Curls for the biceps...Bicep Femoris that is... What's the first thing that comes to mind when you want to grow your biceps? Curls right?! We'll just like the highly sought after flex till you're famous muscle, the legs have biceps too. Called the Bicep Femoris (long head and short head) in the "hamstring" So if you want those to grow & show just like your arms try to incorporate Curls to build strength, stability and symmetry in the legs!
I have recently been asked what I think the best form of cardio training is for muscle sparing fat loss, and I agree with many coaches who say that high intensity training is optimal for muscle sparing cardio and I can explain why.
When doing steady state cardio in a fat burning zone there is less muscle activation.. Fat burning zones are basically just calorie burners which you can do in your sleep (literally).. High intensity training activates many more systems in the body including fast twitch muscle fibers used for speed & agility that are often over looked with steady state, stabilizer muscles for agility and not to mention the heart and lung (cardio) activation. All of these things burn calories at a higher rate that is optimal for fat loss but they also develop muscles in the process. Now there are some days I just want to do steady state cardio and there is nothing wrong with it. Going for a walk or bike ride or a session on the elliptical are good for overall health and happiness. But when in the mood for a fat blast, I do more functional HIIT training that include sprints, box jumps, mountain climbers, burpees & battle ropes! would you agree? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!
This weeks Feature Workout can be done in your own home or gym. Do 10 Reps of each move for 2-3 circuits and let me know if you can spot the HIIT moves!
We all know whats it's like to want strong and lean legs at the same time.. But it seems like a conundrum, right? Well here is a workout we did that involves all the components for those two things to come together for Beautiful, Strong, Stems.
This workout is a killer when it comes to firing on all cylinders by using the Stabilizers, Slow Twitch & Bulk Load Muscles. By incorporating moves that fire the stabilizers with a lighter weight, high rep range, as well as moves that use the compound movements of the slow twitch muscles under heavier load, you WILL achieve the Lean & Strong look!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Warm Up Cardio 5-15 min
What we have here are 4 moves we did using the load formula above, Super Setting each two moves for 4 sets.
Barbell Squats with 60lbs for 15 reps
Split Squats 30lbs for 30 reps or 15/leg
Hip Thrusts off bench 60lbs for 15 reps
Walking Lunges 50lbs for 30 reps/steps
Finish with Abs and additional Cardio
Here is a great workout to do when you need to fill some gaps in your program, focus on some weak points or tone up those little muscles that might have been missed all week. This workout is great for the legs and back paying special attention to the deltoids muscles for a full rounded shoulder look; great for tank top arms, upper body strength and leg toning. This workout is also great for those who tend to sit a desk most of the day. Training the back & leg muscles will improve posture, imbalances, metabolism and fat burning ability while sitting.
Most moves done here were at the gym with machines or barbells.
15min Warm Up Walk on Treadmill and Step Mill (Stair Master)
12 Smith or Barbell Squats
12 Barbell Chest Press
25-30 Walking Lunges w/Barbell
15 Seated Machine Rear Delt Row
30 Calf Raises on Step
10-12 Seated Rear Delt Fly Machine
5 Stair Runs
15 Standing High Lat Pull (Pictured)
Finish off with some abs and extra cardio
We are back from a beautiful 2 week vacation in California and as much we enjoyed our trip we know all to well what it feels like to want to stay in vacation mode when you get home. (I haven't unpacked and I had cookies for dinner while I caught up on my PVR's)
When you take a (long) break from working out we sometimes don't know where to start when we get back in the gym.
IMO it is best to start back with a light full body workout that focuses on compound movements to prevent injury and wake up all of the important joints and ligaments that have been on vacation too.
Here is my first workout in 2.5 weeks and now I feel ready to take on the world... or at least unpack my bags!
20 min cardio warm up
20 Pliet or Sumo Squats
15 Barbell Back Row
20 Step ups
15 Shoulder Press
30 Walking Lunges
Bicep Curls to Failure
Bench Dips to Failure
Half Bosu Bicycle Crunches
Lying Leg Raises
Side Plank Rotations
This move focuses on the strength & balance of the core and full upper body!
Performed for 10-20 rotations per side
Beginner: Start with your legs stacked a few inches apart and your hand on the ground for more stability
Moderate to Advanced: Change the elevation and stability of your body by adding a Bosu Ball
Here's a workout that'll get you into your sexy Halloween costume in no time!
Start with a warm up of 5min on a cardio machine or stairs.
Do each Super Set 3 times before moving on
10 shoulder press
3 stair runs
Sprints 30sec- 2 min
10 Bicep Curls
20 Triceps Extensions
Stairs 3 times
20 Reverse Lunges
10 Shoulder Flyes
Elliptical Sprints 2min
15 Leg Extensions
10 Feet Elevated Dips
2 min Incline Walk on Treadmill
Our Leg workout today was not for the weak of heart but we did love it!
15min incline walking on treadmill before and after workout
20 Bosu Speed Squat with
20 Bosu Elevated Reverse Lunges
20 Box Jumps
5 Stair Runs
20 Elevated Pliet Squats
10 Leg Extension
20 Leg Kick Backs (cable donkey kicks)
20 Bosu Side Squats with Leg Lifts
405 moves plus 4500 steps!