Tag Archive: giant set


Mar 7, 2015

Back at it.

Clean & Press (I started off clean & strict press each rep, clean from the hang, 90 sec rest)

45 x 3
95 x 3
140 x 1
140 x 2
140 x 1
140 x 3 (clean once, push press 3 times)
140 x FAIL
140 x 3 (clean and push press each rep)

notes: 2nd crappy week in a row on the clean and strict press. I just couldn’t get it going. And only 2 weeks ago 135 for 3 reps was no big deal. I need to sit down with my coach (she is travelling right now) and get some help, because I think my form must be breaking down and its costing me my performance. I could clean it, but I couldn’t strict press any more. So I ended up just doing push presses. Very disappointed.

Superset Cable Face Pulls & Over and Backs w/resistance band (30 sec rest b/w supersets)

40 x 20 / 8 over and backs
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8

notes: This still is feeling good. Upped the weight a bit and was still hitting the sweet spot.

Z Press (sat on a rolled up yoga mat, 90 sec rest)

45 x 8
75 x 8
105 x 8
105 x 8

notes: This was a big improvement from last week. My hips felt tight last week so I sat on a rolled up light yoga mat, and the warmup sets felt so good that I knew I had a good shot. My eventual goal is to sit flat on the ground, but this was a good few sets.

Shoulder Complex: DB Front Raises / Machine Lateral Raises / Reverse Pec Deck (60 sec rest)

20s x 10 / 30 x 10 / 30 x 10
20s x 10 / 40 x 10 / 40 x 10
20s x 10 / 50 x 10 / 50 x 10
20s x 10 / 60 x 10 / 60 x 10
20s x 10 / 70 x 10 / 70 x 10
20s x 10 / 80 x 10 / 80 x 6

notes: Decided to take a break from the 6-Way complex, as I know it hurts a bit on the shoulder (it hurts in a kinda good way, but it is still stressful). I kept the front raise weight the same so I wouldn’t have to keep chasing down dumbbells and just changed the pins on the machines. I have learned a few tips to keep my shoulders feeling good, for the front raises I bring the DBs down with a neutral grip (hammer grip), and then pronate my palms on the way up; and for the reverse pec deck, I hold the handles with my thumbs facing down so as to hit my rhomboids more.

Sets felt good so I kept upping the weight until I found the sweet spot.

Arm fluff time! Something more traditional than Cannonball Sets this week.

Superset DB Bicep Curls and V-bar Pushdowns (60 sec rest)

30s x 20 / 100 x 30
30s x 20 / 110 x 30
30s x 15 / 110 x 23

notes: high rep plumpness! Arms were tired but nice and full! They didn’t have that amazing tight feeling, but they did have visible size on them. It wasn’t my best pump ever, but it was still fun.

post-workout: LISS elliptical

Feb 14, 2015

Up urs V-Day

 

Well, I made it a really technical session tonight.

I wanted to get coached a bit on cleans, get some coaching on the Z Press. I did a bunch, got some footage, coach did a few sets, got some footage

We didn’t really track what I was doing, but I would roughly say:

power cleans (sort of a hang, from just below the knee)

bar for a few sets of 5
95 pounds for a set of 5
115 for a set of 5
135 for 3 sets of 3-5 reps

Z Press (butt on a small pad)
bar for a set of 8
85 pounds for 2 or 3 sets of 8
95 pounds for 2 sets of 8

tri-set: face pulls, over&backs, 6-way (30 sec rest b/w tri-sets)

30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 5 lb DBs x 10 (tried a hammergrip, felt less painful)

post-workout: 2 miles LISS on the elliptical

Cut Day 30

Trainer still on vacation, so I get to do another arms day. Another Meadows routine, with some mods. Did it at the office gym in the AM.

warmup: rope pushdowns with 1 second flex at the bottom/spread: 3.5 plates for 20 reps and 7.5 plates for 10 reps

Giant Set: Rope Pushdowns + Pronated DB Kickbacks + Dips (2 min rest b/w giant sets, spread rope pushdowns at the bottom and flex for 1 second)

9.5 plates x 15 / 25 lb DB x 6 per side / 13 dips
9.5 plates x 15 / 25 lb DB x 6 per side / 15 dips
9.5 plates x 15 / 25 lb DB x 6 per side / 15 dips

notes: After running through the giant set even once, my triceps felt really warm! By the end they felt pumped like crazy. In between sets it felt really good to stretch them out and flex them. Dips were mostly held back by how my shoulder was feeling – I wish I had a dip/pressdown type machine.

Incline DB Skullcrushers (60 sec rest, keep sleeves on continously)

20s x 10
25s x 10
30s x 10
30s x 10
30s x 10

notes: The sleeves helped me keep my elbows in, and because the rest was so short anyways, I kept them on, which kept the blood trapped in there – after a few sets my forearms and hands were nice and flushed! Made it a bit harder, but it wasn’t painful, I didn’t wrap them too tight.

EZ Bar Curls (60s rest)

25 lb bar x 20
45 x 15
70 x 10
70 x 10
70 x 8, REST 20, 4 slow reps, REST 10, 2 slow reps

notes: These felt a lot easier without the fat gripz, and my arms were already pumped. Last set was an “842 set”, and on the 4 and 2 sets I kept them slow and controlled.

Smith Machine Drag Curls (60s rest)

50 + bar x 10
70 + bar x 10
70 + bar x 8, REST 20, 4 slow reps with iso holds, REST 10, 2 slow reps with iso holds

notes: I was supposed to do preacher curls, but A. this gym doesn’t have a preacher bench. I would have just used dumbbells off of an incline bench, but B. 2 old ladies walked in to my completely silent gym and cranked up the TV and started yakking with each other right about then. I figured DB preachers would take more time and all this noise made me want to get the Hell out of there, so I did drag curls. I haven’t really done drag curls much, so I kept the weight light and tried to feel the MMC. Hard not to overpower it with your traps, so I tried to slow down the negatives and even do some iso holds for 5+ seconds on the negatives to connect with the bicep a bit more. Last set was another 842.

Biceps looked pumped in the mirror! Old ladies caught me mirin in between sets.

DB Hammer Curls (90s rest)

40s x 10, 6 partials
40s x 10, 6 partials
40s x 10, 6 partials

Was going to do cardio, but the noise was annoying, so I packed up and went back to work.

Got in my cardio later anyways… I had to go down to the post office and pick up 3 cases of Bang and walked for 30 minutes carrying that 45 pound box home, lol. I personally think the mailman only pretended to deliver it (I was home and never heard him knock), I think he just slipped a note in the door and ran. Never even offloaded it from his truck. Arsehole. Oh well, got my cardio in

June 4 – Back

I ran around at work all day telling people my piriformis hurt.  I thought it sounded funny.  Then I pointed at my butt and stuck it in their face, and it got more funny. Curse you foam roller!!!

I am wondering if Back Day could use more volume, it doesn’t feel as epic as Leg Day.  Nothing is as epic as leg day.

Got to the office gym around 7 am, and used what they had, small tweaks to the original plan.  Weights seem low on some, but they have stiff cables, just a fact.

(rest between all giant sets, 60 sec)

Giant set:  Bent Over DB Row & Widegrip Pulldown & Straight Arm Pushdown

100s x 6/6     75 x 12     15 x 25

100s x 6/6     85 x 12     25 x 25

100s x 6/6     95 x 12     35 x 25

100s x 6/6     105 x 12     35 x 25

100s x 6/6     115 x 12     35 x 25

 

Giant Set:  Widegrip Pulldowns & Widegrip Cable Row (elbows high) & Rear Delt Cable Flys

125 x 6     125 x 12     25 x 25

135 x 6     125 x 12     15 x 25

145 x 6     125 x 12     15 x 25

155 x 6     125 x 12     15 x 25

165 x 6     125 x 12     15 x 25

 

post workout:  30 min elliptical, resistance

 

I heart you supps, never stop being you 🙂

 

had to cut the workout short tonight.

 

Giant Set:  DB Press & Cable Fly & TRX pushups

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

 

Giant Set:  OHP & Side Raise & Arnold presses

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

 

30 min of elliptical!

Hi!  Sorry for the delay in putting my workout up.  these things can’t be avoided sometimes.

 

My routine has been changed up, in an effort to refocus on weight loss.  Too late to shred for summer, but goddamn it, I can be shredded for Halloween, ROFL!  5/3/1 goes back in the closet for now, just a little while!

 

May 26Chest & Shoulders

(about 60 sec rest b/w sets)

Giant Set:  Flat DB Press & Cable Fly & Incline TRX Pushups

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 20

notes:  I was sucking wind, this workout was already tough!

Giant Set:  Standing OHP & Strict DB Side Raise & seated Arnold presses

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

notes:  coolness went out the window, I was just trying to get through this

Giant Set:  unilateral flat DB press & unilateral RD cable fly & Upright Row (we tried a Cuban Press, but my rotators weren’t havin it)

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

 

was going to do cardio, but I went for a massage instead!  massage focused on calves, forearms, some shoulder and back.  my Right side is tight across the board, and I am being warned my back needs some extra TLC sometime soon.

 

Quite the opposite of TLC, May 27 was Back Day!

Right after work, headed to a backup office gym.  I thought it would be empty, sadly it was not, and juggling circuits got a little awkward.

(rest time between sets varied 20-60 sec, depending on waiting for someone)

Giant set:  Bent Over DB Row & Closegrip Pulldown & Straight Arm Pushdown

100s x 6/6     120 x 12     20 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

notes:  cable work got tough, but I grinded it out!

Giant Set:  Assisted Hammergrip Pullups & Widegrip Cable Row (hammergrip, elbows high) & Reverse Pec Deck (free handles)

6     100 x 12     50 x 25

6     110 x 12     40 x 25

6     120 x 12     40 x 25

6     130 x 12     40 x 25

6     140 x 12     40 x 25

notes:  pec deck was a little stiff at the start, but I got the hang of it.  hittin them rhomboids!  I could feel the work the RMT did the day before, left rhomboid was poppin and snappin!

 

post workout:  30 min elliptical, incline, resistance, music 🙂

 

 

Just keep working and grinding!  Keep at it dude.

Oh yeah, did I mention I did a spin bike marathon on Saturday??  NBD, do one every year.  On to the next workout 🙂

 

I was challenged by a friend to go through the Quantum Body Method series of workouts put out by Ergogenix and Robert Hatch (isn’t that the fat naked gay dude from Battlestar Galactica?).

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/video-ergogenix-quantum-body-method.htm

Then people are all like, “nooooo, don’t dude, WAY too tough”.

*puts hands on hips, hearty laugh*

Not scared of volume, not scared of giant sets.  Not scared of anything.  WORKOUTS SHOULD BE SCARED OF ME.

Yeah, so I had a marathon yesterday, so what?  Time for the gym.  Wanted to get in some work ASAP while I still had the carbs from the last few days in my system.

QBM Chest and Biceps

Decline Bench Press Machine (pyramid, no rest)

80 x 20, 100 X 10, 120 x 10, 100 x 10, 80 SLOW x 4, 60 SLOW x 6

notes:  far as I could tell from the video, this was one long-ass set only.  They tell you to start with the weakest part of your chest first, and my lower pecs are WAY softer than my upper, so I started with the decline.  They want ZERO rest, so I opted for the machines since I didn’t have a spotter.  Just keep pumping them out.  You climb up to Set 3, then climb back down to Set 5.  Set 5 is supposed to be SLOW, so I chose 5 second pos and negs.  The first time I did 80 pounds was nothing, but Set 5 80 pounds with extra slow reps?  DEADLY.  I had to drop it one more and keep going with Set 6 just because I was so embarrassed I could only do 4.

Flat BB Bench Press (45 sec rest)

135 x 15
135 x 15
135 x 15
155 x 15
175 x 12

notes: These were feeling really good so I went for a couple of extra sets.

Superset Incline Bench Machine and Pushups (45 sec rest b/w supersets)

60 x 10 UP 80 x 10 UP 100 x 7 / pushups x 6
80 x 10 UP 100 x 10 UP 120 x 3 / pushups x 6

notes: Far as I could tell, he only wanted 2 sets.  I used the machine again to facilitate a quick pyramid.  First attempt I set the seat way too low and my shoulder screamed immediately.  Very scary.  So I raised the seat and achieved the sets you see above.  I was nervous about my shoulder so I set the weight lighter in the first set, then raised it for the second set.  Could barely get out those 3rd tiers of the pyramid!

Cable Fly – High, Mid, Low (45 sec rest)

60 x 10 HIGH, x 10 MID, x 10 LOW
60 x 10 HIGH, x 10 MID, x 10 LOW
60 x 10 HIGH, x 10 MID, x 10 LOW

notes: Low was SUPER tough, not just because I was up to rep 30 by then.  I think I am weakest from that angle.  I should have remembered my bench press approach and started low and worked high with the isolation work.  Oh well, got them out, albeit they were ugly as hell.

Bicep Giant Set:  EZ bar curls, Hammer Curls, Hammer/Reg Curls, Rev Preacher Curls (45 sec rest)

50 x 20 / 15s x 20 / 15s x 10&10 / 25 x 10 CLOSE 10 WIDE
50 x 20 / 10s x 20 / 10s x 10&10 / 25 x 10 CLOSE 10 WIDE
50 x 20 / 10s x 20 / 10s x 10&10 / 25 x 10 CLOSE 10 WIDE

notes: Pump city!!!  As in the video, you don’t set the dumbbells down after the hammer curls, you go immediately to a full ROM regular curl followed by a full ROM hammer curl – reg curl hammer curl ok that’s 1 rep… repeat 9 more times.  For the reverse curls I chose to use the preacher bench and do 10 closegrip then 10 widegrip (close was a lot harder).

After my first set, some jackass grabbed the 15 lb DBs, so I had to use the 10s.  15s were VERY hard, 10s were slightly too easy, so it was a tricky balance.  The pump was GREAT, hitherto never seen before veins popped up in my forearms!!  Partly that was my pwo, but still, can’t get there without the right workout, and this workout delivered the blood!!!

post-workout cardio 25 min elliptical

The pyramids kicked ass!  If I could tweak it a bit, would prob have added in more sets of everything, maybe just added in straight sets (like I did on the flat).

Shoulders, Cut Day 33

Feb 7 – High Carb Day / Shoulders

Hooray!  Moderate amounts of carbs all day!  I tried a few more of the sugarfree macaroons, delicious!  I also tried some of the Walden Farms Italian Dressing on my veggies, not bad actually!  will be keeping this bottle.

Chicken, asparagus and kidney beans on the menu today!  Must have ate like 8 cups of asparagus today and 2 pounds of chicken breast.  Stinky pee day!

As for the Peanut Butter, I forgot to read the instructions on the side of the jar, my bad!

How to Consume Walden Farms Calorie-Free Peanut Butter:
Step 1.  Scoop out generous serving from jar
Step 2.  Place directly in toilet
Step 3.  Repeat until satisfied

Escaped from work at lunch for an extra 30 min of cardio!  Hooray extra cardio on carb day!

Friday night woot!  No work tomorrow!  Time for fun!

I asked the trainer for some extra warmup and restorative work tonight, it has been a draining week and I missed my massage session.

pre-workout

10 min stretches – hip openers, spinal twists, wrist stretches

15 min elliptical

15 min active and balance-oriented yoga:  sun salutations, warrior 2, triangle, extended triangle, exalted warrior, repeat the last 4 moves on the other side, tree on both sides, airplane and Warrior 3 on both sides

Giant Set:  Arnold Presses & Bent Over Rear Delt DB Raises & Plate Raises (30-45 sec rest)

30s x 12 / 15s x 12 / 35 x 15
30s x 12 / 15s x 12 / 35 x 15
30s x 12 / 15s x 12 / 35 x 15

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Giant Set:  Seated Military Press & Bent Over Rear Delt Cable Fly & Machine Row Elbows High (45 sec rest)

115 x 12 / 20 x 15(each side) / 60 x 20
115 x 12 / 20 x 15(each side) / 60 x 20
115 x 12 / 20 x 15(each side) / 60 x 20

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post-workout

10 min restorative:  foam roller on back and chest, yoga supported fish/waterfall hybrid

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Yes those are foam blocks under my sacrum, yes I am crushing them with my weight, ROFL.  Yes having foam blocks under your sacrum pushes your gut out! 

Admittedly it was light on the weightlifting tonight, but the shoulders were barking at me all week, so I gave them a light night.  I feel re-energized after that!  Bring on Arm Day!

Shoulders, Cut Day 25

Jan 30 – Shoulders

In the gym by 6 AM.  I hate you winter!  But I love you empty gym!  Cold winters make New Years Resolutioners fade out like a fart in the wind.

[B]Superset Cable Arnold presses + reverse pec deck flys (thumbs down) + medicine ball front raises[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

30 x 12 / 55 x 12 / 20 lb Ball x 15 35 x 12 / 55 x 12 / 20 x 15 40 x 12 / 70 x 12 / 20 x 15

notes:  I snuck into the roped-off area of the gym where ppl only get to go if they are accompanied by a Trainer.  Why?  Because they have one of those free-moving stiff-handle pec decks I like, so’s I can go thumbs down and hit them Rhomboids!  A trainer looked at me, so I walked right up to him, “Who do I talk to to work out in here?”  He shrugged his shoulders, so I just went right back to working out.  Like a boss 😀

This meant I had to improvise on the exercises a bit, using cables and medicine balls.  In the end it was a little too light, but w/e, I needed to hit them rhomboids!!  After the third set I went back to the rest of the gym, in and out just like a robbery!

[B]Superset seated barbell press + bent over cable rear delt fly + chest supported t-bar row (elbows high)[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

95 x 12 / 28 x 15 / 45 x 20 105 x 12 / 30 x 12 / 50 x 20 115 x 12 / 20 x 15 / 50 x 20

notes:  The gym got busy 10 min after I showed up WTF?  I had to work awkwardly around some people for the cable and t-bar set ups, so it messed up my focus a bit and I didn’t get all the reps.  The buzzing and tripping over people was making me mad!  Noone wanted to seated press a barbell, but EVERYONE wanted to use the cables and T-bar!  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…………………

[B]Superset rear delt cable fly + strict side DB raise dropset + cable front raise[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

55 x 15 / 25s x 13 DROP 20s x 7 DROP 15s x 5 / 18lbs x 20 33 x 20 / 25s x 6 DROP 20s x 5 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 17.5s x 7 / 18lbs x 15 33 x 20 / 25s x 3 DROP 20s x 7 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 10s x 8 / 28lbs x 12

notes:  The weird weight numbers are b/c some of the cable setups were in kilograms, so I had to MATH.

The wide range in rep numbers on the DB side raises are b/c I experimented with where I dropped my hands to – they were all strict meaning straight arms, but in the first set I brought my hands down in front of my legs at the bottom, and in subsequent sets I brought my hands to the outside of my thighs without touching (to my sides in other words).  The net result?  The second way is MUCH tougher, you get a rest when you bring the DBs in front of you at the bottom, when you hover them close to your sides it keeps a more constant tension.  In the future, I will bring them to my sides at the start, and in front of me in the last set.

Careful readers will notice on my third drop of the second set, I actually went UP in weight, that is b/c the DBs were all scattered from the night before and I was getting frustrated looking for 10s or 12.5s, so I just said F it and grabbed some 17.5s.

The front raises sucked, the cable pulley kept clicking quite loud, and trainers were giving me the mean eye.  Don’t look at me!  It’s your damn machine, not mine!

I was a grumpy bastard during these sets, I had to wait for ppl to keep the superset going in the first set, but I glared at them and they disappeared for subsequent sets 🙂

[b]post-workout[/b]  20 min on the lateral elliptical, HIIT style

Energy was there today, focus was there, mood was NOT.  LOL  Oh well, that’s life.  Weights only took about 30 min, so it was a pretty fast-paced session!

Shoulders, Cut Day 5

Jan 10 – Shoulders

In the morning I did a 60 min Spin class, my cardio for the day

In the afternoon I hit shoulders.

Superset Arnold presses + reverse pec deck flys + plate raises (60 s rest b/w Ssets)

20s x 12 / 60 x 12 / 45 x 10
25s x 12 / 75 x 12 / 35 x 15
30s x 12 / 90 x 12 / 35 x 10

Superset seated barbell press + bent over cable rear delt fly + chest supported t-bar row (elbows high) (60 s rest b/w Ssets)

115 x 12 / 15 x 15 / 45 x 20
125 x 12 / 30 x 15 / 60 x 20
135 x 12 / 30 x 15 / 70 x 15

Superset rear delt cable fly + side DB raise dropset + cable front raise (60 s rest b/w Ssets)

30 x 20 / 25s x 4 DROP 20s x 8 DROP 15s x 10 DROP 10s x 3 / 30 x 18
30 x 20 / 25s x 5 DROP 20s x 6 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 10s x 8 / 15 x 15
30 x 20 / 25s x 3 DROP 20s x 4 DROP 15s x 6 DROP 10s x 12 / 15 x 5

notes:  By the end of these giant sets my shoulders were smoked!  I couldn’t do a cable front raise to save my life!  Not that shoulder endurance has ever been my forte, but this was painful as all heck.