How To Build Lean Muscle

When people say they want to build "lean muscle" or they are going on a "lean bulk" what they are essentially saying is that they are going to build muscle and bulk in a controlled manner. There is just MUSCLE. Not lean, not bulky. It's all the same muscle. Similarly with the word toned - there is no such thing as being "toned". What toned actually means is that the person who you are referring to as "toned", has taken time to build muscle and then also took time to shed the fat to reveal that muscle. On the opposite side of the spectrum is what we call a "dirty bulk" which in the bodybuilding world simply means to YOLO your diet, eat as much as you can, and just focus on gaining weight and not caring if it's fat or muscle. I personally … [Read more...]

Ignite Your Fitness – Puma Ignite XT

I think you all know my obsession with workout attire. I'm such a sucker for cute & comfy workout clothes, especially since I work from home that is basically all I wear. I'm either dressed like I'm going to the gym, or I'm going to the gym. ;) Not only that, but when look cute in the gym, I perform better. Call me crazy, but it's true! If I feel uncomfortable or don't like what I'm wearing, then that's what I focus on instead of my actual workout. Look good, feel good, perform good! I was lucky enough to be chosen to work with Puma for their forever faster campaign, where they focus on constantly innovating to produce new standards for fitness and fashion. Puma kindly sent me a pair of leggings, a sports bra, t-shirt, and most … [Read more...]

High Volume Leg Routine

I believe I shared on the blog that I haven't been able to work legs very much due to a pinched nerve. Well, I'm happy to report that I'm back in action! I completed a leg workout with my bestie, Sarah, yesterday and felt amazing the entire time. I didn't go 1 rep max status, but I felt good during all the workouts we did, even squats. I'm still taking time off from deadlifting since that's probably what caused the pinched nerve to begin with. Since I didn't want to go for strength and lift too heavy, we did a higher-volume leg workout. Holy cow, can I just tell you I am DEAD today. You know when you wake up and you try to get out of bed, but then you realize that you really can barely walk or move your legs because of how sore you … [Read more...]

Fat Burning Tabata Workout

Don't put me down for cardio. Cardi-no. Thankyouverymuch. Just kidding. I actually enjoy cardio every now and then! BUT usually, it goes a little something like this: Hahahaha. So accurate. One type of cardio I am a huge fan of though is TABATA! Have you ever heard of it? I'm sure you have. Basically it's another form of HIIT cardio (high intensity interval training). You work for 20 seconds, then you rest for 10 seconds. To me it flies by so much faster than regular HIIT that you do while running or on the stair master. This is because you can literally do any type of exercise you want and it's always changing which makes it go by so much faster. You don't have much time to think about "how much longer do I have" because … [Read more...]

Remember Why You Started

One thing about competition prep I wasn't fond of was the fact that I felt weaker in the gym. Okay, I hated it. My lifts stayed pretty strong in the beginning, but as the weeks went on and my calories continued to drop, I felt weaker and couldn't lift as heavy and I used to. That is very common though when you are in a caloric deficit. Calories = energy, which means more food means more strength, and less food means less strength. Towards the end of my contest prep, I was just going through the motions. To be completely honest, I wasn't looking forward to working out. I did anyway because nothing, and I mean NOTHING will stand in the way of my and my goals. That's just how I am, I want to give 150% in everything that I do. But I … [Read more...]

Leg/Glute Workout

My absolute favorite day of the week... LEG DAY! You either dread this day, or you look forward to it. I'm one of the weird ones that looks forward to it - usually. Well today I woke up ready to kick my ass, and that I did! I actually wrote down my entire workout so I could share it with you all. I always switch it up - either a heavy day with lower reps and more rest, a lower weight ploy day, supersets, no supersets, quad focus, ham and flute focus, all over, etc. I've never done the same exact workout twice. Today I did a mix of heavy, plyos, and lighter. I was kind of all over the place and I liked it.   I always rest as little time as possible. Literally, just until I catch my breath. This keeps my heart … [Read more...]