6.19.2014

Elite Body

This week I started Erin Stern's Elite Body 4 week program from Bodybuilding.com, you can view the full program here. So far, it is not only challenging, but also kinda fun if working out if your jam. Her workouts include not only heavy lifting, but plyometrics as well. Anything involving box jumps is fun for me, and I'll share my progress pictures at the end of the four week program. I'm also planning to start eating a little more, which as stupid as that sounds, is a little hard to do. When I started my fitness journey in 2011 I was definitely "skinny fat" and jump started my transformation by counting calories, so it's a little hard to accept that to get toned I need to eat more.

But the reality is that I work out 5-6x a week, my jeans from freshman year of high school are fitting again, and I am probably at my thinnest since then. I think there is just so much messaging towards women to eat no more than 1200-1500 calories a day, and also have a thigh gap (which is unnecessary for so many reasons, but I'll save that rant for another day). At 5'11" and change even 1500 calories is basically starvation for my body type, and I think accepting that building the body I want means more calories is just something that we as women are programmed to be skeptical of.

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This is a picture I took last Friday (before), below is Day 2 of Erin Stern's Elite Body program.

Warm Up 5 min on a spin bike

Complete Plyo Circuit 3 x
Line Jumps 10 reps
180 Jumps 10 reps
Knee Tuck Jumps 10 reps
Linear Depth Jumps 10 reps
Dynamic Step-Ups 10 reps (each leg)

Barbell Squats 5 x 10 reps

Superset:
Barbell Good Mornings 3 x 10 reps
Barbell Calf Raises 3 x 20 reps

Superset:
Reverse Hyperextensions 3 x 15 reps (I did these on a yoga ball)
Knee Extensions 3 x 10 reps

Cool Down 5 min

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