When life happens

Welcome back!

Let’s jump right in.  Where have I been? Have I been training? Stretching? Cardio?

The answer is no. No to all of it and that is okay.  Fitness is a part of my life but not my whole life.  I needed to take some time off for a couple reasons… A few months ago I re-injured my knee, I was told I could continue to workout on it but not if it hurt… Let me tell you, it hurt.  Taking the time off has given it time to heal, working out on it now feels completely natural.  Mentally, I wasn’t in it.  I was a zombie at the gym and didn’t want to be there due to family issues. My head wasn’t in it and I was in a low spot, I needed time to step back. I mentally and physically couldn’t go to work full time (some weeks 6-7 days), spend the time with my animals that they needed, meal prep, and workout.  I was too mentally exhausted to do it all which is why I decided to take a step back and that’s okay.


Fitness is a part of my life, it isn’t currently my whole life.  Will it ever be? Next year when I compete and am in prep, yes it will be my whole life but right now I’m enjoying the process. It will be my whole life when I take the leap into full time personal training but right now, it’s not.  It’s okay to have hiccups, it’s okay to need to take a step back.  You will not ruin all your progress (but don’t resort to eating everything and not doing anything physical).

For a long time I felt like I couldn’t take time off, I felt horrible for not eating perfect, I still don’t eat perfect), I felt like I would loose all my progress.  That isn’t the case. You need to do what’s best for you mentally AND physically. If your body is telling you to take a step back, do it.  Let me tell ya though, your normal workouts seem extra hard, and you’ll be extra sore when you get back to it.


SO do I regret taking time off? Absolutely not.  Will I work a little harder to get back? Absolutely.  Will I eat even cleaner? Absolutely.  Will I have cheat meals? Yes.  Will I have off days? Yes.  It’s all okay if you’re going through it to take a step back and decide what you need both physically and mentally.


That’s all for now, be on the lookout for another free workout coming soon.


Morgan Mckenzie

Stretching?! Rolling?! WHYYY

Welcome back! Let’s talk about stretching and rolling.  If you’re anything like me, you started your fitness journey and said, “Oh I’ll stretch when I need it.”  I found myself stretching the day I worked certain areas and would only roll out my legs if they were super sore.  News flash people, this leads to injury!!!!

Stretching; placing particular parts of the body into a position that will lengthen, or elongate, the muscles and associated soft tissues.

Why is this important?  Stretching is important whether you’re exercising or not for a couple of reasons and here’s a few.  Without stretching, the muscles in your body become tight and sore.  In order to have correct posture, your body must be loose all over.  If one muscle is tight it can lead to more issues.  For instance, if your MCL is too loose and your ACL is too tight it can cause patella dislocations.  This is just one example.  Another reason stretching is important is to complete daily tasks.  If your leg or back muscles are too tight it can cause pain to lift light or heavy objects.  Have you ever bent down with your knees straight and felt the muscles in your legs tighten and it’s hard to reach the ground or object without bending your knees? That is from lack of stretching.

Okay so you want to start stretching? I believe stretching a minimum of three times a week is necessary.  For my body i have started trying to stretch 5-6 times a week.  There’s a ton of different stretches for each body part, I find the best ones for my body and stick with them.  Do you need stretching help? Write me and let me know so I can either make more blogs on the subject or some youtube videos on it.

So you stretch and your body is still tight, that happens! I have been having that issue so I decided to meet up with Chris with @LiveUnbroken.  I told Chris the issues I’ve been having (my legs and hips being too tight and how it’s affecting my training). Not only did he work on loosening up those body parts, he also gave me at home rolling techniques.  I suggest this for anyone who is having issues with no relief.  While Chris is in San Diego, there are people all over who can help you.  I recommend someone who is not just a massage therapist but also licensed or certified in subjects regarding sports medicine.  Chris is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Massage Therapist, ART, IASTM and RockTape.

In the past I have rolled with a foam roller.  It turns out to really target the muscles big and small, the best thing to use is a rolling ball.  Rolling and stretching go hand in hand, the purpose of both is to make your muscles loose.  The longer you train without stretching and rolling, the more injuries and the more severe injuries you will have.


If you take anything form this, post take away that you need to be stretching and rolling.  If you have any questions please please write me!

Much love,

Morgan Mckenzie

Protein pancakes?!

Welcome back fit fam!

Let’s talk protein pancakes… As I’ve said before, I am gluten free for medical reasons. I’ve had a hard time finding and adjusting to gluten free pancakes as most don’t taste the same. The same goes for protein pancakes, they just aren’t good old fashioned pancakes! I’ve been searching and searching for a good, easy, protein pancake and I’m here to say I found it.  Would you believe me if I said its a cake mix too?

Lil Buff Protein Cake Mix (@lilbuffprotein) is as you can guess, a cake mix.  It comes in “Fit-Fetti”, “Cocoa Crave”, and “Leaner Lemon”.  I wasn’t sure what to think because I found out about it from one of their sponsored athletes (sponsored athletes or ambassadors have to like the company and talk highly lol), but I decided to order a single serve bag anyway.

When I received my package I, of course, opened it right away. Included was a thank you card which you just don’t see companies do anymore.  Also included was the cake mix recipe card with a protein frosting recipe as well. The small hand touches about this company I loved and already made me want to order again and I hadn’t even tried it!

Fast forward to testing day lol… Since I have been looking for a protein pancake recipe I decided to use it to make protein pancakes instead of the cake (recipe below).  Once I mixed all the ingredients together I noticed it was pretty thick but before cooking already smelled good.  Due to the mix being thick, I just had to guess when to flip them over since it never really bubbled through (don’t worry I didn’t burn them and had I, I still would have eaten them lol).  Once they were done, I decided to try them without any topping.  I found they were sweet enough that they didn’t need any toppings. However I would recommend sugar free syrup, nut butter, or peanut butter if you want a topping.  They were super fluffy, sweet, easy to make, and just all around flavorful.

I definitely will be ordering through Lil buff Protein Cake Mix again and I recommend you try them out as well! Next order I plan on ordering all the flavors to try, and making an actual cake, and some brownies too.

Here are the macros for the cooked serving of cake mix (didn’t add in the 30grams pancake mix)

  • Carbs- 21g
  • Protein-32g
  • Fat-6g

Here is the recipe that I followed!

  • 1 bag Lil Buff Protein Cake Mix
  • 30 grams pancake mix (of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 egg white (3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of choice)

Mix ingredients together and cook as regular pancake!


I hope you enjoyed this blog! I definitely recommend Lil Buff Protein Cake Mix, however I am in no way sponsored by this company and I am not getting paid for writing this.


Much love!

Morgan Mckenzie

Crush your next leg day!

Welcome back fit fam, if you’re still sticking around I appreciate you!

Today I have a leg workout for you to enjoy.  I personally am bulking before cutting for a show so I train legs twice a week as I want to focus on their growth. I would recommend training legs at least once a week though. Let’s jump in.


  • Warm up: 8 minutes of cardio at a moderate pace.
  • Back squats: 4 sets 8-10 reps
  • Superset 3 sets:
    • Leg press – 10-12 reps
    • Calve press – 10-12 reps
  • Hip Thrusts: (with band around knees) 3 sets 12 reps
  • Smith Machine Squats: 2 sets of 10 with feet out in front then 2 sets of 10 with feet underneath.
  • Super set 3 sets:
    • Hamstring curl – 12 reps
    • Lunges – 10 Reps each leg (Forward, reverse then curtsy)


I hope you enjoy this workout and the booty is nice ‘n sore! Let me know what you think of it and don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when there’s a new blog up!

Much love,

Morgan Mckenzie

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