Train with me: Split workout #1

Considering that I used this workout last March, this is a long over-due post! As you might know, last year, I started going to the gym regularly. I started out with a whole-body routine that I did for a few weeks. After that, I created this workout.

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It’s a basic push, pull, leg split. When I started using this workout, I could only go to the gym 5 times per week, so this is how I organized it:

  • Day 1: Push #1: Focus on pectorals, shoulders and triceps.
  • Day 2: Pull #1: Focus on back and biceps
  • Day 3: Leg: Focus on quads, glutes and hamstrings
  • Day 4: Rest day, no gym
  • Day 5: Push #2
  • Day 6: Pull #2
  • Day 7: Rest day, no gym

As you can see, I  used to train legs only once a week because I really hated training legs and also because I wanted to develop my upper body strength more… but really I just hated training legs. As this is a bit unbalanced, you could replace a rest day by a second leg day to hit your entire body twice a week.

I also added 10 to 15 minutes of cardio before starting using the weights, either running or cycling, as a warm-up. Finally, I added 10 minutes of stretching at the end of each session.

Click on the link below to download my plan. You’ll get two versions of push and pull, and one leg day.I hope you’ll find it fun and useful. Let me know what you think of it!

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Remember that I’m not a personal training or health care professional, so make sure to consult with a professional before starting or changing your fitness routine.

 

Beginner’s Weight Training Plan

It’s here! This is the training program that I used when I started back at the gym. It targets the entire body, so it’s great if you only have time for 3 to 4 gym sessions per week. Just print it out and take it with you! Here a are a few guidelines before you get started.

  1. Make sure you are fit enough to start training. Consult your doctor or personal trainer to make sure you have their go before starting any new training program.
  2. Start by a quick cardio session (5 to 15 minutes) on your favourite machine to get warmed up before you head to the weight lifting section of your gym.
  3. I’ve included pictures of each exercises so that you have a reminder of what they are once you hit the gym. I suggest checking them out on google before you start if they are unfamiliar. There is a ton of videos for each exercise, so you should have no trouble finding them.
  4. I’ve included a suggested repetition and series number. 3 x 10-12 means that you should go for 3 series of 10 to 12 repetitions (so you do the exercise 3 times for 10 to 12 times). You can also see the rest period for each exercise. This is the rest period you should give your muscles to recover between each series. So you do your first 10-12 reps, rest 1 minute, do your second series, rest 1 minute and do your final series.
  5. I’ve also included a tempo. Basically, each exercise here has an eccentric (the muscle lengthens) and a concentric phase (the muscles shortens). These two phases are kept equal in this plan and should last two seconds. For example, if you are doind the biceps curl, starting with the weights at the bottom with your arms straight, it should take you two seconds to bring the weights to your shoulder and then two seconds to bring your arms straights again, without any pause at the bottom or at the shoulders. That’s what the 2-0-2-0 means.
  6. To know how much weight you should use, I suggest going through trial and error. Start at a low weigth and see if you can do no more than 12 reps. If you can do 13, 15, or even 20 reps, up the weigth. Let your muscles rest for 1 minute, and repeat the process until you find a weigth for which you can only do 12 reps and not one more.

I really hope you’ll give this program a try! Let me know what you think!

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Click here to download the pdf !

Remember that I’m not a personal trainer, but simply a gym enthousiast. You should always check with a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or your health care practitioner before changing your exercise routine. Be careful and have fun!

 

Something new has been cooking at My Lighthearted Kitchen: an exercise section!

I have been playing around with this idea for a while now, and I have finally decided to share my training sessions with you. Some of you might know that I have started weight training in January and have been completely obsessed with this sport ever since.

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I have to say that it has been incredible to go back to the gym to take care and put my body to the test with each session. I love the rush of satisfaction I get every time and can up the repetition number or the weight I’m lifting. It really helps me feel better in my own skin while also giving me some “me-time” at the gym. After a back injury that prevented me from seriously exercising and two years of intense work as a teacher, it’s great to sweat and to exercise again.

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Because I love weight training so much, I decided that sharing my work-out plans could be a good way to spread this sport. Too many girls and women are intimidated to go in the weight training section of their gym, and it’s a realy shame. Getting stronger is a great way to build self-confidence at the same time as a great posture and more available muscles.

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Right now, I change my work-out routines every 8 weeks. Each work-out routine is composed of 5 training days: 1 leg day, 2 push days and 2 pull days. I include 2 rest days to let my body rest and my muscles grow and get stronger. I sometimes repeat the led day a second time if I feel like I don’t need the 2 rest days. I like working with the same exercises for 8 weeks because it gives me time to learn the exercises properly and to progress with them. Remember that you need to push yourself every single time you set foot in the gym! As for cardio and abs, I alternate between cardio sessions and ab training sessions each time I go to the gym.

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So, what will you find in this section of the blog? First, a beginner’s training routine to get you started in the gym. This is a whole body routine that you can do 3 to 4 times a week for the first 8 to 12 weeks of your new training regimen. This is to get you used to going to the gym and gently starting to push your body into liking weight training. After that, I will post my work-out routines every 8 weeks. You are welcome to join me in the gym!

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Remember that I’m not a personal trainer, but simply a gym enthousiast. You should always check with a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or your health care practitioner before changing your exercise routine. Be careful and have fun!

Iron Vegan Protein Powder Review // Poudre protéinée Iron Vegan

I’ve been testing out a few vegan protein powders recently, and I have to say it’s difficult to find one that is not too chalky, that tastes great and that is not filled with weird ingredients. Just last week, I had to go out to buy a third bag of the Iron Vegan Spouted Vegan Powder, I knew I had found a winner.

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Here’s what I like about this particular powder.

  • It’s made in Canada. Most of the other popular vegan protein powders that I can find in my area are made in the States, so it is nice to find one that is made more locally.
  • The packaging is less wasteful than the regular plastic tubs (it comes in a bag).
  • What I like most is the taste. Because it contains xantham gum, it really has a smooth texture. The chocolate taste is right on point and without any weird aftertaste. In brief, this is my go-to protein powder.
  • With 18g of protein per scoop, for 3g of carbs and only 0.5g of fat, it’s the powder that I found with the greatest macro ratio.

I pay around 60$ for the 1kg bag, and that lasts me and my boyfriend for around 3 weeks. I usually have one scoop in the morning with breakfast and one after the gym.  If you want to take it to the next level, try this post-workout smoothie recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 scoop of Iron vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp of raw cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana

Just blend everything together and enjoy! This is my favourite and something else that I’ve had almost every day for the last few months. Really satisfying and guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out or if you have tried another vegan protein powder.


Ces derniers mois, j’ai essayé différentes poudres protéinées véganes, et je dois dire qu’il est difficile d’en trouver une qui ne soit pas trop “poudreuse”, qui ait bon goût et qui ne soit pas remplie d’ingrédients inconnus ou étranges. La semaine dernière, lorsque j’ai acheté mon troisième sac de la poudre protéinée Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Powder, j’ai réalisé que ma quête était terminée.

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Voici pourquoi j’aime tant cette poudre protéinée particulière:

  • Elle est faite au Canada. La majorité des poudres protéinées que je peux trouver dans mon quartier sont faites aux États-Unis, alors c’est vraiment chouette d’en trouver une plus locale.
  • L’emballage est plus raisonable que les boites de platique: cette poudre est vendue dans un sac.
  • Le goût crémeux (merci poudre de xantham) et chocolaté, sans arrière goût étrange.
  • Avec 18g de protéines par portion, 3g de glucides et 0,5g de gras, cette poudre est équilibrée juste à mon goût!

Je paye environs 60$ pour le sac de 1kg qui me dûre environs 3 semaines. J’en prend habituellement une portion le matin avec mon petit déjeuner et une autre après le gym. Je vous recommande cette recette de smoothie post-workout: c’est comme un dessert!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 portion de poudre protéinée Iron Vegan
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre de cacao crue
  • 1 tasse de lait d’amande
  • 1 tasse d’eau
  • 1 banane

Mélanger le tout et savourez! C’est mon smoothie préféré et encore une autre chose que j’ai mangé presque tous les jours ces dernières semaines. Super satisfaisant et sans culpabilité! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez ou votre poudre protéinée préférée.

 

Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

(version française plus bas!)

In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!