My Gym, My fitness, Mei Fitness

Fitness gyms are everywhere. The competition is everywhere. Being able to separate your gym from that competition is a hard thing to do. However, it is very possible as shown by the owner of Mei Fitness.

I first started going to the Southport location, the beginning of this past summer. I had been at LA Fitness for several months and before that I was at the old golds gym off of Washington Street. Both gyms were great although the drive was too long for golds and it was time to move on from LA Fitness. I didn’t know what gym I would move to although I kept hearing about this one gym that was open 24/7 and called Me? I had literally thought thats how it was spelled! (ha)

I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with moving fitness centers. I knew that meant I would have to learn new equipment, the lay of the land and so on. After a week of going back and forth about it and being annoyed of not working out, I bit the bullet. In one of my later posts I talked about how certain things that motivate me just eat at me until it bothers me enough to get to it. Let’s just say I was fed up and needed to get back to building my physique.

I purchased my membership online and decided if I wasn’t going back to LA Fitness I need to (man up) and try out a new spot.

I was blown out of the water when I went into Mei for the first time. The staff were all so kind and I was genuinely amazed at how much they had to offer. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the gym wasn’t too busy mid day and even when it was busy it wasn’t craziness everywhere. From that first day I knew I made the right choice of switching up my gym location.

Fitness is a lifestyle and being able to enjoy that lifestyle you have to be in a place you are most comfortable in. Mei Fitness is were I have felt the most comfortable and welcomed.

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What Drives My Motivation

Getting into the gym can be taxing on you mentally, physically and very time consuming out of a busy day. Going to the gym isn’t something easy. Its an hour and some of your day spent putting hard work into your body when you might not see the results right away.

Let me fill you in on a few motivational thoughts I fill my head with when its been a long day and I’m not so sure the gym is even worth it.

  • Booty gains

We all know those girls that have the perfect butt without even having to really work for it. Their mama graced them with those curves. And some on us envy those women! Go them!! Seriously. For me, however, I was not given that grace. It’s taken me 4 years to get where I am in that particular part of my body and I am so proud of it! But every time I am just sitting on the couch dreading the gym knowing I need to get there I think, “Well, it won’t get anywhere if I just sit here…” so I get up and start moving towards my goals.

  • Am I having a rough day?

The gym isn’t always a “do I really have to go?” type thought. Sometimes i’m having a rough day, sometimes my days are cloudy. So its not a “do I have to” its more like “I really need to.”, “I really WANT to.” The gym is a therapy. The gym is an escape for me. I get in there and everything else that is noisy in the world drops like a 100 pound weight with my headphones on nothing else matters when I focus on what I want my body to do. Once I’ve left I feel like my day has done a 180 flip. It’s an investment in myself. A very rich investment

  • To look good naked.

Lets be honest… self confidence is very important. Of course everyone is beautiful in their own way but I have found to have very high standards for myself and what I want to personally achieve with my body. Therefore making myself go after a long day or a lazy day I get closer to achieving the goals I want to reach.

  • What is the person next to me doing that I am not.

To be 100% honest here I need to say that sometimes this thought drives me absolutely bonkers! Which is very good in its own way. I will say this is probably the biggest motivation boost I have when it comes to just getting that workout done. I have always had the phrase, “There is always someone bigger, better, and badder than you are.” ingrained into my mind from the time I was walking and riding 1000 pound animals. This phase pushes me in the most miraculous way because the truth of it is real. I will always strive to make the most effort in achieving the goals I have in myself and fighting for my spot on top.

So to come back to my opening thoughts, it is worth it! Completely worth every minute spent in the gym. The results night not come right away but after a while, it becomes a habit, then it becomes a lifestyle, and that is when the results are noticed in yourself and by others.

 

Feel The Burn Shoulder Workout!

Post Shoulder Pump

Hey guys! I know its a Monday, and Monday is my designated leg day so save this one for Tuesday and go check out my last post on Booty Gains! In all seriousness though, this workout destroyed my shoulders! I mean demolished. Keep in mind these workouts are what I personally do, so please be careful! I went on the heavier side with the weight to build muscle, with lower reps.  The necessities for this workout include dumbbells, pre-weighted barbells, and the ground (ha).

  • 50 warmup pushups
  • 4×10-8-6-4 dumbbell shoulder press (increase weight as reps drop)
  • 4×8 dumbbell side raises 
  • 4×8 dumbbell front raise
  • 3×10 Arnold press dropset pre-weighted barbell front raises until failure 
  • 4×12 cable Lat push downs superset 4×15 lat pull downs (not super heavy but challenging enough to burn but not terrible for a small cool down)

I hope y’all enjoy this workout! I definitely did!

 

Booty Gains

Okay ladies, this ones for y’all. Guys, I guess you can try it too but don’t blame me if ya get some weird looks!(ha) In this workout I really pushed hard and heavy. I have some of my top favorite booty gain workouts in here. These are workouts are what I personally do, so please be careful! This workout is on the longer side. I think it took me an hour and a half to complete.

  • 15-20 minute warmup: I like to walk on an incline at 15% at 3mp
  •  Glute activation exercises (with or without resistance bands). 2×20 squats, 2×20 glute bridges, 20 monster walks (I like to do these before my workout so my glutes are forced to wake up and work)
  • Rope cable pull throughs: 4×15-12-12-12
  • Plate good morning alt. Squats, with a 25lb plate: 4×10
  • Sumo squats with dumbbell: 4×7 regular, 7 half from bottom, 7 half from top
  • Heavy Bar Squats: 4×6,6,5,5
  • Lying leg press: 5×10 with different stances (wide, close, normal, feet set at the top, feet set closer to the bottom)
  • Superset 4×8 leg curls with 4×8(each leg) glute press

I hope y’all enjoy this booty burning workout! I was crazy sore the next day! Have fun!

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Post workout pic. Dang near broke my back.

 

 

The Journey to Creating Something Bigger than Just a Name.

I used to believe I only wanted a big butt, a flat stomach, and to be better than those around me. Which is true, for the most part. What I’ve found is that, what I truly want is to be better than my old self, to inspire my followers and the people I speak to on the streets. Most importantly, I want to build other women up to show them that they are absolutely stunning in everything they are. I don’t want to compete with the women around me when I already compete with myself. With that said let me explain the name of this blog page, Wolfness.

I came up with it six months ago, after playing around with the idea of building my own personal brand. I had struggled to think of a name for what I had been dreaming to do and once Wolfness came into my mind nothing else spoke to my soul the way it does. The name itself stands for “she-wolf”. Which really is the biggest component to Wolfness but theres more.

There had been an incident that changed my whole way of thinking as I knew it, and put meaning into my dreams. For years I watched women deliberately shame other women, and I was never strong enough to stand up to these bullies. Yes, “bully” is the term I use, which sounds a lot like the typical school bully. But that’s exactly what I’m talking about people! Bullies exist throughout every stage of life.

This life altering incident started on one of the most used social media platforms, Twitter. There was a mean girl, who made a disturbing comment about what women should and shouldn’t post. Her comment was posted deliberately after my best friend had uploaded a cute bikini pic with her puppers by the pool! Sounds cute, right? That was until she had seen the comment posted making it seem as if her uploaded picture was “to slutty”. 

All of us ladies have a radar. You know the one that sends a chill down your spine indicating that something shady is pointing at you? Well this was that feeling for my friend. She confronted the mean girl, asking if there was a problem. To which her response was snarky and defensive, claiming the tweet hadn’t been about my friend.

The story continues on instagram (we all know what this is)… Long story short, the mean girl got information from a private account and blew it into a petty whirl. It ended with my best friends instagram pages going up on the bullies personal account with mean and nasty words in her caption. All in spite of her own insecurities. Let me tell you, this didn’t sit well with me as a best friend. I mean come on, I was already been fed up with all the hate I’d witnessed between women.

I had commented about the stupidity of the drama she had caused and how judgement only hurts oneself. Whether the tweet had been about my best friend or not, it pointed out her own unfriendliness and insecurities. It wasn’t necessary due the the simple fact that what another woman puts on her social media is none of your business. If you don’t like something, scroll past it and/or unfollow that person. You have that freedom! If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all. A saying we have learned from the very beginning. With todays society, I have never found something to be more true. Well, maybe a few more things but in this instance I couldn’t have found a more genuine phrase. Life’s to short to be anything but kind.

You see, us women need to stick together. The slut shaming, using derogatory terms such as ugly, fat, unworthy, and disgusting, along with all the other shit (sorry not sorry) we women put on each other, is so damaging to the victims mental well-being. Seeing first hand how the cruelty between women destroys confidence and causes doubt, is where the idea of Wolfness came about. (turning into Dr. Sues y’all)

When I think of a wolf, I think loyal, strong, beautiful, intelligent, caring, personal power, and instinct. This is how us women should be with one another. We should have a pack mentality, like wolves. Be there for each other and protect each other. We should shower love onto one another in a world that is already so cruel. Having the backs of the women around you and putting positivity into their lives with the extraordinary tools we have in todays society, helps unite women as a whole. Look at the other women all around the world and think of them as your pack.

I’ll close this with my favorite quote by Nikita Gill, “If all girls were taught to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a different and beautiful world we would live in.” I challenge all of you ladies out there reading this to be a wolf!