October Plank Challenge

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Hey everyone! Time for a new fitness challenge and this month we are going to do planks. These past few months we focused on our upper and lower body so now it is time to focus on our core some more. There are several benefits from doing planks which include increasing your upper body, core, and lower body strength along the front side of your body. By doing planks on a consistent basis you are also able to increase your flexibility and improve your posture. I hope you all are ready because I know I am!!

*Challenge Rules*

Throughout the month we will increase the duration we hold the plank for. The goal regardless of your fitness level is to continue increasing how long you can hold a plank. The goal is to be able to hold a plank for 3 minutes (beginners), 4 minutes(intermediate), and 5 minutes (advanced) by the end of the month. I want everyone to try doing the planks on your toes but if necessary you can do them on your knees if your a beginner.

Week 1 (Beginners)

Monday : 15 seconds

Tuesday: 20 seconds

Wednesday: 20 seconds

Thursday: 25 seconds

Friday: 25 seconds

Saturday: 30 seconds

Sunday: 30 seconds

Week 1 (Intermediate)

Monday: 30 seconds

Tuesday: 30 seconds

Wednesday: 35 seconds

Thursday: 35 seconds

Friday: 40 seconds

Saturday: 40 seconds

Sunday: 45 seconds

Week 1 (Expert)

Monday: 40 seconds

Tuesday: 45 seconds

Wednesday: 45 seconds

Thursday: 50 seconds

Friday: 50 seconds

Saturday: 60 seconds

Sunday: 60 seconds

*Remember*

 I want everyone to try doing the planks on your toes but if necessary you can do them on your knees if your a beginner. Also for the advanced people feel free to do different variations of planks such as on your hands, side planks, etc.

Good luck to everyone on starting the new challenge and I know you all will do great!! Remember if you need any encouragement feel free to leave me a post, leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

1000 Abs Challenge Week 2

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Happy Monday everyone!! We are entering our second week of our abs challenge. I hope everyone got off to a great start and you all are ready to continue pushing yourself more this week. Today I will introduce a few more of my favorite ab exercises you can use in the ab challenge.

 Challenge Instructions:

*The goal is to do 3-4 ab exercises with a total of 30-50 repetitions daily for beginners. For the more intermediate and advance group to do 4-6 ab exercises with a total of 60-100 repetitions daily. Also if you miss a day you can either pick up where you left off or add them to your current day repetitions. Feel free to get in more abs in if needed. Just make sure to challenge yourself! By the end of the month we want the beginners to have a total of at least 1000 abs, the intermediate group to have at least 2000 and the advance group to have at least 3000 abs attained.*

Ab Exercises:

*We will start this week with 4 of my favorite ab exercises. Remember it is important to hit all 4 areas of our abs which are the upper abs, lower abs, side obliques, and our core which covers everything. Each exercises will work one or multiple areas.*

Plank to Push Up

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  • Start laying down supine on the floor. Then lift your body up with your forearms.
  • You want your back straight and hips lifted.
  • Make sure not to lock your knees. Your abs to be pulled toward spine, shoulders down and back, and head in line with spine. Avoid arching back, lifting butt, or dropping hips to one side.
  • Then your going to go from the plank position to a push up position by coming up first by pushing up with your right hand and then push up with your left.
  • From the push up position you will go back into the plank by going down on your right forearm first followed by your left.
  • Continue going back and forth from plank to push up coming up with your right side first and then switch it up by coming up with your left side first.

*If your beginner I would start off by doing 10 repetitions which would consist of coming up on your right side first 5 times and then coming up on your left side first 5 times. For the more intermediate and advanced group you can do 16-30 repetitions total (8-15 each side).*

Leg Lifts

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  • Start by laying on your back with your hands either by your side or under your bottom.
  • Lift your legs at least 6 inches and hold your legs straight out in front of you.
  • Try to hold your legs out straight for a minimum of 30 seconds if you are a beginner, 45 seconds if your are intermediate, and 60 seconds or more if you are advance.

Bicycles

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  • Lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, lightly supporting it with your fingers.
  • Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
  • Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.
  • Then switch sides by bringing the left elbow towards the right knee.
  • Continue alternating sides in a pedaling motion until your desired repetition.

Seated V-Ups

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  • Sit on the floor or a flat bench with your legs out straight
  • Place your hands palms down behind you. Lean back slightly and use your abdominal strength to lift your legs.
  • Simultaneously bend your legs and bring your knees as close to your chest as possible.
  • Slowly straighten out your legs and return to the starting position. Repeat.
  • Do not let your feet touch the floor during the exercise, keep the tension on the abdominal muscles.

(You can make this exercise more advance by performing this exercise while having your arms raised out to the side.)

*Remember*

I hope everyone has a great second week reaching your daily goals for the abs challenge. Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

1000 Abs Challenge

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Today we are going to start our new monthly challenge which is the 1000 Abs Challenge!! With summer around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to focus on our core. Let’s be honest majority of people’s most challenging area on their bodies are their abs. I get ask on a frequent basis questions from people on how to get or how to work on improving their abs. So this challenge will help with providing great tips on how to improve our abs. I hope everyone is ready to work towards getting those abs you always wanted.

Regardless if your goal is to have a beach body for vacation, to wear a crop top or just simply have a flat stomach then this challenge is for you. So the beginning of every week this month I will introduce 4 or 5 new ab exercises that can help you get those abs you been wanting. Good luck everyone!!

Challenge Instructions:

*The goal is to do 3-4 ab exercises with a total of 30-50 repetitions daily for beginners. For the more intermediate and advance group to do 4-6 ab exercises with a total of 60-100 repetitions daily. Also if you miss a day you can either pick up where you left off or add them to your current day repetitions. Feel free to get in more abs in if needed. Just make sure to challenge yourself! By the end of the month we want the beginners to have a total of at least 1000 abs, the intermediate group to have at least 2000 and the advance group to have at least 3000 abs attained.*

Ab Exercises:

*We will start this week with 5 of my favorite ab exercises. Remember it is important to hit all 4 areas of our abs which are the upper abs, lower abs, side obliques, and our core which covers everything. Each exercises will work one or multiple areas.*

 Plank

  • Start laying down supine on the floor. Then lift your body up with your forearms.
  • You want your back straight and hips lifted. Make sure not to lock your knees. Your abs to be pulled toward spine, shoulders down and back, and head in line with spine. Avoid arching back, lifting butt, or dropping hips to one side.
  • Hold this position for desired duration.

(For beginners hold 15-30 seconds, intermediate 30-60 seconds, and advanced 60 seconds or more. Every 10 seconds you hold the plank counts as 5 reps. If you need to regress this exercise you can perform the plank on your knees. Just make sure to keep your form. You can make the plank more challenging by performing it with your hands flat instead of on your forearms or do leg lifts while doing your plank.)

Vertical Crunches

  • Lie on the floor and extend the legs straight up with knees crossed
  • Place your hands behind the head for support, but avoid pulling on the neck
  • Contract the abs to lift the shoulder blades off the floor, as though reaching your chest towards your feet
  • Keep the legs in a fixed position and imagine bringing your belly button towards your spine at the top of the movement
  • Lower and repeat until desired reps.

(If you need to regress this exercise you can keep your feet on the floor and do regular crunches.)

Side Crunches

  • You can do this with a medicine ball, weight between 3–10kg or you can just use your body weight.
  • Sit on the ground with your feet on the floor.
  • Rotate the hips to either side, alternating left and right with a fluid, controlled movement without stopping in the middle.

(Beginners should perform this exercise with body weight first and with both feet on the floor. You can make this exercise more challenging by using weight or a medicine ball while having both of your feet of the ground as you crunch.)

 Toe Touches

  • Lay w/ her back against the mat w/ your legs straight up in the hair.
  • Reach with both of your arms towards your toes.
  • Then return back to your starting position.
  • Repeat until desired repetition.

*Other ways you can perform this exercise is you can reach for your toes and then hold it for your desired time such as 30 seconds or more. Also you can work your side obliques by alternating both sides when your reach for your toes.*

I hope everyone is excited to start our new abs challenge. Good luck everyone!! Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

 

 

New Year New You Week 4

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Happy Monday everyone!! We are now entering our last week of our challenge. I hope you all have been pushing yourself and working hard. During this last week we are going to increase the number of exercise and/or repetitions. For my first timers and beginners you are still working on building that foundation to consistently stay on a weekly workout schedule. For all my intermediates and advance people we are still working on improving your current fitness level. Let’s all finish the month off strong!!

Week 4

(Jan 26 – Jan 31)

First Timers & Beginners

I know if you’re a first timer to working out it might seem difficult at first to working out several times a week so I made a realistic schedule for you. First timers and beginners will have 3 days of weight lifting and 2 days of cardio. You will also get in abs 3 times a week. You can do these workouts at the gym or the comfort of your own home. Also if your schedule doesn’t allow you to work out this many times yet don’t be discouraged. You can combine your weight lifting and cardio workouts together that way your working out 3 times a week instead of 5. Also if time is an issue just make sure you get at least 30 minutes in on weight lifting as well as when you do cardio. Remember you are working on building a consistent habit of working out on a regular basis. So working out some is better than not working out at all!!

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 5 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Perform 10-15 reps on the push ups and dips. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bicep curls, shoulder press, and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 5 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, sumo squats, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, calf raises, side lunges, and leg press. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 6 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tuesday: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thurs: Rest/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Saturday: Cardio/Abs
Sunday: Rest/Stretch

(Intermediate)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 5 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest fly, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bent over row, bicep curls, hammer curl, shoulder press, frontal raise and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 5 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squat, leg press, reverse lunges,  calf raises, step ups and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 6 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tue: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thur: Cardio/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Sat: Cardio/Abs
Sun: Rest

(Advance)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 5-6 exercises from each body group while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest flys, incline chest press, incline chest flys, tricep extensions, dips, pressdowns, pulldowns, skullcrusher, lat pulldowns, dumbbell row, bent over row, single arm row, bicep curls, hammer curl, barbell curl, reverse curl, shoulder press, frontal raise, upright row and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 7-8 exercises while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squats, leg press, calf raises, reverse lunges and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 6 exercise and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercises examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tue: Back/Biceps
Wed: Legs/Abs
Thurs: Shoulders
Fri: Cardio/Abs
Sat: Total Body or Cardio
Sun: Rest

*Remember*

If you have access to weights please incorporate them into your workout. Using weights will assist more with building muscle mass. But no worries if you don’t have any access a gym or weights because using your body weight will be fine also. Lastly, remember to stretch everyday whether you workout or not.

Let’s all finish this month’s challenge right and continue staying consistent!! Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

New Year New You Challenge Week 3

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Hey everyone!! We are now entering our third week of our New Year challenge. Everyone should definitely be feeling the burn from the workouts so far. This week we are going to increase the number of exercise and/or repetitions throughout the week. For my first timers and beginners we are still working on building that foundation to consistently stay on a weekly workout schedule. For all my intermediates and advance people we are working on improving our current fitness level. So I hope everyone is ready this week to push yourself to the limit with the weekly weight training, cardio and abs workout.

Week 3

(Jan 19 – Jan 24)

First Timers & Beginners

I know if you’re a first timer to working out it might seem difficult at first to working out several times a week so I made a realistic schedule for you. First timers and beginners will have 3 days of weight lifting and 2 days of cardio. You will also get in abs 3 times a week. You can do these workouts at the gym or the comfort of your own home. Also if your schedule doesn’t allow you to work out this many times yet don’t be discouraged. You can combine your weight lifting and cardio workouts together that way your working out 3 times a week instead of 5. Also if time is an issue just make sure you get at least 30 minutes in on weight lifting as well as when you do cardio. Remember you are working on building a consistent habit of working out on a regular basis. So working out some is better than not working out at all!!

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 4 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Perform 10-15 reps on the push ups and dips. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bicep curls, shoulder press, and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 4 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, sumo squats, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, calf raises, side lunges, and leg press. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tuesday: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thurs: Rest/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Saturday: Cardio/Abs
Sunday: Rest/Stretch

(Intermediate)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest fly, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bent over row, bicep curls, hammer curl, shoulder press, frontal raise and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squat, leg press, reverse lunges,  calf raises, step ups and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tue: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thur: Cardio/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Sat: Cardio/Abs
Sun: Rest

(Advance)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 4-5 exercises from each body group while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest flys, incline chest press, incline chest flys, tricep extensions, dips, pressdowns, pulldowns, skullcrusher, lat pulldowns, dumbbell row, bent over row, single arm row, bicep curls, hammer curl, barbell curl, reverse curl, shoulder press, frontal raise, upright row and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 6-7 exercises while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squats, leg press, calf raises, reverse lunges and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercise and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercises examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tue: Back/Biceps
Wed: Legs/Abs
Thurs: Shoulders
Fri: Cardio/Abs
Sat: Total Body or Cardio
Sun: Rest

*Remember*

If you have access to weights please incorporate them into your workout. Using weights will assist more with building muscle mass. But no worries if you don’t have any access to a gym or weights because using your body weight will be fine also. Lastly, remember to stretch everyday whether you workout or not.

I hope everyone has a great week and continues working hard on reaching your fitness goals. Remember all this hard work will pay off if you just stay consistent. Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

 

New Year New You Challenge Week 2!!

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Hey everyone!! We are now entering our second week of our New Year challenge. Everyone should definitely be feeling the burn from the workouts so far. This week we are going to increase the number of exercise and/or repetitions throughout the week. For my first timers and beginners we are still working on building that foundation to consistently stay on a weekly workout schedule. For all my intermediates and advance people we are working on improving our current fitness level. So I hope everyone is ready this week to push yourself to the limit with the weekly weight training, cardio and abs workout.

Week 2

(Jan 12 – Jan 18)

First Timers & Beginners

I know if you’re a first timer to working out it might seem difficult at first to working out several times a week so I made a realistic schedule for you. First timers and beginners will have 3 days of weight lifting and 2 days of cardio. You will also get in abs 3 times a week. You can do these workouts at the gym or the comfort of your own home. Also if your schedule doesn’t allow you to work out this many times yet don’t be discouraged. You can combine your weight lifting and cardio workouts together that way your working out 3 times a week instead of 5. Also if time is an issue just make sure you get at least 30 minutes in on weight lifting as well as when you do cardio. Remember you are working on building a consistent habit of working out on a regular basis. So working out some is better than not working out at all!!

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 4 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Perform 10-15 reps on the push ups and dips. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bicep curls, shoulder press, and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 6 exercises and do 4 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, sumo squats, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, calf raises, side lunges, and leg press. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tuesday: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thurs: Rest/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Saturday: Cardio/Abs
Sunday: Rest/Stretch

(Intermediate)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest fly, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bent over row, bicep curls, hammer curl, shoulder press, frontal raise and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 8 exercises while doing 4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squat, leg press, reverse lunges,  calf raises, step ups and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tue: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thur: Cardio/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Sat: Cardio/Abs
Sun: Rest

(Advance)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 4-5 exercises from each body group while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest flys, incline chest press, incline chest flys, tricep extensions, dips, pressdowns, pulldowns, skullcrusher, lat pulldowns, dumbbell row, bent over row, single arm row, bicep curls, hammer curl, barbell curl, reverse curl, shoulder press, frontal raise, upright row and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 6-7 exercises while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squats, leg press, calf raises, reverse lunges and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 45-60 minutes. Abs: Choose 5 exercise and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercises examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tue: Back/Biceps
Wed: Legs/Abs
Thurs: Shoulders
Fri: Cardio/Abs
Sat: Total Body or Cardio
Sun: Rest

*Remember*

If you have access to weights please incorporate them into your workout. Using weights will assist more with building muscle mass. But no worries if you don’t have any access to a gym or weights because using your body weight will be fine also. Lastly, remember to stretch everyday whether you workout or not.

I hope everyone has a great week and continues working hard on reaching your fitness goals. Remember all this hard work will pay off if you just stay consistent. Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

 

New Year New You Challenge!!

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Happy New Year’s everybody!! I hope you all had a great Holiday season and are ready to begin the New Year’s challenge. I thought it would be better to start the challenge on a Monday instead of on the 1st that way we got a full week in. Since it’s the beginning of 2015 it is the perfect time to establish new fitness goals. So why not start now by participating in a total body monthly challenge including of course cardio and core work? No matter what your fitness level is currently, we are going to work on improving it this year. The good thing about this challenge is we are starting the year right with a workout regiment that is putting us in position to reach greatness. The weekly workouts will include everything you need to push your body to seeing results which are weight training, cardio and abs. I hope everyone is ready for a week full of working hard!!

Week 1
(Jan 5 – Jan 11)

First Timers & Beginners

I know if you’re a first timer to working out it might seem difficult at first to working out several times a week so I made a realistic schedule for you. First timers and beginners will have 3 days of weight lifting and 2 days of cardio. You will also get in abs 3 times a week. You can do these workouts at the gym or the comfort of your own home. Also if your schedule doesn’t allow you to work out this many times yet don’t be discouraged. You can combine your weight lifting and cardio workouts together that way your working out 3 times a week instead of 5. Also if time is an issue just make sure you get at least 30 minutes in on weight lifting as well as when you do cardio. Remember you are working on building a consistent habit of working out on a regular basis. So working out some is better than not working out at all!!

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 5-6 exercises and do 3 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Perform 10-15 reps on the push ups and dips. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bicep curls, shoulder press, and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 5-6 exercises and do 3 sets of 15-20 reps of light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, sumo squats, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, calf raises, side lunges, and leg press. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 30-45 minutes. Abs: Choose 4-5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tuesday: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thurs: Rest/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Saturday: Cardio/Abs
Sunday: Rest/Stretch

(Intermediate)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 7-8 exercises while doing 3-4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest fly, tricep extensions, dips, dumbbell row, bent over row, bicep curls, hammer curl, shoulder press, frontal raise and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 7-8 exercises while doing 3-4 sets of 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squat, leg press, reverse lunges,  calf raises, step ups and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 30-45 minutes. Abs: Choose 4-5 exercises and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercise examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Upper Body
Tue: Cardio/Abs
Wed: Lower Body
Thur: Cardio/Abs
Fri: Total Body
Sat: Cardio/Abs
Sun: Rest

(Advance)

*Challenge Rules*

Upper body days: Perform 4-5 exercises from each body group while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: push ups, chest press, chest flys, incline chest press, incline chest flys, tricep extensions, dips, pressdowns, pulldowns, skullcrusher, lat pulldowns, dumbbell row, bent over row, single arm row, bicep curls, hammer curl, barbell curl, reverse curl, shoulder press, frontal raise, upright row and lateral raise. Lower body days: Perform 5-6 exercises while doing 10-15 repetitions of heavy and light weight. Exercise examples: squats, lunges, jump squats, split jumps, plie squats, side lunges, sumo squats, leg press, calf raises, reverse lunges and deadlifts. Cardio days: You can do your choice of cardio equipment, walk, run, or take a cardio based fitness class for 30-45 minutes. Abs: Choose 4-5 exercise and do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions. Ab exercises examples such crunches, side crunches, planks, side planks, scissors, bicycles, etc.

Mon: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tue: Back/Biceps
Wed: Legs/Abs
Thurs: Shoulders
Fri: Cardio/Abs
Sat: Total Body or Cardio
Sun: Rest

*Remember*

If you have access to weights please incorporate them into your workout. Using weights will assist more with building muscle mass. But no worries if you don’t have any access to a gym or weights because using your body weight will be fine also. Lastly, remember to stretch everyday whether you workout or not.

*What To Look Forward To*

We are working on improving our body and taking our fitness level up a notch. I know I am personally taking my fitness journey to a new level. So I hope to be able to share it with you  all. I would love to hear from you so don’t be scared to leave me a post or a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com