Today was my first day of lifting after finishing Jamie’s 12 Wk Trainer. A week off felt like forever! I didn’t rest the whole week; that would have been impossible. But here’s how my “rest” week looked…

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: P90X2 Yoga

Wednesday: P90X Yoga

Thursday: P90X2 Core

Friday: P90X2 Balance and Power

Saturday and Sunday: Rest

Having not done any yoga for a few weeks, I was a little concerned I would have some trouble, but I actually did better and felt better than I ever have before. I could really tell a difference in my strength and ability to hold the difficult poses. I would have never thought that lifting would improve my yoga skills.

During the week, I thought a lot about what to do next. I read a lot about others just repeating Jamie’s program again, but I wanted to try something  a little different.

I’ve taken what I’ve learned from the programs I’ve completed as well as training for the Mudder and combined it all into what I hope will end up being a damn good program. The foundation of my little experiment has an emphasis lifting of course, but I wanted to make sure and incorporate more HIIT, foam rolling, abs and yoga. I have the next two weeks planned out already and I really excited to see how it all goes.

I thought it appropriate to kick start this whole thing with a leg day. Leg days are my fave! Here’s what I did…

3 set of 12 reps with 1 minute rest between sets.

1. Narrow Stance Barbell Squat


2. Wide Stance Barbell Squat


3. Romanian Deadlift


4. Lying Leg Curl


5. Barbell (EZ-Bar) Step Ups

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6. Standing Calf Raises (20 Reps on this exercise)


7. Seated Calf Raises (20 Reps here too!)


This workout kicked my ass, and I loved every minute of it! It took me right at an hour to complete.

At this point you may be wondering what the heck is with the Lowe’s buckets and 2 x 4’s. We haven’t always had the squat rack, so we (I say we loosely….Justin….) had to improvise. He can build damn near anything so he made himself a squat rack out of materials you can buy ( you guessed it) at Lowe’s for way cheaper than purchasing an actual squat rack. I’m sure he’ll post just how he did this soon, until then you’ll just have to star in amazement!

Tomorrow I planned a chest, triceps and abs workout that looks pretty challenging. I hope I can get some good sleep tonight. I’m going to need it.

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