Tag Archive: 6 way


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.

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July 22, 2015

Shoulders. Pissening sickness ensues.

AM Workout

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

6-Way DB raise (30 sec rest)

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

Overhead Cable Extension w Rope (30 sec rest)

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

RD Cable Fly (30 sec rest)

2 plates x 27
2p x 18
2p x 14

post: 15 min LISS

full day of work

PM Workout

Strongman Shoulders

warmup: foam roll upper back, armpits, triceps

Log Clean and Press (2-3 min rests)

80 x 1
100 x 1
110 x 1
120 x 1
130 x 1
150 x 1
160 x 1
160 x 1
160 x 1

notes: goal was to work up to some heavy singles. My clean technique gives out before my press, so 160 wasn’t hard on the press, just cleaning the log up becomes hard. So I stayed there for a few sets.

Keg Press (90 sec rest)

120 x 2
120 x 2
120 x 2
120 x 2
120 x 2

notes: fast doubles. first time doing this, so wanted to get comfy with the form: cleaning it up, then pressing with an uneven grip.

1 Arm DB Clean and Press (clean and press each rep to full overhead, 2 min rests)

70 x 4/1
60 x 8/6
60 x 6/6
60 x 6/4

notes: again, cleaning it was the part that wore me out. plus running towards the end of my workout, and I was getting fatigued.

June 30, 2015

Don’t blame me for this one. If you work out in a gym with commercial music playing often enough, it gets stuck in your head.

AM Workout

Office remains bananas. I do what I can.

warmup:
– banded shoulder dislocations laying on stomach
– Y handcuffs
– kneeling thoracic extension and rotations
– static lat stretch

6-Way DB Raise (30 sec rests)

10s x 10
10s x 10
10s x 10

note: girl from office walked by, saw me working with the 10 lb DBs, gave me a sarcastic “have a good workout” with a smirk. BRB brushin the dirt off my shoulders. Cappin these delts, BEE-YATCH!!

Cable OH Tricep Extensions (60 sec rests)

32.5 x 20
37.5 x 20
37.5 x 20

Lying Cable Hammer Curls (60 sec rests)

37.5 x 20
37.5 x 20
37.5 x 20

post: 15 min LISS on the elliptical

PM Workout

After work, came home, ate food, napped, pooped, headed back to gym. mid-to late evening workout.

warmup: rumble rolled upper back, lats; rumble rolled armpits and the area over my ribs; shoulder capsule stretch; pec stretches; lat stretches; banded shoulder dislocations

Push Press (2 min rests)

bar x 5 strict
95 x 3 strict
135 x 1
*elbow sleeves and wrist wraps on*
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3

Standing 1 Arm DB OHP (2 min rests)

50 x 12/12
60 x 10/10
70 x 8/8
80 x 6/6
85 x 3/3

notes: I did these strict, no leg drive. Also no wraps. Best I have done with wraps and leg drive was an 85 for 5 or 6 reps (and I was fresh), so I was actually quite happy with this.

Z Press (folded up yoga mat under butt, 60 sec rests)

45 x 5
55 x 5
65 x 5
75 x 5
85 x 5
95 x 5
105 x 5
115 x 5
125 x 5

notes: I am gradually moving further and further off the yoga mat, as my hamstrings get more flexible. I am barely on it now.

DB Hammer Curls (60 sec rests)

35s x 12
35s x 12
35s x 8

notes: mild improvement

Leaning Cable Strict Side Raises (30 sec rests)

2 plates x 10/10
2 plates x 10/10
2 plates x 10/10

June 23, 2015

Thoughts:
– gorgeoussssss day! loving the warm sun, finally!
– middle of the week stat holiday? thank you Quebec!
– with the 2 a day thing, I realize I am not taking in enough calories. I cant eat like before no mo, halfway through the day I felt shaky and my throat got sore and I am like oh chit, I need to stuff in more food. naps and eats are my best friends.
– that article on the main BB site from Joe Defranco is GOLD! I am going to try out all of those warmups, my shoulders feel like they are getting pounded every single day. Its like every day is prom night for my shoulders… So prehab and major mobility warmups will also be my friend.

AM Workout

pre: – resistance band shoulder dislocations laying on my stomach (this HURT so fukkin bad)
– Y Handcuffs
– Kneeling Thoracic Extensions
– Static Lat Stretch

6-Way DB Raise (30 sec rests)

10s x 10
10s x 10
10s x 10

2 Hand DB Overhead Tricep Extension (60 sec rest)

50 x 20
50 x 20

Lying Cable Curls (60 sec rest)

37.5 x 20
47.5 x 20

That was it! LOL Had to rush back to work. And eat food.

PM Workout

pre: Defranco Simple 6 Upper Body Warmup

Push Press (2 min rests)

bar x 5 strict
95 x 3 strict
135 x 1
*elbow sleeves and wrist wraps on*
165 x 3
165 x 3
165 x 3
165 x 3
165 x 3
165 x 3

Smith Machine Shoulder Press (90 sec rests)

bar x 8
bar + 50 x 8
+ 70 x 12
+ 80 x 10
+ 90 x 8
+ 100 x 6
+ 110 x 4

notes: love these so much more than DBs, at least for the hypertrophy aspect of it

Z Press (rolled up yoga mat under my butt, 60 sec rests)

bar x 5
55 x 5
65 x 5
75 x 5
85 x 5
95 x 5
105 x 5
115 x 5
125 x 5

notes: 125 set had a good grinder on the last rep, so I stopped there

Hammer Curls (60 sec rests)

35s x 12
35s x 10
35s x 8

notes: big jump from the 30s, lol

Leaning Strict Cable Side Raises (30 sec rests)

2 plates x 10/10
2p x 10/10
2p x 10/10

post: 15 min LISS

Feb 28

Gotta admit, I spent most of Friday and Saturday on House of Cards, lol.  Sorry Gym.

Anyhoo, I don’t normally work out in the evenings any more, but I had to get it in.

Clean & Press (clean & press each rep, clean from the hang, 2 min rest)

45 x 3
95 x 3
140 x 1
140 x 3
140 x 3
140 x 3
140 x FAIL, rest 60 sec, try again
135 x 2
135 x 2

notes: My head just wasn’t in the game tonight. Maybe my triceps were still fried (they had been sore for 2 days straight now), and then after a few rough presses, I started losing focus and the clean started slowing down, then it all fell to chit. Even after lowering the weight to 135, I had to stop a set when I hitched on the press up, or if I ended up being forced to push press.

Superset Cable Face Pulls & Over and Backs w/resistance band (30 sec rest b/w supersets)

30 x 20 / 8 over & backs
30 x 20 / 8
30 x 20 / 8
30 x 20 / 8
30 x 20 / 8

notes: kept the weight light and the rest low and tried to get lots of reps in, which just feels right for that area

Z Press (90 sec rest)

45 x 3
75 x 3
105 x 4
105 x 4

notes: the focus was still just not there for me. as I tried to press up, my hips started cramping up on me which threw me off and made me stop. next time I might try sitting on a rolled up mat to elevate my hips a bit.

6 Way DB lift (60 sec rest)

10s x 10
10s x 8
10s x 10

notes: these are starting to feel a bit better

For my Arm Fluff, I decided to try the “cannonball” workout that was on the main BB.com page, basically one long set with no rest where you pyramid up the machine until you cant keep up then you start over… and over… until you die, or whatever.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/buil…ball-sets.html

Cannonball Set Bicep Machine (no rest, replace the pin, scribble a quick note as needed and keep going)

10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 8
50 x 8
60 x 8
70 x 6
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 8
50 x 6
60 x 4
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 4
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 5
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 6

notes: biceps were screaming! I realize I started way too light, even with max fatigue and pump, sometimes 10 pounds is just too light. My goal by starting on just the first pin was: it means you do more sets, and if on your next microround you go just as far as the last set, then stop.

So essentially, instead of stopping when I can’t do the first weight any more, I stop when I make it just as far as I did the last microround. I will never reach a point when I can’t curl 10 lbs on the machine, so instead I stop when I am just spinning my wheels.

Cannonball Set Tricep Machine (no rest)

10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 8
50 x 8
60 x 8
70 x 8
80 x 8
90 x 8
100 x 5
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 8
50 x 8
60 x 8
70 x 8
80 x 8
90 x FAIL
10 x 8
20 x 8
30 x 8
40 x 8
50 x 8
60 x 8
70 x 8
80 x 8
90 x 4

notes: my elbow tendinitis is burning as I type this, so I should have done cable pushdowns instead of the machine. bah.

I realize in hindsight that this isn’t enough work for your arms. I realize that because 5 min after doing these massive cannonball sets, my arms felt fine again. I wanted to try it out and see how it worked, and that’s fine, but these are only good as:
a. finishers
b. pre-exhaust before the heavy work

notes: still, my arms were pretty pumped!! hundreds of reps on arms, lol

post-workout: 2.1 miles elliptical

Feb 20, 2015

mid-morning session at the office gym.

power clean & press (clean from the hang, clean it and press it each rep, 90 sec rest b/w sets)

bar x 3
95 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3

notes: getting the hang of these (pun!)

superset: face pulls and over & backs (used a light/medium resistance band for both, 45 sec rest)

20 pulls / 8 o&b
20/8
20/8
20/8
20/8

notes: I normally use cables for face pulls, but this felt good too. The gym was crowded, so I used what I needed to use.

Smith Machine Z Press (90 sec rest)

35 plate per side x 8
35 pps x 8

notes: the only barbell was being used for bench press. can’t hate on that, so smith machine was a compromise. it isn’t exactly the same exercise any more because I don’t need to stabilize the bar, but I am still using shoulders and subtracting leg drive.

6-way (60 sec rest)

10 lb DBs x 8
10s x 8
10s x 8

notes: shoulder still hurts, not as bad

superset: DB bicep curls and closegrip incline pushups (60 sec rest)

30s x 20 / 20 pushups
30s x 15 / 20 pushups
30s x 15 / 20 pushups

notes: I used the smith machine for the pushups because I could set my height and get my hands in nice and close. if I was less of a fat chit I could take my feet out far enough that I could dip my head down past the bar and really work the triceps, but no dice. Still, supersetting these made my arms nice and red and pumped! They didn’t hurt and they didn’t swell so bad I couldn’t use them, but they did get red and they did experience a nice pump

post-workout: 2.1 miles LISS on the elliptical

Feb 14, 2015

Up urs V-Day

 

Well, I made it a really technical session tonight.

I wanted to get coached a bit on cleans, get some coaching on the Z Press. I did a bunch, got some footage, coach did a few sets, got some footage

We didn’t really track what I was doing, but I would roughly say:

power cleans (sort of a hang, from just below the knee)

bar for a few sets of 5
95 pounds for a set of 5
115 for a set of 5
135 for 3 sets of 3-5 reps

Z Press (butt on a small pad)
bar for a set of 8
85 pounds for 2 or 3 sets of 8
95 pounds for 2 sets of 8

tri-set: face pulls, over&backs, 6-way (30 sec rest b/w tri-sets)

30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 5 lb DBs x 10 (tried a hammergrip, felt less painful)

post-workout: 2 miles LISS on the elliptical

Feb 6, 2015

Time for a shoulder-health and arms kinda day.

Clean & Press (cambered bar, elbow sleeves on)

75 x 3
125 x 1
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 2
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3

note: I have not really done cleans on every rep before, but thought it would be good for me to give it a go. Lost my intensity on the 3rd working set and didn’t clean the 3rd rep. Learned my lesson, you need to ACCELERATE!!

Fun! Tiring but fun.

Superset Cable Face Pulls and Over&Backs (30 sec rest)

17.5 x 20 / 8 O&Bs
17.5 x 20 / 8 O&Bs
17.5 x 20 / 8 O&Bs

notes: It’s a heavy cable machine, but nevertheless I kept the weight light, the reps high, and the rests short. I was going to do 5 sets, but work called me and I had to deal with that for 5 min, so I moved on.

Z Press (30 sec rest)

45 (bar) x 8
45 x 8
45 x 8

notes: First time ever doing these! I just wanted to get used to the form. Weight will go up next time. Plus I didn’t really have a rack, and had to clean it off the floor as I sat on the floor. Awkward.

6-Way (60 sec rest)

10s x 10
10s x 8
10s x 10

notes: These were hurting my right shoulder on the lateral raise, but as my shoulder loosened up, these got easier. Still feel like my strength went down on these, I am used to using 15s.

Superset DB Curls and 1 Arm Tricep Extension (60 sec rest)

30s x 15 / 15s x 30
25s x 20 / 15s x 30
25s x 20 / 15s x 30

The bonus of not having directly worked arms in a while is that even after this meager effort, my arms have felt pumped and sore all night! Awesome

post-workout LISS cardio: 5 miles on the elliptical

I missed the Thursday workout and needed to catch up, so I did my compound work at Noon, and then some shoulder health work at 4:30 PM.

To accommodate the fact I was working out twice, I dropped the volume to a minimum on the Noon workout, just one top set and one backoff set.

Noon Powerlifting

warm-up: nada

High Bar Squats (Romaleos, SBDs)

80 x 5 (narrow stance, ATG, 3 minimal rest)
130 x 5
180 x 3
205 x 2 (switch to medium stance and parallel)
235 x 1 (belt on, increase rest to 3 min)

259 x 6 @RPE9

245 x 6 @RPE8

Bench Press

bar x 5 (minimal rest, change weight and go again, Spoto)
55 x 5
90 x 5
125 x 3
145 x 2
160 x 1

180 x 6 @RPE<8 (sleeves on, change to paused reps, increased rest to 3 min)

165 x 6 @RPE<8

Deadlift (barefoot)

100 x 5 (minimal rest, conventional grip)
165 x 5
225 x 3
260 x 2 (change to crossgrip)
295 x 1 (belt on, rest went up to 3 min)

325 x 6 @RPE8

315 x 6 @RPE8

It was a good thing I minimized the volume – I was pretty short on time and had to take off. There was no work today but I had to run errands before the late afternoon workout.

As well, one side effect of having such irregular sleep over the holidays meant that my low back had not fully recharged – it got pretty sore during the workout. What I really need are really long marathon sleeps in my bed, not catnaps throughout the day.

Also, squats kinda hurt because I had cut up my heel a bit – I build up excess dead skin and scrub it off and went too deep so my heel was bleeding. Putting pressure on it while I walked was no fun, and it was also distracting during the squats.

PM Shoulder Health Workout

Same workout as last week, just a little more compressed for time.

Superset Scapula Stretch Pulldowns and Rotator Cuff Warmup (no real rest b/w sets, back and forth)

12 plates x 8 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM 15 times per arm
13 plates x 8 / ROTO
14 plates x 8 / ROTO

Stretched Rows (30 sec rest)

12 plates x 8
14 plates x 8
16 plates x 8

Superset Minor Chest Dips and DB Rear Delt Flyes (60s rest)

10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20

Superset DB Hex Press and Band Pullaparts (60s rest; flex each pullapart at peak contraction for 1 second)

45s x 10 / 15 pullaparts
45s x 10 / 15 pullaparts
45s x 10 / 15 pullaparts

notes: Used a heavier resistance band than last time.

Superset DB 6-Way and Band Over&Backs (60 s rest)

10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs
10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs
10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs

Prone Leg Raises (straight legs, 30s rest)

25, 25, 25, 25

Planks (30s rest)

30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec

Ugh, my throat is sore and I feel shaky. Hope I am not fighting off a bug. 2 workouts in one day might have been ill-advised.

Cut Day 27

My trainer prescribed a good shoulder health day for myself Рexercises that I have done before that feel good on my shoulder girdle, and gave me a pump while I was at it. I took some John Meadows routines and mashed them together. He might not approve, but hey, it is my mix

warmup

take a DB through ROM for my rotator cuff, 30 seconds rest b/w sets

15 lb DB done 15 times per side; 3 sets

Scapula Stretch Pulldowns (90 sec rest b/w sets)

120 x 8
130 x 8
140 x 8
150 x 8
160 x 8
170 x 8

notes: These are simple enough, widegrip pulldowns, but you let your arms extend at the top all the way, until you feel a stretch in your scapulae, pulling your arms out of the sockets a bit and starting to pull you off of the seat pad. Not knowing what this cable machine was like, I started low and worked my way up.

Stretched Rows (90 sec rest)

150 x 8
150 x 8
150 x 8

notes: Continuing in the same thought process of stretching my shoulders out first, these are a bit more complicated. You put a narrowgrip attachment on the lat pulldown machine, stand up and back from it, brace one foot on the seat pad, and row the attachment into your chest. But on the negative you let your arms extend all the way, until you can drop your head down between your arms. You look like an idiot, but it works. After these first two movements plus the warmup, my shoulders felt loose, AND I had a really good pump going on in my back from such a wide-extending ROM. Bonus!

Superset Minor Chest Dips and DB Rear Delt Flyes (90s rest)

10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20
10 dips / 10s x 20

notes: Minor chest dips are when you keep your arms straight and SINK down into your shoulder girdle, pressing yourself up with only your chest. Doing the RD flyes, I could tell right away my right shoulder was sore, but I also felt like this movement was not making it worse, merely exposing where the stiffness is. Don’t need to go heavy, just need to work the cobwebs out of it.

Superset DB Hex Press and Band Pullaparts (90s rest; flex each pullapart at peak contraction for 1 second)

50s x 10 / 20 pullaparts
50s x 10 / 20 pullaparts
50s x 10 / 20 pullaparts

notes: Hex Press means you mash the DBs together as you press. Right away, my shoulder groaned from this. I didn’t want to risk this pressing movement aggravating it, so I cut one set out and raised the reps on the pullaparts up from 10 to 20. This transferred more work to my rear delts, but I think they haven’t been getting enough to do lately and its been unbalancing.

Superset DB 6-Way and Band Over&Backs (90 s rest)

10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs
10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs
10s x 10 / 20 O&Bs

notes: I SAY I am doing 20 over and backs, but by this point in the workout, my shoulders are so pumped, I need a few breaks during the second and third set! This is why I love this particular Meadows workout, it pumps the hell out of my shoulders with no weight! I have done it maybe 6 times, and each time I do it, I can NEVER make it through those over and backs at the end. The sequencing of the movements is just genius, it works quite well on me, the whole thing as a package.

Prone Leg Raises (straight legs, 30s rest)

25, 25, 25, 25

notes: Again, I had to take a few breaks, but did not end the set until I hit 25.

Creampuff Ab Machine (30s rest)

160 x 25
160 x 25
160 x 25
160 x 25

post-workout: 15 min LISS on the elliptical, staying in the “endurance” zone