Parts of this post were originally written in the summer of 2013. As the warm weather is upon us, people are traveling, and more of us are outdoors, there are great opportunities to be active in your own backyard, at the sports field, or at a park. Use your bodyweight (which is resistance) to put some […]
Is it time to rest? When to take a Deload.
Mindy Irish; NASM CPT; BS Physical Education I’m a go-go type of person. I love to set a plan and rock the consistency. But that has a downside as well. Going too hard and too much can turn around and bite you, and it can happen to ALL of us. Those that lift regularly week […]
My Bodybuilding.com 2016 Spokesmodel Search Contest Video
I’m applying for the 2016 Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel Search Contest and one of the requirements is a video up on You Tube. Here it is! Take a peek at my story and as always, #justkeepgoing!
Weightlifting 101: How to get started lifting weights!
-Mindy Irish BS Physical Education; NASM CPT, YES; NPC Bikini Bodybuilder I started lifting weights in 2011 after I was reluctantly pulled into a strength training class by my friend Shannon. I had been doing five cardio classes a week and it took the baby weight off after the birth of my fourth child in […]
A Change of Plans: From Figure to Bikini!
After all my weight loss, in 2012 I wanted to take my journey up a notch and began training to compete in bodybuilding. In 2013 I competed in my first NPC Figure show and did 3 shows that season. After that season, I was hooked! Then I entered into a year-long building season with my […]
Build Your Booty….Let’s work the Glutes!
Happy May 1! Who’s ready to do work this month? I’m now 17 and 18 weeks out from my next Figure shows and I will say that over this last building season I discovered and have truly enjoyed the power of glute training after following the “Glute Guy”, Bret Contreras. By genetics, I’ve always […]
Fit Gal’s Weekly Favorite Exercise: Cable Pull-Thru
One of the exercises I do on a weekly basis on a Leg Day is a cable pull-thru. I had my son take three pictures in different stages, so I’ll talk you through each phase. These feel great on the hamstrings and really help with the glute-ham tie-in. Some key points: 1. Your head stays […]
Fit Gal’s Weekly Favorite Exercise: Triceps Superset
This week I was running short on time, so I decided to Superset my triceps exercises. My plan actually called for an incline bench skull crusher, but the gym was very busy and I could not get a bench. So I went to a similar exercise, the overhead triceps cable extension. For this you’ll want […]
Fit Gal’s Weekly Favorite Exercise: Standing/Lying Cable Upright Rows
A friend came to lift with me this past week and challenged me to some new ideas. On my plan was a DB upright row. So we did this one instead! I know I got some funny looks, but you gotta try it! I started by standing at the cables. Because the range of motion […]
Fit Gal’s Weekly Favorite Exercise: Incline Treadmill
When I do my cardio, one of my favorite methods is the incline treadmill, no hands! I’ve been on the treadmill in a HIIT (high intensity interval training) or steady-state format. After a few minutes of warm-up, I like to pitch the incline as high as it will go and in this case it is […]