Every morning, as the sun rises I hear tiny footsteps getting closer and closer to my bed. No need for an alarm clock here. 7:00 a.m. on the dot, I hear a little voice say,
Wake up sleepy potato. It’s my 3–year–old son, Tre’s way of letting me know that it’s time to get up. It’s a good way to start the day. I toss on some workout clothes, help Tre put on his, and head to the basement for our morning cardio and cartoon session before breakfast. When I am getting ready for a show, my trusty Stairmaster whips my butt into shape while he tunes into thirty minutes of his favorite purple dinosaur. I’ve done cardio at other times of the day, but the fat just seems to peel off with pre–breakfast Stairmaster, so we worked out this schedule. Everyone is happy and it starts the day off right.
Next comes breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. Whether it’s one of my huge veggie and egg white omelets or protein shake with egg whites for amazing pancakes, I love breakfast. Tre always joins me for protein pancakes. I make him special miniature ones that he can dip in sugar–free syrup. We have the breakfast routine down pat and Tre even helps by stirring the protein shake and egg white batter. Eating this way not only helps me keep my body in shape, but making sure my family has nutritious meals is even more important.
After breakfast and a little playtime together, I am off to answer my–mail. I get quite a few each day from training clients and my website. The first email I opened was from a lady named Tracy. She asked a question I’ve been asked many times,
What type of workouts do you do for your arms? Great question! I think muscular arms are really important. Whether you are a man or a woman, muscular arms are part of the definition of fit. Great arms tell the world that you are strong, sexy and serious about fitness. As luck would have it, I had just devised a new arm training program. Actually, my arms are still sore from last night’s workout. Let me tell you a little about it.
I am lucky to have the best training partner ever, my husband Rick. He pushes me beyond what I think my limits are and never lets me slack. Last night at the gym, I put my new arm program to the test. Here’s how it works. I pick three exercises for biceps and three for triceps. I start with a warm–up, and then one heavy set of ten reps. Next comes a series of drop sets for that exercise. I do eight reps, reduce the weight, eight more reps, reduce the weight, and finally six to eight more reps. That’s one series. I complete a total of three series’ of drop sets for each exercise.