Body Under Maintenance, Week One & How It Went!

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to share with you whatever I went through last week!

As I said before during winter I do eat more and I do gain some weight, just like many of you, and that is considered normal, but because I really am against weight gaining in that sense I decided to do 2 things mainly:

  1. To take a fat burner
  2. To start lifting weights

Some of you is against fat burners and might criticize me for it, but seriously I no way can diet during winters! NO WAY MAN! NO WAY!

So I decided to take “Animal Cuts” from “Universal”, which I tried before. This time I started on the 1st of this month, December. Later on I’m going to write a review about the product so you know what is that all about.

The fat burning process is happening well, within the last days I have lost the extra 2 kg (4 lb) that I gained earlier as the season started. I still have to take “Animal Cuts” for another 2 weeks. I would say yes sometimes I feel nervous and I know that part of it is from the product, which is not always good, but it’s okay.

Now regarding my weight lifting training, I decided to get help from a friend of mine, who happens to be a personal trainer, I can say I’m lucky to be in the field of fitness and be surrounded by fitness instructors, some of them are really great and willing to help. So my friend and my personal trainer agreed to help me UNDER ONE CONDITION: TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY! Which so far I’m doing, although I know sometimes it’s too much especially that I teach classes on daily basis and being physically tired doesn’t always let me wanna do more or force myself to train, but so far I’m being stubborn about it.

Me and Abduallah Q, AKA Bob, are having difficulties finding mutual free time, since he has his sessions at the gym and I have my classes in different places, but we are somehow somehow trying 🙂

My Training, Week One

Day One “Back & biceps”

We did the following exercises:

Back:

  • Lat Pull Down “Machine”
  • Low Row “Machine”
  • Wide Lat Pull Down “Cable”
  • One Arm Row “Dumbbell”
  • Back extension & Fly “Combo”

Biceps:

  • Superset: Dumbbell Curls, Seated Cable Curls, Dumbbell Hammer Curls.

In between all the sets we did lots of ABS exercises, since Bob noticed that my recovery time is relatively fast, he didn’t give me time to rest.

The workout all in all was madly good, I did enjoy myself and my time, although I asked Bob to take it easy on me, since I know what might happen to me next day! BUT he insisted that I wasn’t in a position to argue (lol)! SO next day my ABS and Biceps were dead and that, of course, did affect my performance during my classes!

It took me 2 days to want to train again, and the third day I couldn’t make it, I had so many errands to run and I ended up not going to my session. So that was a failure, but it didn’t stop me to go and work out again!

DAY TWO “SHOULDERS & TRICEPS”

We did the following exercises:

Shoulder:

  • Shoulder Press “Dumbbells”
  • Full Circuit Lateral Raise “Dumbbells”
  • Front Raise “Plate”
  • Bent Lateral Raise “Dumbbells”

Triceps:

  • Superset 1: Two Arms Over Head Extension “Barbell”, Two Arms Over Head Extension “Dumbbells”
  • Superset 2: Cable Push Down, Dips

I managed somehow to convinced Bob that HE OVER RATED ME POWERS, and so he let me rest in between sets and next day my classes didn’t feel like a burden!

DAY Three “Chest”

We did the following exercises:

  • Bench Press “Barbell”
  • Incline Chest Press “Dumbbells”
  • Incline Chest Fly “Dumbbells”
  • Chest Press “Cable”
  • Pectoral Chest Fly “Machine”

That went really smoothly, because I wanted since the beginning to work my legs alone, so it happened that “DAY THREE” is chest only, although Bob wanted me to work my ABS out, but I had some pending matter outside the gym that I had to get done.

Results:

  • Losing 2 kg (4 lb)
  • 12% Body Fat
  • Getting Out Of Comfort Zone
  • Some Sore Muscles
  • Eating Less Random Unnecessary Foods

I will be writing you next week again! If you have any questions to ask or anything to say I’m more than happy to keep in touch with you!

Those of you who are working out regularly and trying to reach their goals: I SALUTE YOU!

And a BIG SHOUT OUT TO BOB! 😀

Cheers!
Katia 🙂

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C4 Extreme, Pre-workout Supplement, Personal Review!

C4 Extreme
C4 Extreme

Happy new year to all of you out there! I hope this year brings all good to all of us.

As I said earlier, I have been experimenting different diets, supplements and exercises since early 2013. There is no better way to know what’s best for you other than trying, right?

Being a group exercise instructor (GXI) means teaching lots of classes. My classes vary in between cardio and resistance training. It is possible to live without pre-workout supplements, yes it is! But let’s face it, on days when I have 5-6 classes where am I supposed to bring energy from? And I’m not big on coffee or energy drinks like Redbull, etc. So I’ve decided to ask my friend, who happens to be an excellent personal trainer, him advice on a good supplement and he said “C4 Extreme, It Is!” and honestly I can’t wait to see him, since I was away during Holidays, to thank him for this great suggestion.

Here I’m attaching for you a picture where you can see facts about C4 Extreme, the product is brought to us by CELLUCOR.

C4 Extreme Facts

C4 Extreme Facts

What does it do?

This supplement boosts your energy physically and mentally for a long time after taking it. This supplement is made to last in your system for a good while, helping you to finish your workout steadily, It not only amplifies your energy but it also makes you mentally focused and it pumps your muscles in a nice way.

When I first took it, I still remember that day, when I was already fatigued and I had two classes back to back(120 minutes) plus I was stubborn enough to think about doing my own weight lifting training afterwards, and I thought to myself: “This thing should work! Other wise I’m dead!” And it did! My body and mind were wide awake, I didn’t feel any sorts of imbalances, as other pre-workout supplements might cause. I was even surprised that not only I didn’t feel fatigued but I also felt powerful and my performance was better than usual. Due to the power I had the members during those classes obviously received some vibes and energy, they all went crazy as we all motivated each other to finish each and every track. I also did my own training later and it all went well.

I hear people saying pre-workout supplements cause their hearts to pump too fast and it bothered them. So far I didn’t feel that way, yes it beats faster but It didn’t knock me out, not even close.

It takes a few minutes after taking it to feel it, the feeling is describable but it makes you feel ready to crush!

So think about it, a scoop of C4 Extreme enhances your power and gets you going helping you perform and beat your personal records, and of course it does take your heart rate up so the blood flows faster in your body, if that means anything here then it means you will be able to burn  fat, fat, fat, fat, fat, fat…

What is NO3?

NO3 is Nitrate, an advanced compound that promotes unbelievable muscle pumps and amplifies the effectiveness of C4 Extreme. CELLUCOR is utilizing a new compound where NO3 has been fused to create Creatine Nitrate. Increased water solubility promotes better absorption and reduces the chance of the traditional side effects of Creatine supplementation.

Is it that good?

C4 Extreme has received the highest honors in the supplement industry, including last year’s (2013) Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year and Best Product Innovation from the top retailers in the world, including Bodybuilding.com and GNC.

Taste and Flavor?

I really don’t usually care much about taste, since first diets make you just eat whatever you have to eat without the need to enjoy your food, second who cares anyway? It’s just a supplement. Do you agree? I don’t think so! some of you want the taste first then everything else!

So the one that I have says “Orange” on it, it does taste like many orange juices you get to buy from supermarkets, I think the taste is good, good enough to make someone forget they are taking a supplement. CELLUCOR made sure to make a variety of flavors; Icy Blue Razz, Watermelon and Green Apple,  Pink Lemonade, or Pineapple and Orange. So what more could you ask for? I’m personally looking forwards to try the Watermelon and Green apple.

Any Side effects?

I started using C4 Extreme few weeks ago and I don’t take it on daily basis because I don’t want to depend on it. The only thing I noticed, although I’m not pretty sure it is a side effect of C4 Extreme, is some small red spots on my arm right under my shoulder, they don’t look like pimples but rather red spots. It could be something else, it could be an allergic reaction to the supplement. They don’t ache, they don’t itch, so to me whatever.

How do I rate it?

Well, well, well! Excellent is the word to use to rate this!

Important Notes?

Yes please, before you consider buying one, make sure to consult your physician, because I’m not one. And make sure whatever ingredients this supplement has don’t stimulate or contradict with medications and other supplements you might be taking. Don’t risk your health please. SAFETY FIRST and on top of everything else.

If you chose to try this make sure to drink lots and lots of water since it makes you sweat and you need to compensate the loss of water and minerals in your body.

Enjoy your workouts, stay fit and fight to be a new you!

Katia 🙂