Tag Archive: dorsiflexion


Mar 9, 2015

Monday mid-day office gym fun. OMG, my legs were getting sore on Monday.

Chest, calves

Flat DB Press (elbow sleeves on, 2 min rest b/w sets)

40s x 25
50s x 15
60s x 10
70s x 8
80s x 6
90s x 4
80s x 6
70s x 9
60s x 13
50s x 20
40s x 25

notes: I upped the rest a bit, and put on sleeves. I could have gotten a few more dirty reps on the 90s, but there was a cute chick stretching out right next to me, so I decided to only do clean controlled reps so I wouldn’t look like a wuss. Ego lifting! Shoulder wasn’t as sore this time.

Superset Smith Machine Standing Calf Raises & Dorsiflexion (90 sec rest b/w sets)

bar + 190 X 10 reps, hold 10 seconds, 10 more reps, hold 10 sec, 10 more reps, hold 10 sec / 50 dorsiflexions
bar + 240 X 10 reps, hold 10 seconds, 10 more reps, hold 10 sec, 10 more reps, hold 10 sec / 50 dorsiflexions

notes: Borrowed this from Meadows – 10 reps, hold at peak contraction for 10 seconds, repeat, repeat. Then flex your shins hard about 50 times, by which time your shins should be going numb

prone leg raise (30 sec rest)

20, 15, 15, 15

notes: I found this harder to do with Leg DOMS, lol.

I was going to do cardio, then realized I was gonna be late for something at work, so I rushed back. Just a bit of ab, calf and chest work to break up the day and fill the gap in between harder sessions.

June 5 Arms, Calves

warmup:  5 min elliptical

 

Superset:  V-Bar Pushdowns & Fat Grip Cambered Bar Curls (rest varies)

95 x 20 / fat70 x 8

115 x 20 / fat70 x 8

125 x 20 / fat70 x 8

135 x 20 / fat70 x 8

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Superset:  DB Hammer Curl & Assisted Dips  (rest varies, 3 second negative on the dips)

40s x 8 / (50%BW) x 10

40s x 8 / (50%BW) x 10

40s x 8 / (50%BW) x 10

40s x 8 / (50%BW) x 10

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Superset:  Bent Over Overhead Extension & Incline Concentration Curls  (rest varies, extensions followed by partials out of the bottom ROM)

110 x 10, 5P / 25s x 10

120 x 10, 5P / 25s x 10

120 x 10, 5P / 25s x 10

120 x 10, 5P / 25s x 10

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Superset:  Standing Calf Raise Machine & Dorsiflexion  (30 sec rest)

235 x 8 / 50

255 x 8 / 50

275 x 8 / 50

295 x 8 / 50

315 x 8 / 50

335 x 8 / 50

355 x 8 / 50

395 x 8 / 50

 

post workout:  30 min elliptical

May 31 – Legs

Went to the gym today determined to do what I needed to do – time didn’t matter, take all day if you feel like it, just put in the work.

 

Giant Set:  Squats, One-Leg Leg Press, Lex Extensions (60-120s rest)

105 x 6 / 255 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

130 x 6 / 255 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

155 x 6 / 255 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

170 x 6 / 255 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

195 x 6 / 215 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

220 x 6 / 215 x 12 (each leg) / 120 x 25

notes:  I used the same weight progression for the squats that I would use on 5/3/1.  I soon noticed on the leg press that my right leg was a lot weaker than my left, by Set 5 I had to drop the weight so my right leg could keep going.

 

Giant Set:  Deadlifts, 45 Degree Leg Press, Seated Leg curls  (60-120s rest, double overhand on DL for first 4 sets, then switch grip for Set 5 and 6, feet high and wide with feet pointed out for the leg press, lean forward on the leg curls)

155 x 6 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

190 x 6 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

230 x 6 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

250 x 6 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

290 x 6 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

325 x 4 / 10 plates x 12 / 120 x 25

notes:  So glad the gym wasn’t busy!  This workout ties up a LOT of stations… I was so tired by the end my back was rounding a lot on the last set of deadlifts, so I stopped at 4.

 

Superset Standing Calf Raise Machine and Dorsiflexion  (30s rest)

215 x 8 / 50 flexes

215 x 8 / 50 flexes

235 x 8 / 50 flexes

255 x 8 / 50 flexes

275 x 8 / 50 flexes

295 x 8 / 50 flexes

315 x 8 / 50 flexes

335 x 8 / 50 flexes

 

post-workout cardio:  30 min elliptical

 

Workout is very simple on paper, draining as HELL in practice.  I don’t usually do squats and deadlifts together, and as part of a circuit?  Nasty.  I came home and just lay on my couch for 4 hours straight, no lie.  I am gonna be dead tomorrow, I can tell.  Killer workout!

Cycle 2 Week 1 Legs

Finally got around to legs!

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds. –Henry Rollins

It was a heavy day.  I didn’t know if I could make it to the gym.  Life was weighing me down.  People run in and out of your life, some days they’re heavies, some days they’re lightweights.  Some days all your little problems weigh a ton, some days you never notice they’re there.  Some days you have all the support in the world, and some days you stand alone.  Your own little world is constantly in flux, and every piece of your castle weighs different amounts on different days.  It is frustrating.  You can’t rely on it.

Part of the trick of this 5/3/1 program is you are always pushing the weight up up up.  You have to trust in the math that this new, heavier weight, these new higher reps are within your grasp.  Some days the weights feel too light, and you have to trust that the warmups are correct, that the AMRAP set is right where it should be, and you need to be patient.  And some days you don’t feel ready for a heavy set, you feel unworthy, beat down, unenthusiastic.  Those days you need to trust the math even more than ever.

Not that I haven’t done 220 before, I have done it many times.  But the world was weighing me down today.  I didn’t feel ready.  I did NOT want to go to the gym.  I wanted to wrestle heavy feelings all day.  But I put my faith in the math, and that this day HAD to happen to chain together all the weeks to come, and that these sets HAD to happen, and that this weight IS the perfect weight for me.

But the walk to the gym felt heavy, I was positive every dumbbell, every plate would feel twice as heavy.  But when I got in, you know what?  Henry was right, 200 pounds is STILL 200 pounds.  Iron doesn’t change.  Even if it’s the only constant in my life right now, it IS the thing I can always rely upon.  The weight felt just like it did the week before, and the week before that.  Those squats, that feeling of being crushed under that weight and RISING BACK UP, it gave me confidence that I was still who I was, and the iron was my constant measurement.  It is my “ruler”, in so many ways 🙂

Squats and Assistance Work

Squats  (60-120s rest)

105 x 5

130 x 5

155 x 5

170 x 5

195 x 5

220 x 8

notes:  My core was going on the last set, so when I felt the abs trembling too much, I stopped the set.  Once I got through the squats, I felt confident enough to do all the assistance work too.

Prone Leg Curl (45 sec rest)

100 x 12

110 x 10

120 x 8 DROP 100 x 12 DROP 80 x 20

45 Degree Leg Press (constant tension reps, 45 sec rest)

18 plates x 8

18 plates x 8

18 plates x 8

18 plates x 8

notes:  some real grinder reps in here, major burning in my IT Bands.  Will stick at this weight for a while.

Hack Squats 1.25 ROM (30 sec rest which consists of stretching the quads; 1.25 meaning all the way down, only come up to barely parallel, drop back down, then come back all the way up, like you’re doing one and a quarter reps)

2 plates x 10

2 plates 2 quarter plates x 8

2 plates 2 quarter plates x 8 DROP 2 plates x 8 DROP 1 plate x 8

notes:  Brutal!!!  Had to put my hands on my thighs to get me through it, so will stick at this weight for a while.

BB SLDL (45 sec rest)

165 x 15

165 x 10

notes:  low back was just too burnt out, had to stop

Superset Donkey Calf Raise Machine and Dorsiflexions (45 sec rest)

200 x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10 / 50 Dorsiflexions

200 x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10 / 50 Dorsiflexions

200 x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10 / 50 Dorsiflexions

notes:  Yay machine, no grip to fail me!  yesssss, just baby cow action

post-workout  15 min elliptical

Cycle 1 Week 3 Legs

 

Squats and Assistance Work

Made it to the trainers after work to crush some sqwawwwwts!!

warmup cardio 5 min

Squats  (60-120s rest)

100 x 5

125 x 5

150 x 5

190 x 5

215 x 3

240 x 7

notes:  Slowly but surely, building up more strength with better form on the squats, just like the bench press.

Prone Leg Curl (45 sec rest)

75 x 12

80 x 10

85 x 8

85 x 8 DROP 60 x 8 DROP 45 x 20

notes:  hard work!! well, not really, but still work 🙂

45 Degree Leg Press (constant tension reps, 45 sec rest)

16 plates x 8

16 plates x 8

16 plates x 8

16 plates x 8

notes:  easy money!

Hack Squats 1.25 ROM (30 sec rest, meaning all the way down, only come up to barely parallel, drop back down, then come back all the way up, like you’re doing one and a quarter reps)

2 plates x 12

2 plates 2 quarter plates x 8

2 plates 2 quarter plates x 8 DROP 2 plates x 6 DROP 1 plate (regular ROM) x 20

notes:  needed my trainer to cheer me on to get through this one!  Brutal!!!

BB SLDL (45 sec rest)

165 x 15

165 x 12

notes:  low back was just too burnt out, had to stop

Superset Standing DB Calf Raise and Dorsiflexions (45 sec rest)

70s x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10 / 50 Dorsiflexions

70s x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, GRIP FAIL / 50 Dorsiflexions

70s x 10, HOLD 10, x 10, GRIP FAIL / 50 Dorsiflexions

notes:  I was so trashed by this point, haha!  My grip couldn’t hold on to the 70 lb DBs any more, and my anterior tibialis were going NUMB from the squeezes!  No joke at all, this finished me off.

Killer leg workout!

Cycle 1 Week 2 Legs

Friday night Leg session!

Squats plus Assistance

Barbell Squats (60-120s rest)

100 x 5
125 x 5
150 x 5
175 x 3
200 x 3
225 x 8

notes: Good sets, got my hands in closer and kept my lats tight.

Prone Leg Curls (45 sec rest)

85 x 8
85 x 8
85 x 8
85 x 8 THEN 25 partials out of bottom ROM

notes: This weight felt better than last week, still ready to move up further.

45 degree Leg Press (one set, pause and stack on another plate then keep going)

12 plates x4 PAUSE 13 plates x 4 PAUSE 14p x 4 PAUSE 15p x 4

notes: This weight felt way better, some good grinds going on!

Leg Extensions (one long set with stretches in between micro sets, hold 2 seconds at top of rep for first 2 micro sets)

170 x 10 (hold each rep 2 seconds) THEN stretch quads 10 seconds each leg THEN 160 x 15 (hold 2 sec each rep) THEN stretch quads 15 seconds each leg THEN 150 x 20 (normal reps) THEN 15 partials out of bottom ROM

notes: just as awesome as last week!

DB SLDL (45 sec rest)

65s x 15
65s x 15

Superset Calf Raise and Dorsiflexion (45 sec rest after dorsiflexion)

65s x 10 HOLD 10 seconds 65s x 10 HOLD 10 secs 65s x 10 HOLD 10 sec THEN 50 Tibialis flexes (done standing)

REPEAT for a second set

notes: Make sense? 10 calf raises, then hold squeeze for 10 seconds, do that 3 times, then flex your tibialis 50 times – all 1 set

Great Friday night leg workout!