Jan 20 2012
Hi Team BPM! The rain finally came to northern California and today we are going to set fire to it.
This workout is super quick with just 3 exercises. Only 3 exercises, but done for 5 minutes each. 15 minutes to redefine your upper body.
I want you to keep at it for the full 5 minutes. When it gets hard, drop the weight and keep going. When you absolutely have to rest, rest for only a second. Keep modifying the exercises as you need to in order to keep going for the full 5 minutes.
Go for your own personal best. You need strong arms to hold the ones you love.
xoxo ~ Cori
Set Fire to the Rain – Arm Blast Workout
SONG: Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)
|Time: 15 Minutes.|
|Workout Type: Time challenge.|
|Workout Exercises: 3.|
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Set Fire To The Rain – Arm Blast Workout
3 exercises. 5 minutes of each exercise. Go to absolute failure then drop the weight and keep going. When it gets tough, modify the exercise to allow yourself to keep going with proper form. Tell yourself it is only 5 minutes. Yes, it is hard. But you can do anything for 5 minutes. Dig deep and keep going.
Remember to post your scores! I’m posting my weight and how I dropped it for each exercise. POST YOURS! Keep track of your workouts so you know when you’re making progress!
I didn’t get in as many pull ups as I wanted so I forced myself to go to the gym and get in some extra work on my lats. I did both high row position lat pulls and straight arm lat pulls. Then I did hanging leg raises and crunches. Want extra credit teachers pet? Go after it and push yourself harder too.
Always warm up with a dynamic warm up and rotator cuff exercises for any upper body work.
Sandbag Bicep Burl:
(I used a 50 lb sandbag then dropped to a 40 lb, 30 lb and 20 lb sandbag)
Do not lean back. So many people make the mistake of trying to pull the weight back instead of allowing your biceps to curl it up. When you lean forward slightly you are forcing yourself to have proper form. Make your torso still like a statue. Do NOT pull the weight backwards.
Try to push both arms up at the same time. I’m going to improve on my form for these. My left arm push ups first before my right. I am going to focus on getting them both to push up at the same time for the full 5 minutes while on my toes. They look easy, but are so tough.
Incline Push Ups:
Drop your toes to the ground when it gets tough. Then drop to your knees. Make sure you are not doing partial movements. Bring your chest down as low as you can. If you have to rest on the ground, that’s better than only bending your elbows a fraction. Get down all the way.
I like to post something about cardio and nutrition at the end of every post because it is important.
Cardio and nutrition are going to be two of the most important parts of achieving your results, no matter what what your goal is. You can not work off your nutritional decisions with exercise. What? You can’t eat a donut, then just do 2 hours of cardio and *poof* it will be like it never happened? That’s what I’m saying. Come on. No. You can’t.
Your body doesn’t work like a simple addition or subtraction problem. It is not calories in vs. calories out. What you eat has a chemical effect on your body. Even if you do cardio to ‘burn it off’ the chemical effect is still present. Different sugars have an affect. Different proteins have an effect. Different fats have an effect. When you take a vitamin, you understand that it has an effect in your body that cardio will not ‘work off,’ right? Food works the same way. Different foods have positive and negative chemical effects within our body. You can’t just work them off.
You have to unlock and unleash the body fat by working with your body in every aspect. Your body works in harmony like a symphony. When one instrument is off, the entire song doesn’t sound right. A good steady drumbeat can’t make up for a guitar that’s out of tune. 2 hours of cardio cannot make up for a donut. Or pizza. Or macaroni and cheese. Or wine and a baguette. Got it?
I do a minimum of 45 minutes of stairs with intervals as cardio each and every day. When I’m trying to lose fat I usually do two separate 45 minute cardio sessions a day. Even while I have been recuperating from the car crash, I have still been able to do at least one session of my daily cardio. I love my cardio and I like to stay conditioned. I personally prefer to do a little more cardio than the average figure competitor, then also eat a little more. It takes more time and effort, but I feel the pay off is well worth it. The pay off is that I feel awesome. I feel energized by cardio. I love it.
Post Workout Nutrition
When I was trying to gain muscle I finished every workout with a protein shake, animal protein, and some complex and simple carbs. These are healthy choices for gaining or for performance. These are not the right choices for me for trying to lose fat, define and sculpt muscle. Trying to define and sculpt muscle is different from gaining muscle. This means I need to eat something different.
When I am trying to lose fat and sculpt muscle, I am much more strict with my diet. Only true food sources. No protein powder.
I finish up every workout with lean protein from true food sources (a little red meat, white chicken, white fish and egg whites are best) and some dark green veggies or Super Greens mixed with water only. Again, no protein powder. If you are a vegetarian you would most likely need to supplement with protein powder. If you are not, let me say again that true food sources work best for losing body fat.
Even when I am trying to lose fat, I still FEED my body.
Want more information about nutrition? Check out BPM.tv Nutrition 101.
You can also look at my current personal fat loss diet in order to get ideas on how to develop your own nutrition plan.
You can click on the link to my fat loss diet to get details about what works for me, but here is the basic breakdown.
This is my meal plan while I am trying to lose fat and define muscle. My carbohydrates come from complex sources only and are kept to about 100 grams per day.
My sugar is kept at about 18 grams per day. That’s it. That is less than what is in one banana. That means fruit is not in my fat loss nutrition plan. My sugars come from minimal amounts that naturally occur in veggies and in the complex carbs I eat each day. No matter what your goal, I highly recommend you watch your sugar intake, even ‘healthy’ sugar like fruit, and moderate it to a minimum based on your own personal goals.
My protein is kept at about 250 grams per day and comes from high quality, organic, free range (or wild) lean animal sources. My fats are kept at about 40 grams per day and come from my protein and complex carbohydrate choices (not additional plant sources like olive oil, coconut, nuts, or avocado).
That equals about 1800 calories per day. I don’t drop it much lower than that.
I eat natural, organic, whole foods that I cook myself, or if possible I eat them raw. I drink 1 to 2 gallons of water and a couple cups of either coffee or tea. There is no mysterious, magical diet. If you want to lose bodyfat you need to eat a fair amount of lean protein and A LOT of green veggies at every meal. Period.
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