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Barbell Leg Workout + My Fav At Home Barbell Set

A barbell in my home gym has become an essential piece. Long gone are the days when home workouts meant you couldn’t use equipment. It probably goes without saying that I’m all about the weights. Weight training is totally where it’s at if you’re looking to sculpt a fit body.

I really like to talk about workouts and workout styles as correlating to a desired physical goal. Not everyone has the same physical goals, so for those who are looking to achieve a fit, lean and strong appearance (not just skinny), I’ve found weight training is the most effective route to achieve that.

Weight training can but doesn’t have to be more difficult to do from home. There are so many practical and affordable options for fitness equipment that you can use right at home. My two top equipment suggestions would be an adjustable dumbbell set and an adjustable barbell set.

THIS barbell set (this one I linked is actually a dumbbell/barbell combo) is one my husband, Anthony got me for Christmas this year. A standard barbell (or “Olympic barbell” as it’s properly called) is 7 feet long and 45 pounds. That’s a great option if you have the space, but most of us need more compact options, which is why I love the little barbell set I suggested. It’s shorter (perfect for storage!) and lighter (which I love for upper body movements) but you can really build it up for a challenging workout.

I put together this barbell leg workout that you can complete at home or in the gym!

Can I add a little chit chat / girl talk to these blog posts? Lately, I’ve been reading more blogs and watching more YouTube videos and realized the ones I enjoy the most are the that add normal, daily conversations to their content. I’ll go to a fashion blog because I loved the outfit but stay on it because I enjoy the girl talk included in the post. We all chat together so much on social media so I thought I would continue the conversation on here.

This week is a pretty crazy (but amazing!) week. We have two doctor appointments for our baby and one of them is the glucose/gestational diabetes test. I keep hearing 2 things: 1) the drink is disgusting and 2) you’ll never feel your baby kick and move more. I’m not worried about the drink… it will be over in a minute but I’m so looking forward to feeling all his movements. We are also taking a Newborn Care class on Tuesday. Hopefully, we (more like Anthony lol) don’t get too sick of all the classes I signed us up for because there are like 4 or 5 lol. 

You likely already know this if you follow my Snapchat but Anthony and I got hooked on Prison Break. One weekend, we watched 24 episode in 3 days… now that’s a Netflix binge I probably shouldn’t brag about haha. I loved season 1 + 2 but season 3 was so boring. I felt like it was a repeat of the original storyline. Someone snapped me that during season 3 the writers were on strike, which makes sense as to why it felt so blah. We are half way through season 4 now and I’m loving it again! I can’t wait for season 5 to come out next month. So, this week is a whole lot of exciting work projects, baby appointments and Netflix.

Chat with y’all soon!

XO,

Lauren 

WEEK 5: LOWER BODY CIRCUIT

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Photo Challenge Upload: “INSIDE RESULTS” congratulations on completing your last weight training workout of this challenge! Share a non-physical result health, fitness and weight training has helped you achieve #LGAccountability #LGBeautyAndBooty

 

WEEK 5: LOWER BODY STRENGTH

 

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Photo Challenge Upload: “PROUD” – to kick off a week of positivity, share a moment where you made yourself proud #LGAccountability #LGBeautyAndBooty

Monday Mindset Motivation: Get Busy Living | Busy isn’t something most of us would associate with enjoyable, but if you’re on the struggle bus lately, it’s something that can take you out of the struggle stage. Today’s Mindset Motivation will help you break through the struggle stage…..

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WEEK 4: LOWER BODY CIRCUIT

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Photo Challenge Exercise: Sometimes the most attainable path to reaching those big goal is to break them down into action step. I always think of them as stepping stones. One stepping stone doesn’t seem like much, but if you take one step every day, it won’t be long until you’ve made a lot of progress. Think of one of your big goals and set a weekly goal that will help put you closer to it.

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WEEK 3: LOWER BODY CIRCUIT

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Photo Challenge Exercise: What better way to kick off the weekend than with a little bit of fun! Share something with the community we may not know about you! Be sure to check out the community hashtags to get to know your LG Sisters a little better too!

Photo Challenge Upload: “SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW” – it’s Friday, let’s have some fun! Share something we may not know about you!  #LGAccountability #LGBeautyAndBooty

 

Meet our Week 2 Giveaway Winner + this week’s LG Sister Spotlight… JILL

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WEEK 2: LOWER BODY STRENGTH

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Photo Challenge Exercise: Feeling good on a regular basis, for me, comes from actively seeing the good in days I would  otherwise label bad. I acknowledge myself for… statements really help me bridge that gap. Sometimes our days are a series of small accomplishments that we can easily miss because we’re so focused on achieving the “big stuff.” Taking a few moments to acknowledge the big and small things we do yields a strong shift in perspective.

Photo Challenge Upload: “I acknowledge myself for….” complete the sentence or make a list. Upload and share with the community! How great are you feeling after that? #LGAccountability #LGBeautyAndBooty

Examples of mine today:

I acknowledge myself for sticking to my usual wake up time (despite how badly I wanted to hit snooze and skip my AM routine)

I acknowledge myself for making time to chat with my grandma.

I acknowledge myself for knowing when to walk away from the computer/work.

October = pumpkin everything!

You’re going to love these Blend + Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins Get the recipe HERE

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UPGRADE YOURSELF, GIRL!

You’re the one who sets yourself up for serious success and I’m here to help you every step of the way! Get early access to the challenge workouts (every Sunday AM), a printable challenge planner, exercise library with 200+ movements and bi-weekly training tip coaching videos straight from my gym!

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WEEK 1: Lower Body Circuit

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Photo Challenge Exercise: Brain break 🙂 Life is fast and I don’t know about you, but I hear the constant chatter in my head: “don’t forget to do this or that.” “did you say the right thing?” You know those kinds of thoughts that collect in our minds?! Let’s focus on some brain breaks to tune that out. There are things we can do (or not do) that allow us to lose touch with those thoughts. One of my favorite brain breaks is to read… I get lost in a book and when I return to my life, it’s like I’m recharged. Make a point to give yourself a brain break today… how about 10+ minutes of reading before bed?!

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ConfidenceKini Challenge: Shoulders + Glutes (W5D6)

Today’s To-Do List:

[ ] Weighted Workout: Shoulders + Glutes

[ ] Photo Challenge

[ ] Community Check In

Shoulders + Glutes

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PHONE BACKGROUND: do you have an inspirational phone background?! I use that space for quotes, vision board items and photos that make me ooze with excitement and happiness. Screenshot yours and share it with the community!

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Tip of the Day: Here’s a special tip for my Meal Plan Members… expect something exciting in your email inbox very early Sunday AM! If you can hold off, reserve a few hours on Sunday to hit the grocery store and meal prep. As we head into the final week of the ConfidenceKini Challenge, I’ve got something coming for you that will help you reveal the results you’ve been working hard on all challenge long! It’s a little tweak I’ve been implementing to tighten and define for a special event, vacation, orrrr for the very end of a challenge!! As you know, the Eat Your Way Lean Meal Plan now includes lifetime updates at no additional cost to you, so this will arrive f-r-e-e in your inbox!

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ConfidenceKini Challenge: Legs (W5D3)

Today’s To-Do List:

[ ] Weighted Workout: Legs

[ ] Photo Challenge

[ ] Community Check In

Lower Body Strength

  • For equipment, use either a dumbbell or barbell
  • For all unilateral movements (single side), perform the suggested reps on each sides

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FAV LEG EXERCISE: share with the community a photo or demonstration of your favorite leg/glute exercise! Be sure to check out the community hashtags to see these exercises for motivation and new gym ideas for yourself!

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Tip of the Day: New exercises or the basics?! When it comes to constructing workouts, it’s quite tempting to look for “new” exercises… ones that have funky names, ones that look cool, ones that are on the cover of magazines. With health and fitness, as I’m sure you’ve already experienced, there’s a lot of looking past marketing hype that has to happen. Believe me, I’ve been there! You may have heard me use the term “fufu exercises” lol. I spent a few years loving fufu exercises… one’s that were oh-so-photo-worthy but really didn’t work the muscles properly. They looked cool and different but just weren’t all that effective. I think the best bet is a balance between sticking with the staples that are the most effective (squats, lunges, deadlifts, curls, shoulder press, chest press, push downs, pull downs, rows) and experimenting with some switch ups (reverse hyperextensions, donkey kicks, etc.) When I program workouts, I like to stick to a minimum of 70% foundation movements and their variations, leaving the rest for fun, new exercises to try. This is what I’ve personally found to be the most effective at sculpting a fit and shapely body with curves made of muscle!

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ConfidenceKini Challenge: Legs (W4D4)

Today’s To-Do List:

[ ] Weighted Workout: Lower Body (Strength Emphasis)

[ ] Photo Challenge

[ ] Community Check In

Lower Body Strength

  • For equipment, use either a dumbbell or barbell and a resistance band or cable machine

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Daily Photo Challenge

DEADLIFT PR: challenge yourself today by testing your max on a deadlift. You can choose the variation (sumo, conventional or stiff leg) and you decide whether you’re going for weight or reps or both! Always remember, it’s about your personal progress. Share that with the community today! I bet you’re getting stronger!!

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Tip of the Day: Deadlifts – are you in or out?! I’m not even going to act tough and confident when it comes to deadlifts because when I first stepped foot in the gym, they scared me. I had no problem picking up lighter dumbbells and doing deadlifts like that but deadlifts with a barbell and serious weight added totally freaked me out…. most likely because it appeared to be the ultimate test of strength. I was also always worried about “doing it wrong.” By now, you probably know about me that I prioritize proper form and injury prevention. My husband and I both have overcome lower back injuries like so many people out there so when it comes to heavy lifting, I’m extra cautious for myself and for this community! Personally, I’ve found that deadlifts actually help build my core and therefore, protect my back. Plus, as someone who went from a pancake booty to some curves made of muscle on the backside ((still working on it)) deadlifts have helped me make the most backside progress even more so than the oh-so-talked-about squat! If you don’t already love deadlifts, I think you soon will 🙂

Here are my top tips for deadlifting heavier:

(1) Stick to an overhand grip – it’s pretty common to grip the barbell with one hand over and the other under for deadlifts, but I find this actually causes rotation in my spine. Grip the barbell around shoulder-width apart.

(2) Breath into your belly – have you been in a yoga class when the instructor tells you to take a deep breath and actually expand the belly with the air you take in?! Right before I go for a rep when I’m lifting heavier, I breath into my belly. This helps me contract my core throughout the entire movement, which is key! Don’t let this discourage you because, just like with yoga, getting down your breathing takes lots of practice!

(3) It’s all about the booty – this is the weirdest advice you may ever received regarding deadlifts but I think of it all the time ((it’s weird lol, I warned you)) When you lower down to deadlift, think of your butt reaching back to pull a nail out of the “wall” behind you using your butt cheeks. Then, as you raise back up, squeeze that booty ((grabbing that nail lol)) and drive forward with your hips as if you’re “pulling” it out of the wall. I know it’s weird but if you can imagine it, it helps greatly with form

(4) Bar path – if you’re using a barbell or set of dumbbells the path they take should be a straight line. This means as you lower down and as you come back, you are what is moving, not the weight. The weight and path of the bar should go straigh up and straight down.

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