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Under Armour Giveaway – Winner!

Man Biceper Therese won the Under Armour Giveway!

Congrats!

I also just wanted to take a second to post this awesome magazine cover she sent me with her entry.

LabBicep

I think the new fashion accessory for this next year may just be biceps….

Breathing Squats

With my return to a powerlifting program for the next couple of weeks before moving back to kettlebell work, I’ve started doing breathing squats.

So far they’ve been light as I get back into really handling heavy weight, but I can just tell they are going to be murder soon. Talk about a great way to add strength and power to your legs!

So what are breathing squats?

After warming up, you set a box that allows you to go to parallel or just a bit below parallel.

You then pick a weight that you know you can do for about 10 reps consecutively. BUT instead of doing 10 reps, you are going to do 20 reps with that weight before you put it down.

And trust me, even using a slightly light weight, these have gotten me out of breath and my legs fatigued.

So next time you are looking for a killer leg workout, I want you to do one thing – breathing squats.

Heavy weight. 20 reps. DONE!

P.S. If you haven’t yet, enter the Under Armour Giveaway!

UNDER ARMOUR GIVEAWAY!!!!

I’m excited to be giving some Man Biceper an Under Armour sweatshirt!

Yay sweatshirt!

Yay you could have this sweatshirt!

I don’t want to make you jump through too many hoops BUT I do what to hear some interesting comments!

So what do you have to do to get one?

  1. Share this post on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. Comment that you shared the post.
  3. In that comment on this post also state either the funniest aka stupidest thing you’ve ever heard about diet and exercise OR your favorite exercise move and why.
  4. THEN send me a picture of your Man Bicep, manbiceps@gmail.com. (This last one is optional but it would be awesome to have a picture of a few awesome Man Bicepers! :-))

So there you have it.

Share this post and then comment on it with the link and either an exercise you love or the stupidest thing you’ve heard about diet and exercise! (And hopefully an awesome photo of your Man Bicep!)

You have until the end of the day Monday to enter! And on Tuesday I’ll announce a randomly picked winner from the comments!

Loving my Under Armour

Ok so a few weeks ago, I was contacted by an Under Armour rep. about doing a product review and giveaway.

I won’t do promotional things UNLESS I really believe in the company or brand – and I LOVE Under Armour.

I actually gained a huge respect for the brand when they started the “What’s Beautiful” competition.

So when he offered me a chance to review a product and give one away to a dedicated Man Bicep reader, I jumped right on the opportunity.

I work in a gym with tires, atlas stones, barbells, dumbbells, ropes and sleds. While we do have a cleaning crew that does a great job, the gym does have that sort of dirty outdoor feel.

It definitely isn’t a gym where I want to wear Lululemon. (Granted I only sometimes even wear my stuff from Lululemon to lift…It just doesn’t feel right to me…but that is me.)

BUT I do love wearing big comfortable t-shirts to workout in AND my Under Armour clothes.

I have a number of shirts from Under Armour, which are cute and flattering BUT NOT TIGHT (Even though I have half-naked photos on my blog, I really don’t like tight clothing.)

So anyway, I love my Under Armour stuff because it is cute but makes me feel comfortable and just seems to fit with all of the different things in the gym.

However, most of the Under Armour stuff I have is short-sleeved and while it isn’t COLD here, in a gym with no heat, you do sometimes need a sweatshirt.

And an Under Armour sweatshirt is one thing I didn’t have so I chose to review that product!

I got the purple Fleece Divide Hoody and I LOVE it!

It is warm and cute and comfortable (and I’m a fan of color so I love the brightness). I like mine loose so I got a medium and it fits perfectly! It is fitted enough without being skin-tight.

It makes me feel like I’m wearing something stylish, but at the same time it isn’t so cute or fragile feeling that I’m afraid to get it a little dirty.

It is perfect to lift in and perfect to coach in.

Some breathing squats to warm up

Some breathing squats to warm up

Deadlift warm up

Deadlift warm up

(Ok so these pictures are taken from this morning workout and I look tired…I’m apparently not a morning person any more…)

The only “negative” I guess is that it is missing thumb holes, but I’m just a weirdo and like to play with those…

So who is interested in getting their own Fleece Divide Hoody!?!

Check back later today for the GIVEAWAY!

P.S. I’ve decided breathing squats are going to be awful by the end of next week. Right now the weight is light enough that 20 in a row down to a low box isn’t bad, but once I up the weight next week…UH OH!

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