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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

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July 21, 2015

AM Workout

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

Pec Deck (30 sec rests)

1p x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15

Upright Rows (30 sec rests)

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

PM Workout

Strongman

Yoke/Carry Medley: 350 lb Yoke for 10 ft, turn around, 350 lb Yoke back for 10 ft; 120 lb circus dumbbell for 20 ft

5 sets of that, 3 min rests in between sets

notes: on Set 5, ended up pinching my gut skin in between the carry object and my belt – that hurt, lol!

Atlas Stones

150 lb stone to a 56″ platform; 170 lb to a 52″; 210 lb to a 52″

3 sets of that, 60 sec rest in between

notes: I actually tried to do 4 stones, the 4th was the 240 lb stone to a 48″ platform. But I failed the 240 the first time, ended up dropping the 210 lb stone on my toe the 2nd time so I stopped early, and then I actually failed the 210 lb stone on the 3rd set. So I was dying.

Decline DB Fly (30 sec rests)

12s x 12
12s x 12
12s x 12

Widegrip T Bar Rows (60 sec rests)

45 x 5
145 x 4
145 x 6
145 x 7

June 25, 2015

Was able to switch the order today: big workout in the morning, then some light work in the evening.

AM Workout

With all the pressing on the menu, warmup would be a priority.

warmup: 2 Supersets of
1. DB Side Raises x 6, with 3 second holds at the top and 3 second negatives
2. Cuban Presses x 8
3. 1 Arm DB Shrugs x 20

Closegrip Bench Press: superset each set with a “YWT iso-hold”, laying on my stomach, hold my arms up in each position for 10 seconds
(60 sec rest after the YWT before another set of CGBP)

bar x 5 / YWT
95 x 5 / YWT
135 x 5 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT
185 x 4 / YWT

notes: yar, 8 working sets. working out alone meant I had to burn through some energy unracking it, which sucked.

Incline DB Press (90 sec rests)

35s x 5
50s x 5
60s x 5
65s x 5
70s x 5

Flat DB Press (90 sec rests)

50s x 12
60s x 10
70s x 8
70s x 6
70s x 4

notes: by the time I got to the 3rd set, my shoulders were damn tired, so I kept the weight for the next few sets

V Bar Pushdowns (30 sec rests)

57.5 x 20
57.5 x 15
57.5 x 11

Decline DB Flys (30 sec rests)

15s x 12
15s x 12
15s x 12

notes: these don’t do much for my chest, but they warm up my shoulders a bit, so I focused on the stretch at the bottom

Full day of work.

PM Workout

Thought I could use the apartment crappy gym then chill in the hot tub, but the hot tub was under maintenance, so whatever.

warmup: none

Pec Deck (30 sec rests)

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

notes: lightweight, but tired out my chest nice and good. pre-exhaust accomplished.

Bench Press Machine (extra-widegrip, 30 sec rests)

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

post-workout: 15 min LISS

June 19, 2015

Late afternoon office workout. My least favorite shoulder killers. Work on my weak points.

Closegrip Bench Press (2 min rest, superset with resistance band over & backs)

bar x 5
95 x 5
135 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5
175 x 5

notes: yar, 7 sets at a working weight for me

Incline DB Press (2 min rest)

35s x 3
50s x 3
75s x 3
75s x 1… drop weight, decrease rest to 90 seconds
60s x 3
60s x 3
60s x 3

notes: I got sloppy with my form, and my shoulder tweaked a bit, so I dropped the weight 20%, and reduced the rests 25%

Flat DB Press (2 min rests)

50s x 12
60s x 10
70s x 8
80s x 4
80s x 4

notes: lots of pressing sets! Shoulders getting tired and cranky.

V Bar Pushdown (30 sec rests)

57.5 x 20
62.5 x 14
62.5 x 9 DROP 52.5 x 6 DROP 42.5 x 5

notes: double drop set on the last one

Decline Cable Fly (30 sec rests)

35 x 12
35 x 12
35 x 12

post-workout: 15 min LISS

June 11, 2015

Still sore, but I feel like I am turning the corner a bit. Will come out of this stronger. Day 5 in a row of workouts.

Wanted to test out the shoulder a bit, but would have to be very cautious. Bring on my least favorite exercises!!!

Closegrip Bench – Superset with Resistance Band Over & Backs; 2 min rests

bar x 6
95 x 6
115 x 6
135 x 6
155 x 6
155 x 6
175 x 6
175 x 6

notes: the Over & Backs helped me warm my shoulders up. Shoulder felt most sore at the extremes – touching my chest or at lockout. The lockout thing surprised me, I don’t get that kind of pain doing normal or widegrip bench.

Incline DB Bench (2 min rest)

40s x 3
50s x 3
60s x 3
65s x 3
70s x 3
75s x 3
75s x 3

notes: Just keep doing low rep sets until the reps stopped being smooth. They stopped being smooth at 75s, lol.

Skullcrushers (60 sec rests)

75 x 12
75 x 10
75 x 8
95 x 4
95 x 4

notes: the 60 second rests were kicking my butt on this one.

One Arm Cable Tricep Extensions (60 sec rests)

7.5 x 20/20
12/5 x 20/20
17.5 x 20/20

notes: while this particular cable machine was a heavy one, my real focus was on working the peak contraction. Regardless of weight, if I do this movement towards the end, I can get a really good squeeze on the tricep if I extend it past my body.

Decline Cable Fly (30 sec rests)

15 x 12
25 x 12
35 x 12
45 x 12

notes: 30 sec rests were kicking my butt, shoulders warned me to not get sloppy with my form.

post-workout: 15 min LISS

Cut Day 20

Had to take a little break while I got my sleep game right!  But I stayed on my diet, so I can climb right back on the exercise train with no issues.

had some decent sleeps over night, but also some huge naps during the past few days that have made all the difference! Finally starting to feel balanced again

I am not taking Xmas off work, but the office will be so quiet, that I consider it sort of a “work deload”. Lightweight baby. Answer emails when I feel like it, work out when I feel like it, have naps when I feel like it. Slow time is in effect all next week.

Last day with the trainer for a little while – she takes off for Xmas vacation… and I remain in the weight pit grinding it out on my own for a bit

Flat DB Press (5 second negatives)

45s x 10
55s x 10
55s x 10
55s x 10

Decline Cable Fly

50 x 12
70 x 12
70 x 12

pushups

3 sets of 15

Standing DB Press (5 second negatives)

25s x 10
30s x 10
30s x 10

notes: these are finally starting to feel good, like I got the form down on the slow neg, so the weight can start slowly going up.

Cable Side Raise/Front Raise (do side reps then the front reps, per arm)

20 x 10/10
20 x 10/10

Superset – Rope Pushdowns & DB Skullcrushers (spread rope at the bottom; the skullcrushers my triceps were being restrained again)

90 x 15 / 20s x 12
90 x 15 / 20s x 12
90 x 15 / 20s x 12

After that, I had to take off for some Friday night Xmas chit, no cardio in the cards. compound lifts are lined up for tomorrow, gonna be fun!

Today was all about the chest! What’s better than a chest workout? TWO chest workouts? It’s not overtraining… it’s overGAINING *gunshot*

Due to various circumstances it would take too long to type and not worth reading, both workouts were at the office gym. Afternoon workout was with a coworker.

AM Chest

flat DB Press, some rotator cuff work (60 sec rest)

40s x 14 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM, 15 times per arm
50s x 10 / ROTO
60s x 10 / ROTO
70s x 6 / ROTO
80s x 6
90s x 1
90s x 2

notes: Only did rotator cuff work until I felt loose.

Actually rather embarrassed here at my lack of strength. I am better than this, but my shoulder got cranky right away. I intended to bang out 20 reps with the 40s, and the left shoulder hurt immediately. I had to go slow and deliberate and keep the reps low on every successive set. By the time I got to the 90s, my loss of strength was clear. On my first set, a skinny ectodouche hovered over me on his way to go do crunches, and it threw me off. So I decided to do a second set, but now with no distractions, it still wasn’t happening. Mad and sore, I wandered off to the Smith Machine.

flat Smith Machine press (45 sec rest, wide grip, constant tension, stay in mid ROM and pump out reps, no lockout or touch your chest)

2 plates x 15
2 plates x 13
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15

notes: got in some good chest work here. felt a bit better.

Decline DB Fly

20s x 15

Low to High Cable Fly (45 sec rest)

55 x 15
55 x 15
55 x 15
55 x 15

notes: the cables were busy so I tried decline DB flys, did not like the feeling on my shoulder. But then the cables freed up so I went back to them. This cable is heavy so the weight seemed appropriate.

Generally disappointed in the chest session, so I resolved to do more after work. Coworker joined me, doing his own thing for the first half and then realizing he doesn’t know a damn thing and asking if he can do what I’m doing in the second half, LOL.

PM Shoulders, Chest

Superset Seated Smith Shoulder Press and Face Pulls (rest varied, see notes)

70 in plates x 12 / 22.5 x 15
(rest approx. 90 sec)
70 in plates x 12 / 22.5 x 15
(no rest)
70 in plates x 12 / 22.5 x 15
(no rest)
90 in plates x 12 / 27.5 x 15
(rest approx. 2 minutes?)
90 in plates x 12 / 27.5 x 15

notes: Right after my first set, my coworker wanted to talk to me about how he felt SO sick, and had NO energy. blah blah.

Feeling peeved, I did the next 3 supersets back to back with no rest, haha. Then he came up to me again and asked if I could lend him headphones, so I went off to my locker to grab him some. Then did my 5th set. ANNOYING!!

Twist Press (60 sec rest)

50s x 10
55s x 10
60s x 9
55s x 10
50s x 10
45s x 12
40s x 15

notes: I had intended to go up to 65s, but when I got too tired to do a 10th rep on the 60s, I decided to go back down the rack, and dip a few sets lower and go higher reps.

These felt good, WAY better than the regular flat press from the AM.

leaning Strict Cable Side Raises (no rest back and forth arm to arm)

12.5 x 12/12
12.5 x 10/10
12.5 x 10/10

notes: Heavy cable! No 20s for me, haha. When I was doing this, my coworker got jealous, so after I was done I showed him how to do these and he did 2 back to back sets.

Rear Delt Cable Fly (traded sets with my coworker, 45 sec or so in between)

35 x 15
35 x 15
35 x 15

notes: He had never done these before, so I led him through some sets.

DB Shrugs (back and forth with coworker, approx. 20 sec rest, lol)

100s x 15
100s x 12
100s x 10

notes: When he picked up his 50s to do his, he said it felt too rough in his hands, so he would only do a few reps and rerack them. So I would then immediately again do mine, lol. Made the rests deadly short!!!

And that was that! Headed home.

I am BEAT UP right now! Ugh, double workout days on low carb are DEADLY.