Here’s a good little work out that I enjoyed at my old gym! I’m hoping to get some great videos here at Red Fox now that we have our very own building!! Soon… In the mean time, enjoy and try it out for your self!
Here’s the Work Out:
Super Set 1:
Preacher Curls 8×3
Skull Crushers 8×3
Standing DB Curls 8ea x 3 (try to not have so much swing!! haha)
Tri Cep Kickbacks 8ea x 3
Super Set 2:
Rope Hammer Curls 8×3
Tri Cep Overhead Pulley 8×3 (drop down optional)
Drop Down w/ DB Curls
Finish out with 1-2 miles walk/running on T-mill or outside!
When it comes to fitness (Heck! Anywhere in our lives…), having a period of “Active Rest” is important! We need breaks within our fitness from the rigorous activity we put our bodies through!
This one is especially difficult for me.
There are cycles our bodies must go through to perform at it’s best. We need Active Rest for some down-time. We need it to discover and explore other activities that we enjoy. We need it to relax and reevaluate how it is we are going about our fitness and developing our passions.
Active Rest: An important cycle within our fitness program that allows for the body – both physically and mentally to recover, recuperate, and rejuvenate. The period in which the athlete is still active within theirs lives, however, usually with other activities that may be at a much lower impact then their usual program requires.
Everyone needs a break! I like to think of Active Rest as the bodies form of a vacation. When we get going with work and the stress mounts up, we just need a break and go on a vacation. It is the same with our bodies within our own individual programs. Active rest allows the body both mentally and physically to step back and take a broader view of life in general. A view that allows for activities that when the athlete is heavily involved in their season, they don’t usually get to enjoy!
This holds true for the average, everyday person who is just getting fit and losing weight! WE get set in routines and programs and forget that their is a whole array of fun out there: other programs, sports, and activities to enjoy in a leisurely way!
What Active Rest is NOT: Time to sit on the couch and do nothing eating junk all day every day! We still need to be involved within our lives and actually maybe even more so during Active rest because it can be shared with so man others!!
The stages of training are:
Foundational Training – Getting a healthy foundation for strength, flexibility, and endurance in an overall setting.
Functional Training (Sport-Specific) – This period of training hones in on goals set by the Athlete or the sport itself. The focus will be more towards the muscles and movements needed by the sport itself.
Pre-Season Training – It’s now time for sport specific in a much more intense way. Other training aspects of training should already be in place at this point so the athlete can concentrate on what’s needed to achieve their goal. The Athlete will still be developing the muscles, endurance and flexibility needed for their specific activity.
In-Season Training – This training period is the most intense and is very sport-specific. It’s game time. Time to show all the hard work and win! There is still growth within this period, but nothing is to impede from the game itself!
Active Rest – Season is over…intensity has subsided…the “Win” and the trophies have been achieved. It’s time to take a break both mentally and physically. Time to enjoy other activities and sports in a leisurely way! This phase is a growth phase too and it’s much-needed both physically and mentally! The Season takes a toll on the athlete in both of these areas…it’s stressful and our bodies need to recover and reflect.
Don’t forget the Active Rest period of your personal training…It IS important!
This was my last work out at the Traverse City, MI Anytime Fitness. It’s hard to build up the shoulders…at least to have them have a nice rounded look. So here is some of what I do on a weekly basis. Try the work out and let me know what you think!
Many of you know how much I adore The Rock. What you may not realize is why. Yes…he’s big tall handsome guy with muscles and a star! That’s not why (I know…it doesn’t hurt!). Rather than put too much into my own words, I thought I’d share a video of his. From all that I’ve read and seen from him, he is a guy with real class. An encourager of others. A dreamer who’s made it all come true!
I like him because if he can do it…YOU can do it!
Someday, I’ll get the chance to interview him and give that story to all of you! In the meantime, check this out! Be sure to follow him in the Social Media world and get encouraged each day!!
I don’t want to make light of the pressure that it takes to make a dream come true! I’m in the hunt! I have been for a while! It seems that I take so many steps forward and then a few backward and keep switching feet in the process!!
It’s a bit awkward because it’s all so dram public for me! At least it feels that way on my end!! I have really two hunts going on simultaneously!! The first one is to get my Pro Card in Women’s Physique Competitions. I am now 7 weeks away from going after that endeavor for the first time!! All the other competitions that I’ve been doing up until now have simply been practice!! Tweaking my body and adjusting to what it is that I need to show, adjusting my work outs and getting my body fat % down…all of it has been for this next show!! On Aug 24th and 25th I am heading to Toronto, CA to attend the WBFF World Competition!! I’m so excited!! This is my first time at the WBFF and I’ve heard and seen so many great things about it!! I can’t wait to experience it first hand!! It will be an honor to just be involved…but I know I’m not kidding any of you!! You’ve been following this journey for 3/4 of a year now!! WE are on the brink and darn it…I want to WIN!! I’m not ashamed to admit that!! hahaha…
The pressure is on…in more ways than one!!
Jim and the kids and I need passports
My car and Jim’s truck are unreliable at best!! We need to get there!!
The WBFF cost more to be involved in! It’s a much much better show…very entertaining for the crowd. And, we have to pay for that!!
I need to put together my costume!
I need new suits…my competition suit won’t work!
The list goes on!
Oh….but it will all be soooo worth it!
I’ve struggled since Grand Rapids in my faith to allow this Big Competition to happen for me and our Little Red Fox “Team”
I’ve worried about the money to get there…and our cars…and how are we going to get off of work…and…and…and…
The bottom line is, God’s got this!! That’s right! He really does have a funny way of working out details…it’s our jobs to live and stand in faith as we continue to do what is right! I haven’t stopped working out! I am still on the eating plan and have added LOADS to my work out routine to bring my legs tight!! I’ve lifted, hill sprinted, squatted, lunged, plio jumped, and weighted step-uped until I’ve cried!! NO really! My legs are taking a beating right now!! Well, legs and glutes!! I’ve been missing the stage, but Jim has been adimate that I need the time to build, recoup and prepare for Toronto!! I know he’s right…and I’m listening….but there in lies that hard part!
Keeping the faith, while you can’t see the results!! And, as my favorite little movie “friend” Dori likes to say…. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…swimming swimming swimming!!” I HAVE to keep moving forward!! I am almost there!! I am soooo very close!! You all have encouraged and cheered me on so darn much!! How can I just stop now?
I’m tired…do it anyway!
I’m hungry….push through!
I don’t feel like it today….Get off that couch and go do your work out…no short cuts!!
But I’m crying….one more rep Missy!!
Doubt and fear set in…reach out and get back on track!!
Why am I doing this again?? …look back and remember about inspiring others to follow their dreams!! To get up…Get active…Get fit!!!
All of this leads me to the 2nd Dream that I’m after…Our National Fitness Tour! Red Fox Fitness has a purpose!!
To inspire others to get fit
To lead by example how that’s done
To show how you can have a Healthy, Active Vibrant lives through living Healthy and Fit out daily in the High 5 areas!
To find companies that compliment all High 5 areas of fitness and tell all of you about them!!
To do this for ourselves, and our families and friends!
I remember and know first hand what it’s like to let myself go. To be overweight and lethargic in my own life and to look in the mirror wondering who it was looking back at me!
It doesn’t have to be that way!! Not in the slightest!! It’s very possible to have the life of your dreams – Whatever that may be!
So, here’s my Stats with 7 weeks to go!
Arm: 12 1/4
Chest: 35 1/4
Calve: 14 1/2
Some of my measurements have gone up…but my weight has stayed the same…which means…I have lots more muscle!! I’ve worked really hard on this! Especially in my lower body! My Hamstrings were MIA…not any more! My glutes were there…but not as High and Tight as they could be!! They are better!
I will try to post weekly to show the progression and talk about what’s happening along this part of the journey!
I want to thank you for all your AWESOME encouragement and pressing me onward!! We are definitely dong this together!! The Red Fox Fitness TEAM!!
There’s comes a point when you’ve just got to say “ENOUGH” I don’t know when and where and what that will be for you, but I DO know what you’l get when you make that decision. Depending on where you are when you start your journey, it may mean you have a way to go, or maybe you just need to firm up and get some energy again, but it’s not a diet or a moment or even a destination really. It’s a lifestyle! When you do achieve this, one of the great side benefits is that even though you started out not “feeling it” or wanting to, the fun does come! It does become something that is enjoyable!
I think this is true because of how utterly great you feel when you start to achieve some results!! I’ve seen it time and again, sticking with it and hitting some mile-stones and how the excitement starts to build! Belief that it’s possible to get the results that you are desiring…it’s so exciting!!
I know that it is possible and when you have the fitness and energy again (or maybe for the first time)…confidence comes too! It’s a side benefit of achievement. This is true in many areas of setting a goal…any goal and achieving it. No matter how many times you fall off or come across a set-back, get right back at it and keep moving forward!