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Thursday Shoulder Blazer

Got up, went to the gym nice and early, slightly pre-6 AM.  Wanted to do shoulders.  I borrowed a workout I saw on the Musclepharm website:

http://musclepharm.com/workout/shoulder-blazer

The goal here is to do 1 set of each exercise, do 100 reps, and try not to set the weight down for that whole set.  I decided to try this workout because I wanted to work on my shoulders’ endurance and overall health.  I wanted to go low weight and high rep and just take them through the range of motion, and tax the muscle without straining the joint.  And boy oh boy does 100 reps at a time tire out the muscle!  holy smokes.

I modified the workout slightly though.  Instead of shrugs I would do face pulls with the rope.  The reason for this is I wanted to work my rotator cuff, again all in the name of shoulder health.  The type of workout today is endurance, and the goal is a healthy joint.  Plus I just did shrugs yesterday.

Also, instead of rear delt flys with the dumbbells I would use the twinned cable pulleys.  I just find cables a more natural feel for the exercise, much more comfortable, and therefore easier for me to keep good form throughout.

But since I would be using cables for the delt flys AND the face pulls, 100 reps without putting the weight down just sounded too awkward, it would be too easy to accidentally let the cable plates clank together.  So I decided to instead do 10 sets of 10 reps with 10 second rest breaks, what MP guys call “GVT with a Twist”.  Same effect, low weight high reps.  So this was a, shall we say, “Musclepharm-inspired” Shoulder Blazer.

AM Shoulders:

Arnold Presses:  25 pound dummbells x 100

For these, I found out quickly that not putting the weights down wasn’t gonna happen, haha.  I tried, I really did!  But I made it to 45 reps and then the dumbbells, rinky-dink little 25 pound dumbbells, fell down to my thighs and rested on them.  I quickly realized, “if they are sitting on my thighs, then my shoulders are resting”.  Oh well.  So I did 45 in a row, they sat on my thighs for 5-10 seconds, then I was able to crank out another 10-12 at a time before they sat on my thighs for another 5-10 seconds.  Repeated in this fashion until I hit 100.  Rest 2-3 min before the next exercise.

Side Raises:  20 pound dumbbells x 100

I knew my form was rough on these, but I also knew I would be standing, and the dumbbells would get no rest on my thighs, just hang pitifully by my sides, dragging down on my shoulders.  So in this case, I could honour the spirit of the workout:  do not set the weights down until you are done.  I managed to get out only 25 or so before my form started to deteriorate and I stopped for 5 or so seconds to collect my form back up, crank out another 10 or 11, then rest a few seconds more.  And I slowly straight arm side-raised my way to 100 reps.  My shoulders burned so bad after this one!  Rested 2-3 min

Front Raises:  20s x 100

Kept the same puny little dumbbells.  Managed another 25 before needing to rest, but I held up a lot better on these, after resting 5 or so seconds I could crank out another 20 or so each time, so I made it to 100 pretty fast.  Rested 2-3 min and my shoulders burned like crazy!

Rear Delt Cable Flys (10 sec rest) 30 pounds x 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

All of a sudden, setting the weight down for 10 seconds felt like a luxury!  Like I was getting spoiled!  With 10 seconds!  I ripped through these like it was nothing, haha.  Next time can go heavier.

Face Pulls (10 sec rest)  50 x 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

Again, ez!  Will go heavier.  Luckily, rear delt flys and face pulls don’t really need heavy, they just need high reps with good form, and those little muscles WILL get stronger.  That’s what they respond to, plus you will have a nice healthy rotator cuff to boot.

Cardio 20 min

The weights barely took 40 min!  Lots of time for cardio, snack, shower, home, go to work.

 

And what was my snack?  Glad you asked…

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Quest Bar Mixed Berry Bliss!  They make it with protein powder, almonds, strawberries, blueberries.  High protein, high fibre, about 200 Cal.

Now, I wasn’t looking forward to this.  Honestly, berry flavour has been done to death.  It’s boring!  So if I liked this one, I will know they did a good job.  And you know what?  It tasted pretty good.  It had a clean berry taste.  You know when you taste berries if they used syrup or they used fruit, you can just taste with syrup that the berry is just too strong tasting and too evenly distributed.  But real berries have a lighter aromatic taste to it, less cloying, and every bite tastes slightly different!  So I can respect that, real fruit taste.  Berries are a boring flavour in my mind, I mean who gets excited over mixed berries??!?, but if you want a nice light berry taste for whatever reason, you will enjoy this protein bar.

The bar itself is pretty heavy and thick and chewy, that is just the brand, lots of fibre so you will get filled up quickly.  Overall, not my first choice to drop 2 or 3 dollars on for a treat, but you won’t hate it.

 

And that was my workout!  I dare you to take on the Shoulder Blazer!  I challenge you!  Use real weight too, don’t pick up a 2 pound weight and swing it around with your back muscles, challenge yourself!

 

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Late-night workout

Tuesday, the day just got away from me.  Supplement shopping, food cooking, food prep, general tiredness.  I thought I could slip away at lunch during work for a workout, but it just wasn’t possible.  So now here it was in the evening, ate my dinner, more food cooked, deciding workout or no?  This time I chose to hold nothing back, and went to the gym.

8 pm crowd is definitely a different crowd than 5 pm crowd.  Less chatty, more get in, get it done, get out.  A sober crowd.  No older gentleman, they tend to be in bed by 8, hahaha.  Now, 6 am crowd?  Lots of older dudes.  8 pm crowd?  Night owls and desperate people, like me 🙂

My main worry was that I would be too ramped up to get a decent night’s sleep when I got back home.  But the work had to get done, and I either let it slip by a day, or take it head-on, inconvenience and all.

Chest & Back:

Lying T-Bar Row (30-45 sec rest) 70 x 12, 90 x 12, 135 x 10, 10, 10, 10

Widegrip Pulldowns (30 sec rest) 120 x 10, 135 x 10, 150 x 10, 165 x 10, 180 x 10, 195 x 10, 210 x 10, 225 x 5, 5

closegrip row 100s set:  30, rest 70, 30, rest 40, 25, rest 15, 15

flat smith press (30 sec rest) (weight does not include bar) 50 x 10, 100 x 6, 140 x 10, 10, 7, 5

incline db fly (30 sec rest) 50s x 12, 12, 12

flat db press (30 sec rest) 70s x 10, 8, 7, 5

cable crossovers (30 sec rest) 100 x 12, 121 x 12, 143 x 12, 165 x 10, 9

notes:  I wasn’t so strict about the sets tonight.  My plan was to see how my Teres (shoulderblade) felt, test out different weight, and keep doing sets until I felt ready to move on.  T-Bar rows felt good at 3 plates so I kept doing them until I instinctively wanted to walk away, which was after 4 sets at that weight, ha.  Widegrip pulldowns felt good, I started light and kept climbing until I couldn’t do 10 reps with control, and then stayed at that weight.  In the end it was 9 sets of that.  Closegrip rows I would do reps until the Teres felt sore.  So it was a light workout for that area specifically, and decided to only do one 100s set, not two as per usual.  Chest work felt fine on the Teres, but my pecs just got wore out, haha.  I went lighter on the flys because the weight I wanted was taken, so I just went slow with the 50s, and held it at the bottom for a sec or two to get a stretch.  By the time it was time for flat db press, I was tired as heck, so my reps kept slipping.  Cable crossovers felt good though, I kept my arms straight and worked my way up like I did with the pulldowns.

And you know what my reward was?  I looked in the mirror at the gym and saw a completely different person than the one I knew for years.  Someone leaner, meaner, committed and focused.

How about you?  Any good workouts?

Go for it!

My trainer is out of town this weekend, long weekend, all spin classes cancelled at the gym, it would be so easy to party and/or sit on my butt and pig out, watch a movie, just indulge myself.

Instead I decided to keep things moving and keep pushing myself.

I have not been to hot yoga in months, so I decided this would be my cardio for the weekend.  Not ACTUALLY cardio per se, it doesn’t get your heart rate up.  But it is most certainly hard work, and you will sweat buckets and you will feel great after.  But it had been months, and I was actually pretty nervous.  I didn’t want to do badly, I was nervous about my shoulder.  But stow all that, I headed down for a 10 am class.

I used to go to this studio all the time, but it has since rebranded itself, and changed around the curriculum somewhat.  So I was about to try out their standard Mix class.  It was going to be a 90 min class, and it was going to be HOT.

First things first, what is it about weekend hot yoga classes that draw all the babes out??  I was drowning in good looking women!  Definitely a prettier cross-section of people than I see at the gym.  I wasn’t there for that, but I can’t lie and say I didn’t notice it was babe city.  Sadly, women aren’t interested in “incredibly sweaty & not that good at yoga” guy, so I put all that out of my mind and focused on the yoga.

I was worried 90 min would drag on forever, but actually this “Mix” was pretty fast-paced and the time went by at a respectable pace.  I was also thrilled to see it was very vinyasa-light, so not that many sun salutations/chaturangas for my shoulder.  The teacher only asked us to do 4 Flows.  I abstained, as per the directions of my Trainer.  Instead the class had a pretty long standing series, so it was lots of work for the legs.  This was actually perfect, as I had DOMS in my legs, and this helped so much to flush it out!  While on the ground we did some ab work, which I also abstained from (I was doing abs on Sunday and wanted to rest up for that), and some lower back stuff.  I actually would have liked more lower back work, more spinal twists and locusts, but oh well.

And oh yes, I sweat BUCKETS.  Wisely, the rest of the room recognized giant sweaty man from the first minute, and they left a zone of empty space around me… for my sweat pool to expand into, haha.  It wasn’t a full class, and I would imagine no one wants to put their mat 4 inches from pool of sweat guy.

Overall I felt really strong throughout the class (balance was obviously rusty though)!  Great decision!  Took a pic after with the teacher, Robin.

Robin!

Robin!

Came home, got groceries, cooked up some meat for a few days, lunch, nap, all that.

I didn’t REALLY want to go the gym in the evening, it would have been SO easy to say oh well the gyms are closing early, don’t push it, just enjoy the hot yoga feeling and relax.  Instead I chose to keep going for it, headed to the gym for an evening session:  back and chest.

Back:

lying T-bar rows (30 sec rest) warmup, 115 x 10, 10, 10, 10

iso machine widegrip pulldowns (30 sec rest) 160 x 11, 8, 8, 8

iso machine closegrip rows:  120 x 30, rest 70 sec, 30 reps, rest 40, 20 reps, rest 20, 20 reps

free cable widegrip pulldowns:  70 x 40, rest 60, 30 reps, rest 30, 20 reps, rest 10 sec, 10 reps

Chest:

smith machine presses (30 sec rest) warmup, 130(+ bar) x 12, 12, 12, 8 (rest 5 sec) + 4

incline db fly (30 sec rest) 120 x 12, 7, 6

flat db press (30 sec rest) 140 x 10, 10, 5, 5

seated cable fly (30 sec rest) 70 x 12, 12, 12, 9, 8

 

notes:  the workout felt awesome! glad I went for it!  This was my backup gym, and the cable pulldown situation there is dire, only one station and always crowded.  I decided to do T-bar rows for my middle back instead of bent over bb rows, and good F’in choice! They felt great!  Crushed my junk a bit up against that stupid pad setup, but oh well.

I tried the iso machine for widegrip pulldowns, and it was MUCH heavier feeling than the cables at my main gym, so I had to lower the weight and it was still hard.  For the pump set I used the “Freemotion” cable widegrip pulldowns, and they felt great, but the machine is not built for tall people, so I couldn’t extend my arms fully without losing tension.  I wouldn’t use that machine for my heavy set because I want full range of motion, but for the pump set I didn’t mind getting half ROM.

While setting up for the Smith presses, saw a dude squatting 455!  Good form and everything, going past parallel.  Well for 455 he used resistance bands to support the weight (probably because it was a new weight for him), but for his warmup of 405 he didn’t use bands.  I made sure to go up to him and give him props.  Good job man.

The whole chest workout went so well that I threw in an extra 2 sets of seated cable flyes.  Just felt right.  Chest had a nice pump after!  Might have to do back and chest together in the future, it felt too good.

 

And that was my day! Great start to the long weekend!

Yesterday was a rest day so I linked to another blog of someone I know.

Got up this morning headed down to the gym, time to switch it up!  Instead of cardio I did arms, since the gym had just opened, and wasn’t crowded.  Crazy BVT time!

Arms Giant Sets:  (about 60-120 sec b/w sets)

Set I.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12

Set II.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12, high straightbar extensions 80 x 12, high straightbar curl 80 x 12

Set III.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12, high straightbar extensions 80 x 12, high straightbar curl 80 x 12, reverse tricep extensions 80 x 12, reverse curls 60 x 12

Set IV.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12, high straightbar extensions 80 x 12, high straightbar curl 80 x 12, reverse tricep extensions 80 x 12, reverse curls 60 x 12, bench dips x 12, db hammer curls 35s x 12

Set V.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12, high straightbar extensions 80 x 12, high straightbar curl 80 x 12, reverse tricep extensions 80 x 12, reverse curls 60 x 12, bench dips x 12, db hammer curls 35s x 12, v-bar pushdowns 120 x 12, db curls 35s x 12

Set VI.  rope pushdowns 90 x 12, rope hammer curls 80 x 12, low rope extensions 80 x 12, low rope curls 80 x 12, high straightbar extensions 80 x 12, high straightbar curl 80 x 12, reverse tricep extensions 80 x 12, reverse curls 60 x 12, bench dips x 12, db hammer curls 35s x 12, v-bar pushdowns 120 x 12, db curls 35s x 12, closegrip incline pushups x 12, drag curls 45 x 12

notes:  Blood Volume Training is insane as always!  I am getting used to it in the sense I know what’s coming, so I can move through it confidently.  At one point, a friend came over to cheer me on, but when I told her (it was my last set) I was about to do 14 exercises back to back, she said “why would you want to do that? I have to go tan” and walked away, hahaha.  So much for cheering me on!

Ran off to work, had meetings all day, kept up my diet, kept it clean and sharp.

After work headed to the gym.  Again.  Honestly didn’t want to go, haha.  But it was time for willpower!  Time for Back!  Double Gym Day!  On a cut!  Fierce!

Back:

bent over rows (45 sec rest) 1 warmup, 225 x 8, 8, 8, 7

widegrip pulldown (30 sec rest) 210 x 12, 8, 8, 5, 4, 3

closegrip machine row:  120 x 45, rest 55 sec, 35 reps, rest 20 sec, 20 reps

closegrip pulldowns:  90 x 40, rest 60 sec, 30 reps, rest 30 sec, 20 reps, rest 10 sec, 10 reps

cardio:  lateral machine thing, 30 min

notes:  I could tell I was off right away.  Energy faded fast on the rows and the pulldowns.  I soon realized it was my grip.  I thought 9 or 10 hours was a sufficient gap between workouts, but my arms were still fried from this morning!  My forearms wouldn’t work, my hands couldn’t grip.  I tried to push through it on the pulldowns, kept doing sets, and the reps kept dropping and dropping, so I gave up.

As soon as I did the 100 rep pump sets, my back could keep up fine, and actually my performance was better than it was the last time I did this routine, on June 12.  So my back was fine, it was my grip that was shot.  I had considered using straps for the pulldowns, but I had done 4 sets of rows and 6 sets of pulldowns, and did 2 massive pump sets of 100 reps, so I figured screw it, my back had gotten plenty of work, haha.

For cardio I tried out this odd looking side to side gliding cardio lateral contraption the gym had installed.  I tried it out:  tried out different angles, amount of lateral movement, resistance, I tried leaning back on it (like the diagram showed), even “sitting” in chair position as I pumped the legs to work the quads more.  Was it ok?  Yeah I guess so, nothing revolutionary.  But novel!  Yay for mildly different!  Pray to the Gym Gods someone doesn’t snap their knees up going side to side against resistance while crouching in a chair pose!

And that was my day?  How’s it going with you?  Any good workouts?  Let’s cross fingers I lose some damn weight this week!