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20 Sept 2016

Ate all the carbs today, I wanted a monster evening session.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (SABOs, long rests, no belt)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
275 x 2
315 x 1
365 x 1
385 x 2
420 x 2
455 x 2
485 x 1
455 x 1

notes: The plan was to do five doubles at 385, but I was feeling froggy, so I kept going. When I went for a double at 485, the first one went so slow, that I stopped at 1, dropped the weight, and tried for another double. When the second set at 455 moved really slow as well, I know I was done with the main work. I guess a weight PR was not in the cards today. It had been just 3 days since my last DL PR, so I am not too upset.

My low back felt DONE after this, so I dropped the weights on the main assistance that followed.

5 inch Block Axle Deadlift (thick axle, Figure 8 straps, long rests)

385 x 1
385 x 3

notes: First time going even slightly heavy on Axle DL. I tried regular straps first, but that axle was just way too thick. Figure 8s fit great though.

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (index fingers outside far rings, long rests)

225 x 4
225 x 6

Widegrip Pulldowns (medium rests)

180 x 15
180 x 15
180 x 13
180 x 13

notes: back dying

DB Shrugs (short rests)

105s x 10
105s x 10
105s x 10

Farmers Walk (speed runs, short rests)

130/hand for 55 feet
145/hand for 55 feet
155/hand for 55 feet
180/hand for 55 feet

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (less than 30 secs rest, elbows extra high and wide)

50 x 12
50 x 12
50 x 12

This workout kicked my butt early on. I was dripping wet during deads and smelly as all hell.

First day of Cube under the belt. I am scared, lol

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23 July 2016

OK! The goal today was to hit a PR and then dink around for 2 hours

morning strongman gym

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs

bench press

115 x 5
130 x 5
155 x 3
180 x 2
190 x 1
*wraps, sleeves*
205 x 10 Rep PR!!

OK, that was out of the way, time to dink around

Farmers Walks

130/hand for 65′, do a 180 with the weights, return 65′
174/hand for 65′, drop & repick, return 65′
220/hand for 65′, drop & repick, return 65′

T-Bar Row

3 plates x 5

It was at this point that I was called away to help clean the gym. The loading dock was cluttered and the neighbors were complaining.

When I returned, there were new toys to play with!! Grip strength toys. A Hub attachment you can attach to the plate-loadable stand, and a box grip kinda attachment. The Hub looks like a basic ring you pinch with the pads of your fingers, and the box looks like a hollow external hard drive you try and claw with your whole hand.

Well, my grip isn’t the worst, but def not the best. I was able to Hub pinch grip about 35 pounds, and the box pinch about 40 pounds. Pumped my forearms a bit too! Fun stuff

Not a lot of volume today, but got some stuff done.

28 May 2016

It was a scorcher this morning! They have a number of races this weekend, and they had to reschedule start dates. Runners be keeling over. But we strongmen are not so SMRT, we just show up and do our training as per usual.

I woke up this morning and my hip was all fkked up. I think I slept on it wrong, but it hurt like hell. I hoped the gym would loosen it up a bit.

the goal today was a 700 pound yoke carry.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs, hip stretches

Circus Dumbbell (push press)

40 x 5/5 *clean once per side*
60 x 2/2 *clean once per side*
*wrist wraps on*
80 x 2/3 *clean each rep*
80 x 1/1
80 x 1/1

notes: I pooped the bed on this one. I couldn’t press it much at all today. Not sure why. Maybe it was related to my stiff hip? Probably not. I couldn’t stay tight and keep the CDB up on my shoulders. After one rep I was worn out and failed the second rep from the second working set onwards.

Incline Closegrip Bench (wraps, sleeves)

bar x 5
95 x 5
135 x 3
185 x 2
195 x 2
200 x 2
210 x 1

Then we headed outside to carry stuff.

Farmers Walks

130 per hand – walk 80 feet, do a 180 and walk back 80 ft
175 per hand – walk 80 ft, 180 degrees, walk 80 ft
220 per hand – walk 80 ft, drop, turn around and pick back up, walk 80 ft

notes: For the next comp, they will want you to do a 180 while holding it, so I was practicing. my comp weight will be 170 per hand, so once I went up to 220, I just dropped and re-picked.

Yoke Walk

240 for 80 ft, drop, repick, walk 80 ft

notes: the heavy yoke wasn’t ready for use, so I grabbed the light yoke the ladies were using. They had the crossbar set real low, so it was awkward for me to pick it up, and it was sliding down the middle of my back the whole time.

There were lots of people doing stuff, and the sun was beating down on us. As we got close to noon, I realized my hip wasn’t feeling better at all, so I abandoned my yoke plans, and went home instead.

Not a great session, went heavy on farmers and that was good, but the hip issues really got in the way.

16 April 2016

Strongman fun today. Had a couple of new people come in and try out the implements, which always keeps things lively.

warmup: I was gonna, but I forgot

Circus Dumbbell

40 x 5 left side, 5 right side, clean once then press
*shortened rest times between sets to 90 seconds, clean each rep*
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3

notes: having to clean each rep was fun! no wraps or sleeves. felt like cardio.

Closegrip Incline Bench Press (short rests)

95 x 3
135 x 3
*wrist wraps, elbow sleeves*
170 x 5
190 x 4

I had to kill some time before the Farmers Walk implements were ready, so I did other work while I waited.

Leaning Strict Side Raises (short rests)

22.5 x 10/10
22.5 x 10/10
22.5 x 10/10

Hammer Curls (short rests)

50s x 10
50s x 10

DB Shrugs (short rests)

110s x 10
110s x 10

Farmers Walks

130 per hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 ft
180/hand for 55 ft
180/hand for 55 ft
220/hand for 55 ft
220/hand for 55 ft
270/hand for 55 ft PR!!

notes: really happy for this, grip strength is coming along well.

Widegrip Pulldowns

120 x 5
150 x 5
195 x 8
195 x 8
195 x 8
195 x 6

2 April 2016

Strongman gym. It was really busy, with everyone using the same equipment, and everyone taking long breaks with all the weight left loaded on. The only thing I could do is hop from piece to piece of equipment so I didn’t go too cold. So the workout is totally scattered all over the place. I still got the work in though.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs

Circus Dumbbell OHP (clean each rep, jerk or push press as needed)

45 x 2 right side, 2 left side
65 x 2 right, 2 left
*wraps and sleeves on*
95 x 1 right, 0 left
95 x 1.5 right, 0 left

notes: the circus dumbbell is definitely a different animal than a regular dumbbell. I couldn’t get the right momentum to PP it up. Also, my right side is much stronger than my left. With my left, I couldn’t even keep my elbow up to get it into position.

Incline Closegrip Bench (long rests)

95 x 3, then I carried a 270 lb Frame for 50 feet
135 x 3, 270 lb Frame for 50′
*wraps, sleeves*
185 x 3
195 x 3
200 x 3

notes: I was supersetting with a frame carry for a bit, then when the bench got heavy, I was able to focus on just that.

Medley (long rests, move from station to station as they opened up)

270 lb Frame for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

320 lb Frame for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

370 lb Frame for 50′

farmers walks – 130 per hand for 50′

farmers – 130/hand for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

farmers – 180/hand for 50′

farmers – 180/hand for 50′, then return, 180/hand for 50′, then, static hold 180/hand for 10-15 seconds

superset: DB side raises & DB shrugs & hammer curls – 10s x 15 / 100s x 15 / 40s x 8

superset: DB side raises & DB shrugs & hammer curls – 10s x 15 / 100s x 15 / 40s x 11

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 7

notes: this kept me busy and sweaty, even with a good rest in between stations. by that last set of pulldowns, my grip was fried, so I called it a day.

Sept 20, 2015

have been feeling off all weekend. every time I eat something, I feel off. it isn’t digesting, etc etc. I didn’t train on Saturday so I could try and bounce back from this, but felt the exact same way Sunday. I decided to just get in, do my main work, and get out. I just feel exhausted and mildly nauseous.

Strongman events

warmup: foam roll IT bands, adductors, piriformis; warmup biceps with resistance band curls and DB curls

Farmers Walk

130 per hand for 50′
130/hand, 30′
130/hand, 30′
150/hand, 30′
150/hand, 30′
180/hand, 30′
220/hand, 30′
240/hand, 30′ Weight PR!!
270/hand… fail, fail, fail, fail, fail
220/hand, 30′
130/hand, 50′

notes: 240 was not smooth, but it went, so I gave 270 per hand a try. could not even get it off the ground. I bashed my head against it for 10 minutes, taking 5 serious attempts, but then finally gave up and did some backoff sets. Even though 270 was my main goal, I got a PR so I will take it and be happy. Progress is progress.

June 29, 2015

I TRIIIIED to do 2 a day! But work was being a fk’in ****. So my AM workout got interrupted a lot.

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits; shoulder capsule stretch

Widegrip Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

95 x 15
95 x 15

AAAAND, I got called away to work. 10 minutes later, I was back in the gym.

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

90 x 12
90 x 12
90 x 12

AAAANND, I was called away to work again. That kept me busy for the rest of the day. Bastards!

PM Workout

warmup: rumble rolled IT bands, Adductors, Piriformis; seated Piriformis stretch; Terminal Knee Extensions (TKE)

Highbar CAT Squats (2 min rests, SBDs, Romaleos)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: weight feels like it moves a little faster each week

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Leg Press (feet high and wide, toes out, 2 min rests)

8 plates x 20
10p x 20
12p x 20

I was going to do GHR… but my low back was still a bit stiff from my mishap on Saturday so I said F it. In the butt.

Prone Leg Curls (30-60 sec rests)

60 x 12
70 x 12
80 x 12
90 x 8

notes: different machine than the AM one. This one, the 90 was harder.

Assisted Neutral Grip Pullups (45 sec rests)

8, 8, 6

Weighted Carries: Frame for 20m (65 feet) (60 sec rests)

100 x 20m
190 x 20m
280 x 20m
280 x 20m
280 x 20m
280 x 20m
350 x 20m
190 x 20m

notes: I had been carrying 200 for a while, so I was doing 280 and that felt good so I went for 350, then did a backoff set. Good stuff! Counts as cardio.

June 15, 2015

Weekend kinda sucked. But I got lots of rest. Back to it.

High Bar Squats (CAT, 2 min rests on working sets, Oly shoes, knee sleeves)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: More CAT Squats. I think my calves are growing, my SBDs barely fit over my calves now, dammit.

Leg Press (2 min rests, feet high and wide, toes pointing out)

8 plates x 20
8 p x 20
8 p x 20

notes: it was crazy humid in the city today. I was dripping sweat by this point.

Glute Ham Raise (30 sec rests)

10, 8, 4

notes: I lowered the rest and made these as strict and controlled as I could. As a result, I could barely do any, lol. Also, my quads were pumped from the last 2 movements, and were getting crushed against the pads, it hurt!

Assisted Neutral Grip Pullups (assisted for 1/3 BW, 30 sec rests)

10, 8, 7

notes: rests low, much tiredness.

Farmers Walks : walk 20m, turn 180, walk 20m, turn 180, walk 10m (2 min rests)

190 lb frame x 6 sets

notes: Holee fukk, a frame is SO MUCH EASIER than the equivalent in dumbbells. Last week, 3 minutes rest felt like just enough. This week, 2 minutes almost felt like too much. If you hate metric, I walked approx. 164 feet per set. Forearms were pumped!

that counted as cardio, so I went home after.

June 8, 2015

Sleep was bad Sunday night, so I was a mess at work. When I left work, I immediately had to head home and rest, then headed back out for the gym. It was going to have to be an evening workout.

Anyhow, routine changes up a bit now.

High Bar Squats (CAT, 2 min rests on working sets, Oly shoes, knee sleeves)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: These were CAT squats, meaning go down controlled, but drive up fast, even to the point where the bar rattles at the top. Try to squat up through the ceiling. Hoping this will help me learn to power through my sticking points.

Leg Press (2 min rests, feet high and wide, toes pointing out)

8 plates x 20
8 p x 20
8 p x 20

Glute Ham Raise (60 sec rests)

12, 12, 12

Assisted Neutral Grip Pullups (assisted for 1/3 BW, 90 sec rests)

8, 10, 8

Farmers Walks : walk 20m, turn 180, walk 20m, turn 180, walk 10m (3 min rests)

100 lb DBs x 4 sets

notes: I tried a 2 min rest, and my grip was just shot. I had to up it to 3 min on subsequent sets.

I was actually supposed to do 6 sets of farmers walks, but I realized I had a massage across town in 25 min! Shit!! It had totally slipped my mind. I stayed in my gym clothes and rushed out to get there, made it barely in time.

What isn’t being communicated is that the gym was hot, maybe my pwo was kicking my butt, but I was POURING sweat by the time I got to the leg press. I was dying pretty much the whole workout.

May 23, 2015

Strongman Events

I was a little shaky this morning, but I got a decent sleep, so I was able to drag myself down to the strongman gym.

warm-up: foam rolled IT Bands, Adductors, Piriformis; DB Rotator Cuff warmup; shoulder stretches; high knee jogs

Axle Clean and Press (continental cleans, oly shoes, belt)

35 x 3
80 x 3
80 x 5
125 x 3
125 x 5
135 x 3

notes: First time ever doing a continental clean, first time with an axle. Awkwarrrrrrrddddd! Thank God I have a gut. The weight didn’t end up getting too high, but I just wanted to practice the cleans a bit, rather than worrying about the pressing. I did press each rep of course though.

Sled Drag

300 lb sled dragged for 150 ft, with a rope guide

notes: While I was waiting for Farmers Walk, I decided to join a guy on a sled pull. I quickly learned the importance of staying low… if I stood up too much, the harness shifted to my neck and strangled me.

Farmers Walks

130 each hand – go 80 ft, 180 degree turn, come back
170 each hand – 80 ft, turn, come back

notes: I quickly realized my grip strength was in the dumper. It was also a cold day today, so the cold handles with my sore hands really sucked. After the second set, one of the other guys asked me if I had been drinking last night… No I said. Then I mentioned I had trained heavy the night before – squats and deadlifts. Everyone quickly nodded. I looked like crap on the Farmers Walks, and everyone could tell I wasn’t fresh. Embarassing, but it’s important feedback. I need to be smarter with my programming. I do not have unlimited recovery abilities.

All of a sudden, my quads took that cue to start to get some DOMS. Walking up and down the stairs to the gym sucked. I decided to get in some fluff work and call it a day.

Incline DB Press

40s x 15
40s x 15
40s x 15

Superset: Hammer Curls & DB Shrugs & V-Bar Pushdowns

30s x 12 / 110s x 7 / 45 x 15
30s x 12 / 110s x 12 / 60 x 15
30s x 12 / 110s x 12 / 60 x 15

notes: I could feel the stickiness in my forearms as I curled, I will need a massage soon. First time DB Shrugging anything over 100! So happy to finally have a gym with some super heavy DBs. however, the knurling on the handles of these DBs was intense, and my hand-soreness only intensified.