High Five Friday #12: Working Hard to Achieve Our Dreams

by Meg on April 20, 2012

FRIDAY! :D

Ok, to be honest I thought yesterday was Friday. After writing my exam (which I completely dominated by the way) I felt that sense of relief and excitement that I usually only experience on Fridays which lead me to believe that yesterday was Friday, but I was wrong today is Friday! :D

High Five Friday #12 to be exact ;)

I hope you’re ready for a celebration because there is sure a lot to celebrate this week! :D

This week’s theme is all about working hard to achieve our dreams and goals! I thought this theme was appropriate due to the incredible amount of studying I have been doing lately and some other things that I have noticed throughout the blog world…

I am giving myself a high five for getting through three final exams this week! I studied so hard for each exam and definitely gave each one my all! After I wrote my exam yesterday, I left campus knowing I did well amazing. It was a feeling like no other. I love that sense of accomplishment! :)

My dear friend Chelsea also needs a special high five this week! Not only is Chelsea my best friend here in London, but she is my motivator and inspiration as well! Chelsea knows how to balance her social life with her school life and I learn from her each and every day! This week Chelsea found out that she received a mark of 100% on her final exam that she wrote this past Saturday! Now, if that’s not motivating to push a little harder when I study I don’t know what will ever motivate me! It’s clear Chelsea works hard, but if you read her blog you also know that she has a social life, as well. She is a true inspiration. High five Chelsea! I am so lucky to have you as a friend :D

The next special high five goes to Katie. I have been waiting all week to give Katie a high five because she has recently graduated from her schooling and is now a Certified Holistic Nutritionist! :D
When I read her post announcing her huge accomplishment my eyes swelled up with tears instantly! I am so proud of Katie. She is going to do wonderful things. High five Katie! :D

I know all of us are working hard lately, it’s exam time – that’s what happens! So, high five to everyone for working so hard! :)
And if you aren’t a student writing exams you still get a high five because I know you accomplished something this week! :D

Share your high five in the comment section below or write a HFF post and link up below! :D

And like every Friday I will be participating in the lovely Lindsay’s FLOW party! :D

I love sharing my fitness loves of the week with you :) <3

Last week, I shared my love for the new-to-me exercise, t bar rows, which I am still loving by the way!

Have you tried them yet!? :D

This week I will share with you another new-to-me exercise! :D
This exercise left my shoulders and lower body feeling DOMS for a full two and a half days – I loved it though ;)

Overhead squats are one of the exercises I perform on my leg day and I am loving them. This exercise serves as a warm up exercise in my leg training routine because they are a great exercise to perform in order to warm up before the ”big” squats, but they are also great for opening up your hips, increasing strength through using a large range of motion, incorporating your full body (which you will definitely feel the next day), and, more specifically, working the core!

The first time I performed the overhead squat I used a broomstick, so I literally had no weight above me. I was focusing on achieving proper form before adding any weight to this exercise which is important for all exercises you do. Proper form comes first then the weight. However, this past leg training day I thought I would take a challenge, so I grabbed a barbell with some weight ;)

The overhead squats still seemed easy even with the 20 lb. barbell, but I completed my sets and went on with my workout. Then the day went on… and I got sore and then Wednesday came and I could hardly put my hair in a pony!

I love DOMS and I love overhead squats :D Give them a try, but remember start light! You don’t realize it at first, but you are holding a weight over your head for the entire time it takes you to complete a set and if your upper body isn’t used to it, well, you will feel it - even the slightest amount of weight!

Have a great Friday friends! Love ya!

Meg
xoxoxo

Have you ever tried overhead squats?

What are you giving yourself a high five for this week? 

Have you tried any new exercises lately? 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats April 20, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Those overhead squats look intense! This week I am proud of myself for being flexible with my changes in work schedule and being forgiving of a mistake someone made. A new exercise that I tried this week was doing bicep curls/tricep extensions while standing on one leg. Really makes you engage your core! :)

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Meg April 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Those BOTH deserve high fives :D Good job sweetheart! I have never tried that exercise either!

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Megan April 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Okay . . . I have to confess. I have always thought an overhead squat was a squat to shoulder press, not actually holding your arms up through the whole movement! So to your question (in case you hadn’t realised, lol), no, I haven’t ever done an overhead squat!

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Meg April 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

HAHA try them! They are an amazing exercise :D

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Sarah @ feeedingbrainandbody April 20, 2012 at 7:52 AM

I love that feeling of accomplishment after exam, for me it makes all the studying and hard work pay off. Congrats on having done three exams! Enjoy your weekend :)

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Alexandra April 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Overhead squats are KILLER! I have a love hate relationship with them haha ;) I recently started doing hanging leg raises and man, talk about abs doms, they’re so sore! And huge high five to Chelsea for doing so awesome on that test!
Hoping your weekend is filled with fabulousness Meg! :)

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 20, 2012 at 8:07 AM

it’s been forever since i’ve done an overhead squat! i think i need to bring those back to my routine! awesome job again on your exams, lady! so proud! :) :)

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Sable@SquatLikeALady April 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

You should try front squats!! If you haven’t already that is =) I always feel those in my core more than any other squat variation =D

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

High five to you for dominating your exam! I LOVE t-bar rows, they are awesome :D

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Rich Revord April 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

LOVE IT!!!! Every one needs a high five once in a while! OF course, I’m a little bias because my organization is called High Fives Are Free….it’s an organization I started a little over a year ago to help not only businesses but individuals realize their true potential by focusing on personal development. Keep it up Meg! :)

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Stephanie @itrainthereforeieat April 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

You’re the best! Congrats to Katie on finishing her certification in Holistic Nutrition too, that’s great!! As for overhead squats, I include them in my dynamic warmup sometimes with an 18 lb bar but I don’t ever do them with heavy weight…I think I would need someone to force me to do them because I have a true love/hate relationship with them! haha. This week I’m giving myself a high five for writing a post that got “Freshly Pressed” on Wordpress.com, which gave me a big boost in exposure and some awesome new followers!! YAY!

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Kat April 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Im giving YOU a high five for being so awesome and for being there for me this week!! Couldnt live without you love :)

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Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy April 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Overhead squats OWN me but are very good for me.

I think you and Chelsea are pretty much the most inspiring girls around! I’m grateful to have you gals in my life <3

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Overhead squats are awesome! They are definitely really challenging, but they are a great way to work so much of your body :). And yay for being done with 3 exams! That is great girlie!! Have an amazing Friday love <3

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Jessica April 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I love t-bar rows – great for making a person feel suitably badass. Although nothing beats the good old clean & press for sheer endorphin rush.

I have to give those squats a go – squats and any shoulder exercises tend to be my favourites so I’m sure I’ll love that one.

xxx

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig April 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Woo! I love the picture of the squats :) I did T Bar rows today. I worked out with Rob today and my god…the workout he put me through!! Haha I will have to tell you about it…. I think I did 100 straight reps of a lat pull down? I was doing a gigantic drop set.

This week I’m giving myself a high five for something else I did today….my first unassisted chin up! WOOHOO!

I don’t think I’ll be able to reply to your email today, and maybe not even this weekend :( I will try but just so you know xoxoxo

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sarah April 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Way to go on the exam Meg:)!

I have not tried overhead squats- I’m very new to weight training and I’m still trying to master the more basic moves right now. I do hope to be doing moves like these SOON.
New move for me=burpees. I eventually worked up the courage to do them at the gym, and they were fun!
Xxx

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life April 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Ooh overhead squats are killer! But they sure do get you into lean, mean fighting machine shape! Sorry about the DOMS – I can imagine that hurt! Lots of epsom salt baths? :)

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Christy April 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

wow. overhead squats leave me unable to walk for days. but they are so great for the whole body! good job this week! I wrote a high five friday at the bottom of my post- read it here: http://wp.me/p1XGN3-yM

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Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I really like overheat squats, but I’m gonna lie they are hard! When I first did them I was soooo sore the next day, well the next couple days! I don’t do them too often, but when I do they leave me super sore!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Yay, great job with your exams!!! That’s one thing I sure don’t miss about being in school! ;) I don’t even remember how to study anymore!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

High five to you for the exam! It feels so good when that stuff is behind you and you feel good about it!
I have never done overhead squats…no idea why though as they look totally awesome.
I just finished my first week of my new lifting program. It was INTENSE and I gave it all I had. I’m really focusing on gaining so my nutrition has been on point with everything I need to recover. I have been fueled to the max and feeling great!

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Haley @ Health Freak College Girl April 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

i need to give a huge high five to you for your exams! it’s never a fun time. high five to chelsea for sure! 100%?? that’s awesome :)

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Katie@Real Food Katie's Way April 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

GREAT JOB on the final exams!! I LOVE leaving an exam knowing I did well…It’s such an empowering feeling!

Thank you so much for the high five! That was sweet of you!

That is definitely what I am giving myself a high five about for sure!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I’ll give myself a high five for breaking out of my fitness funk – I’ve had some great workouts this week!! :) Happy Friday, friend!

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Lisa April 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Yahhh buddy, this looks like a great exercise! Never tried it out before actually! Congrats with 3 of your exams being over!! You’ll be finished so soon! Have a great weekend love!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

High 5′s all around!

I can’t stand overhead squats… which of course means I need to do more of them. :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Awwww you are so sweet! <3 You inspire me too babe with how dedicated you are to weight lifting and how flipping STRONG you are! And I'm proud of you for feeling so good about your exam yesterday. Major high five! :)

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Michelle (Better with Berries) April 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

You definitely deserve a high five for all the exams you’re taking right now! And your friend Chelsea sounds amazing and inspiring! Isn’t it great having awesome friends? That’s why I’m so glad I have you as one!! :-)

I’ve never tried an overhead squat – they look intense! I need to try them. Probably with a broom for now :-)

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Jill April 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Great job on your exams, you must be so happy to know that you gave them your 100% effort.
I’ve never tried overhead squats before but they sound like a killer move so I’m gonna try them next week!
Have an awesome weekend :)

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Heidi April 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Great job on the exams!! That exercise looks intense lol I have to start researching weightlifting more, I don’t have a clue!! Lol

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale April 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

HIGH FIVE TO YOU, MEG!!! There really is no feeling like BANGING through an exam like that. POWER TO YOU! I’m doing my second ZWOW tomorrow (so pumped!). :-)

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ali April 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

overhead squats are a killer – i had to start with just a broom stick too – and am now on about a 10kg bar.’

well done on doing them! The worst DOMS i got this week was from crossfit on monday from doing 200 sit ups after a crossfit WOD! I was still sore on wednesday! and what made it worse… i had the flu, so every time I coughed it hurt so bad!

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Meg April 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Way to progress to the 10 kg girlfriend :D I think it’s great to start with the stick first, though! We are smart ;)

I couldn’t even imagine the DOMS you had this week! Crossfit is something I have never tried, but it sounds CRAZY and really hard!!!!!! I would love to hear more about it!

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