Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Word & Weight: Lat pull over

Word & Weight

Word: James 1:2-3 
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

We feel like when we are in trials we are getting second best. BUT we can use every situation we face to build patience and give God more glory! Being patience isn't easy, its being consistent in all things all the time, regardless of what happens! It's a refining process for sure, but will we allow ourselves to go through it? 

Weight:Lat Pull Over
Try to keep your back flatter than mine!

You can have your arms straight with only a slight bend in the elbow OR you can keep them in a triceps skull crusher position like in my video.   Raise the bar toward the ceiling and lower it behind your head (as far as possible without pain or discomfort) in one fluid motion (shown). Squeeze your shoulder blades together, then pull the weight back over your head and lower it toward your belly button or waist.  Do three sets of 12-15 reps.

IFBB PRO Felicia Romero:
I had the treat to meet and sit in on a seminar with Felicia Romero, IFBB Pro Figure girl, fitness model and trainer! She was amazing and even took time to critique some girls at the seminar! 

I asked her what I should be working on and she said one thing was growing my lats! It's taking patience let me tell you, but I am working on it! Hard to pose and take a pic, but I had an OK pump today after about 6 sets of work. Getting there one rep, one step at a time!  

What is one area that YOU would like to improve on? Have a blessed week! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Getting results and chasing dreams!

Hey Fit friends!! Hope your first week of December is rocking out your goals and that you are feeling great!! I am feeling encouraged this week for a few reasons! OF course I am going to share them with you!
First reason is that I am LOVING my morning hours at work! A few days have been working split shift, so a couple hours break in the afternoon and then back to the gym for more clients. But I am SO GRATEFUL for my job, for the opportunity I have to work where I do and to impact people and show them health and Gods love, there are no worries about a few split shifts!

So I am encouraged by my mornings, it's a routine that I was made to do and I feel I do well. I am also encouraged because my lifting is, again, taking a new shape and new direction. I am taking my reps AND sets up and really focusing on some basic compound moves.
For a little while, I wasn't working up to my potential, I wasn't working as hard as I could have been. I really had an eye opening moment when I was watching the "Weak Point" series of videos from Joe Donnelly. They are pretty ripe with curses, but the content is great! If you can get past the offensive language, they have tons of nuggets worth putting into your workouts. Basically

I wasn't going to be upset with not getting results I want from

I was not working hard enough in a number of ways and am now on a straight track to the stage in spring! I am feeling really encouraged and am reminding myself that as I work hard, push myself and push a little more, more than I think I can do, I will find myself exactly where I want to be.
On a side note to that, I spoke at my recovery meeting this week and covered Humility, well, covered what little I could on it as the subject is huge. Can I put Christ first, focus on him, align with him in every situation and goal and still chase my dreams?

YES. I can.
He wants me to shine in all I do so I can point to HIM in it. After all, when I shine it's simply Jesus that I am reflecting anyway! So don't worry about going after your dreams and goals. As long as they aren't against the word of God, he will bless your work as you reflect him daily!  

Next week, success stories are back
as is WORD and WEIGHT! Watch for it!

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