Fitness Friday, Lifting

Fitness Friday: Lower Body Dumbbell Complex

I have a slight obsession with lower body exercises and complexes. When I can combine the two, I get a little giddy inside.  Complexes are perfect for building muscle and decreasing fat in a short amount of time.  You’ll do the below exercises back to back with 30-60 seconds rest before starting another round.  Move fast but don’t forget to keep good form here.

  • 10 Goblet Squats
  • 10 Romanian Deadlifts
  • 10 Curtsey Lunges (each leg)
  • 10 Bulgarian Split Squats (each leg)
  • 10 Bridges with dumbbell on stomach (hold for 2 seconds at the top)

*Repeat for another 2-3 times with 60 seconds rest in between each round.

Another fun way to do complexes is to start with 10 reps and each round drop a rep. For example Round 1: complete all exercises at 10 Reps. Round 2: complete all at 9 reps.  You’ll work your way all the way down to one rep, with 60 seconds rest in between each round.

 

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Fitness Friday: 5 Exercises That Make You Feel Badass AF

You know the scene of any action movie after a huge explosion, and the main character walks away with just a little sweat, maybe a scrape under their eye, some dust on their shirt, but their hair still on point. They are feeling Badass AF.  That’s how these exercises below make you feel. Ok, I might be exaggerating a little bit but in all seriousness you’ll feel straight up strong.

Farmer Carries

I just started doing these to help build up my grip and forearm strength but dang these are awesome. Grab heavy dumbbells or kettlebells in each hand, pull your shoulders down your back and have a nice strong posture and just walk.  Seems easy but soon your forearms will start screaming and your fingers will start slipping.  For me, as someone who holds all of my stress in my shoulders and traps, this feels amazing with the weight pulling my shoulders down.  So go grab something heavy and get to walkin’!

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Skull Crushers

If the name doesn’t make you feel badass enough, after your done these you’ll walk around feeling big AF. You know those people who hold their arms out way too wide because they think their muscles are gigantic? That will be you in the best way possible.

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Kettlebell Snatch

There is something so powerful about snatching some heavy weight from the ground to above your head. At first glance it seems so easy, but at a deeper look, there are so many specifics and tiny details to getting the snatch down. And that is what makes this badass AF.  It’s all in the details.

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Renegade Rows

So you’re in plank, which can be challenging all in itself, and then your lifting a dumbbell or kettlebell up with one hand in a row position. This is ninja warrior level badassness.  Core strength, upper body strength, mental focus, balance…it’s all there.

Deadlifts

I saved the best for last. Deadlifts are the ultimate badass exercise.  Nothing feels as badass as being able to lift a bunch of weight with such precision as the deadlift allows.  And quite frankly, if you’re a girl and you go to a typical commercial gym, you’ll surprise the hell out of high school boys who think girls can’t lift heavy.

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The Yoga of Lifting

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I always notice it the moment I sit up after savasana and more so driving home.  Complete euphoria. Joy and serenity at its purest moment.  It’s hard to explain how it happens really, or why.  I just know it’s there.

Surprisingly to me, I started noticing the same exact feeling after lifting.  I’d get in my car, head home and that euphoria would set in.

The gym for me used to be dreadful before I met the barbell.  Now it’s a sanctuary as much as my favorite yoga studio is.  The barbell is equal to my yoga mat.  Both provide me strength, confidence, muscle, peace.  Both knock me down when I am feeling a little too ego driven and both build me up when I’m feeling dreadfully unsubstantial.
You see there is nothing like the feeling of being able to deadlift 200+ pounds. Feeling strong is the biggest confidence builder I have ever come across.  There is also nothing like the feeling of your first crow pose lift off or conquering that pose you’ve been working on for so long.  Finding that perfect balance just before your edge.  I believe the thrill comes from constantly challenging yourself. Pushing and testing your limits.

There will always be people who can lift more than you, or who can hold handstand and do all of these crazy poses better than you.  But what makes yoga so amazing and what makes lifting equally as amazing is that you can come to your mat or barbell every time and know that the only thing you have to worry about is improving yourself.

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Two at home yoga practices

Went to the gym 4 times

Finished the first month of 531 Weightlifting Program

Went fishing on a charter boat

Watched many episodes of Entourage

Started reading The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis

Wrote asana breakdown: wide leg forward fold