This Week in Workouts

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  • MondayBody Beast Build: Back&Biceps. I did this in the apartment gym so I used TRX for pullups. Sometimes I forget how much I like TRX, so I love it when I can combine it with my Beachbody workouts. I also did Blogilates Muffin Top Meltdown and Intense Abs. My FitBit says I walked 6.4 miles.
  • TuesdayBrazil Butt Lift BumBum instead of Body Beast cardio, and Beast Abs. Plus a 3-mile run.
  • Wednesday – Body Beast Build:Shoulders. FitBit says I walked 8.9 miles this day. I guess that sort of makes up for my failed running and abs intentions.
  • Thursday – Body Beast rest day. I didn’t have much activity at all this day – FitBit recorded only 3.8 miles walked.
  • Friday – 2-mile run, Body Beast Build: Chest&Tris, and Blogilates Intense Abs. I tried to up my weights with Body Beast this day and met with mixed success. At one point during the Partial Flys, the 20-pound weight just dropped out of my hand and rolled away.
  • Saturday – Body Beast Build:Legs, Blogilates Muffin Top Meltdown, and a 2-mile run.
  • Sunday – Body Beast Build:Back&Biceps (using TRX on the pull-ups again) and Blogilates Intense Abs. FitBit says I walked 6.6 miles this day.

Where I fell short this week:

  • Running – I am not getting in nearly as many miles as I should. The half marathon is not too far away.
  • Nutrition – My calories Monday – Thursday were too low, and I went way, waaay off-plan on the weekend because of social events.
  • Stretching – I need to do a LOT more of this.
  • Water – 2 liters a day is not nearly enough for me and I am really feeling it.

Where I did well this week:

  • Vegetables – Even on my off-plan days, I got in my minimum of 5 veggies and fruits.
  • Increasing my weights – even by just a little bit, and even if only for the first set of exercises, I’m really excited by my increased strength.
  • Just sticking with it -Body Beast ain’t easy and even though I’ve done the first phase of videos 3 or 4 times, I’m still in pain very sore.

 Did you workout this week? Do you take it easy on the weekends or hit the gym?


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Body Beast Build: Shoulders

Today’s workout was Body Beast Build: Shoulders.

Body Beast, Body Beast for women, Body Beast Build Shoulders, Sagi Kalev

Many many years ago, I worked in an office building with a brand-new 24-hour Fitness. All building workers got a special enrollment deal, so I took advantage and signed up (mostly because my co-workers were doing it, and I didn’t want to be left out). With my enrollment, I got two free personal training sessions. Usually, free personal training sessions are a sales tactic to get you to buy even more sessions, but my trainer was actually interested in helping me with my problem areas (probably because he realized I was a broke college student).
One useful tip he gave me was that if I wanted to balance out my pear-shaped body, I should try to build up my shoulders.
pear, pear-shapedI didn’t stay at the job (or the gym) for too long after that, but when I started P90X a few years ago, I really took that guy’s advice to heart. I was pretty good about using as heavy weights as I could for my shoulders.

But not for Body Beast Build:Shoulders – I played it smart and used low weights for my reps. I had 5-, 7.5-, and 10-pound weights so I could keep up with the workout. But I think this was a pretty good idea for the first workout, and I can try to increase the weights for the next few.
Now, I realize if I don’t lift heavy I’m not going to get wide shoulders. But let’s be honest, even these fashions won’t balance out my hips:

Dynasty Shoulder Pads, Dynasty fashions, pear-shaped, Krystle Carrington, Alexis Colby

Dynasty or Dallas? Knots Landing or Falcon Crest?
Or all of the above?

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