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Time Saver Workout: Mini Spartan Madness

WORKOUT BY: Luis Buron, Spartan SGX Coach

 In this workout we’re simulating a Reebok Spartan Race. The mix of running in place and stepups imitate running and climbing uneven terrain and the moves mimic Spartan Race obstacles (as noted in parentheses). The workout finishes with Spartan signature penalty, burpees, and we go for 2 min. because an unpredictable challenge that you weren’t planning for is what we’re all about.
 1 minute: Run in Place
  • 30 seconds: Dead Hang (Rope Climb)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 seconds: Box Jump (Wall Climb)
  • 1 minute: Run in place
  • 30 seconds: High Pushup Hold (Z Wall)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 second: Body Row (Inverted Wall)
  • 1 minute: Run in place
  • 30 seconds: Hollow Hold (Slip Wall)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 seconds: KB Deadlift (Bucket Carry)
  • 1 minute: Run in place
  • 30 seconds: Jumping Pullup (Hercules Hoist)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 seconds: Kettlebell Swing (Atlas Carry)
  • 1 minute: Run in place
  • 30 seconds: Active Hang (Multi Rig)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 seconds: Lunge (Sandbag Carry)
  • 1 minute: Run in place
  • 30 seconds: Bear Crawl (Barb Wire Crawl)
  • 1 minute: Stepup
  • 30 seconds: Broad Jump (Fire Jump)
  • 2 minutes: Burpee

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4-week full body circuit by Nichelle Laus

The workout:

The following circuit can be performed three days per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On the other days between (Tuesday and Thursday) perform moderate cardio for 20 minutes.

Week 1:  Perform 2–3 sets of the circuit with 1 minute in between exercises.

Week 2: Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with 1 minute in between exercises.

Week 3:  Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with 30 seconds in between exercises.

Week 4: Perform 3–4 sets of the circuit with as little time as possible between exercises.

1. Dumbbell single arm split squat to press

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Perform 8 reps per leg

Assume a split squat position with your left foot forward. Hold a moderately weighted dumbbell in your right hand. Hold the dumbbell at the height of your right shoulder and brace your core as you descend into the split squat. As you return to the standing position, press the dumbbell overhead. Repeat for the recommended repetitions and then switch your standing position so that your right leg is forward and the dumbbell is in your left hand.

Trainer tip:  The heel of your back foot will not come into contact with the floor. Your weight will be on the ball of your forefoot.

2. TRX (or bodyweight resistance apparatus) bodyweight rows

 

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Perform 10 reps

Maintain a neutral spine and good posture as you grasp the handles of the straps. Lean back slightly and push your hips forward so that your entire body is straight. Pull your upper body forward by bending your elbows. At the top position of the row, your hands should be at the level of your chest.

Trainer tip: You can make the exercise more difficult by walking your feet closer to the wall to bring your body more horizontal to the floor.

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Perform 12 reps

Grasp the kettlebell by the handle with both hands while maintaining a flat back position and a tight core. You should feel tension through the back of your legs in this start position. As you slowly raise the bell from the floor, lower your torso and let the bell swing between your legs. Using the momentum created by the swing movement, stand up by thrusting your hips forward and letting the kettlebell rise to chest height. Generate momentum with each swing and be sure to maintain tight glutes and lats (upper back) in the top position.

4. Low-Incline Alternate- Arm Dumbbell Press

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Perform 10 reps per arm

Lie on a bench with a slight incline (30 degrees or less). Raise both dumbbells to the top position of the bench press movement so that your arms are straight overhead. Maintain this straight arm position with one arm while you lower one dumbbell and return it to the top position. Alternate arms for the total indicated reps.

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High Intensity Power Training Workouts for Fat Loss, Strength and Fitness

For most guys, when they think of conditioning for fat loss, it means either nausea-inducing sprints or churning away on a treadmill for hours like a hamster. Fortunately there’s an alternative style of training that’s as time-efficient as sprints and doesn’t require you to stray away from the weights.

Furthermore, because this style of training actually places an emphasis on high-volume technical exercises, you’ll be able to get more skillful repetitions for different lifts that many guys struggle with.

What this means for you is that this program will help you get stronger at technical lifts while also improving your body composition. How do you go about achieving this goal?  With High Intensity Power Training.

SEE ALSO: 7 Reasons You Need HIIT

Researchers wanted to examine what effects Crossfit-style High Intensity Power Training had on body composition and aerobic fitness. They had a 43-person group consisting of healthy men and women participate in a 10-week High Intensity Power Training program. The program consisted of various lifts preformed as quickly as possible, combined with skill work for select gymnastic exercises and Olympic lifts.

The study results showed that both genders were able to improve their aerobic fitness as evidenced by improvements in their VO2 max numbers. In addition to this, both genders were also able to reduce their body fat percentages to the tune of 3.3% less body fat in the female participants and 4.0% less body fat in the male participants.

These two High Intensity Power Training workouts combine the beneficial aspects of the study so you can improve body composition, aerobic fitness and enhance skills that’ll transfer over to bigger PRs.

For best results, perform each repetition in the workout as explosively as possible, with little rest in between exercises. Each workout will be performed circuit-style, consisting of a total of 3 sets for each exercise, with 3-5 minutes rest in between circuits.

The weight used should be challenging but not too heavy where you can’t complete a circuit. If you don’t have experience with Olympic lifts, you can substitute the barbell lifts with moderately heavy dumbbell or kettlebell variations. Take at least one day off between workouts.

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Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Jill Fortified Her Figure Physique!

Vital Stats

QHow did your fitness
journey begin?

I’ve always been athletic and was very involved in high school sports. After high school, life slowed down and I got out of shape. I didn’t lead a healthy lifestyle and ate poorly. I decided to make changes, got a gym membership, and quickly fell in love with working out. My friend was impressed with my drive in the gym and suggested that I compete because fitness came naturally to me. My first competition was in November 2010. I took third place and was instantly hooked on the competition life.

What fitness regimen delivered the best results?

I lift heavy six days per week. I train shoulders twice per week and glutes three times per week. I train abs 2-3 times per week in the offseason and increase the intensity during competition prep. For abs, I pick 3-4 different exercises and do four sets of each. I switch up exercises for variety. In the offseason, I do three HIIT cardio sessions per week that involve sprints or plyometrics. I increase the cardio as I get closer to a competition.

My current program uses periodization. I used Jim Stopani’s Shortcut to Size as a guideline and tweaked it to fit my goals. I cycle different rep ranges weekly that include 12-15, 9-11, 6-8, and 3-5 reps.

“I lift heavy six days per week.”

 

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What nutrition plan fueled your body?

I eat clean year-round and stay away from sugar and processed foods. I’m currently in my offseason and stick to a 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrate, and 20 percent fat ratio. I have one cheat meal per week.

 

What supplements gave you an edge?

“The capabilities of the human body fascinate me.”

What aspects about fitness fascinate you?

The capabilities of the human body fascinate me. When I set a goal, watch changes occur, and build strength, I’m taken aback at the amazing process.

What/Who motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?

I’m motivated to live healthy because of the way it makes me feel physically and mentally. I didn’t always live healthy. I’m now more energetic, happier, and motivated than ever. I love having a positive impact and inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle.

Where did you go for inspiration?

I love seeing progress with each competition. I always take progress pictures and am fascinated at the changes that happen to my body. Seeing how far I came is motivating and makes me push harder. I have a great group of people in my life who are a source of support and inspiration.

What are your future fitness plans?

I plan to continue competing and working to attain my pro card. I’m currently in the offseason and am working to improve so I can transition from bikini to figure. My next competition will be in 2014. I want to become a full-time trainer and competition coach to inspire others.

What is the most important fitness tip?

Dieting is the key. Without a clean, proper diet, you will not see results from your hard work.

Who is your favorite fitness competitor?

Dana Linn Bailey represents beauty and strength. She’s strong and feminine. I love watching her on stage and look at her photos for motivation. She has an amazing physique and personality. She’s funny, humble, genuine, and always takes time for her fans.

How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

Bodybuilding.com is where I get the majority of my supplements. I’ve been a BodySpace user for three years. It’s a good way to network and track progress. I enjoy the articles, recipes, and workouts. The exercise directory is an amazing tool. I go to Bodybuilding.com for new workout ideas and incorporate them into my program.

Jill’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell
  2. “Till I collapse” by Eminem
  3. “Not Afraid” by Eminem
  4. “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor
  5. “Levels” by Avicii
Competition History
  • 2013 WBFF Orlando Fitness Weekend – 4th Place Figure Short
  • 2012 WBFF Texas Championships October 2012 – 3rd Place Figure Short
  • 2012 NPC Big Sky Championships – 5th Place Bikini Short
  • 2010 NPC Northwest Championships – 3rd Place Bikini Short
Thanks

To my sponsors, eFlow Nutrition and Max Out or Get Out Apparel, for the continuous support and belief in me. These companies are nothing short of amazing and I’m proud to represent them!

 

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8 move booty workout

Start movement holding a kettlebell at chest level with both hands. Be sure to keep elbows tucked at sides. As you begin, take one leg back into a reverse lunge position in a 45-degree angle while maintaining an upright squat position. The key to this movement is an upright position and slowly crossing your leg in a reverse lunge while dropping the knee in a straight line down. Be sure to cross slowly to maintain your balance throughout the movement.

3 sets x 12 reps (30 seconds’ rest)

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Start movement holding a kettlebell with both hands at waist level. When you are ready, engage core, lift kettlebell above your head, and squat parallel to the floor. The key to this movement is engaging the stomach and locking the arms overhead and exhaling as you power up through the squat. Perform with toes slightly pointed out, shoulder-width apart. Keep the arms fully extended above your head until you have completed all the reps for that set.

3 Sets x 10 reps (30 seconds’ rest)

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3 sets x 12 reps (30 seconds’ rest)

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Start movement with dumbbells at waist level. Maintain a good posture with a slight bend in the knees and slowly lower the weight to the front of your calves, and return to the top of your thighs. The key to this movement is a flat back and slow and steady lowering of the weights.

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Full-body succession workout

Designed to faciliate optimal body composition to burn maximum calories, this workout will help you build strength and tone.

The circuit training component targets muscular endurance and improves cardiovascular fitness by working the heart and lungs at a higher rate. It involves performing one set of each exercise with little or no rest in between until all the exercises have been completed.

 “Traditional-style (succession) strength programs are when all sets of the first exercise are performed before progressing to the next exercise,” says trainer Nichelle Laus.

“By adding a succession routine to your current full-body circuit, it will help in maximising your strength and adding lean muscle mass.”

 When choosing your dumbbell weight, err on the heavy side. “Succession programs generally use higher weights than circuit training,” Laus says. “This is key to building metabolically active lean tissue.”

 What you’ll need:

» Workout bench

» 1 set of medium to heavy dumbbells

What you’ll do:

For Day 1 

Start with the Upper Body exercises. Perform one set of each exercise, then move on to the next exercise without rest. At the end of the Lower Body exercises, rest one minute, then repeat for a total of three circuits.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise.

For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise.

For Day 2 

Start with the Lower Body exercises. Perform one set of each exercise, then move on to the next exercise without rest. At the end of the Upper Body exercises, rest one minute, then repeat for a total of three circuits.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise.

For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise.

For Day 3 

Start with the Upper or Lower Body exercises. Complete three sets of the first exercise before moving on to the next. Repeat until all the exercises of the Upper and Lower Body exercises have been completed.

For toning, aim at 12 to 15 reps for each exercise, resting 60 seconds in between sets. For increasing strength and maximising muscular power, aim for 10 to 12 reps for each exercise, resting 90 seconds in between sets.

Exercises:

Upper Body

•Shoulder Press

•One-Arm Dumbbell Row

•Alternate Incline Dumbbell Bicep Curl

•Bench Dips

•Decline Push-ups

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Seated triceps dumbbell press

Seated triceps dumbbell press Target and strengthen your arms with the seated triceps dumbbell press.The Move: Seated Triceps Dumbbell PressWhy: Doing seated dumbbell triceps presses allows you to concentrate specifically on strengthening. Isolated tricep exercises build muscle.How: Sit down on a bench and grasp a dumbbell with both hands and hold it overhead at arms length. Keeping your upper arms close to your head (elbows in) and perpendicular to the floor, lower the resistance behind your head until your forearms touch your biceps. Go back to the starting position by using the triceps to raise the dumbbell

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</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">Diet plan that guided my transformation</h3><p>Unfortunately, due to my genetics my diet has to be 100 percent on point for my body to change. Diet is the key to see results. To cut body fat, I had to consistently eat clean foods five times per day.</p><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-oats.jpg" alt="oats" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('20038')">Oats</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/2 cup</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-eggs.jpg" alt="eggs" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('1124')">Egg Whites</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">5</span></p>
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</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2013/chicken_50.jpg" alt="chicken" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('5011')">Chicken Breast</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">4 oz</span></p>
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<li class="rowBorderColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/guides/images/fap-nutrition-broccoli.jpg" alt="broccoli" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('11090')">Broccoli</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 cup</span></p>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor"><span class="mpt-images c21"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/images/2011/almonds_50.jpg" alt="almonds" width="50" height="50"/></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:nutrientpop('12061')">Almonds</a></strong></span>
<p><span class="mpt-content content">1/4 cup</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">4 oz</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 cup</span></p>
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<p><span class="mpt-content content">1 cup</span></p>
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</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">Training regimen that kept me on track</h3><p>To build muscles, you have to lift heavy. Girls shouldn't be afraid of weights. I gave maximum effort and finished every rep during every workout. I enjoy working out, so it's never a struggle to get to the gym.</p><p>I lift six days per week with one rest day. I do 30-45 minutes of cardio per day and hit core when necessary. I work shoulders and glutes twice per week because they are the most important muscles in bikini.</p><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/360/Female/t/360_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/360/Female/t/360_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-bench-press-medium-grip')">Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/12/Female/t/12_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Flyes" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/12/Female/t/12_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Flyes" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-flyes')">Dumbbell Flyes</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/343/Female/t/343_1.jpg" alt="Triceps Pushdown" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/343/Female/t/343_2.jpg" alt="Triceps Pushdown" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('triceps-pushdown')">Triceps Pushdown</a></strong><br />3 sets of 12 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('lying-triceps-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/342/Female/t/342_1.jpg" alt="Lying Triceps Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('lying-triceps-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/342/Female/t/342_2.jpg" alt="Lying Triceps Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('lying-triceps-press')">Lying Triceps Press</a></strong><br />5 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Superset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('pushups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/70/Female/t/70_1.jpg" alt="Pushups" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('pushups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/70/Female/t/70_2.jpg" alt="Pushups" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('pushups')">Pushups</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('bench-dips')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/344/Female/t/344_1.jpg" alt="Bench Dips" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('bench-dips')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/344/Female/t/344_2.jpg" alt="Bench Dips" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('bench-dips')">Bench Dips</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/82/Female/t/82_1.jpg" alt="Arnold Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/82/Female/t/82_2.jpg" alt="Arnold Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')">Arnold Dumbbell Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Triset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/328/Female/t/328_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shoulder Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/328/Female/t/328_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shoulder Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')">Dumbbell Shoulder Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_1.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_2.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')">Side Lateral Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_1.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_2.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')">Front Dumbbell Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/867/Female/t/867_1.jpg" alt="Cable Rear Delt Fly" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/867/Female/t/867_2.jpg" alt="Cable Rear Delt Fly" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')">Cable Rear Delt Fly</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/230/Female/t/230_1.jpg" alt="Front Plate Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/230/Female/t/230_2.jpg" alt="Front Plate Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')">Front Plate Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-lunges')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/32/Female/t/32_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Lunges" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-lunges')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/32/Female/t/32_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Lunges" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-lunges')">Dumbbell Lunges</a></strong><br />2 sets of 25 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Superset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_1.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/21/Female/t/21_2.jpg" alt="Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('stiff-legged-barbell-deadlift')">Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift</a></strong><br />5 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('sumo-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/722/Female/t/722_1.jpg" alt="Sumo Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('sumo-deadlift')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/722/Female/t/722_2.jpg" alt="Sumo Deadlift" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('sumo-deadlift')">Sumo Deadlift</a></strong><br />5 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')">Barbell Squat</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/52/Female/t/52_1.jpg" alt="Lying Leg Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/52/Female/t/52_2.jpg" alt="Lying Leg Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('lying-leg-curls')">Lying Leg Curls</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Superset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('one-leg-barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/111/Female/t/111_1.jpg" alt="One Leg Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('one-leg-barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/111/Female/t/111_2.jpg" alt="One Leg Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('one-leg-barbell-squat')">One Leg Barbell Squat</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps (each leg)</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/585/Female/t/585_1.jpg" alt="Crossover Reverse Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/585/Female/t/585_2.jpg" alt="Crossover Reverse Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')">Curtsey Lunges</a></strong> (Weighted)<br />3 sets of 15 reps (each leg)</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('pullups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/46/Female/t/46_1.jpg" alt="Pullups" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('pullups')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/46/Female/t/46_2.jpg" alt="Pullups" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('pullups')">Pullups</a></strong> (Assisted)<br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Triset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/16/Female/t/16_1.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/16/Female/t/16_2.jpg" alt="Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('bent-over-two-dumbbell-row')">Bent Over Two-Dumbbell Row</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/147/Female/t/147_1.jpg" alt="Hammer Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/147/Female/t/147_2.jpg" alt="Hammer Curls" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('hammer-curls')">Hammer Curls</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Female/t/180_1.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/180/Female/t/180_2.jpg" alt="Preacher Curl" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('preacher-curl')">Preacher Curl</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/10/Female/t/10_1.jpg" alt="Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/10/Female/t/10_2.jpg" alt="Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('wide-grip-lat-pulldown')">Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('straight-arm-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/11/Female/t/11_1.jpg" alt="Straight-Arm Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('straight-arm-pulldown')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/11/Female/t/11_2.jpg" alt="Straight-Arm Pulldown" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('straight-arm-pulldown')">Straight-Arm Pulldown</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/82/Female/t/82_1.jpg" alt="Arnold Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/82/Female/t/82_2.jpg" alt="Arnold Dumbbell Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('arnold-dumbbell-press')">Arnold Dumbbell Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="c14">
<h6>Triset</h6>
</li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/328/Female/t/328_1.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shoulder Press" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/328/Female/t/328_2.jpg" alt="Dumbbell Shoulder Press" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('dumbbell-shoulder-press')">Dumbbell Shoulder Press</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_1.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/373/Female/t/373_2.jpg" alt="Side Lateral Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('side-lateral-raise')">Side Lateral Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_1.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/371/Female/t/371_2.jpg" alt="Front Dumbbell Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-dumbbell-raise')">Front Dumbbell Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/867/Female/t/867_1.jpg" alt="Cable Rear Delt Fly" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/867/Female/t/867_2.jpg" alt="Cable Rear Delt Fly" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('cable-rear-delt-fly')">Cable Rear Delt Fly</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/230/Female/t/230_1.jpg" alt="Front Plate Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/230/Female/t/230_2.jpg" alt="Front Plate Raise" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('front-plate-raise')">Front Plate Raise</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
</ul></div><div id="meal-plan-table"><ul class="defined"><li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_1.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/31/Female/t/31_2.jpg" alt="Barbell Squat" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('barbell-squat')">Barbell Squat</a></strong><br />5 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('one-legged-cable-kickback')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/101/Female/t/101_1.jpg" alt="One-Legged Cable Kickback" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('one-legged-cable-kickback')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/101/Female/t/101_2.jpg" alt="One-Legged Cable Kickback" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('one-legged-cable-kickback')">One-Legged Cable Kickback</a></strong><br />3 sets of 10 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_1.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_2.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')">Leg Extensions</a></strong><br />3 sets of 15 reps</span></li>
<li class="rowBorderColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/585/Female/t/585_1.jpg" alt="Crossover Reverse Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/585/Female/t/585_2.jpg" alt="Crossover Reverse Lunge" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('crossover-reverse-lunge')">Curtsey Lunges</a></strong> (Weighted)<br />3 sets of 15 reps (each leg)</span></li>
<li class="rowBgColor c22"><span class="mpt-images"><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_1.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a> <a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')"><img src="http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/exerciseImages/sequences/53/Female/t/53_2.jpg" alt="Leg Extensions" width="53" height="53"/></a></span> <span class="mpt-content content"><strong><a href="javascript:pop('leg-extensions')">Leg Extensions</a></strong> (Single-leg)<br />3 sets of 15 reps (each leg)</span></li>
</ul></div><h3 class="article-title">What aspect challenged you the most</h3><img src="images/2014/rachel-olsen-transformation-graphic-1.jpg" width="275" height="437" border="0" class="right-image"/><p>"Believe in yourself and what your body is capable of."</p><p>I struggled mostly with dieting. Growing up and being taught to eat unhealthy is a hard trait to break. When I started to see results after sticking to my diet, it made every challenge I faced worth it.</p><h3 class="article-title">My future fitness plans</h3><p>My next show is May 3, 2014 at the Ronnie Coleman Classic. I'll be doing figure instead of bikini because it suits my body type better and I enjoy the look more than bikini. As an added bonus, I get to lift heavy, which I couldn't with bikini because I genetically build muscle fast.</p><p>Qualifying for nationals in 2014 is my main goal. I want to obtain my pro card before I turn 21 years old. I'm currently looking for sponsorships and modeling opportunities.</p><h3 class="article-title">Suggestions for aspiring transformers</h3><p>Believe in yourself and what your body is capable of. Never lose faith that you will get where you need to be and stick to your diet.</p><p>Diet and consistency are absolutely key. Do it for yourself and never let anyone persuade you to do something that isn't your passion.</p><h3 class="article-title">How Bodybuiding.com helped me reach my goals</h3><p>Bodybuilding.com has the best prices and has made bodybuilding a more affordable sport. Competing is complicated and Bodybuilding.com simplified it. The site has several diets and workout plans that are easy to follow.</p><h3 class="article-title">Rachel's Top 5 Gym Tracks</h3><p><img src="images/2014/rachel-olsen-transformation-music.jpg" width="560" height="132"/></p><div class="titled-list"><ol><li>"Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan</li>
<li>"Work B**ch" by Britney Spears</li>
<li>"Headband" by B.o.B.</li>
<li>"Syrup & Honey" by Duffy</li>
<li>"Work" by Iggy Azalea</li>
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Body Transformation: Rachel Olsen Beat Obesity And Competed Confidently!

Why I decided to transform

My parents had health problems from their weight and I never had a good example of how to eat healthy or exercise growing up. In sixth grade, I decided to change my life and not follow in their footsteps. I was 200 pounds and at that point of being morbidly obese, so I started eating healthy and lost 50 pounds in one year.

I started playing basketball in second grade and ran cross country and track from seventh grade until my sophomore year of high school. I got into cosmetology as a junior, quit basketball, and got a gym membership. I was a cardio girl initially and didn’t start lifting weights until January 2013.

After months of lifting and watching my body change, I was ready to see how far I could push myself and began my journey to the NPC stage. I had never been comfortable in a bikini, but I set a goal and achieved it. It took 21 weeks, a loss of 40 pounds, tons of dedication, and passion to get where I needed to be.

Before

After

AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5’5″ / BODY FAT 24%

AGE 18 / HEIGHT 5’5″ / BODY FAT 13%

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How I accomplished my goals

I worked hard every day and never lost sight of what I wanted. I trusted and loved the process. The body is an amazing creation and requires food to fuel it. Sticking to my meal plan was the best way to see results.

I found motivation from myself because others just let me down mostly. I always set new goals that were near unimaginable to meet at the time and gave it my all to reach them.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Unfortunately, due to my genetics my diet has to be 100 percent on point for my body to change. Diet is the key to see results. To cut body fat, I had to consistently eat clean foods five times per day.

Training regimen that kept me on track

To build muscles, you have to lift heavy. Girls shouldn’t be afraid of weights. I gave maximum effort and finished every rep during every workout. I enjoy working out, so it’s never a struggle to get to the gym.

I lift six days per week with one rest day. I do 30-45 minutes of cardio per day and hit core when necessary. I work shoulders and glutes twice per week because they are the most important muscles in bikini.

What aspect challenged you the most

“Believe in yourself and what your body is capable of.”

I struggled mostly with dieting. Growing up and being taught to eat unhealthy is a hard trait to break. When I started to see results after sticking to my diet, it made every challenge I faced worth it.

My future fitness plans

My next show is May 3, 2014 at the Ronnie Coleman Classic. I’ll be doing figure instead of bikini because it suits my body type better and I enjoy the look more than bikini. As an added bonus, I get to lift heavy, which I couldn’t with bikini because I genetically build muscle fast.

Qualifying for nationals in 2014 is my main goal. I want to obtain my pro card before I turn 21 years old. I’m currently looking for sponsorships and modeling opportunities.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Believe in yourself and what your body is capable of. Never lose faith that you will get where you need to be and stick to your diet.

Diet and consistency are absolutely key. Do it for yourself and never let anyone persuade you to do something that isn’t your passion.

How Bodybuiding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com has the best prices and has made bodybuilding a more affordable sport. Competing is complicated and Bodybuilding.com simplified it. The site has several diets and workout plans that are easy to follow.

Rachel’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
  2. “Work B**ch” by Britney Spears
  3. “Headband” by B.o.B.
  4. “Syrup & Honey” by Duffy
  5. “Work” by Iggy Azalea


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Strong-Arm Tactics: James Grage's Superset Arms Workout

Life isn’t always fair. Losing 50 pounds of hard-earned muscle and living with chronic pain isn’t fair, but fair is just another four-letter word that starts with “f.” I didn’t choose to be critically injured, but I don’t use my injury as an excuse. Your life and your body are what you make of them. Today, we’re going to make a pair of badass arms.

This workout, like any other, is more mental than physical. Training is about your ability to tune in to your body, focus on each and every single rep, and make every one count. That’s where growth occurs. When you’re uncomfortable, and it hurts, you force your body to adapt. Believe me, this workout will force your biceps and triceps to adapt.

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Strong Arms Tactics

This workout is built on two supersets and one giant set. Each superset begins with a biceps curl and finishes with a triceps extension. The final combo is a giant set finishing with back-to-back triceps exercises.

I don’t really like to rest; I like momentum. When I do these supersets, the intensity is high and my heart rate is elevated. I want to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. Too many times I see people go to the gym and just check sets off their lists. Make sure you train with focus and intensity. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you hit a wall, rest-pause, shake it out, and get right in your head again.

This workout starts with a short cardio warm-up. It lasts just long enough to get some blood flowing and get you mentally ready for the work ahead. I take this time to visualize the upcoming exercises.

“Each superset begins with a biceps curl and finishes with a triceps extension.”

I then warm up with chin-ups to prime my biceps and push-ups to prepare my triceps. I don’t do them to fatigue—just enough to stimulate the muscle. In between the push-ups and pull-ups, I do some light stretching.

Don’t take your warm-up lightly. Injury is no joke, unless you want to take a couple months off from training. There’s no need to jump in too fast, because trust me, we’re going to kill the workout.

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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Scott Is Encased In Muscle!

QHow did your bodybuilding journey begin?

I became interested in lifting during my sophomore year of high school. I was enrolled in a small Nebraska school that had a bullying problem. After I received a good beating, I decided to get in shape.

I was mentored by gym owner, Kevin Poppe, and fellow student, Mitch McCloskey. They taught me lots and I started focusing my efforts to become bigger and stronger. In a year, I went from 110 to 150 pounds. I also moved to a different state and became interested in powerlifting. I quickly became obsessed with building a stronger bench, squat, and deadlift. After competing in a few USAPL competitions and earning state records in the squat and deadlift, I set powerlifting aside to continue my bodybuilding journey.

I spent the next few years doing bulk and cut diets. At one point, I became an unhealthy 250 pounds and added a significant amount of fat. I became an ISSA certified personal trainer, worked for a few local gyms for six years, and opened my own training studio.

I kept telling myself to compete but didn’t because of my insecurity and uncertainty that I’d be too small, undefined, and wouldn’t look the part.

In 2013, I hired a local prep team, 316fit, to help me compete. I started my diet in March at 197 pounds and competed at 165 pounds a few months later. I placed first in my weight division and second overall at the NPC Heartland Classic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Cool Fact

Scott lost his eye at 11 months old due to retino blastoma, which contributed to his lack of athleticism and increased desire to prove people wrong!

What workout regimen delivered the best results?

The best training regimen I found has been a simple 5/3/1 program that steadily improves bench press, military press, squats, and deadlifts utilizing different percentages over four weekly micro cycles.

What nutrition plan fueled your body?

What supplements gave you the greatest gains?

“Bodybuilding is appealing because you are never done and can always improve.”

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

I’m not a fan of team sports and am not exceptionally athletic. I love that bodybuilding is an individual sport. Bodybuilding is appealing because you’re never done and can always improve.

What or who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?

My biggest motivator is to think of the people who told me I’d never get anywhere lifting. When I first started exercising, I told a few people what I wanted to accomplish and they said it would never happen. I wanted to prove them wrong and show that I have tenacity and willpower to stick through trials and tribulations. Now that I’ve competed, I want to continually improve and show people that I’m unstoppable with a set a goal in mind.

Where did you go for inspiration?

On days when I felt dejected and exhausted from the lack of carbohydrates and nutrients, I watched bodybuilding DVDs for motivation. There are lots of videos on YouTube that I have on queue if I need a boost. I like to follow other lifters on the Bodybuilding.com forums for inspiration and motivation. I look back at my pictures from the beginning for motivation to keep pushing ahead.

“I want to continually improve and show people that I’m unstoppable with a goal in mind.”

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

My plans for the future are to take time off and build muscle before competing. I learned lots during competition preparation. Having a prep team look at my nutrition and tailor it to me was huge. After a hiatus, I plan to compete in a bigger show and see where it goes from there. I would enjoy my love for bodybuilding to eventually help me develop a fitness-based career.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

Start with the basics. Compound movements build the most muscle in the shortest period of time. I don’t believe there’s a need for anything crazy or confusing.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

My favorite bodybuilder is Dusty Hanshaw. I’ve followed Dusty for years and watched his career flourish into a full-blown enterprise. He makes staggering improvements and I cannot wait to see him earn a pro card. It’s been amazing to watch someone start from the bottom and grind to the top. That type of tenacity is what a bodybuilder needs to get to the top.

How did bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

I utilized Bodybuilding.com when I became interested in the sport and haven’t stopped. The forums are the most resourceful place I found because of the interaction between like-minded individuals. The training videos on Bodybuilding.com are fantastic.

Scott’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “In My Blood” by Black Stone Cherry
  2. “Soulcreek” by Black Stone Cherry
  3. “Hurricane” by Theory Of A Deadman
  4. “Crawling” by Linkin Park
  5. “Giving In” by Adema
Contest History
  • 2013 NPC Heartland Classic – 1st Place Light Heavyweights, 2nd Place Overall
Thanks
  • To Jared Ragsdale and Lucas Woods at 316fit for the competition prep guidance.
  • To my trainers, Carla Jecha and Patrick Cowan, for putting up with my mood swings during competition prep.
  • To my amazing girlfriend, Alexandra Wilson, for painting me with Pro-Tan eight times for the competition.
  • To my amazing clients and family who constantly kept me positive while dieting.


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Paige Hathaway

3 hours 53 minutes ago

From me to you.. Good luck in all you do. Whatever you’re up against, don’t show signs of nervousness or fear. Show them the face of someone who has already won. Show them your inner power. Your inner power called self faith. You have to see yourself winning before you win. You have to see yourself already completing your goal. How does this feeling of accomplishment make you feel? Imagine that feeling in your soul. Manifest it in your own reality. Be hungry, find that burning desire in your heart. Don’t just sit at home on your couch.. go out there and conquer your life. Have so much faith in your abilities and in yourself that people around you feel your energy and believe in you too. If you have a heartbeat then you still have time to make your dreams a reality. Happy Monday my lovely people.. Let’s stop telling people about our dreams and just start showing them.

Paige Hathaway

9 hours 58 seconds ago

Wanna know what motivates me? 😤😤
Seeing people like @_drbryant absolutely crushing their workout 😱 and getting crazy results with products that I also love.. Life is definitely better when you’re dripping in sweat!! ....Who agrees? 🙋🏼💦 SweetSweat

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