5 Rep Maxes...And Fruit Loops :)

This week on my training plan I got to test my 5 rep maxes on push presses, close grip bench, squats and deadlifts. I was excited because it has been a while since I've really "maxed out". 

My focus most of last year was a little more on hypertrophy training, especially since the back/hip issue I had last come up last spring. I've slowly built my strength back up since then and was pretty happy with my 5 RMs:

Barbell push press: 110 x 5
Close grip bench press: 110 x 5
Squat: 185 x 5  (Watch here)
Deadlifts: 200 x 5 (Watch here)

I fueled my muscles after today's heavy leg workout with a bowl of....
Yup, you guessed it! Fruit Loops! Don't hate.

 I allow myself one "treat" meal each week, but I also have 1 or 2 days during the week when I let myself have something I've been craving as a post workout treat. I absolutely LOVE cereal, so this week I had Fruit Loops after my 2 heavy lifting days. One of the best things I've had in a long time! It satisfies my cravings AND fuels my muscles -2 birds with one stone! 

I don't believe I have to give up everything I love to be fit and healthy...but that's just my philosophy. :)


  1. Fruit loops look tasty....unfortunately, not on my menu ;). I have a question though.....
    How would you rate the results of hypertrophy training versus max weight with smaller reps? I am trying to look more defined and lean out, not necessarily get big.


    1. Well, both can be beneficial. Hypertrophy training helps build more muscle, which in turn will help you burn bodyfat. Keeping weights heavier with lower reps may not induce as much hypertrophy but still burns calories and increase metabolism, which will also help with fat loss. Just keep in mind that to look defined, you need to build muscle and lose bodyfat.

  2. Wow, they are impressive 5RMs! I can't wait for the day I can squat that much for reps... and look as cute as you doing it!

  3. I seriously think this is an amazing idea!!!!! SO you didn't have a shake then? :) I know you usually have shakes, but how do you feel about having solid meals pwo? Rather a shake?

    Congrats on the 5RMs!!!!!! VERY inspiring and impressive :) Be proud of yourself honey

    1. Thanks!! And yes, I did have my shake with the Fruit Loops-gotta get that protein! :)

  4. Awesome progress Lindsay!! Keep that videos coming...they always inspire me!


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