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Day 28:  Deplete Day / Back, Bi, Core

Chest DOMS!  Yayyyyyy, DARKNESS!!!!!!  I love chest DOMS

First day back on the Beta Test, already snapping on friends… let the drama ensue, LOL

After work headed to the studio with the PT.  My foot is injured (nasty gash on the bottom, don’t ask), and I had been limping all day, so didn’t want to put pressure on it.  So Leg Day was out.  Took pics, then time for Back Day!!

Barbell Rows (45 sec rest)

135 x 15
155 x 12
155 x 10
155 x 10
155 x 10

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notes:  Trainer wouldn’t let me go up in weight until my form was flawless, and it kept getting harder each set lol – 90 degree bend, pop that butt out, stop using your arms, control it.  Damn it, woman!  Let me lift in peace!  LOL.  Oh well, good form will help me grow.

Widegrip Pulldowns (45 sec rest)

130 x 10
140 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10

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notes:  Stupid, stiff-ass rubber belt feed machine.  DIAF.  Still having issues getting good contractions.

Superset DB Pullovers and Wide hammergrip Machine Mid-Row (45 sec rest)

60 x 12 / 80 x 15
60 x 12 / 80 x 15
60 x 12 / 80 x 15
60 x 12 / 80 x 15

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notes:  Got hammered a lot on my form to keep my arms totally straight on the pullovers, made this pretty challenging.  Was rewarded for my hard work with some solid contractions on the rows though, even if it was a bit light.

Australian pullups (30 sec rest)

10, 10, 10

notes:  Warming up the biceps

Cable Curls (45 sec rest)

100 x 12
110 x 12
110 x 12
110 x 12
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notes:  These always wear me the F out before my hammer curls.

Seated DB Hammer Curls (45 sec rest)

30s x 12
25s x 12
25s x 12
25s x 12

notes:  Trainer wasn’t happy with my form, so we dropped the weight and I did much better.

Superset Prone Straight Leg Raises and Reaching Crunches (30 sec rest)

12/12
12/12
12/12

notes:  ugh my core sucks!

Out of time at this point, headed for home!

Back, Cut Day 22

Jan 27 – Back

Ready to hit it today.  Wanted some extra cardio, as I was not so tight with the diet this weekend, bleh.

Made it to Spin for a 6 AM class!  It was tough!  Lots of heavy seated climbs punctuated with quick jumps.  At least I had a good view:  of the ladies kettlebell class nearby 🙂

Rough day at work, it just stresses me out.  You know, it’s like you want a life where you give 50% to your job, and 50% to your life, and if you go through a period where your life demands a greater cut, then you want to pull back a bit at work.  Instead I have a day right now where work is stressful and I am trying to lose weight and get more fit.  So my Life demands 60% of my mental energy and my Job demands 60% of my mental energy and I am just not making ends meet.  It’s a major pain in the ass.  But I am committed to this weight loss, I just wish work would just please crawl OUT of my ass for a while.  Ideally would love to sleepwalk through my job and be mentally in the gym 24/7.

Showed up at the personal trainers after work to sweat it out some more.  Took my [b]Primer[/b] pack 2.5 h before workout with food, and took 3 caps [b]Rocket Science[/b] 30 min before workout.

warmup 15 min elliptical, varying resistance

Australian Pullups (less than 30 sec rest)

10, 10, 10, 10, 10

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notes: Honestly, I would just rather do regular pullups, assisted or just negatives or whathaveyou.  But I have learned to just do what my trainer tells me, and take my brain out of it.  So I tried to focus on engaging my lats and taking my arms out of it and getting a good squeeze.  So don’t judge me on the pic, haha!

Seated Widegrip Row (sitting on ground, 30-45 sec rest)

160 x 12 200 x 12 220 x 12 260 x 12 300 x 12 340 x 12

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notes:  This machine felt light, or maybe I get stronger when my butt is on the ground, I don’t know.  At any rate, we kept going heavier and heavier without really slowing down.

Free Cable Widegrip Pulldown (30 sec rest)

180 x 12 200 x 10 200 x 10 200 x 10 200 x 10

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notes:  I had a tough time NOT leaning back, so my trainer at one point jammed her knee into my back to keep me upright.

One Arm Standing Cable Row (less than 30 sec rest)

90 x 10/10 100 x 10/10 110 x 10/10 110 x 10/10

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notes:  Fast-paced and heavy!

Finisher:  Straight Arm Pulldown (no rest, just change the weight and keep going)

50 x 50 UP 70 x 30 DROP 60 x 20

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notes:  My form is always rough on these, so I am glad to have the trainer keep correcting me.

The whole workout took 40 min, score!  Fast and nasty.

Post-Workout

20 min on the elliptical, varying resistance

And that was that!  A really draining day, looking forward to bed!

OK, this was a supposed “offday” for 5/3/1. Normally, I would do conditioning. But… I had an itch to do more lifting. So, time for an Arm Day!

For my arms, I like experimenting – doing workouts that scare people, that make purists scream overtraining, that are legitimately dumb. It’s not that I have awesome arms, or that I even expect to succeed. It’s hard to explain, it’s just that I DONT CARE… I will go out and try it and win or lose I just go do it and see what happens. You don’t know what is possible until you try it.

For most people, given the small relative size of arm muscles, what scares them is volume. So I have tried some crazy volume before.

Who out there does crazy arm workouts? How about this guy?

CT

CT Fletcher. Rollin on 22s.

So, time for a CT Fletcher workout!!

Strap yourselves in, this was quite a ride. On top of it all, its Friday and I only had an hour tops. So I would just go at it until I ran out of time.

Arm Day

Cardio Warmup – Elliptical at 25 degree incline, 15 minutes, get the PWO flowing 🙂

Warmup (no rest, back and forth until all 4 supersets are done)

Bench Dips & Underhand Australian Pullups

20 & 15
15 & 10
10 & 10
10 & 10

Dumbbell Preacher Curls (30-45 sec b/w sets)

40 x 10/10
50 x 10/10
60 x 5/7
70 x 3/4
50 x 10/10

 

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notes: You kind of have to do these CT Fletcher style to get the full experience. What does that mean? It means you go heavier than you can ACTUALLY go. Any means necessary, shorten the ROM, use your other hand to cheat, w/e. For added effect, try shouting at your biceps to GROW GODDAMN IT. Srs.

So while watching this workout might make Ben Pakulski cry, today form was not the point.

With the 60s, my ROM immediately shortened to the midrange, but the 50s were full range. With the 70s… I couldn’t do a single one without assistance as you can see, nor could I control the negative. It was just a horrorshow, LOL.

And did I mention the rest times in this workout were extremely short? It was the only way I could get some crazy volume in in only an hour.

EZ Bar Skullcrushers (AMAP, but no more than 10 reps, then rest 10 seconds ONLY, then do more. Keep going until you hit 50 reps)

70 x 10, 10, 7, 6, 7, 5, 5

notes: pls Lord, have a spotter for this workout. You will need someone to lift the bar off you for 10 seconds while you rest your arms. My right shoulder got way too involved halfway through, but it was just get these done before your arms collapse completely.

T Curls (30-45 sec rest)

10s x 20
15s x 20
20s x 20
20s x 15
15s x 20
10s x 30

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notes: T-Curls are something CT advertised on his Youtube channel. You sit and curl it up sideways to your body, going from a straight arm to a sort of W. You don’t have to go heavy. I don’t think I like them much, but it hit my arms from a different angle and gave me a bit of a break, and it def got hard near the end, lots of times you have to check yourself and breathe once or twice then pump out a few more.

Dumbbell Skullcrushers (lie on the floor and have someone feed you the weights, no rest until you finish with the heaviest weight, climb up and climb down the ladder of weights)

10s x 20
12s x 20
15s x 20
20s x 4 REST 30 sec
15s x 15
12s x 17
10s x 20
8s x 20
5s x 20

notes: This was murder. I WANTED to do 20 reps of each weight, but by the time I got to the 20s, I was so desperate to get the weight up, that I started doing V-Ups… using the momentum from my abs and legs to get the 20s up ROFL. My spotter was rolling on the floor laughing, watching me crunch my legs and arms together just to do a skullcrusher!! So I dropped down the ladder, and kept going until I was into pink dumbbell territory, LOOLOLOL

Sorry no pics of me in agony trying to push up tinkertoy weight, spotter was laughing too hard 😛 Near the end, I couldn’t even hold the DBs up over my chest anymore! I was gassed!

Superset Pushdowns and Cable Curls (45-60 sec rest b/w supersets)

90 x 20 & 90 x 20
90 x 20 & 90 x 20
100 x 20 & 90 x 20
100 x 20 & 80 x 20
100 x 20 & 80 x 20

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notes: This was where my Tris started to pull ahead while my Bis were fading. While you may see 20 reps, what happened around set 3 with the biceps was that I slowed around rep 13 and had to breathe a few times and then pump out a few more reps. But I got through it.

Hour was over, go home. I was dripping in sweat and was pumped, no arms left to lift my water bottle.

A Sense of Renewal

Thursday was my offday.  At work though, the grind of the 9 to 5 got to me and I ate some junk food to give me a boost for the afternoon 7th inning stretch.  It wasn’t much, it gave me a pick me up for 5 min then I felt worn out again.  I felt guilty about it, so I decided to head to the gym Thursday night to do some work.  I asked Leslie what would be best for the focus so I wouldn’t step on the toes of whatever she had planned for Friday, and she suggested I do arms.  Hooray!  I luv arm day.  (Side note, Leslie hates her own arm day!  She says it agitates her to work her biceps.  Crazy right??  Arm day rules.)  After work, I napped, ate, psyched myself up, then to the gym for some late night training.

Group photo! Leslie’s arms, and my pecs. the excellence of execution right here.

Thursday night solo:

5 min warmup

(90 sec rest between sets)

dumbbell skullcrushers:  30 lb DBs x10, x10, x10, x10, x10, x8

2hand dumbbell extension:  55lb DB x10, x10, x10, x10, x10, x10

bicep curl machine:  60 x10, x10, x10, x10, x10, x10

seated curls:  35 lb DBs x10, x10, x10, x10, x10, x9

30 min on the elliptical

notes:  Good old arm volume training.  You don’t NEED 24 working sets a week on your arms to see progress, but it is nice every once in a while, and my arms need to work on their endurance.  My shoulder felt sore, so I was glad for arms vice chest or back.  Still, my shoulder got in the way of the skullcrushers, so my form was shaky by set 4.  I couldn’t keep it going in set 6, so had to clip it short.  Extensions felt good by the end, good strain on my triceps, so I knew tricep DOMS were in my future.

I wanted to do preacher curls, but the dudes in the gym had set up camp on the preacher rest, and they didn’t seem friendly, so w/e.  I went to the bicep curl machine.  I put on 60 lbs, which felt light on the machine, so I tried to make up for it by focussing mentally on SQUEEZING at the top of the movement, really tiring out my bicep and working on “the peak”.  It worked wonders.  By sets 5 and 6, my 90 second rest was devoted to stretching out my biceps, which felt really good.  Finished up with DB curls, and my biceps were tired enough that I couldn’t keep good form by the last few sets, so I will stick at that weight for a while.

Friday I woke up TIRED.  Late night sessions at the gym mean you are so buzzed when you get home, it is hard to transition to sleep.  Plus my shoulder stayed sore through the night.  So I slept in a bit, then took some strong anti-inflammatories for my shoulder and headed to work.  I was conscious not to eat junk, but I had to pop another anti-inflammatory, which leaves me feeling sluggish and bloated.  So lack of sleep and pilled to the gills, that meant I was not in prime form for my Friday session with Leslie.  It is unavoidable though, the shoulders need to rehab, can’t let them gather dust.

We talked for a bit, did a weigh-in (I lost 0 weight, which I will take as a concession considering the imperfect week).  We also talked about my future.  I definitely still need the help, with my form, with my focus, with my diet.  So I signed up for more sessions, renewed the commitment!  I am looking forward to working more with Les, I think she can help me a lot 🙂

short session, but weigh-in, renewal and pep talk was needed

10 minutes on the elliptical

triset:  squats with the ropes THEN stationary lunges THEN Australian pullups

20/12/12,     15/12(touch ball to floor)/10,     13(jump squats)/12(ball twist)/10

last set

last set

first set!

triset:  barbell curls THEN incline closegrip pushups THEN walking side planks

45×10/10/10,     55×12/12/10,     55×12/12/10

the transition

finished product

yoga stretch after:  cobblers pose for 3 min, pigeon for 90 sec or so each side

notes:  did all that make sense?  to some extent the exercises progressed to tougher versions as they went on.  As I got used to the version, we did a little more.  So the first stationary lunges were just that, then the second set I had a medicine ball I touched to the ground, then the last set, I twisted with the ball to the side.

The straps for the squats were just to keep my chest up, I didn’t pull or use my back.  That pic of me doing plyo is a rare pic!  Savour it, my feet don’t leave the ground very often any more 😀

Yeah… lunges… I am not very coordinated with lunges, haha.

Those wussy pullups… I can definitely go harder next time, they were easy (move my feet farther out).

The barbell curls were light, so I focused on the squeeze, and my biceps were tired anyways from the night before.

The incline closegrip was basically me racking the barbell after the curls then doing pushups against them.  On a sidenote:  there are no pictures of the curls or the pushups, because doing curls in the squat rack is a n00b move, and Leslie would lose her PT license if someone saw it 😀

Walking side planks are basically you transition back and forth from side to side.  They felt good, even slightly easy, so Leslie had me hold the side plank for a few seconds before the transition on later sets.

Then the yoga after felt GREAT.  It made me realize how much I miss yoga, it boosts my mood so much.  Thanks for that Leslie!  Good call.

October ends with a sense of renewed purpose.  I have a long ways to go, but I am working on it.  See you later!