Pushing Through Pyramids

Good morning! How’s everyone doing with their Monday so far? I’m not gonna lie…I was kinda sad to see Monday come back so soon. There was plenty of low-key fun, good food, and good news this weekend, and I didn’t want to see it end. Here’s the lowdown…

What were the highlights of your weekend??

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Last Night’s Dinner

I told you all last night that I had a feeling dinner was going to be super simple…

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Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than a bowl of cereal, now does it?

I honestly wasn’t craving a whole lot of anything, but you can never go wrong with a bowl of cereal – especially when it’s made with three kinds of cereal, banana slices, and PB2 on top.

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It worked. Winking smile

Workout

This morning officially kicked off phase 3 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! She emailed our workouts to us over the weekend, and I’d been SUPER excited to get started ever since. It’s so nice to have a workout you actually look forward to, isn’t it?

Phase 3 of bootcamp is definitely kicking things up a notch, focusing on strength, power, and functional training. We have four days of weights (YAY!), broken up into a split routine of “push” muscle groups and “pull” muscle groups:

  • Push muscle groups = quads, chest, triceps, anterior deltoids
  • Pull muscle groups = hamstrings/gluetes, back, biceps, rear deltoids

Today’s workout consisted of 30 minute sprint/hill intervals on the treadmill + a “push” workout. My intervals on the treadmill pretty much, well, sucked. I started out strong, but my asthma kicked in and I wound up having to complete the rest of them with a power walk. Not a huge deal (still worked up quite a set), but just frustrating when that happens.

The “push” supersets, on the other hand, were awesome and actually incorporated another type of training that I had yet to try for myself, Pyramids. With the pyramid system, you increase (or decrease) your weight with each set; today’s workout used the “light-to-heavy” system, which looked something like this:

  • Set 1 = 15 reps, light weight
  • Set 2 = 10 reps, moderate weight
  • Set 3 = 6-8 reps, heavy weight

This system of working out is great because you’re challenging your muscles differently the entire time. The only downside can be having to find three sets of weights/dumbbells for certain exercises. Overall, I was definitely a fan.

Has anyone else ever tried this system of working out? What did ya think?

Breakfast

By the time I got home, it was time to fuel up.

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Coffee + a batch of Mixed Berry French Toast Oatmeal.

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Topped with some Love Grown Foods granola and a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup.

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Always a winner. Always.

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Before signing off for the morning, I have to give a quick shout out…

Today is a very special day for a very special person, who I like to refer to as “Aunt Kelly.” Aunt Kelly (better known as Kelly Olexa) is the mastermind behind FitFluential, and she has seriously got to be one of the most hardworking, driven, and inspirational women I have ever met. She never ceases to amaze me, whether it’s with her super informational (and humorous) vlogs, or her wealth of knowledge on social media. I have learned SO much from her, and through FitFluential, she has provided me with opportunities that I’m sure I would have never had otherwise.

So today is Kelly’s birthday, and because she is such an amazing gal and I think so highly of her, I’m sending her a virtual birthday gift with two of her favorite things:

Hunky Ryan Reynolds & some Starbucks. Happy Birthday, Kel!

And since you’re all sharing in this virtual birthday gift as well, I hope Mr. Reynolds has gotten your day off to a good start. Happy Monday to YOU. Winking smile

Comments

  1. says

    Why am I the only person on the planet who thinks Ryan Reynolds is just “ehh”…he’s definitely not UNattractive, but he’s not my cup of Starbuck’s.
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  2. says

    What a great way to start off a Monday, thank you for sending your friend the virtual gift. I love Ryan Reynolds. He’s so hot!! I love your dinner! I have nights like that, super simple but tasty.

    I should of joined the boot camp. I decided to today that I would order ChaLEAN EXTREME from Amazon. I need help, as much as I work out, and eat healthy, I keep gaining weight. So I thought with this workout I would have better faster results. Have a great week!
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  3. says

    I’m still doing Body For Life, and all the weights workouts are pyramid-based. I love this style of weight training and will definitely keep up with it even once the 12 weeks are over! Have a great Monday, Courtney :)
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  4. says

    Oooh I love the pyramid system using weights, too. I have been doing them at home so I kind of cheat and only use the same 12 pound dumbbells. I should probably go to the gym to actually bump up the weights each set.
    Hahaha, love the virtual birthday gift 😀
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  5. says

    Seriously, cereal bowls like that are the best!

    I’ve done a pyramid workout from Nutrition Nut on the Run and I LOVE it! It’s mostly body weight so no worries about finding different weights.
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  6. says

    I’ve known about pyramid training for awhile, but some how have never incorporated it into my workouts. Something similar that I like to do at the end of an upper body workout is ‘dropped sets’, particularly for bi’s and tri’s. I use the rope attachment on the cable and pulley machine and pick the heaviest weight I can bicep curl (or triceps press down) for 10-12 reps. Then I immediately pull the pin and drop the weight by 5-10% and go to fatigue. Drop pin again, go to fatigue. And one more time. Holy burn batman!
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    • Courtney says

      Oh crap.
      Haha, thanks Annette! I’m usually pretty good about picking up on that sorta stuff. 😉

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