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Friday morning made it to the gym nice and early, was in there by 5:30 am!  I often enjoy a little Friday morning spin, but I had gains to go find that day.

Friday AM Chest & Arms (40-45 sec rest)

Rotator Cuff Warmup (15 lb DB through ROM 15 times a side, back and forth five times with no rest)

Incline DB Press
65s x 15, 15, 15, 11

Decline Bench
185 x 8
135 x 15
135 x 15
135 x 12

Pec Deck
100 x 15
100 x 15
110 x 15
120 x 15

Seated Alternating DB Curls (twisting)
35s x 15, 15, 12, 15

EZ Bar Curl
60 x 15, 15, 15, 15

EZ Bar Skullcrusher
50 x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15
60 x 15

EZ Bar French Press
60 x 15, 15, 15, 15

notes:  I was so unhappy with those declines!  I haven’t done them many times before, and it was the first time on this particular decline bench, and the bench wasn’t adjustable so I was too tall so the bar ended up hovering over my stomach, but… but… dammit!  Just sad.  I dropped weight after the first set, and couldn’t keep up on even 1 wheel.  I had done chest on Tuesday, maybe I was still tired from that.
For the EZ bar work, I found out the preset 60 lb bar was “loose”, so the metal on the inside of the weight kept SCREECHING against the bar.  So I had to keep it under control the whole time, any jerking at all and it would be metal on metal screeching.  I didn’t want to piss off too many people, 5:30 AM gym is full of some cranky and serious people, haha.
Whole thing took slightly less than an hour, then home for some food, then off to work!  Felt great!  Endorphins from the workout had me extra-peppy at work, my coworkers were impressed.

 

Saturday was Leg Day!  Luckily, I found a female friend to join me, let’s do it!

Saturday AM Quads & Calves

Theme here is slow slow slow negatives (4-5 sec, even on drop sets), full ROM, traded sets back and forth between us

Leg Extensions
90 x 8
120 x 8
150 x 8
180 x 8 DROP 150 x 10 DROP 130 x 10

Hack Squat Machine
2 plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8 DROP 2 plates 1 quarter x 8 DROP 2 plates x 8 DROP 1 plate x 8

Stationary Backwards Lunge w Dumbbells
40s x 10 (each leg)
40s x 10
30s x 10
25s x 10

Leg Press Machine
160 x 20
200 x 20
220 x 20
240 x 20

Seated Calf Raise
140 x 12 DROP 105 x 8 DROP 70 x 10 DROP 35 x 12
140 x 12 DROP 105 x 8 DROP 70 x 10 DROP 35 x 12
140 x 12 DROP 105 x 8 DROP 70 x 10 DROP 35 x 12

Standing Calf Raise Machine
300 x 8
300 x 8
280 x 8
280 x 8 DROP 240 x 6 DROP 180 x 6 DROP 120 x 6 DROP (same weight, bounce through midrange of ROM until failure)

notes:  We were both too gassed by the end to do any cardio.  I brought a scoop of Allmax Carbion and a Quest bar but she forgot food, so we split them for energy after the workout.  Besides, we were there for 2 hours at that point.  Enough!

Going full ROM on hack squats was tough!  It exposed just how much I rarely go past parallel.  Good lesson in there for me.
My word I hate lunges!  My form was slipping by the second set so I had to keep dropping weights to keep those slow negs and good balance.  Ladies love lunges, in my experience.  This is a major point in their favour.

I wanted the 45 degree leg press, but there was a guy and 2 girls tying up the only one, so we had to use the machine.  Its ok, it still was pretty good, our quads were beat up at that point.  During one of my friend’s sets, a male trainer walks up and stops us and says “move your feet farther up, if you keep them that low you focus on your quads.”  To which I responded, “yes that is what we want, focus on quads.”  Then I audibly reminded my friend, “spread your feet out without moving them to activate your quads, then mentally imagine a PULL down with your hamstrings on that slow negative.”  The trainer got a puzzled look on his face and walked away…

And that was that!  Another successful Leg Day (well at least the quads), dead and buried.

 

How about you guys?  Have anything fun planned this weekend?  Leave a comment below!

 

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Saturday Back and Biceps

I slept in, yay Saturday!  I had to run some errands before the gym, so no time for Spin.  I brought my TRX kit with me, and met briefly with a trainer friend of mine; he took a look at it to see if it was working, and he gave me some good pointers.  Thanks Terry!

OK, hammer time!

Back & Biceps:  (30 sec rest b/w sets)

warm-up rows with TRX

widegrip pulldowns:  180 x 15, 15, 15, 15

t-bar row:  90 x 12, 12, 12

bent over one hand db row:  (no rest, back and forth hand to hand) 70 x 12/12, 12/12, 8/8

machine hyperextension:  285 x 12, 12, 12

spider curls:  (minimal rest, back and forth hand to hand) 30 x 15/15, 15/15, 15/15, 15/15

incline curls:  60 x 12, 10, 8

EZ bar curls:  75 x 3, 4 ***

closegrip cable curls:  120 x 12, 10, 8

widegrip curl machine DROPSET:  120 x 8, 100 x 6, 80 x 4+1 slow neg, 60 x 6 + 1 slow neg

elliptical – 30 min, 70% resistance, incline 9

notes:  again, my energy seemed to drop off fast.  The pulldowns and spiders were up first, and I could dig deep and grind those out, but the tank was depleted for every movement that followed.  Oh well.  I AM very happy that I had a breakthrough on the pulldowns, those were a long time coming.  Even though this man and woman were crowding me having a moronic conversation and semi-flirting with each other.  Scatter, useless creatures!!

The gym has a brand-new t-bar row machine, so I tried it out.  I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the pad, I don’t know if you even can adjust it, and I am tall, so it was a little too short for me.  I kept the weight light, and just got used to the machine.  The weight will go up asap.  A side effect of my whole chest hanging off the t-bar row pad while I did rows was that my low back got DAMN tired, and I just ran out of strength during the bent over db rows.  After those db rows I was pouring sweat and had a sore lower back, so for my hyperextensions, I just used the machine.  It’s easier.

Spider curls went great, I really dug deep.  I think I did slightly better on the inclines too, so that is good.  When I went to curl the EZ bar, I felt tendonitis flare up in my left forearm again… So I tried it twice, then gave up.  I went over to the cables and busted out a bunch at closegrip, then I went to the curl machine and widened my grip and did a drop set.  My biceps were smoked!  I could barely move the weight by the end, so on the last 2 drops I did a slow negative at the end, just closed my eyes and held it in place as long as I could.

Jumped on the elliptical and burned a bunch of calories.  I have the acupressure guy on Monday, I will offer up my forearms on the altar of massage pain, for sure.

 

And then I went down to the GNC because they were having a sale.  I was on the hunt for cheap protein.  I don’t know how much you guys pay for protein, but if I can find an isolate (since I am going low carb) for under a dollar a scoop, then I am happy.  I found some good deals, I ended up buying about 10 lbs of isolate for about 50 cents a scoop, so I am set for a while!!

I don’t just drink protein shakes, no no no!  I eat lots of steak, chicken, bacon, carrots, cauliflower, celery.  Last weekend I cooked up a batch of chili to last me through the week.  Check it out!

doesn't that look good?!

doesn’t that look good?!

 

I make it with  a bunch of lean ground beef, black beans, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, green pepper, garlic, then slow cook it for hours.  Pretty simple, pretty healthy, lots of spices!

 

How about you?  Any good workouts lately?

Tuesday I made it to the gym for 6, then did some back work while I waited for 7 am spin.

Tuesday AM Back  (30 sec b/w sets)

assisted pullups:  widegrip x 15, 12; underhand x 12; hammergrip x 10

widegrip machine row:  225 x 12, 8, 8

narrow pulldowns:  180 x 15, 12, 10, 9

hyperextensions:  2×25 plates x 12, 10, 12

SPIN

notes:  my focus wasn’t really there this workout, and I had recently increased the weight on most of the exercises, so in the end I didn’t push it too intensely, I just got comfortable with the increases.  The pullups went well though, I was happy with those.

 

At lunch I slipped out of work to go do some biceps at the office gym.  It was totally empty!

Tuesday Noon Biceps  (30 sec rest b/w sets)

spider curls:  30 x 15/15, 15/15, 12/12, 10/10

incline curls:  30s x 12, 8, 4

EZ curl:  75 x 12, 12, 12

cable curl drop set:  105 x 12, 75 x 12, 60 x 12, 45 x 12

notes:  spider curls felt really good, but I just had no energy for the inclines.  This was disappointing, and in some way it got me worked up, and came at the EZ curls really aggressively, since no one else was there.  I nailed those sets!  I was quite happy with those sets, I went quick but stayed flat against the wall and didn’t cheat and/or swing.  I was feeling some tendonitis again in my left forearm, so I did cable curls for the drop sets instead of preacher curls.  Those felt light, will go heavier next time.

 

Wednesday morning I made it to the gym about 6:30 am… I just wasn’t motivated for spin.  So I did legs, then some cardio after.

Wednesday AM Legs  (30 sec rest)

warmup:  10 min on elliptical

45 degree leg press:  2 warmup sets with 540; 720 x 15, 15, 15, 15

stationary lunges:  90 lbs x 12/3***

stiff-legged deadlift:  185 x 12, 12, 12

leg extensions:  180 x 12, 12, 12, 12

seated leg curls:  180 x 15, 15, 15, 15

cardio:  elliptical at 65% resistance, incline 9, burnt about 660 Cal

notes:  The Leg Presses felt stiff, but good.  When I went to do lunges, on the first set with my right foot forward, my left ankle just gave out and rolled!  Luckily it wasn’t my weight-bearing foot!  That left ankle had been sore since Sunday, so I knew it wasn’t a fluke.  I cancelled lunges (screw you lunges!) and moved on to SLDL while I gathered my thoughts.  After SLDL, I decided to throw in some leg extensions, leave the weight off my ankle.  After those I did some leg curls.  Have to say, the hamstrings felt strong this workout!  They are really coming in nice, not sure if they look any different, but they are getting much stronger, something is clicking.

 

At lunch, I slipped out of work with a coworker to go to the office gym.  He did cardio, I did shoulders.

Wednesday Noon Shoulders (30 sec rest, you know the drill)

seated smith machine shoulder press:  2 warmup sets; 80 + bar x 15, 15, 12, 9+4

cable lat raises:  45 x 10/10, 8/8, 8/8

reverse cable fly:  90 x 12, 12, 11

db shrugs:  170 x 15, 15, 15, 15

notes:  this workout was super quick, made it easy to get back to work.  With the presses, on the last set I did 9, then paused a few sec, then busted out 4 more.  Some minor progress since last Friday, so its all good.  Lat Raises was a big jump in weight, so I was conservative with the reps while I let my shoulders get used to it.  For the shrugs, I tried to apply the advice Les had been drilling into me:  pull up and back, not just up.  Use your traps, not your neck.  So I did that, and they went pretty well.  Grungy ass 85 lb old school dumbbells were murder on my fresh calluses though!

 

And those were 2 days worth of workouts!  How about you?  Any good workouts?