Archive for October, 2016


31 Oct 2016

Eye is getting more irritated. My eye isn’t red, but my eyelid is tired of being scratched, and it still oozes a bit. I might have to give in and go to the doctor, lol.

Late afternoon office workout. I soon realized that: a. I had more work than I thought, so I realized I had to go back to my desk ASAP; and b. the office gym water fountains are broken…

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x lots
135 x 2
185 x 2
*wraps, sleeves*
235 x 2
235 x 2
235 x 2

Closegrip Bench Press (long rest, wraps, sleeves)

245 x 2
245 x 2

Spoto Press (medium rest, wraps yes, sleeves no)

215 x 5
215 x 5

At this point… my mind was spinning with work, and I was very thirsty. So I said F it, decided to call it and leave. I got my main work done, no assistance today.

29 Oct 2016

Back from vacation!

Fighting off an eye infection, but I wanted to go to the gym. If I felt my eye oozing, I would leave, since I don’t want to give it to other people.

Also, it was Halloween themed day at the strongman gym, so I put on my Unicorn mask Bonus: Halloween candy as intraworkout!

warmup: stretched out low back

Unicorn Deadlifts (very short rests, sock feet, mask on)

135 x 2
185 x 2
225 x 2
275 x 2
*rests shortened to alternating doubles with partner, prob 30 seconds or less*
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
*longer rest then another 335 x 1*

notes: cardio! Instead of 30 second rest periods, I just jumped back and forth with another guy. I also did these with the mask on. I pretended it was a high altitude mask because it was hard to breathe! Plus it made me sweat like crazy. After 6 low rest doubles, I did another single so I could get a photo op with my unicorn mask on

My foot is still too swollen to be comfy in a shoe, so I did these in wool socks.

Axle 5 inch Block Pulls (long rest, sock feet, straps, extra thick axle)

360 x 5
360 x 5

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (short rests, sock feet)

205 x 6
205 x 6
225 x 6

notes: everyone was deadlifting today! So I worked in with another person, and just used their weight. Maybe too light but it helped me focus on form.

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (short rests, alternating grip)

110 x 10 Elbows high
110 x 10 Elbows mid height
110 x 10 Elbows low

notes: I wanted to do pulldowns, but it was taken, so I did these instead.

Unicorn Frame Shrugs (medium rest, mask on)

280 x 10
280 x 10
280 x 10

Unicorn Viking Press (very short rests, mask on)

100 x 15
100 x 17
100 x 14

notes: My foot didn’t feel solid enough to do a moving event like the Farmers Walk. Plus I wasn’t wearing shoes. So I chose to do some burnout OHPs with the Viking Press. Plus mask

At this point, I was done what I came to do, but my workout buddy wasn’t done his workout, so I occupied myself with random crap.

DB Hammer Curls (short rests)

30s x 15
30s x 15
30s x 15

Hyperextensions (short rests)

16, 16, 16

Face Pulls (minimal rest)

15 x 100 reps, as many sets as it took (about 4)

Happy that my eye held up! A fun first session back after travelling.

 

23 Oct 2016

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x plethora
135 x 2
185 x 2
*wraps, sleeves*
235 x 2
255 x 2
280 x 1, 1 assisted

notes: I psyched myself out on the 280. I thought my spotter had touched the first rep but he hadn’t, so when he pushed me to do a second rep, I kind of gave up during the grind. 280 is a new heavy weight for me, but I don’t really count it as a PR because I think the 215 for 11 a few days ago was a better lift. Still, baby steps to 3 plates. #soon

I also ditched the sleeves for the rest of the workout. They have been bruising up my arms lately.

Closegrip Bench (long rest, wraps yes, sleeves no)

245 x 2
245 x 2

Spoto Press (medium rest, wraps)

215 x 5
215 x 5

Widegrip Pulldowns (2 min rests)

180 x 12
180 x 15
180 x 12
180 x 9

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Front Raises (90 sec rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

Viking Press (30 sec rests)

100 x 15
100 x 12
100 x 9

notes: instead of inverted rows I thought more shoulder work would be a fun finisher

22 Oct 2016

Its been a rough few weeks. Plagued by injuries and mistakes. Went back to the gym today to dabble in all sorts of lower body stuff, see how my foot handles the pressure. My foot is still puffed up, so no shoes workout for me today.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet)

135 x 2
225 x 2
275 x 2
315 x 2
410 x 2
410 x 1
410 x 1

notes: sad to say my low back still feels tweaked, it hurts when I go for lockout, so I moved from doubles to singles. Foot felt ok though.

Low Bar Squats (medium rests, pause at the bottom, sandals instead of shoes)

135 x 2
225 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2

notes: not bad, nice pauses. basically barefoot. gym not that clean though so I wore sandals

Frame Shrugs (short rest)

280 x 10
280 x 10

notes: frame shrugs often end up with you doing something between a regular shrug and a snatch grip shrug. So it is a nice change. At this point I was jumping on and off equipment while it was free and between other people’s sets though, so I wasn’t doing many sets, just dabbling in different things.

SSB Good Morning

160 x 10

SSB Squats (medium rest, sandals)

250 x 5
300 x 3 PR!

notes: form is getting more confident on SSB Squats, so I am pushing more weight

Prone Leg Curls (short rest)

140 x 15
140 x 15

notes: then I got offered a ride back from the gym and I took it. Kind of a rehab day, nothing too deep, but I think it was promising. I am keen on getting back to the routine for real.

18 Oct 2016

Did nada Sunday, took Monday off work and did nada. Was dying of boredom, so I went back to work on Tuesday, and did an office workout since I am already right there. I can kind of limp along without pain. I cant bend my toe down right now, but I can extend it up. Still healing. But dammit, I can bench.

warmup: forgot lol

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x lots
135 x 8
160 x 6
190 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
215 x 3
245 x 1
245 x 1
245 x 1
215 x 11
215 x 8

notes: whew! tiring

Flat DB Press (hammergrip, medium rests, sleeves on, no wraps)

80s x 10
90s x 8
100s x 6
100s x 5

notes: this gym doesn’t go higher than 100 DBs. boo

Smith Machine Incline Bench (short rests, shallow incline, no wraps, no sleeves)

bar x bunch
bar+90 x 5
bar+160 x 3
bar+160 x 3
bar+160 x 3

JM Press (smith machine, 30 sec rests)

bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15

notes: triceps burning

Seated Smith Machine OHP (30 sec rests)

bar+50 x 12
bar+50 x 14
bar+50 x 12
bar+50 x 13

notes: not a lot of high weight, but a nice high rep finisher. I went til it burned.

Inverted Row (30 sec rests)

6, 8, 6

notes: I was sucking wind on this one. not sure why. I skipped the intra carbs this session, maybe that’s why? I ran out of gas? meh

15 Oct 2016

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Log Clean & Press (clean once, medium rests)

80 x 3
110 x 3
130 x 3
145 x 3
160 x 3
*wrist wraps on*
180 x 3
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL, wipeout

notes: This was the log work I didn’t feel up to on Wednesday. I must be psychic. 180 was smooth enough, but when I went for 200 I couldn’t keep my footing, twice. I got mad and went for a third, but I totally stumbled back, and tried to control the log on the way down, but because of the stumbling my left foot was out of place, and I dropped the 200 lb log square on my foot. Ouch!

Honestly, I should have just dumped the log like an ejector seat. But you always feel bad about banging up someone else’s equipment, so my instinct was to control the descent. Anyways, I walked around for a bit, took off my shoe, my foot looked ok, it was throbbing after a few minutes. Nothing seemed broken. I decided to put on some thick winter socks, and do the rest of the workout in socks.

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x plenty
135 x 5
185 x 5
*wraps & sleeves*
215 x 8
215 x 8
215 x 8

Closegrip Bench (wraps, sleeves, medium rest)

230 x 3
230 x 3

Spoto Press (wraps, sleeves, medium rests)

205 x 8
205 x 8
*took sleeves off*
205 x 8

notes: by the last set, my elbows were bruising up, so I wore the sleeves too long

One Arm DB Rows (long rests)

105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & DB Front Raises (short rest)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: while this was going on, someone agreed to give me a ride and they were leaving so I ended the workout then and left. By this point my foot was too swollen for a shoe anyways, so I was happy to get a ride back home.

Currently resting the foot up and observing the bruising.

13 Oct 2016

Three days in a row is making me tired and grumpy. Needed to make the last day count.

warmup: nothing. it occurred to me during squats… why don’t I warmup any more??? I need to start warming up again, I used to warm up my hams and VMO before squats. Next time!!

Low Bar Squats (long rests, knee sleeves, Romaleos, no belt)

135 x 2
225 x 2
300 x 2
325 x 2
355 x 2
375 x 2 no-wraps Rep PR!!
315 x 2

notes: a modest PR, but I will keep building my squats slow and steady so I don’t wear out my knee again. Plus my previous nowraps PR was with a belt, and I beat it beltless, so that is extra good for me. I might have dropped off too much weight for my backoff set, but meh.

SSB Squats (medium rest, ass to grass, pause at bottom, Romaleos, sleeves, no belt)

70 x 3
160 x 2
255 x 3
255 x 3

notes: these were feeling good today, so I buried my ass to the ground and took a nice pause, each rep.

Box Deadlifts (medium rests, constant tension)

275 x 6
275 x 3
275 x 6

notes: grip was off-center on set 2, so I did a third set.

Yoke Hold (sneakers)

420 lb Yoke held up for 60 seconds

notes: thought it would be nice to just feel the weight and practice keeping a solid core. It does start to sway after 30 seconds haha! I am real happy with my Yoke Walks, whenever I see other people go heavy they wear a belt, but I have been able to go heavy without. I am hoping this will help.

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

140 x 12
140 x 10
140 x 12
140 x 9

notes: less reps, more sets than last week

Alternate between Hyperextensions and Face Pulls

12 hyperextensions, 30 lbs x 15, 12 xt, 30 x 15, 12 xt, 30 x 15

notes: no rest, just back and forth from one exercise to another

I don’t normally start a workout as late as tonight. Where I am in the split had me going for a rep PR on log, but I wasn’t feeling too confident, so I switched out heavy log for volume Viking, and moved it to the end. I kinda made the workout easier so I could speed it up.

warmup: skipped it

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x legion
135 x 8
160 x 6
190 x 5
*wraps & sleeves*
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
190 x 14
190 x 14

DB Bench (short rests, sleeves on, no wraps, hammergrip to go deeper ROM)

70s x 10
80s x 8
90s x 6
100s x 5

notes: I know I haven’t regularly DB flat pressed in a while, but this feels a lot easier than it used to… my last memory was 100 being a big deal… now I will definitely be going up

Incline Bench (short rests, widegrip, deep incline, no wraps, no sleeves)

bar x 5
95 x 5
135 x 3
195 x 2
185 x 2
185 x 3

notes: as opposed to flat DB, damnnnnn these were ugly. My shoulder no likey incline BB.

JM Press (short rests)

70 x 15
70 x 15
70 x 15
70 x 15

Superset: T-Bar Rows & Viking Press (2 min rests, elbows high on the row)

2 plates x 15 / 170 x 12
2 plates x 15 / 170 x 9
2 plates x 15 / 150 x 12
2 plates x 15 / 150 x 6

notes: the Viking presses were kicking my butt. I was fading, so this was the end of my workout.

Evening lifts and laughs. Full strongman gym on a Tuesday. Volume DL day.

warmup: stretched low back

Deadlifts (long rests, SABOs, no belt)

135 x 5
225 x 5
335 x 8
335 x 8
335 x 8

notes: dammit, I hate dead and squat sets w reps over 6 I hate you volume day. My low back still felt sore from a few weeks ago. That lockout soreness.

Axle 5 inch block pulls (long rests, straps, SABOs, no belt)

460 x FAIL… rolled around in pain for 10 min
255 x 3
360 x 6
360 x 6

notes: OK… I messed up. I thought it was 360… it was 460, LMAO! I used 100 lb plates (#coolguy), and forgot its 100 PER SIDE. ffffuuuuuuu… I went to pull it fast and hit a weird wall, and I paused in confusion, and then my low back tweaked, so I dropped it.

Lay on the ground waiting for my back pain to die down, and looked at the bar and realized my screwup. Did a light set to see how my back felt, then went back to my 360 sets.

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (short rests, SABOs, no straps, no belt)

275 x 7
275 x 7
275 x 5

notes: getting comfortable with my feet and hands. I had to burn through these as I realized it was getting late.

widegrip pulldowns (short rests)

180 x 11
180 x 12
180 x 12
180 x 10

notes: hitting that glyco-depletion wall

DB Shrugs (short rests)

115s x 10
115s x 10
115s x 10

notes: I love you, high weight dumbbells.

Farmer Carry (medium rests)

130/hand for 55 feet
180/hand for 55 feet
224/hand for 55 feet
224/hand for 55 feet

notes: a nice finisher

9 Oct 2016

Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Family is all far away so I spend extra time at the gym.

Sunday night light bench and tough assistance.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Paused Bench Press (short rests, 1 sec pause at bottom, explosive reps, no wraps no sleeves)

bar x forevr
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3

notes: one of the weaknesses in my bench is I don’t have that MMC quite down on the press, but I do feel it load the back and triceps up on the way down, after years of slow negs. So today I tried to focus on the concentric. Slow lower, short pause at the bottom, then explode up. Light work tonight, no need for wraps or whatnot.

Closegrip Bench (short rests)

190 x 5
190 x 5

Spoto Press (medium rests, juicy pause at the bottom)

160 x 8
160 x 8
160 x 8

notes: felt it nicely in the triceps

One Arm DB Rows (2 min rests)

100 x 15/15
100 x 15/15
100 x 12/12
100 x 12/12

notes: after the light bench, these hit me savagely. I got real sweaty real fast.

Front Carry

110 lb plate carried 130 ft

Sled Drag

110 lb plate dragged 260 ft

notes: I improvised a little strongman cardio. I tried front carry first, then figured a sled drag sounded cooler. That sled drag backwards got painful around the halfway mark LOL. Hittin the hamstrings good.

I was sorta dead after this. Should have saved it for last LOL

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Front Raises & Assisted Pullups (2 min rests, pullups with a resistance band)

15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 4 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip

notes: my pullups blow, I need a stronger resistance band haha