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27 Jan 2017

afternoon office workout. to switch it up a bit, I didn’t bring out the sleeves and wraps, and kept it totally raw

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Closegrip Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x some
135 x 5
185 x 3
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 4
225 x 3
185 x 8

notes: the elbow sleeves help a lot apparently lol. so I dropped the weight and did a backoff set

Flat DB Bench (medium rests, hammer grip)

40s x 10
60s x 5
85s x 10
85s x 10
85s x 8

Smith Machine Seated OHP (short rests)

warmup with bar
bar+90 x 10
+90 x 9
+90 x 6
+70 x 10
+70 x 10

notes: kept the rests short so the shoulders would stay burning the whole time. another backoff set. I felt kinda weak today overall, so I decided to keep the assistance light and high rep

Free Cable Widegrip Pulldowns (very short rests)

7 plates x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15

Seated DB Hammer Curls (medium rests)

45s x 10
45s x 9
45s x 8
45s x 7

notes: never do these seated. felt much harder. had to stop each set when I started involuntarily shrugging them. I guess that was the fatigue point lol

20 Jan 2017

Struggling with the motivation these days, so I resolved to go to the office gym and just do whatever I can. Baby steps.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Closegrip Bench Press (2 min rests)

135 x 5
185 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: I inspired the other men in the gym, so they all wanted to bench 2 plates. With varying levels of success, complete with excuses (I just did chest yesterday bro). I know 2 plates isn’t much, nor is it a big deal for me, but it is a lightning rod for men’s hopes and dreams in the early stages of their fitness.

Snatch Grip Deadlift (short rests, wearing sneakers)

135 x 10
135 x 10
135 x 10

notes: this was more to see how my grip felt. I am so used to sock feet that my knee felt a little twisted doing these. I was worried if I went heavy and dropped it, I would get lots of ugly stares. office gym woes.

cardo: 5 min LISS as cooldown

Mini workout, then back to my desk.

14 Jan 2017

Sleep the night before was good, but I had nothing in the house to eat, so I went to the gym on an empty stomach and picked up some chocolate milk on the way for an intra.

Log Clean and Press (medium rests, small diameter log)

120 x 1 (bigger log warmup)
80 x 3 (switched to the small log at this point)
124 x 1
164 x 1
*wraps, sleeves on*
199 x FAIL, no clean
199 x FAIL, no clean

notes: it had been a while since log, so I wanted to test it out. But other people had gotten there earlier and were using the main log, so I switched to the small one. The small diameter actually made it much harder, I couldn’t clean it properly. So when it got heavy, I just couldn’t do it. With it being so small, I can’t comfortably get it up against my body so I can roll it up my chest like I normally do. So it was now a few inches out from my body and like trying to power curl 200 pounds, which meant I didn’t get much vertical on it, and it landed just under my breast bone, which is not enough to go into a pressing motion. For this to work, I would have needed to either:
a. swing it in a wider arc like I would with a barbell (though I haven’t cleaned a BB that heavy I don’t think), or
b. drop my body low to get under it, like some Oly type stuff. Which I have no experience in.

So… I couldn’t clean the little log once it hits 200. Lesson learned.

Closegrip Bench Press (shared the bench with someone, so long rests)

135 x 5
185 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

DB Bench Press (short rest)

40s x 10
65s x 10

notes: at that point I decided that since I had done the same exercise just yesterday, I needed to switch it up

DB Flys (short rests, slow reps, pronated grip)

22.5s x 10
22.5s x 10
22.5s x 10

T Bar Row (short rests, elbows low)

1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15

Superset: DB Hammer Curls & Band Pullaparts & Band Pushdowns (short rests)

40s x 12 / 15 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns
40s x 12 / 20 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns
40s x 12 / 20 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns

notes: the really high reps on the band work really made my body ache. my triceps were dying during the sets, but now, sitting here typing this, my rear delts are dead from the pullaparts

7 Jan 2017

Long time, no write!  I am back.

warmup: light leg extensions, light leg curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

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

135 x 2
225 x 2
315 x 1
*knee wraps on*
360 x 1
360 x 1
360 x 1

notes: I figured if I am squatting twice a week (or more) now, then I will try and conserve my knees a bit with wraps. Will see if that helps.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Closegrip Bench (medium rests)

bar x lots
135 x 5
185 x 3
*wrist wraps, elbow sleeves on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

Snatch Grip Deadlift (short rests, sock feet, Figure 8s)

135 x 10
225 x 10
315 x 10

notes: I traded sets back and forth with a guy doing speed work DLs. I know my grip is the limiting factor in these and I needed to get my back work in so I used the straps.

Farmers Walks (sock feet, short rests)

130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet

notes: went six times, got my cardio in, plus gave my grip something to do. It was light, so I did more of them.

Cable Face Pulls (very short rests)

2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15

notes: I had to leave soon, so I picked a really quick exercise I could bang out pretty quick.

12 Dec 2017

early afternoon office workout

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (90 sec rests)

135 x 2
185 x 2
*wraps, sleeves*
205 x 2
205 x 2
205 x 2
205 x 2
205 x 2

Closegrip Bench Press (wraps, sleeves, 2 min rests)

215 x 5
215 x 5
215 x 5

Spoto Press (wraps, sleeves, 2 min rests)

190 x 6
190 x 6
190 x 6

29 Nov 2016

I did a mid-afternoon office workout, so I improvised exercises as necessary.

I also kinda felt like volume, like that would be fun. Technically, I am at the point in my Cube run where I should be peaking and cutting down on number of exercises, but meh, at this point if I think extra assistance will be fun… I’m gonna do extra assistance

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (90 sec rests)

150 x 8
175 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
*increase rest to 2 mins*
175 x 17
175 x 13

Closegrip Bench (2 min rests, wraps, sleeves)

205 x 5
205 x 7
205 x 5

notes: closegrip felt a bit off today. I got worried my shoulder was not in the right groove, so I moved to the Smith for a bit

Smith Machine Incline Press (2 min rests, no wraps, no sleeves, shallow incline)

bar+90 x 12
bar+110 x 10
bar+140 x 8
bar+160 x 4

Smith Machine Seated OHP (2 min rests)

bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10

DB Flat Fly (30 sec rests, pronated grip, slow negs, pause at bottom)

20s x 10
20s x 10
20s x 10
20s x 10

notes: I just wanted lots of stretch, slow reps, pauses, short rests. It feels more comfortable holding them with the pronated grip, it makes it easier to do them with arms almost straight, so higher quality strict reps.

Smith Machine JM Press (60 sec rests)

bar x 12
bar+60 x 12
bar+70 x 10
bar+80 x 8
bar+90 x 6
bar+100 x 5

Dual Cable Widegrip Pulldowns (60 sec rests)

7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25

notes: I just pumped the reps out. I knew my back was so sore from yesterday that I don’t need to worry about hard contractions, just crank out the reps and the soreness will kick in lol. The pump was strong!

23 Nov 2016

So yeah, Tuesday I was wrecked, to the point I was fighting off a bug. so I took a night to rest, and came back to it tonight.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs, then some light Viking Presses

Log Press (clean every rep, 2-3 min rests, no sleeves or wraps)

110 x 3
155 x 4
155 x 4
155 x 4

notes: I probably could have pushed more volume with some wraps and sleeves, but this was some quick rep work to get back into the swing of things with log again (I felt out of practice), and might hit some heavy reps this weekend

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x soooooo many
135 x 5
185 x 3
*wraps and sleeves on*
230 x 5
230 x 5
230 x 5

Closegrip Bench (medium rest, wraps, sleeves)

245 x 2
245 x 2

Spoto Bench (medium rests, wraps, sleeves)

215 x 5
215 x 5

At this point I was scheduled to do some heavy DB rows, but I decided I want to hit some heavy deads tomorrow, so I cut out the rows and saved up my grip and low back for tomorrow. (So I better make time for that workout!)

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & DB Full Front Raises & Cable Face Pulls & Hyperextensions (2 min rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts

notes: instead of the usual front raises to eye level, I raised them up over my head and squeezed my rear delts a bit. It all helps keep the cobwebs out of my shoulder joints, and keep the socket lubed and happy.

9 Nov 2016

Light session at the strongman gym tonight, all alone. Trying to get back into the flow of things.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (short rests, no wraps, no sleeves)

bar x landslide
135 x 3
190 x 2
190 x 2
190 x 2
190 x 2
190 x 2
190 x 2

Closegrip Bench (medium rest, no wraps no sleeves)

205 x 5
205 x 5

Spoto Bench (medium rests, no wraps no sleeves)

175 x 6
175 x 6
175 x 6

Log Clean & Press (clean each rep, no wraps, no sleeves)

110 x 1
*move to EMOM*
130 x 3
130 x 3
130 x 3
130 x 3
130 x 3
130 x 3

notes: EMOM! Cardio, FK YEAH!! Cleaning and pressing a log over and over again left me gasping for breath after set 6, lol. Legit HIIT haha

Kroc Row

110 x 20/20

notes: just one allout set of heavyass DB rows. 20 reps is not very much for a Kroc set, but this was fkin heavy by rep 20 LOL

Superset: Strict DB side Raises & DB Front Raises & Cable Face Pulls & Hyperextensions (short rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15

notes: just throw all my assistance together and call it cardio

Then postworkout I ate lambchops and rice and fresh bread. Fk yeah

4 Nov 2016

Noontime office workout. I had to modify some workouts to make sure I could keep things flowing and not have to wait for a piece of equipment.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x many
135 x 8
160 x 8
190 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
215 x 3
230 x 2
245 x 1

notes: peaking for a 1RM session

Closegrip Bench (long rest, wraps, sleeves)

205 x 10
205 x 9

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

bar +90 x 12
+110 x 10
+140 x 8
+150 x 6
+160 x 5

Smith Machine Bent Over Rows (2 min rests)

bar +90 x 10
+180 x 7
+180 x 8
+180 x 8
+180 x 7

notes: these actually felt really good, everything was squeezing in my position/stance: hams, hips, back. I focused on driving the elbows up.

Smith Machine JM Press (less than 60 seconds rest)

bar x 15
bar +50 x 15
+60 x 10
+70 x 8
+80 x 6
+90 x 5

Flat DB Flys (alternating speed on sets, pronated grip, short rests)

25s x 10
25s x 10
25s x 10
25s x 10

notes: pronated feels better on my shoulders. I alternated speeds: Sets 1 and 3 I tried to pump them out and get the chest squeeze in, and on sets 2 and 4 I lowered them very slowly, and let them stretch me at the bottom. Good to stretch out my chest tendons at the end of the workout.

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.