Mixed things up yet again by taking a Taekwondo class today 😎 Big shout out to my boyfriend @aricanloague for pushing me out of my comfort zone and getting me to try new things! Don't get me wrong, weightlifting has my heart but I've been having a lot of fun switching things up in the gym 💪🏼
Back days are slowly becoming my favorite days😅🙈. Been crushing back lately. I love bent over rows, for some reason, they just feel so natural and comfortable to me!! I've been incorporating some new back exercises lately and been smashing them!!! This song by Future is my favorite right now, Sorry - future the shit is 🔥🔥!! Took a rest day today and taking one tomorrow. Have two big tourneys this weekend⚾️⚾️, I'll hit some light abs while I'm at home tomorrow!! Hope everyone has a great night!! One love ❤️💛🖤💚💙💜!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻✊🏻✊🏻🔥🔥💪🏻💪🏻⚾️⚾️
Long post ahead but this is why I got this piece and what it really means to me and my baby bicep. I have posted this before and I know it really hit home for some people and hoping it does the same again...This is a picture of the Minotaur in the labyrinth. A famous Greek mythology story that most people have heard of but probably dont know or remember. I have been talking to some friends about life choices and about what to expect when starting something new or just something that is out of your comfort zone.----Dont make it too complicated and get stuck in the labyrinth. Every new journey we embark on in life means we are put in a new situation (labyrinth) with good/bad stress, feelings, and people. Now its all on you and how you approach the situation. You, youself can be your worst enemy. As you go through this new situation (labyrinth) you will face many obstacles and uncertainty of where to go, and one day you will meet the minotaur. The minotaur is essentially you, also. It's your fears, doubts, worries, and the feeling of the unknown. It's you not knowing if you will make it through. The more we give in to these fears, the greater the strength of the monster. In slaying the monster, we are in essence slaying our own ego which pins us down and prevents us from opening up to life and living life to the fullest. Right now in your situation, you have met the minotaur and he is winning. You dont think there is a way out and you feel trapped. You have to remember from light comes darkness and from darkness comes light. Slay this minotaur and keep moving forward in your journey. Life isn't easy but it's all about perception and how you see things. Be the strong person who you are. It might take days, weeks, maybe even months, but you will know when you have slayed the Minotaur. We all have to face the minotaur and sometimes more than once. That is a psychological approach to the story.. Theseus pictured himself killing the Minotaur , he knew he would but he didn't think he would escape the maze. He met a princess who gave him yarn to use as he entered the maze/Labyrinth. He followed that yarn back out and lived.
How to make your shoulders look noticeable?! 👇🏼
This is a very awesome tip I'm about to share with you. It's super top secret though but I'm feeling generous today.
Ever feel like your shoulders aren't really there? Are you ready for this invaluable piece of knowledge I'm going to share with you?
Well, here it is. Just burn the f*ck out of them. 😐😒 Then everyone will see them. Aliens 👽 can probably even see them. Hidden shoulders no more!
But in all realness please don't do this. Burning yourself isn't good. I did put sunscreen on but I did it a little too late. I occasionally think I'm invincible when it comes to the sun. My super German, Swedish, Norwegian, Irish skin hates being anything but ghostly white. Soooooooo that's fun.
•June 22nd, 2017 vs April 25th, 2016.
•Slightly flexed vs flexing with all my might (hence the face 🤦🏼♀️).
•Proud vs proud.
Yes my body fat percentage was higher before but that doesn't mean I was unhappy with how I looked a little over a year ago. My body fat % does play a roll in my confidence, I'd be lying if I denied that, but happiness does not reside in that number.
If I hadn't bulked before I wouldn't look the way I do now. Yes I did bulk much too aggressively 😅 but you live and you learn! It was necessary to eat in a surplus in order to put on muscle that I would eventually reveal. If I only dieted down, my muscles would not be nearly as defined as they are (not saying I'm gloriously cut, only that it is necessary to grow your muscles in order to look a certain way when you lose fat later). My last bulk lasted maybe 3 months and I gained a significant amount of fat. I've learned my lesson (probably still doing some stuff wrong that I'll fix next time), and now I have been bulking for about 7-8 months and am going strong 💪🏼. I was proud then, I am proud now, and when I compare today's pic to one I take next year, I still will be. Every stage is necessary. It's all apart of the process ✌🏼. #CaptionForDays
There's no such thing as the perfect time or moment to start. Those that wait for the perfect time to start pursing their goals will also find it difficult to endure when adversity and obstacle arise because they're only used to working under perfect circumstances. Learn to work under the roughest of conditions because you're training your character to overcome anything in life.
#tbt to when I had respectable strength... Although, my form kind of sucked. This was 2 years ago, I pulled more weight last year but 'pic or it didn't happen'. And yeah I don't like putting my face out there, but trust me you don't want to see it in this pic lol.
My wrist progress has felt ridiculously slow 😭 BUT today, I actually pulled a barbell from the ground with NO pain 🙏🏽 it was super light weight and no hook grip but I'm so hopeful that my wrist will be back to normal in no time 😌❤️ #positivevibes#comebackkid#liftergirl#batcitycrossfit
#DailyExercise : Wide Grip Pull-ups 🤠
The most alpha back exercise in existence (unless you count the deadlift). I actually don't like including these in programs for clients unless I know they can perform them correctly. If they can't, it won't be an effective choice as a back exercise, so we'd regress to a lat pulldown.
Cues in the video:
🔹Start each rep with a dead-hang to fully stretch the lats
🔹To initiate the lift, dont think about using your hands to raise you. Lead by driving your elbows into your back pocket
🔹You want to arch using your upper back
by scapular retraction & depression (google it). Pull chest to bar
🔹Brace abs and squeeze glutes to minimize swaying
Just as a disclaimer, this is only 3.5 reps because I decided to film this at the very end of my back workout, which was a bad idea. lol don't be a dingus like me. Do these in the beginning of your workout in the 5-15 rep range. I'd also suggest warming up using the lat pulldown. 💪
3rd day in a row at the gym and I'm feeling great!! My legs are a little tight so I'm going to stretch a bit more tonight. Here was a clean to a jerk. Clearly the jerk needs a lot of work lol. I actually like the movement itself a lot I just need to work on my legs and locking my arms out!! 🏋🏼♀️💪🏼🤗
💡Why lose your future opportunities because you are looking backwards ?! The past will not get you where you want to go so take hold of the present with eyes looking forward 😘 I hope all ya'll are having a great Thursday! What are you working out today? I'm going to work my arms out💪🏽 you know.. gotta load my guns 😂 okay bye ✌🏽