There was a time in my life when getting a package in the mail was a seriously big deal. Rewind back to the eight summers I spent at overnight camp and you’ll see why. Getting a package was a sign of being a “cool kid”. First of all you looked way more important (and loved) than every one walking back to their bunks with a measly letter. And then, all the other cool kids would vie for a spot on around your bed to watch you open it, removing each prize one by one: a book of crossword puzzles, a pack of gum, a set of crisp clean white t-shirts, and that bottle of shampoo you asked for in your last letter to home – it really didn’t matter what was inside. Just that someone took the time to shop and pack it up all nicely, just for you.
These days I get lots of packages, between my Amazon obsession and samples from vendors to try their new products. But the allure and excitement haven’t gone away – each and every one is like another night of Hanukkah
Lately I’m loving the idea of mail-order goodies. Monthly subscriptions that let you try new products of a certain category, hand-picked for your liking. Looking for wholesome, allergen-free snacks? I’ve already told you about Savorfull. This week my present came in the form of an orange and white box from Bulu Box, filled with vitamins and supplements for the health and fitness-savvy crowd.
I excitedly opened the box to find some familiar and new-to-me products:
Oh look, it’s my old friend NightFood!
See these guys – I know all about how important they are.
This one kinda blew me – I thought it was lip gloss at first. Energy lip gloss? Nope, def not. Peach-honey energy gel in a tube? ding ding ding!
Disclosure: I received the Bulu Box for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
The Workout Log
If I do all of my sets at the same reps and weight, I’ll write it out this way: sets X reps X weight. So if you see “3x6x40″ this means I did 3 sets, all with 6 reps with 40lbs.
If there are differences in my sets, I’ll write out each set separately, this way: reps X weight, reps X weight, reps X weight. So if you see “10×55, 10×60, 10×60″, this means I did 1 set of 10 reps with 55lbs, then a set of 10 reps with 60lbs, and then another set of 10 reps with 60lbs.
For the heavier exercises,it is crucial to do a series of warmup sets at lower weights, working up to the full weight. The numbers shown below are for the WORKING sets only.
Grouped letters indicate alternating exercises. This means that I do a set of the A1 exercise, then a set of the A2 exercise, for however many sets are indicated. When all sets of A1 and A2 are complete, I move on to the B exercises.
A1: Trap bar deadlifts (low setting, from deficit) –5×185, 3x5x190
A1: Side plank leg raise – 3×6 (per side)
B1: Barbell reverse lunge – 3x8x85 (per side)
B2: High to low cable chop –2x10x30, 10×35 (per side)
C1: Glute ham raise on incline – 8, 8, 8
C2: Sloshpipe carry – 3 trips*
*Imagine a 7ft long, 8″ diameter PVC pipe filled water. You have to hold it up against your chest and walk down the length of the gym and back, while the water is sloshing around and throwing you off balance. Fun times!
Walked the dog 1.9 miles
A1: Low-incline 1-arm DB press –3x8x40 (per side)
A2: Chest supported DB row –10×25, 12×25, 10×25
B1: 1-legged pushups – 3×5 (per side)
B2: Chinups – 4, 4, 4, 3
C1: DB clean to overhead press – 2x8x20, 1x5x25
C2: Tricep press-downs – 10×65, 2x8x70
D: Cable external rotation – 2x10x7.5 (per side)
4 mile jog/walk
3.7 mile jog/walk
A1: DB squat to RDL – 2x8x35′s, 10×35′s
A2: Half kneeling pallof press – 2x8x50, 1x8x55 (per side) (everything you want to know about pallof presses)
B1: Landmine RDL – 1×6 with 10lb plate loaded, 2×6 with 15 lbs loaded (per side)
B2: Face pulls with external rotation –10×70, 12×70, 10×70
C1: 1-legged hip thruster, feet and shoulders both elevated – 3×10 (per side)
C2: 1-arm DB carries – 3 trips per side, with 50lb dumbbell
D: Intervals on arc trainer – 30second sprint / 45 second recovery for 10 rounds
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