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Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements and Food

Building Muscle on a Budget- Cost Conscious Supplements

It’s hard to build muscle, or diet when you are on a tight budget. The key is to learn the tricks of the trade, and if you do it correctly, you will actually save money by getting a better body. Let’s look at some of my suggestions.

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Budget Muscle- Food Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to foods.

  • Chicken Breasts: Chicken breasts can be had for $1.99 a pound many times if you go directly to the butcher section at many grocery stores (Krogers), but if you buy the Tyson variety, you will be paying close to double.
  • Chicken Thighs: Fattier than chicken breasts, but much more economical, chicken thighs are a real value in the muscle department.
  • Eggs: I see our local ALDI advertising eggs for 59 cents a dozen all the time!
  • Yogurt and Cottage Cheese: Both very good sources of protein
  • Bulk almonds, peanuts, and cashews: Great healthy fats and proteins to snack on
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Meal Replacement Shakes: Only 140 Calories, 24 grams of protein, and $1.66 for a complete meal, it is a must buy! Order here with free shipping!
  • Canned Tuna: Sometimes not the most appealing taste, but high quality protein for a low price!

 

Budget Muscle- Supplements Edition:

Whether you are dieting or trying to add muscle, there are certain go to supplements.

  • 1st Phorm Creatine: Creatine is safe for men and women and is one of the most researched and proven supplements ever. It builds muscle, helps in recovery, and is dirt cheap. Purchase 100 servings for less than 19 cents a serving with free shipping here! 
  • 1st Phorm Glutamine: Glutamine is another safe and proven supplement for men and women. Your muscles are full of glutamine and it is good for your immune system. Purchase today with free shipping for servings less than 32 cents a day!  
  • Hot Coffee (Black): Black coffee has antioxidants and caffeine that is great for weight loss. Especially if you don’t add the sweeteners. Try drinking this while fasting.
  • 1st Phorm M-Factor Multivitamins: M-Factor is dosed correctly with the right vitamins and minerals for women or men (you pick the men’s or the women’s version when ordering). They are tailor-made to help men and women who are active at working our or dieting that aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals their body needs. Order M-Factor will free shipping here!

 

Summary:  

Quality foods and supplements don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but they sure can make those arms and legs grow!

 

Questions and Comments?

 

Thank you for reading, share with your friends!

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

TeamNutritionTrain.com

Domination Workout Plan

Domination Workout Plan

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The Domination Workout:

The goal of the Domination Workout is to add quality size and strength without adding fat. The goal is to “recomposition” your body so that your weight will stay close to the same it is now by cutting fat and gaining quality muscle at the same time. This would be a great workout for the 1st Phorm Transphormation Contest. 

How it works:

The Domination Workout consists of various workouts in combination with a quality meal plan. Cardio is high intensity based with only sprints mixed with jogging/walking. This has been proven to target fat better than long walks/jogs.

The Meal Plan:

The Supplements (Free Shipping Links Included):

  • The Post Workout Stack – This is to help replenish glycogen lost after strenuous workout and fuel your muscles with the highest quality protein (1 scoop of each immediately after workout)
  • Megawatt V2– Potent Pre Workout
  • 1st Phorm BCAA– Great Amino Acid product I mix with pre workout
  • M-Factor– Potent Multivitamin  (morning)
  • Full Mega Fish Oil–  Potent anti-inflammatory for overall health (night)
  • Level-1 Protein– Meal Replacement for muscle growth and fat loss  (Saves money on meals and can take it to replace breakfast or lunch)
  • The Primal Pack (Optional) – Men over 30 lose testosterone fast. This helps raise them naturally.

The Domination Workout:

First 4 weeks Pump Phase

Monday: Biceps and Shoulders 

Note: No more than 30-60 seconds rest between sets

Biceps: 

3 sets of dumbbell hammer curls (10-12 reps)

3 sets of preacher curls (10-12 reps)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell curls (10-12 reps)

Shoulders:

3 sets of shoulder press (Dumbbell or Barbell or Machine) (12-15 reps)

3 sets of frontal raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of lateral raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of rear delt flies or high rows (use rope on cable and pull to face) (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Tuesday: Chest and Triceps

5 sets of bench press increasing weight each set (15-12-10-8-5)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell bench (8-12 reps)

3 sets of dips (15-20 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope pulldowns(10-12 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope overhead extensions (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Wednesday Legs:

5 sets of squats increasing in weight each set (15, 12, 10, 8, 6)

3 sets of leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of calf raises on leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of seated calf raises (10 reps per set)

3 sets of leg extensions (10-15 reps per set)

3 sets of stiff legged deadlifts (Light weight, 10-15 reps per set)

No Cardio.

Thursday: Back and Traps

5 sets of pulldowns (wide grip) (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of pulldowns (reverse grip chin up stance) (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of Seated Cable Rows (8-12 reps per set)

3 sets of bent over dumbbell rows (reverse grip Yate’s Row Style) (8-12 reps per set)

5 sets of Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs (10-20 reps per set)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Saturday: Pump Day

5 sets of barbell bench (10-20 reps per set)

5 sets of alternating biceps curl

5 sets of dips

5 sets of leg extensions

5 sets of leg curls

Cardio:

20  minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Last 4 Weeks Strength Phase

Monday: Biceps and Shoulders

Biceps: 

3 sets of dumbbell hammer curls (10-12 reps) (hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

3 sets of preacher curls (10-12 reps) (Hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell curls (10-12 reps) (Hold for 3 seconds every 3rd rep)

Shoulders:

5 sets of shoulder press (Dumbbell or Barbell or Machine) (6-10 reps)

3 sets of lateral raises (10-12 reps)

3 sets of rear delt flies or high rows (use rope on cable and pull to face) (10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Tuesday: Chest and Triceps

5 sets of bench press same weight each set, increase by 10 pounds each week if complete (5 reps)

3 sets of inclined dumbbell bench (6 reps)

3 sets of Close Grip Bench Press (6-8 reps)

3 sets of dips (15-20 reps)

3 sets of triceps rope pulldowns(10-12 reps)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Wednesday Legs:

5 sets of squats increasing in weight each set (8, 6, 4, 2, 1)

3 sets of leg press (10 reps per set)

3 sets of calf raises on leg press (20 reps per set)

3 sets of seated calf raises (10 reps per set)

3 sets of leg extensions (10-15 reps per set)

3 sets of stiff legged deadlifts (Light weight, 10-15 reps per set)

No Cardio.

Thursday: Back and Traps

5 sets of pulldowns (wide grip) (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of pulldowns (reverse grip chin up stance) (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of Seated Cable Rows (6-8 reps per set)

3 sets of bent over dumbbell rows (5 reps per set)

5 sets of Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs (10-20 reps per set)

Cardio:

10 minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

Saturday: Pump Day

5 sets of barbell bench (10-20 reps per set)

5 sets of alternating biceps curl

5 sets of dips

5 sets of leg extensions

5 sets of leg curls

Cardio:

20  minute jog. Every minute sprint for 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds then repeat.

 

Summary:

The goal is to keep up with this workout for at least 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, you can switch to a different workout or start at the beginning of the Pump Phase. Alternating Pump Phase with Strength Phase gives your muscles a break and helps you build new muscle. Your goal should be to increase your bench press max by 30 pounds over the course of the 8 week program. Should see an increase of 50 pounds on squats. The idea is get stronger, get more ripped, and gain muscle without gaining any fat.

 

Try it, like it, share it.

 

Thanks,
Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Phorm’s TransPHORMation Contest

 

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2017 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge transphormation

The 2017 1st Phorm Transphormation Challenge is back, and so is the $250,000 contest looking for the greatest transformations, or “transphormations” as Andy Frisella likes to say. Last year had nearly 100,000 entries and the results were staggering. This year you have three ways to enter:

1st Go to: https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain 

  • Purchase the Results Stack (20% Off) which includes: Monthly access to the Mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest,  Full Mega, M-Factor (Goddess or Hero), and Royal 21 King or Royal 21 Queen (Brand New Fat Loss Stack)
  • or Purchase the Health Stack which includes: Monthly access to mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest, Full Mega, and M-Factor (Goddess or Hero).
  • or Monthly access to Mytransphormationstartstoday.com, the contest, no discounts on supplements but absolutely no costs! Thank you Andy Frisella for doing this!

Now you will be assigned a Legionnaire for entering the contest. Every entry will have a Legionnaire. Legionnaires are brand ambassadors for 1st Phorm. The select few who are chosen to represent 1st Phorm because of their knowledge of nutrition, personal training, etc.  Who better than the guy who was voted Most Valuable Legionnaire last year? (I won Most Valuable Legionnaire September 2016, got a free trip to the headquarters, got to be in some videos and advertisements). If you go to https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain you will be on my team. My wife and I, (my wife is also a Legionnaire) will add you to our Facebook group, will help you will meal planning, workouts, dieting, recipes, and so much more. We will help you get in the best shape of your life, and hopefully help you win this whole damn thing!

 

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For considering us for being your coaches during the Transphormation Challenge, We are offering free shipping on all 1st Phorm Supplements, just go to 1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain and you will automatically receive free shipping on your entire order!

 

Again, you can sign up for free for the Transphormation Challenge, or save some real $$$ by singing up for the Transphormation challenge by buying some reduced cost supplements. The choice is you. Just sign up at https://1stphorm.com/a/transphormation?a_aid=NutritionTrain

 

 

Lift Heavy My Friends,

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

TeamNutritionTrain.com

 

How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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Dieting isn’t as hard, or as expensive as people make it out to be.

The Weight Loss Formula

As mentioned in the linked article the weight loss formula is simple.

(BMR) > (Calories Consumed)-(Calories Burned)

Or quite simply: Eat less calories than  your body needs. 

Step #1. Figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight (BMR).

Before you can start dieting, you really should figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight . I like to use this calculator to calculate my BMR. Currently my BMR is approximately 1900 calories (I’m 5’8, 192, 32 years old). BMR is the calculation of how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight if you were just sitting and breathing all day. This doesn’t include what your body needs if you workout, work, etc.

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Step #2. How many pounds of fat do I want to burn each week?

Of the thousands of people who will read this article, I’m sure 95% of you will say “as much as possible”. Although this sounds like a good idea, it is not. Losing weight too fast can be detrimental to your health. You should want to lose weight safely and effectively while leaving as much muscle as possible.  The old adage is that cutting calories by 500 a day will help you burn 1 pound of fat a week. Although there are multiple studies confirming and denying the 500 calorie figure, I like to use it in my cheat sheet.

There are three ways to “cut calories”. The first way is to eat fewer calories. The second way is to burn those calories. The most effective way to diet is to do both. Burning calories through weight training and cardio will help you grow muscle and burn fat. Changing your diet will further help your weight loss journey. The third way to burn calories is through supplements such as The Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack from 1st Phorm. These help speed up your metabolism to help you shred fat faster.

How many pounds should I shoot for losing each week? In most cases I don’t suggest trying to lose more than 1-3 pounds per week. This is equates to 4-12 pounds per month. Keep in mind that we are talking about “Fat” and not clearly just pounds. If you were normally eating a high sodium diet, you will lose a ton of water weight the first few weeks on top of the fat.

Equation:

To Lose 1 pound per week- Cut/burn 500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To Lose 2 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1000 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To lose 3 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

Step #3. How am I going to burn these calories?

Part A. Plan a Diet

I suggest starting out to try to eat your BMR. The BMR is the amount of calories your body needs at rest to maintain current body weight. Since you will be active and in the gym, your body is going to be burning much more calories than normal, so eating your BMR should be 500-1000 calories less than your body will actually need to maintain current body weight.

This means I need to shoot for around 1900 calories per day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast- Level-1 Shake + Banana= 230 calories

Snack #1- 1 servings of almonds= 160 calories

Lunch- Broccoli and Chicken Breast (6 oz)- 330 calories

Snack #2- 1 servings of almonds- 160 calories

Dinner-2 fillets of Tilapia, 2 servings of brown rice (200 grams), Cauliflower- 500 calories

Post-Workout Snack- 2 servings of Phormula-1 + 1 serving of Ignition= 360 calories

Before Bed Snack- Peanut butter with apples- 200 calories

Total Calories= 1940

Part B. Workout Plan

When I’m cutting, I want to be in the gym at least 5 days a week. I like to hit specific muscle groups on specific days. I will then finish the workout by doing cardio.

Monday- Biceps/Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

Tuesday- Chest + 20 minutes of HIIT

Wednesday- Legs + 20 minute jog

Thursday- Back + 20 minute jog

Friday- Shoulders + Calves + 20 minute HIIT.

Weekends- I may go for a jog or play basketball. I try to give my muscles the weekend off.

Part C. Supplement Plan

Supplements help supplement your diet and exercise. If you are a gym rat, you will need to supplement your diet more because you lose many vitamins and minerals through sweat. We also miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals because of our diet. Many American’s don’t eat enough fish.

Here is my supplement plan:

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Commander + Thyro-Drive with Breakfast– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

Commander  with Lunch– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

M-Factor Hero before bed– A great multivitamin that isn’t pixie dusted. It works by giving you essential vitamin and minerals your body needs in a capsule, much more proven way to inject vitamins.

Thyro-Drive before bed– Thyro-Drive helps maintain optimal thyroid performance to maxmize weight loss.

Opti-Core before bed– Stress makes you gain weight, lack of sleep helps prevent gains. Opti-Core helps reduce stress and increase sleep.

Full Mega before bed– We don’t eat enough fish. Fish Oil is great for your heart, is an anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown weight loss with fish oil.

Creatine Post Workout-  I mix creatine with Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein post workout to help with muscle growth and recovery.

 

Summary:

Losing weight isn’t difficult, but keep consistent with it can be. Plan everything from your workouts, to your diet, to you supplements to ensure that you maximize the weight loss. After each month I take a look back to see if I achieved the results I wanted. I then make tweaks.

 

If you need further advice on diet, training, or other goals, feel free to email me: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com. Also feel free to click on any of the links through the page to receive the lowest price and free shipping on your 1st Phorm orders.

 

Thank you,

 

Dustin Holston

Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain

 

How to make a New Year’s Resolution you can actually stick to

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HEALTH/FITNESS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION COME TRUE…

According to the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution achieve their goals…

I will be honest, I am probably the worst person for writing this article. I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution since I had a goal of dunking a basketball in 9th grade. Keep in mind that I was 5’4 then, and only 5’8 now. Before making my first resolution in the last 16 years, I wanted to outline how to make such a goal.

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How to set the ultimate New Year’s Resolution:

#1. The goal must be measurable:

“I want to be skinny.” – Not measurable

“I want to have a six pack in 12 months.” -Measurable 

“I want to stop drinking coke.”- Measurable 

“I want to be rich.” – Not measurable

“I want to bench press 300 pounds.” -Measurable

Your goal must be measurable. In fitness, most of these goals are quantitative in nature, meaning they are measurable. I want to lose 10 pounds, I want to lose 3 inches off my waist, and I want to bench 250 pounds are all quantitative. Qualitative goals tend to be harder to measure. I want to be skinny, is not a measurable goal. Skinny is an adjective that means different things to different people. Turn your qualitative goal into a quantitative goal by having specific goals. If you want to be skinny, and you think you will be skinny if you lose 20 pounds, then make your goal to lose 20 pounds. If you hit your goal and you find it isn’t where you want to be, then readjust.

#2. The goal must be realistic:

“I weigh 300 pounds, and by the end of 2015 I want to weigh 100 pounds.”- Not realistic

“I bench press 150 pounds and by the end of 2015 I want to bench 250 pounds.”- Realistic

“I want to gain 100 pounds of muscle by eating healthy in 2015.”- Not realistic

“I want to lose 50 pounds in 2015.”- Realistic

If your goal isn’t realistic, then you risk the chance to succeed. If you make the goal too unobtainable, then you will more than likely give up early. If you don’t know if your goal is realistic, ask a doctor, personal trainer, or friend for advice.

3. The goal must be hard… but obtainable:

“I want to lose 5 pounds this year.”- Not hard

“I want to gain 15 pounds of muscle in 2015.” – Hard but obtainable

“I want to lose 100 pounds of fat.”- Hard, but maybe too hard

If you set a goal that is too hard then you will be disappointed when it is impossible to succeed. If you make a goal that is too easy, you will be complacent and not try hard enough. I feel the best goals are ones in which I feel there is only a 50/50 chance of succeeding. This will encourage me to try harder, but realize that although it is going to be tough, I can do it!

4. Include how you are specifically going to achieve this goal in your New Year’s Resolution:

“I am going to lose 15 pounds by changing my diet by adding more fiber and fruits, while lowering total caloric intake.”- Great

“I am going to lose 15 pounds by eating healthier.” – Not specific enough 

By including how you are going to achieve your goal means that you have taken some time and thought about the process of your goal. This normally involves research or working with someone. Having the knowledge necessary to achieve your goal is vital prior to starting your goal.

5. Set mini-goals by date to help achieve your resolution:

“I am going to lose 15 pounds in 12 months. By April I will be down 5 pounds. By August I will be down 10 pounds.”- Great

“I am going to gain 20 pounds of muscle this year. It doesn’t matter how it happens.” -No mini-goals to help achieve the resolution

Having mini-goals set periodically help you gauge how well you are doing. If you do not hit your mini-goal, it allows for extra motivation over the next time period. This is probably the most overlooked aspect of achieving your New Year’s resolution.

Summary:

By setting a measurable, realistic, challenging yet obtainable goals with the specifics of how you will achieve the goal, and mini-goals to help gauge process, anyone can be one of the 8% of people who actually achieve their New Year’s Resolution.

What can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution?

If you are trying to lose weight, I suggest the Commander Go Pack (for men), or the Bliss Go Pack (for women). Both fight fat 24/7 with three killer fat burners in one. One is a stim that fights fat and controls appetite, while the other two help reduce stress and optimize hormones.

 

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My New Year’s Resolution?

Be a bad ass… Wait, that isn’t measurable.

Lift Heavy My Friends,
Dustin Holston
Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist
Twitter: @NutritionTrain
IG: @NutritionTrain247
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2015 Fall Workout Schedule

2015 Fall Workout Schedule

Hey guys! Just wanted to share with you a sample workout schedule for a 5 day split (or 4 day split) to add quality muscle and strength! Try it out for a couple months. If you have any questions let me know! This workout can be used by men or women. If you do not know how to do an exercise, please contact me (nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com) so I can assist! If you are trying to lose weight, I’d add 4 days of cardio per week! If you are trying to gain weight, I’d keep the cardio to 1-2 days per week.

Workout #1: Legs

Workout #2: Chest

Workout #3: Arms

Workout #4: Back

Workout #5: Shoulders/Abs

Note: 

You can do cardio as often as you want but I don’t suggest doing cardio on Leg day.

You can combine Shoulders and ABS with Arms or Back to make this a 4 day workout split.

Workout #1: Legs

Barbell squats or Dumbbell lunges: 8 sets (lower weight, higher reps)- only 60 second break between sets.

Leg Extensions: 3 sets, moderate weight, 10-15 reps

Leg Curls: 3 sets, moderate weight, 10-15 reps

Workout #2: Chest

Barbell or Dumbbell Bench Press (partials)

A partial is not completing a full rep. The idea is to bring the bar down to your chest and only move it about 6 inches above your chest and back down. Keeps all tension on chest.

Base it off of my workout: 135 x 15, 155 x 12, 185 x 10, 205 x 6, 225 x 3, 185 x 8, 135 x 15

Pec Deck/Cable Crossovers/Machine Flies/Dumbbell flies: 3 sets of 15

 Workout #3: Arms

Cross Body Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 10.  Keep your elbows tucked to your side. Now lift the dumbbell and imagine trying to hit your opposite boob.

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Preacher Curls/Machine Preacher Curls: 3 sets of 10

Wide Grip Barbell curls: Grab the barbell wider than you normally would. Do a curl.  3 sets of 10.

Dips: You can either do dips on a machine or on a bench. If you need additional weight, have your friend press on your shoulders. 4 sets

Triceps Rope Extensions: 4 sets of 10 reps. Keep elbows tucked to your side and bring down.

Skull crushers/Cable skull crushers: 4 sets of 10.

Workout #4: Back

Lat Pull downs: 5 sets of 8-12 reps.

Bent-over dumbbell rows: 3 sets of 10

Seated Cable Rows: 5 sets of 8-12 reps

Workout #5: Shoulders/Traps/Abs

Dumbbell Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 10-15

Dumbbell Frontal Raises: 3 sets of 10-15

Shoulder Press/Machine Press/Military Press: 5 sets of 10

Dumbbell or Barbell Shrugs: 6 sets of 15

Lumberjacks:  60 second sets with medicine ball, 3 sets.

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