So, I’ve currently been focusing on weight loss after a pretty successful bulking season. A lot of strength and dense muscle was built. I finished at 142 pounds (I’m 5’6.5″) with a max bench of 140 lbs, 265lb squat and a 360 conventional deadlift (375 sumo). Needless to say I was quite pleased and proud of myself.
I stayed away from the scale and used my physical appearance (mainly abdominal definition) as a guideline when increasing macros. I started dieting and cutting back slowly at the end of June. As of August 11, I got down to 129lbs. Never starving myself, although I’m always hungry, and not doing endless hours of cardio.
Since my calories have been restricted, I’m focusing more on endurance and hypertrophy training, rather than strength. Soooo, I woke up Saturday morning feeling rather ambitious. I laid in bed and constructed this plan totaling 1000 reps. Yes, that’s correct, ONE THOUSAND REPS!!
While doing it, I wanted to quit. I wanted to rest and rest some more…but I didn’t allow it. I made a plan and by golly I was going to see it through. All the while telling myself “don’t die, don’t die, don’t die”! And what do you know?! I survived and in a time much shorter than I thought. 70 minutes, start to finish, including rest and brief interruptions from fellow gym-goers.
So, without further ado, here is the format as well as a little video of some of the exercises. Please give it a shot if you’re feeling froggy and wanna jump! And please let me know what you think if you do!!
*If you feel dizzy or have any abnormal pain, please stop the workout immediately. Go at your own pace and do what you’re capable of. But most of all, have fun and be safe!
After a very long hiatus, I’m back and ready to dive in head first. No dipping the toes in, no baby steps, just taking the plunge and blogging until my heart’s content.
Where have I been, you ask?! All over… I packed up and drove out to San Diego in my coupe with nothing but me and a carful of my belongs. After about 5 months or putzing around, I decided to head back to Florida and be closer to my family on the Gulf coast and never looked back. I also vowed to never make that trip again. Have you driven through Texas before? Oye vey!
The past couple years have been good to me. I have a fabulous job as a personal trainer, with clients I adore and enjoy working with. A new (not so) puppy-like English Bulldog named Ruger, who is the light of my life and total pain in the butt but I love him none the less. I’m in the best shape of my life, mentally and physically, with no plans of slowing down.
So, if you’re still following me, get your pantry stocked up and your gym clothes out because we’re gonna rock this summer of 2016!
So yesterday I threw together these amazingly fluffy and soooo delicious chocolate chip pancakes. I ended up just dumping ingredients in a bowl and hoping for the best. Well, how sweet they were! And…. I’m totally willing to take one for the team and make another batch with more precise measurements. Any takers?! ;)
Speak now or forever hold your peace! Haha who am I kidding?! I will definitely be making these again! Happy Monday, friends! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start.
Hello out there, fellow fitness junkies!! Beautiful rainy South Florida morning here! For those of you new to my page, I’ve been training for quite some time and recently became a certified personal trainer through NASM to expand my knowledge and be able to help people with their goals, as well as share some of the tools I’ve acquired to build and shape my body into what is now the best body I’ve ever had! It takes time, work and a lot of patience but the reward is oh-so worth it!
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of requests through social media (Instagram) for online training plans. These seem to be taking over the fitness industry; “trainers” or competitors giving out plans because they competed in their first show and are suddenly experts in training and nutrition. I can assure you, I am NOT one of them. Have you found yourself on Pinterest looking up easy ways and shortcuts to lose weight or shape your body? Let me tell you this, there are no tricks and no shortcuts. You get what you put into it, in the gym and outside of it (in the kitchen).
Girls, you won’t get bulky like a man. That is such a huge misconception and excuse I sadly hear a lot of people use. You can actually use weights to build muscle and shape your body to build amazing curves and round perky glutes. In fact, you need to lift weights to do this! They are our friends, ladies!!! And gents. :)
So, my friends, what is it that you would like to see? Legs and glutes, Sexy Shoulders & Abs, Full Body Circuit or perhaps a high intensity cardio program to help melt the fat away?! I’ll be making user friendly guides to purchase online and have to take with you to the gym. I can even do custom plans, if that’s what you’d like!
Leave a comment below or email me at JennVail.Fitness@gmail.com
. You can also follow me on Instagram @missfit_vail.
I’d love to hear from you so don’t be shy!!
P.S.- I just started my diet again after a long 9 month bulk to gain muscle. Stay tuned for progress pics- the transformation is amazing!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies
Tap the photo to view recipe
It’s official! As of February 26th, I finished my Sports Nutrition course and I’m now a certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist! I can’t tell you how excited I am to begin this new career and combine my health and fitness passion with my love of nutrition and cooking.
Oh and hello from Beaver Creek. Surprise!!
So here I am, relaxed with my feet up on a fire pit enjoying my free time. The others are out hitting the slopes. I only started skiing a few years ago. I’m not the best but I can hold my own on the beginners/Green courses. Lol I think I’m more of an enjoy the surroundings type of person. Can you blame me? I did, for the record, go to the top a few times last year and successfully made it down sans fatalities!
Even though I’m on vacation, I don’t want to completely sabotage my diet. Especially since I’m at the end of my 8 month bulk/reverse diet. (Trying to put on as little fat as possible here.) Not the easiest thing when you’re on vacation and the smell of hot chocolate and fresh crêpes are looming in the air. It’s an intoxicatingly sweet, delicious smell that’s hard to resist. So, to help any ounce of willpower I may need, I made some chocolatey-peanut butter protein brownies. What a life saver these babies are turning out to be, especially since American Airlines doesn’t give snacks. What kind of poppycock is that?! Every year we fly out here, I’m astounded by it. So I finally came prepared.
These brownies are quick, easy and a healthy treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. Stay tuned for the recipe. It’ll be posted shortly!