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Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of raised eyebrows about my fitness journey, diet, and slimmer figure. I’ve traded in some protein powder for yogurt, and egg whites for fruit.
Yes, I HAVE lost some muscle mass, on purpose. I don’t do 80 pound dumbbell rows anymore or squat 265 pounds. This doesn’t mean I’m not in the gym working to make improvements every day. My leg workouts now are light squats (mostly bodyweight) and a ton of plyometric work. I also add a lot of jumps and agility work. It’s all been targeted at bringing down my size just a notch. I must admit it’s harder to lose muscle for me than to gain it. I actually didn’t think it would be as challenging as it is….but for those who know me, know I love challenges!
A sample leg workout for me would be:
Squats – Bar (3x15)
Jumping lunges (3x50)
Cable Glute Kickbacks (3x12)
Box Jumps (4x12-15)
Jumping wide to narrow squats (3x15)
Bench Step ups with light weight (3x12)
It’s always interesting to me that I still limp around for a few days after workouts like this. I pour my heart into my workouts and I think it’s made a bigger difference doing that than changing up my routines. I have found that when I’m enjoying what I’m doing I catch myself singing along to a tune or dancing to the beat at 4am. I’ve never enjoyed the gym like I do now.
A few things that haven’t changed are my simple supplement choices that I’ve been going with for the past 8 months. I stick to whey, fish oil, BCAA’s, and HMB. I currently am not taking anything else as I’m continuing to keep it easy going. It has been a lot easier packing for trips I must say. Half of my suit case used to be supplements. Now I might have a few items to throw in but life is much easier!
Stay tuned to some sample diets I’ve been trying to track for those inquiring!
-Philita Wheeler, NPC Figure Competitor/Fitness Model