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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

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23 Oct 2016

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x plethora
135 x 2
185 x 2
*wraps, sleeves*
235 x 2
255 x 2
280 x 1, 1 assisted

notes: I psyched myself out on the 280. I thought my spotter had touched the first rep but he hadn’t, so when he pushed me to do a second rep, I kind of gave up during the grind. 280 is a new heavy weight for me, but I don’t really count it as a PR because I think the 215 for 11 a few days ago was a better lift. Still, baby steps to 3 plates. #soon

I also ditched the sleeves for the rest of the workout. They have been bruising up my arms lately.

Closegrip Bench (long rest, wraps yes, sleeves no)

245 x 2
245 x 2

Spoto Press (medium rest, wraps)

215 x 5
215 x 5

Widegrip Pulldowns (2 min rests)

180 x 12
180 x 15
180 x 12
180 x 9

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Front Raises (90 sec rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

Viking Press (30 sec rests)

100 x 15
100 x 12
100 x 9

notes: instead of inverted rows I thought more shoulder work would be a fun finisher

15 Oct 2016

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Log Clean & Press (clean once, medium rests)

80 x 3
110 x 3
130 x 3
145 x 3
160 x 3
*wrist wraps on*
180 x 3
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL, wipeout

notes: This was the log work I didn’t feel up to on Wednesday. I must be psychic. 180 was smooth enough, but when I went for 200 I couldn’t keep my footing, twice. I got mad and went for a third, but I totally stumbled back, and tried to control the log on the way down, but because of the stumbling my left foot was out of place, and I dropped the 200 lb log square on my foot. Ouch!

Honestly, I should have just dumped the log like an ejector seat. But you always feel bad about banging up someone else’s equipment, so my instinct was to control the descent. Anyways, I walked around for a bit, took off my shoe, my foot looked ok, it was throbbing after a few minutes. Nothing seemed broken. I decided to put on some thick winter socks, and do the rest of the workout in socks.

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x plenty
135 x 5
185 x 5
*wraps & sleeves*
215 x 8
215 x 8
215 x 8

Closegrip Bench (wraps, sleeves, medium rest)

230 x 3
230 x 3

Spoto Press (wraps, sleeves, medium rests)

205 x 8
205 x 8
*took sleeves off*
205 x 8

notes: by the last set, my elbows were bruising up, so I wore the sleeves too long

One Arm DB Rows (long rests)

105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & DB Front Raises (short rest)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: while this was going on, someone agreed to give me a ride and they were leaving so I ended the workout then and left. By this point my foot was too swollen for a shoe anyways, so I was happy to get a ride back home.

Currently resting the foot up and observing the bruising.

9 Oct 2016

Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Family is all far away so I spend extra time at the gym.

Sunday night light bench and tough assistance.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Paused Bench Press (short rests, 1 sec pause at bottom, explosive reps, no wraps no sleeves)

bar x forevr
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3

notes: one of the weaknesses in my bench is I don’t have that MMC quite down on the press, but I do feel it load the back and triceps up on the way down, after years of slow negs. So today I tried to focus on the concentric. Slow lower, short pause at the bottom, then explode up. Light work tonight, no need for wraps or whatnot.

Closegrip Bench (short rests)

190 x 5
190 x 5

Spoto Press (medium rests, juicy pause at the bottom)

160 x 8
160 x 8
160 x 8

notes: felt it nicely in the triceps

One Arm DB Rows (2 min rests)

100 x 15/15
100 x 15/15
100 x 12/12
100 x 12/12

notes: after the light bench, these hit me savagely. I got real sweaty real fast.

Front Carry

110 lb plate carried 130 ft

Sled Drag

110 lb plate dragged 260 ft

notes: I improvised a little strongman cardio. I tried front carry first, then figured a sled drag sounded cooler. That sled drag backwards got painful around the halfway mark LOL. Hittin the hamstrings good.

I was sorta dead after this. Should have saved it for last LOL

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Front Raises & Assisted Pullups (2 min rests, pullups with a resistance band)

15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 4 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip

notes: my pullups blow, I need a stronger resistance band haha

28 Sept 2016

Ermagerds, finally back at it. woops, forgot my sleeves

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests, no sleeves)

bar x lots
135 x 3
185 x 2
215 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
235 x 2
255 x 2
275 x 1.5
285 x FAIL (assisted)

notes: I was feeling froggy, so I tried to go for a PR. 275 went up easy so I went for a second, and I ran out of gas. I decided to try 285 for 1, and I grinded too long so I got a minor assist. Still, I am optimistic that 3 plates is within my sights.

Close Grip Bench Press (wraps, short rest)

230 x 3
230 x 3

Spoto Press (short rest, wraps)

205 x 6
205 x 6

One Arm DB row (medium rests)

85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side

Superset Strict Side Raises & Front Raises (short rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: by the end I was feeling a burn, so that’s all I wanted

Inverted Rows (short rests)

10, 10, 10

21 Sept 2016

I will admit, I felt wrecked today. Scheduling a volume bench session the day after my first heavy Cube DL day might have been ill-advised. But here I found myself, so I tightened the belt on my big boy pants, made it through a day at the office, and showed up at the gym after work, to do more work.

There were 2 other people there benching, so we had to rotate through our sets.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (rest depended on the rotation of 3 people all doing different weights)

bar x lots
135 x 5
160 x 3
190 x 10
*wrist wraps on*
190 x 12
190 x 9

Closegrip Bench (wrist wraps, in a rotation of 3 people)

205 x 7
205 x 8

Spoto Press (all by myself now, medium rests, wraps and sleeves)

175 x 10
175 x 11
175 x 10

notes: Chest now dying.

One Arm DB Row (long rests)

80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15

notes: when I planned this workout out, I had considered going heavier, but as I was actually doing the workout, my back was still exhausted, so I kept it at the 80 lb DB.

I had originally planned to do Atlas Stones for my strongman assistance, but my back was still worn out, so I called an audible and did more pressing.

Viking Press (medium rests)

100 x 6
190 x 1
240 x 1
290 x 1

notes: I wanted to baseline my one rep max. Is 290 the absolute limit for me? Don’t know, but I really had to fight for it, I failed the first time, and had to totally commit to finally get it up. Plus my experience with overhead press is that when you hit your struggle point, the potential to go higher drops off quite fast. So 290 is a fair weight to base percentages on for assistance AKA not fresh, IMO.

Also, by this point, I was totally wrecked. The past few workouts were accumulating on me.

Superset: DB Strict Side Raise & DB Front Raise (short rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: baby dumbbells, but I focused on the squeeze and finished my shoulders off.

Inverted Rows

8, 10, 10

notes: now totally dead.

Left the gym, for post workout meal had lambchops and chicken breast, 2 cups longgrain rice, fresh bread, salad. Water.

7 Sept 2016

How was everyone’s long weekend? For me an extra long weekend! That extra long weekend lasts an extra extra EXTRA long time!! #gumcommercial

So, on the way to the gym tonight. Go to sit down in the car, and have a MASSIVE muscle cramp in my abs! Holy jeez. Doubled over in pain. Cars behind me honking at me and screaming because I am not moving forward. Fun times. I have never had an abs cramp before that I can remember, whats that about…

So I was feeling very tender in my abs all workout.

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

Log Press from Rack (2 min rests, push press)

110 x 3
140 x 3
*wrist wraps on*
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
*sleeves and wraps on*
170 x 6 @RPE7

notes: last set, did not want to go to failure with all the weird chit going on in my stomach. But I am really happy with that number, because I am on pace for another Rep PR.

Superset: Viking Press & Widegrip Pulldowns (2 min rests)

180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10

Superset: Plate Front Raise & Cable OH Extensions & DB Hammer Curls (2 min rest)

45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12

notes: the tricep extensions tweaked my abs again, so I stopped there.

2 Sept 2016

Friday night. Haven’t done a lonely solo Friday night gym sesh in a while. My motivation was definitely not there, my mind was always somewhere else. I had to fight with every ounce of my willpower to get all of my slated work done lol.

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

Log Press from Rack (2-3 min rests, push press)

80 x 3 (small log)
110 x 3 (medium log from now on)
130 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
155 x 3
155 x 3
155 x 3
155 x 3
155 x 3
155 x 3
155 x 3

notes: the AMRAP on the last set was optional, and I just wasn’t feeling it tonight

Superset: Viking Press & Widegrip Pulldowns (2 min rest)

Viking 100 x 5 (warmup)

Viking 170 x 5 / Pulldowns 165 x 12
170 x 5 / 165 x 12
170 x 5 / 165 x 12
170 x 5 / 165 x 12

notes: now this combo works! I felt a great pump in my upper back from this. I did the Vikings the same way I used to do a “scrape the rack” press from the John Meadows workouts. Gets my rear delts and traps fired up, so when I pump out some pulldowns, it all comes together in a really nice way. Magic!

Superset: DB Front Raises & OH Cable Tricep Extensions & Hammer Curls (2 min rests)

15s x 15 / 60 x 15 / 30s x 15
15s x 15 / 60 x 15 / 30s x 15
15s x 15 / 60 x 15 / 30s x 15

25 Aug 2016

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

Log Press from Rack (push press, short rests)

80 x 5 *small log*
110 x 3 *11 inch diameter log from now on*
120 x 3
140 x 2
155 x 1
165 x 1
*wraps and sleeves on*
175 x 7 Rep PR!!

notes: YAAAASSSSSS! Victorious. After my AMRAP set last week, I thought I had it in me to PR off reps. And so it was. I must have wrapped supertight, because after this one set my biceps were pumped as hell for the rest of the evening LOL hashtag occlusion training

For the next cycle I will need to ramp up my percentages (I reset the base for my percentages every 3-4 weeks)

Viking Press (medium rests, no wraps or sleeves)

100 x 8
150 x 8
170 x 8

notes: first time! Fun! It gets hard fast though LOL

Widegrip Pulldowns (short rests)

180 x 8
180 x 8
180 x 8

Superset: Plate Front Raise & Cable Overhead Extensions & DB Hammer Curls (medium rest)

45 x 10 / 90 x 7 / 40s x 10
45 x 10 / 75 x 10 / 40s x 10
45 x 10 / 75 x 10 / 40s x 10

90 on the cable for OH xt just doesn’t feel right. Cant get a good contraction. 75 is sweet, great stretch and great squeeze

19 August 2016

Day off work! Hit the gym at noon. Messed up my meal timings a bit, so by the time I got there I was starving.

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

Log Press from rack (push press, 2 min rests)

80 x 5 (small log)
110 x 3 (moved up to the big log)
130 x 2
160 x 5
160 x 5
160 x 5
*sleeves, wraps on*
160 x 7 @ RPE7

notes: totally happy with 7 reps on the last set. If I had gone until failure, I was on pace for a rep PR.

Slingshot Bench (red slingshot, 2 min rests)

205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 10

notes: normally I use the blue slingshot. the gym had a red one though, and it fit over my arms much easier. thicker material but I think it has been through hell and back, so the weave wasn’t as tight as my ole Blue.

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (short rests, elbows high)

2 plates x 10
2p x 10
2p x 10
2p x 10

Superset: Plate Front Raise & Cable OH Extensions & Hammer Curls (2 min rests)

45 x 12 / 90 x 6 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12

notes: woops, cable was heavier than I thought. 75 was the sweet spot.

The strongman gym got a Viking Press this week! If I knew how to use it, I would def be hittin that shit. Next week!!