Weekly Workout Recap #4: Thinner, Leaner, Stronger

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Okay so I’ve already switched up my workouts.

For the last 3 weeks I’ve been following a routine inspired by Thinner, Leaner, Stronger. I just have to sub a few exercises since I don’t have cables or a leg press machine but it’s all good.

StrongLifts 5×5 is a solid workout program too but it’s just a little too repetitive for me. It’s definitely a great choice if quick strength gains are what you’re after. But now I’m following Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and plan to for a while.

I’ve even stuck with my 2-3 HIIT workouts a week for the last 3 weeks and that’s crazy talk. I typically skip any and all cardio but I’m motivated and determined these days and running actually makes me feel really good.


Weekly Workout Recap #4: Thinner, Leaner, Stronger

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Since I hadn’t been doing a lot of heavy lifting prior to starting this I started each of the big exercises (squats, deadlifts, etc.) with the barbell only (~45#) and I’ve been working up from there. I make sure to log each workout so I know how much weight I lifted that day and whether it felt too light or not. This helps me determine what I should lift next time to keep me lifting in the lower rep range.

I typically do 4 strength workouts per week and 2-3 simple treadmill HIIT workouts.

  • Day One: Chest + Triceps (plus HIIT)
  • Day Two: Back, Butt, Bis + Abs (plus HIIT)
  • Day Three: Shoulders + Calves (plus HIIT)
  • Day Four: Legs, Butt + Abs

I started in the 8-10 rep range but I’m working down to the 4-8 rep range this week.

Chest Day:

Thinner Leaner Stronger Chest Day - via LiftingMakesMeHappy.com


Leg Day!

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger Leg Day - via LiftingMakesMeHappy.com


On Tuesday of this week I noticed that I’m starting to get some definition again. Yesssss!

Thinner Leaner Stronger Muscle Definition - via LiftingMakesMeHappy.com

The line might be faint but it’s there and it makes me happy!


Equipment used for Thinner, Leaner, Stronger workouts:


Hope your workouts are going well this week!

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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