons The weather is literally perfect and I cannot wait to sit outside and enjoy it! This morning I headed to the gym feeling replenished from yesterday’s day off, and I had a great back workout!! I never used to workout my back and kinda just ignored it all together, but when I finally began doing workouts specifically targeting my back, my entire body felt to much stronger! So now obviously, I include back days in my weekly schedule.

Today’s workout includes….

Dumbbell row: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Bent-arm dumbbell pullover: 4 sets of 12

Dumbbell incline row: 4 sets of 12

Close-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Wide-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Face pull: 4 sets of 12

One arm lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Don’t forget an ab workout at the end 😉 B730512A-DB2B-4701-90EA-4DE733FA225Aimg_3736.png

 

No days off, right? Nah

As much as you may hear people talking about taking “no days off” from the gym, I disagree!! Today I needed to take a mental and physical day off from the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the gym. It not only makes my body feel great but I can completely clear my mind when I’m in there blasting music through my beats sweating from head to toe.

As Chris Zaino from bodybuilding.com says,  “Recovery is vital for the body to continue making progress, whether it is muscle gain, fat loss, or both”. If your body is hurting you, or if your mind is just telling you no…sometimes SOMETIMES it’s okay to take a break. Now, it’s also important to not go overboard with the breaks. There are several days when we can all feel lazy and not want to get out of bed. But take it from someone who can easily sleep until 12pm every morning…you need to find something to motivate yourself. What are your goals? Why did you start this journey in the first place? Find something to push you into getting up and working out.

Even as I sit here on my couch relaxing today, I’ve been getting up and working my abs, doing squats, planks, etc. these are small exercises that get me up and doing some minimal work to calm my mind. Even on my days off, I keep my goals clear in my head!IMG_3287.JPG

Switch it up!!

What a day!! As you may have noticed, my first post on this blog is called George, and it’s about the horse that I fell in love with at college. But more than that, the post touches upon how much I love horses and riding, as it gives me a great sense of freedom and connection.

Not only is horseback riding a great way for me to relax and clear my head, but it’s also a Fantastic workout! Today I was at KB Equine with the manager, Katie, who taught me equi-yoga! Today I worked on using only my legs or core to find my “seat” and get more comfortable on the horse. It was so cool and I cant wait to try it again soon!

After my riding lesson I headed off to the gym! Little did I know today was leg day…so I had two tough leg workouts in a row-not bad, but definitely difficult! At the gym I worked pretty much all areas of my legs. I did some HIIT type exercises that I wasn’t used to, but I could feel the burn for sure!!

As always, if you have any questions or want help with a workout, please let me know!!!

Here’s what today’s workout looked like:

Box jumps: 4 sets of 10 jumps

Vertical jumps: 4 sets of 10

Step-ups (with weights): 10 reps each leg

Squats: 4 sets of 12

Good Mornings: 4 sets of 10- be sure to do these slow, focus of digging into your heels

Calf raises: 4 sets of 25

Hamstring/glute raises: 4 sets of 10

 

Start at the top

Holy smokes!! I had such a great workout today. I’ve been trying to come up with new workouts here and there in addition to doing some research on what other people do, and I think today was a great mix of sets that will really show results. I focused on shoulders and arms, which I like to combine together because there’s a lot of workouts that you can work both. After my workout I came home to an order from Klass Nutrition which was the Diamond Pro whey protein that my dad ordered (but I stole) and it’s AMAZING!!! This brand is a super cool up-and-coming brand that as of right now has not only awesome apparel (to be pictured soon) but also great supplements that are actually good for you! If you go on their website klassnutrition.com you can look at the product info and they break down the ingredients that they use!! Also, I have on the sidebar my code (BECKYFIT) to get 20% off your order, so definitely check that out! Today’s workouts are inspired from bodybuilding.com!

Here is today’s workout:

Push-jerk: 4 sets of 5

Dumbbell uprow: 4 sets of 10

Cable fly: 4 sets of 10

Skullcrusher: 4 sets of 12

Drag curl: 4 sets of 10

Plank pull-ups: 3 sets to failure

ADD AN AB WORKOUT to end the day!82DE32DE-A3D1-43E7-A6F3-A8870743D02542B9D384-43BE-4571-95EB-A6967EB3F17E

Glute Isolation

Let’s talk about glutes! Specifically, glute isolation…this is when you solely focus on working your glute muscles, and no other muscles are involved. This type of workout is great if you are looking to grow JUST your booty, and not your quads or any other area. For me, I enjoy doing glute isolation workouts every now and then so I make sure my booty is just as toned as my quads.

The workouts that I did today include what I call leg-ups, and hips thrusts. Just a quick tip- when performing these exercises, try to make your mind focus on what muscles you are trying to work (glutes) and be sure to not involve other parts of your body. For the leg-ups, be sure to step into your heel, rather than using your toes to get up to the bench!

Watch a video of me doing the leg-ups and hip thrusts on my Instagram!!

Be sure to comment or email me for tips or questions!! 🙂

Leg-ups: 4 sets of 10

Hip thrusts: 4 sets of 12

OTHER WORKOUTS TODAY (not isolation)

Squats: 4 sets of 12

Leg press: 4 sets of 12

Have a great workout!!

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In need of an ice bath…

Every have a leg workout that is so good it leaves you stumbling around for the next two days? Yup, that’s where I’m at right now. I was recently told by my doctor that my left knee is weaker than my right, which doesn’t really make sense because when I was a jumper for my college track team I always jumped with my left leg?? Anyways, I was doubling up sets on my left leg for today’s workout, and I definitely can tell that it’s weaker. This also ties in to the knee injury I’m dealing with, so I have to make sure I’m taking care of myself! Your body is a temple and it’s important to treat it accordingly!

Today’s killer leg/ab workout:

Deadlifts: 6 sets of 10

Hamstring curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10

Seated quad curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10

Oblique dips: (with plate) 6 sets of 15

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Triceps on Fleek

Alright, so two upper body workout days in a row (ugh), but I know it will be worth it, and I’m already seeing results! Todays workout was focused on biceps and triceps, but for some reason I was having more fun with my tricep workouts and maybe went a little overboard (again, worth it).

Try this workout and let me know what you think!!

Triceps extension: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5 reps

Dumbbell biceps curl: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10 reps

EZ-bar Skullcrusher: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5

Machine bicep curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5

Dips: 6 sets of 15

Hammer curl: 6 sets of 15, 10 reps

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Chest DAAAAAAY

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Watch todays workout!

Today was a great day. I wore a super cool hat, AND I tried some new workouts in addition to tweaking some old! Be sure to click the link above and check out my Instagram post! Here are some workouts that will leave you with your chest and shoulders on fire!!

Upright plate push: 3 sets of 10

Upright plate twist: 3 sets of 10 full twists

Incline dumbbell press: 3 sets of 15, 10, 5 reps

Plate fly: 3 sets 15, 10, 5

Lateral plate raise: 3 sets 15, 10, 5

Add some cardio!! Run on the treadmill or hop on the bike for 15 minutes at the beginning or end of your workout.

Have Fun!!!!!

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