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Aug 14, 15, 2015

Aug 14 AM Workout

warmup: foam roll upper back, lats, armpits; static lat stretch

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 12

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20

post: 15 min LISS cardio

I was going to do a workout in the evening, but life got in the way. Eye exams, groceries, whatever. Such is life.

Aug 15 AM Workout Strongman stuff

warmup: foam rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; prone spinal twists; shoulder capsule stretches

Farmers Walks

45 per hand for 40 metres
95 per hand for 20 m, 180 degree turn, 20 m back
130 per hand for 20 m, set it down, pick it back up, back for 20m
220 per hand for 20m

notes: the more experienced dudes went up to 270 per hand, then 330 per hand. I didn’t even try… because I am aware I REALLY need to build up my deadlift. I am a huge pussy, LOL. I am actually quite happy with 220 per hand, considering my thumb is not all-there yet. That is pretty good for me.

Yoke Walk

290 for 20 m, set down, back for 20m
290 for 20m, set down, back for 20m

notes: I could have done more yoke, but it was humid as a rainforest outside and everyone was retreating inside, and I didn’t want to have to disassemble the yoke by myself, so F it

Atlas Stones (5 min rests)

270 for 48″
270 for 48″
270 FAIL

notes: I was alone now so I could time my rests, and not take turns with other people. First time with the 270, not bad, all things considered. Gym PR!

PM Workout

Don’t know why, but I felt like doing back AGAIN. Just felt like it. Apartment gym was so humid that my breath was fogging up the mirrors when I did cardio. I was sweating like a pig. Splashing cold water on my face. It was awesome.

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
13p x 10

Machine Bench Press (30 sec rests)

4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
13p x 15
14p x 15
15p x 15
16p x 12

post: 15 min LISS cardio

Aug 12, 2015

I am realizing that a thumbless grip isn’t a perfect solution… my forefinger, the next finger down on my hurt hand, is starting to get stiff and sore. I will have to be careful on the volume and the high reps while I tax my grip with weird stuff.

AM Workout

warmup: foam roll upper back, armpits; prone banded dislocations; Y Handcuffs; kneeling thoracic extensions; shoulder capsule stretches; 6-way DB Raises

Seated Smith Machine Shoulder Press (90 sec rests)

bar x 8
bar + 50 x 8
+70 x 8
+80 x 8
+90 x 8
+100 x 8

notes: figured if I couldn’t get in the DB cleans in the evening, would try to get some extra shoulder work in.

post: 15 min cardio

Just ran out of time, had to go back to work. Workout ended up being half rehab and half shoulder reppin it out stuff, not a lot of volume overall.

I was supposed to do heavy shoulder work in the evening, but plans got cancelled and no one was there to open up the strongman gym, so I wouldn’t have a log to use, and I wouldn’t be able to do the shoulder work I WANT, so I called an audible and went to a commercial gym for some deadlifts.

PM Workout

warmup: none

Deadlifts (thumbless, generous rests, SABOs)

160 x 5
200 x 5
240 x 5
*belt on*
315 x 2
370 x 2
370 x 2

notes: took long rests at the start because my low back hadn’t warmed up yet and it was stiff and sore. By the end if felt good though.

It was at this point I realized how my forefinger was doing, so I decided no block pulls, and moved on.

Closegrip Cable Rows (90 sec rests)

130 x 12
140 x 12
150 x 12
160 x 12

Bicep Curl Machine (90 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 18

notes: the machine is awkward, it keeps my arms moving in a set track of movement, but its hard to get direct bicep work in right now so I take what I can get.

Both workouts felt lame, like I had a lot left in the tank, but I have to be conservative right now I guess. Grip is healing and I had to make due with less than ideal schedule circumstances.

Aug 11, 2015

More thumb rest, waiting on x-ray results, whatever. Back at it.

AM Workout

warmup: foam roll IT Bands, Adductors, Piriformis, upper back

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 15

Straight Arm Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

1 plate x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 12

notes: on Set 6, I noticed a woman had accidentally grabbed my handtowel, and was already spraying bleach into it so she could wipe down her recumbent bike. WTF. I know it was an accident, but goddamn woman! When you see a handtowel, don’t assume its for everyone, its not the community jerkoff rag.

Smith Machine Glute Bridge (30 sec rest)

140 + bar x 10
+140 x 8

notes: my hams kept cramping! I didn’t do so hot on this today.

I was going to do cardio, but the most ANNOYING guy in the office gym came in and set up on the cardio machines. I know if I go, he will talk my ear off (he ignores headphones). So I decided to pack up my stuff and leave instead.

PM Workout Strongman stuff

High Bar CAT Paused Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 2 min rests)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: decided to throw some good pauses in there

Prowler / Sled Medley

drag 150 on sled for 20 metres, then push 90 on Prowler for 20 metres, then drag 150 sled for 20 metres
*rest 30 sec*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m
*2 min rest*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m then 90 prowler for 20m
*2 min rest*
240 prowler for 35m then 150 sled for 20m

notes: basically I was jumping on the prowler in between other peoples sets, and I was the only one dragging the sled. Then all of a sudden they went from 90 on the prowler to 240 on the prowler, LOL big jump! But after one long push of the heavy prowler they were done, LOL, then started putting it away. ok then, guess I got my work (cardio) in. I could have done more, but it was getting late.

Atlas Stones (5 min rests)

240 stone to 48″
240 to 52″
240 to 56″

notes: 3 heavy singles for me, pyramiding up the height. Went up easy! Good night Will have to start fukkin with the 270 stone now.

Aug 8, 2015

Was focusing on work and rest and stuff for a few days but couldn’t take it any more… after a 2 day break I needed to be back in the gym!

It was tentative, I am trying to let my thumb heal. It hasn’t been responding like I would have liked – colour has returned but grip is still way off. Some exercises I have to abstain from completely (cleans, things that need more stability like dumbbells). But I will keep pushing, and do what I can.

AM Workout I threw a couple of scoops of Glycergrow 2 into my pre to see how it affected the workout

warmup: foam rolled pecs

pec deck (30 sec rests)

1 plate x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 12

notes: pre-exhaust complete

bench press machine (widegrip, 30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
13p x 12

notes: pump was in effect! could not physically push out more reps.

I considered doing legs, but there was a girl and her boyfriend making quality bonding time on the leg machines (and I don’t get much out of leg pump workouts anyway), so I moved on. Why interfere with young love

post: 15 min LISS cardio

PM Workout

warmup: rumble rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises

High Box Front Squats (box set above parallel, 2 min rests, SBDs, Romaleos)

bar x 5
135 x 4
185 x 3
*belt on*
245 x 3
245 x 3
245 x 3
245 x 3
275 x 3
315 x 3
365 x 1

notes: the plan was to tap and go on these, but I ended up “relaxing” for a second and exploding up. I know its not full ROM (aka no-one-cares-how-much-you-front-squat-above-parallel), but this was an exercise I could do without worrying about my thumb, and frankly it felt good to load all that weight onto my body, so I am glad I pushed past the prescribed working sets at 245.

DB Incline

50s x 3
STOP

notes: tried these. cleaning up the dumbbells hurt and supporting the DBs was awkward, so I had to do something else for upper chest.

I wanted to do a “suicide grip”, so I chose to do it on the Smith Machine. Boo, smith machine! Whatever, my thumb isn’t working right these days, and the work still needs to happen.

Incline Smith Machine Press (30 degree incline, 60 sec rests)

bar x 3
bar + 90 x 3
+110 x 3
+120 x 3
+140 x 3
+150 x 3
+160 x 1

notes: I struggled on the last set, and as I squirmed, my shoulder tweaked in pain, so I stopped there.

Cleans

95 x FAIL

notes: tried to do a light power clean. no Bueno.

Decided F this, going home.

Aug 4, 2015

Upper body day today, but I wasn’t going to go too crazy, while I let my thumb heal. Grip still not there.

AM Workout

warmup: foam roll upper back, armpits; shoulder capsule stretch; facedown banded shoulder dislocations; Y Handcuffs

6 Way Raise (30 sec rests)

5s x 10
5s x 10
5s x 10

Cable Overhead Tricep Extension (30 sec rests)

8 plates x 20
8p x 20
8p x 20

Lying Cable Curls (rope attachment, 30 sec rests)

8p x 20
8p x 20
8p x 20

post: 15 min LISS

PM Workout Strongman stuff

warmup: none

Log Clean and Press (clean and press each rep, 90 sec rests)

130 x 2
130 x 2
130 x 2
130 x 2
130 x 2

notes: form improving, getting better with queues

Keg Press (2 min rests; varied hand placement set to set)

120 x 10
120 x 8
120 x 7
120 x 6

Circus Dumbbell Clean and Press

45 x FAIL

notes: I wanted to grab the giant dumbbell and practice a 2 handed clean, with the different hand placement on the press. The frame by itself is just 45 pounds, so it was a good place to start practicing the form. Unfortunately, cleaning and pressing even 45 lbs was something my mending hand did NOT like. It throbbed for 10 min, and then itched like HELL, it was an odd feeling. So I called it there, and went home.

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits; static lat stretch

Deadlifts (all reps thumbless, SABOs, generous rests)

160 x 5
*mixed grip*
200 x 5
240 x 5
*belt on*
295 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3

notes: my thumb is still swollen and weak, so I decided to work my grip with some no-thumb deadlifts, haha. Tried doing one of the 350 sets double overhand and it felt so awkward and unstable that I had to immediately go back to mixed grip.

Cable Rows (elbows high, 30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15

prone leg curl (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 11

PM Workout

warmup: got right to it, no warmup

CAT Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 2 min rests)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

Prowler/Sled Work

– push a prowler 20 metres, then drag a sled 20 metres, rest 15-20 seconds, then push the prowler 20m, then drag the sled 20m
– then rest 2-3 min and repeat

– 90 lbs on prowler, 75 lbs on sled to warmup
– then moved to 180 on prowler, 150 on sled; a couple of sets of that

July 30, 2015

Took a timely day off on Wednesday. Back at it!

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits, pecs

Incline DB Pullovers (roughly 30 degree incline, 30 sec rests)

50 lb DB x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15

notes: I find with the incline I can load up my lats a bit better.

Decline DB Fly (30 sec rests)

20s x 12
20s x 12
20s x 12

notes: by keeping my palms down, I don’t tweak my shoulder as bad doing these. Slowed it down at the bottom of the ROM, really enjoyed the stretch.

Upright Rows (30 sec rests)

45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15

notes: light weight, going for that pump.

post: 15 min LISS

PM workout Strongman stuff

Yoke and Carry Medley: carry yoke 10 metres, turn around carry it back 10 metres, carry keg 10 metres do a 180 and carry it back

375 lb Yoke and a 130 lb Keg

5 sets, 3 min rests

I failed the Keg on the last 2 sets. My upper back was tired as chit, and I couldn’t keep the keg tight to my chest. That silly wussy upright row workout wore me out! I felt foolish.

Atlas Stones: max reps with 170 stone to a height of 56 inches. 5 min rests

4 reps, failed 5th
4 reps
4 reps

notes: I thought I would get more reps, but either my conditioning sux, or whatever. I didn’t want to go to failure, because I didn’t want to drop a 170 stone almost 5 feet, and either crack the stone or dent the ground, so maybe I was a but gunshy. I also managed to build up a nice giant bruise on my bicep

July 28, 2015

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits, triceps; shoulder capsule stretch

6-Way (30 sec rests)

5s x 10
5s x 10
5s x 10

Overhead Cable Tricep extension (30 sec rests)

8 plates x 20
8p x 20
8p x 20

Rear Delt Cable Fly (30 sec rests)

2 plates x 27
2p x 20
2p x 20

post: 15 min LISS cardio

PM Workout Strongman stuff

Log Clean and Press (clean and press each rep, 2 min rests)

110 x 6
110 x 6
110 x 7
110 x 3

notes: really had to work on the technique tonight. Had to slow it down, make the movements and the transitions deliberate, and so it hurt my AMRAP totals, haha. Had to learn to squat down low on the pick off the ground, which brings the log high on my chest, to roll it up to my neck, lean back, bring in my upper chest, and the hardest for me… to keep my elbows high and build a shelf for the log. Then to press up and push my head through. Lots to learn.

Keg Press (2-3 min rests)

120 x 1
150 x 1
150 x 1
150 x FAIL

notes: so close on that last one! Decided to move on. The clock is broken in the gym so I can’t easily track time between sets. And I am anal I guess, because it pisses me off, lol.

Dumbbell Clean and Press (clean and press each rep, 90 sec rests)

75 x 1/1
75 x 2/2
75 x 2/2
75 x 2/2
75 x 2/2

notes: once I remembered to activate my glutes, it got easier.

July 27, 2015

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits; static stretch lats

Widegrip Cable Rows (elbows high, 30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 20
8p x 9

Smith Machine Glute Bridges (30 sec rests)

bar + 140 x 20
+140 x 20

post: 15 min LISS

PM workout Strongman stuff

warmup: foam rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises; side planks

High Bat CAT Squats (2 min rests)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: yar, 2 days of squatting in a row

Prowler Work: push 20 metres, then drag it back with a rope 20m; 2 min rest b/w sets

6 sets with 170 loaded on the prowler

notes: the parking lot is getting worse, but I am learning where all the dips are and avoiding them. The owners of the neighbour businesses came out to see what the Frick I was doing, then cheered me on, lol. Old guy running a textiles shop, and about 5 young African dudes smoking and on their cell phones who were patronizing an African grill next door. I have to say, the smell of grilling meat was making me hungry

Kroc Rows (60 sec rests)

95 x 20/20
95 x 11/11
95 x 10/10

notes: 60 sec rests still kick my ass. At least I hit 20 reps with the 95.

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

Resistance Band: 20 reps per side. 3 sets

July 25, 2015

I can’t be the only one excited Wet Hot American Summer is getting an episode run on Netflix This weekend of workouts belongs to them.

July 25

AM Workout

notes: have to be honest, Friday night involved Tequila and ladies… so Saturday morning I felt rough. Decided not to bother with strength, and do a mix of Conditioning work and Technical lifts. Did I mention it was 8 AM? Feeling rough.

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, IT bands, adductors, piriformis

Prowler: Push & Drag: 20 metre push, 20 m drag back with a rope; 2 min rests

empty prowler (testing out the parking lot) for a set

prowler + 150. for 8 sets

notes: not the smoothest parking lot surface – chunks missing and an overall slope. the drag back sucked, felt like I was going up an incline. hot and wet summer day outside

Axle Power Cleans (3 min rests)

20 lb axle x 5
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 3
172 x 1 (grinder!)
120 x 1
130 x 1
140 x 1
150 x 1

notes: the 172 was an accident, I thought the plates were pounds, but they were kilos, LOL.

PM Workout

hypertrophy was in the cards that night.

warmup:
superset: DB side raises with holds at the top and slow negs, then Cuban presses, then 1 arm DB shrugs. run through that superset twice

DB Incline Press (60 sec rests)

Superset every set with Blackburns (YWT iso holds laying on your stomach)

50s x 6
55s x 6
60s x 6
65s x 6
70s x 6
75s x 6
80s x 6
85s x 4

notes: the Blackburns help me keep the shoulder healthy

Kroc rows (60 sec rests)

50s x 8
80s x 8
100s x 17
100s x 11
90s x 17

notes: only 60 seconds between Kroc rows kicks my ass. Its like going all the way to failure, maybe even slightly past failure, then going right away again. had to drop the weight for set 3. However, my whole back felt pumped! Magic.

DB Skullcrushers (30 sec rests)

15s x 12
20s x 10
25s x 8
30s x 6
35s x 4

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20/20
4p x 20/20
4p x 20/20