Tag Archive: glutes


12 May 2016

Relatively easy night planned.

warmup: prone spinal twists

Trap Bar Deadlifts

265 x 4
315 x 3
355 x 3
*straps*
405 x 3
455 x 3
*belt on*
455 x 3

notes: I tried one heavy set without belt, which went ok.

then some knee rehab shit

leg extensions

90 x 15
90 x 15
120 x 15

KB Swings

24 kg KB for 100 total swings

Superset BW Glute Bridges and Leg Raises

100 total bridges and 50 total raises

Intensity not super high tonight, just couldn’t get too worked up. Did some trap DLs and that was most of my GAF factor right there, haha

3 May 2016

Afternoon office gym work. This particular office gym doesn’t have a leg press or a leg extension station, so my quads were going to have to eat shit today. If you don’t like it quads, write an angry letter to my knees.

warmup: foam rolled IT bands, adductors (ouch!), piriformis

KB Swings

50 lb’er for 100 swings, as many sets as it took (it ended up being 4 sets of around 25 each)

I worked a good glute squeeze into the snap at the top… my butt was dying in between sets…

Good Mornings

75 x 15
75 x 15
75 x 15

notes: work that stretch reflex

Prone Leg Curls

90 x 12
90 x 12
90 x 12

Smith Machine Weighted Glute Bridges

1PPS for 50 reps total (about 4 sets)

Superset BW Glute Bridges & Leg Raises

3 sets of that, high reps

notes: may as well do some core

post: cardio… got about 10 min of LISS done before my knee started to hurt… don’t think it liked that machine

Jan 3, 2016

More squats tonight. Almost hitting legs 3 times a week lately, it feels like.

warmup: rumble rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions, TKEs, ham warmups

High Bar Squats (2-3 min rests, shoes, knee sleeves)

bar x 5
135 x 4
185 x 3
225 x 2
275 x 1
*belt on*
290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5

Low Bar Lo Pause Squats (2-3 min rests, shoes, knee sleeves, belt)

290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5

Barbell Hip Thrusts (off the floor, 2 min rests)

135 x 8
225 x 8
225 x 8
225 x 8

notes: I think I bruised my bladder – these hurt, lol. I even put a wussy pad on the bar. There MUST be a better way to do these!

Aug 11, 2015

More thumb rest, waiting on x-ray results, whatever. Back at it.

AM Workout

warmup: foam roll IT Bands, Adductors, Piriformis, upper back

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 15

Straight Arm Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

1 plate x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 12

notes: on Set 6, I noticed a woman had accidentally grabbed my handtowel, and was already spraying bleach into it so she could wipe down her recumbent bike. WTF. I know it was an accident, but goddamn woman! When you see a handtowel, don’t assume its for everyone, its not the community jerkoff rag.

Smith Machine Glute Bridge (30 sec rest)

140 + bar x 10
+140 x 8

notes: my hams kept cramping! I didn’t do so hot on this today.

I was going to do cardio, but the most ANNOYING guy in the office gym came in and set up on the cardio machines. I know if I go, he will talk my ear off (he ignores headphones). So I decided to pack up my stuff and leave instead.

PM Workout Strongman stuff

High Bar CAT Paused Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 2 min rests)

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

notes: decided to throw some good pauses in there

Prowler / Sled Medley

drag 150 on sled for 20 metres, then push 90 on Prowler for 20 metres, then drag 150 sled for 20 metres
*rest 30 sec*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m
*2 min rest*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m then 90 prowler for 20m
*2 min rest*
240 prowler for 35m then 150 sled for 20m

notes: basically I was jumping on the prowler in between other peoples sets, and I was the only one dragging the sled. Then all of a sudden they went from 90 on the prowler to 240 on the prowler, LOL big jump! But after one long push of the heavy prowler they were done, LOL, then started putting it away. ok then, guess I got my work (cardio) in. I could have done more, but it was getting late.

Atlas Stones (5 min rests)

240 stone to 48″
240 to 52″
240 to 56″

notes: 3 heavy singles for me, pyramiding up the height. Went up easy! Good night Will have to start fukkin with the 270 stone now.

July 27, 2015

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits; static stretch lats

Widegrip Cable Rows (elbows high, 30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 20
8p x 9

Smith Machine Glute Bridges (30 sec rests)

bar + 140 x 20
+140 x 20

post: 15 min LISS

PM workout Strongman stuff

warmup: foam rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises; side planks

High Bat CAT Squats (2 min rests)

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

notes: yar, 2 days of squatting in a row

Prowler Work: push 20 metres, then drag it back with a rope 20m; 2 min rest b/w sets

6 sets with 170 loaded on the prowler

notes: the parking lot is getting worse, but I am learning where all the dips are and avoiding them. The owners of the neighbour businesses came out to see what the Frick I was doing, then cheered me on, lol. Old guy running a textiles shop, and about 5 young African dudes smoking and on their cell phones who were patronizing an African grill next door. I have to say, the smell of grilling meat was making me hungry

Kroc Rows (60 sec rests)

95 x 20/20
95 x 11/11
95 x 10/10

notes: 60 sec rests still kick my ass. At least I hit 20 reps with the 95.

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

Resistance Band: 20 reps per side. 3 sets

July 14, 2015

OK, all this hypertrophy stuff has been fun, but let’s get back to some strongman stuff Gonna be folding events back in, on the daily now!

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, individual lats, armpits; shoulder capsule stetch; static lat stretch

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 12

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20

Smith Machine Glute Bridges (30 sec rest)

bar + 140 x 15
+ 140 x 12

notes: my butt hurt! so tired, much lactic butt acid.

post: 15 min LISS cardio

then a full day of work.

PM Workout

forgot to take my pwo! sheeeee-ittttt

High Bar CAT Squats (2 min rests, Romaleos, SBDs)

bar x 5
140 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

Sled Sprint/Drag Medley (2 min rests between sets; each set is sprint forward 10m, drag it back 10m, forward 10m, drag back 10m)

sled 10m/10m/10m/10m (practice)
sled + 1 plate 10m/10m/10m/10m
sled + 2 plates 10m/10m/10m/10m
sled + 3 plates 10m/10m/10m/10m
sled + 3 plates 10m/10m/10m/10m
sled + 3 plates 10m/10m/10m/10m

notes: I was going to do a bunch more sets, and go heavier… when the strongman gym needed to show prospective clients around, and they were standing on my track. After 5 min of waiting, I got impatient, and moved on to the next exercise.

Still…. felt like FKIN cardio to me! lol better than regular cardio though, HIIT chit.

Kroc Rows (60 sec rests)

50 x 8/8
80 x 8/8
105 x 10/10
95 x 14/14
95 x 8/8

notes: just wasn’t strong enough today! maybe the earlier workout tired me out, plus dragging the sled tired me out… but on a good day I can bust out 20 reps with a 100 pounder… so who knows. Next week Kroc Rows! *shakes fist*

Pallof Press (heavy resistance band, 30 sec rest)

20/20
20/20

July 8, 9 2015

Life has been pretty crazy. Work blew up. 12, 14 hour days. Boss better have my raise ready.

I ended up not being able to go to the gym for 3 days! Insane. I would get home from work, lay in the dark for a few hours, decompressing, then go to bed for real.

But that has passed. So I decided to slowly ramp back up to 2 a day.

But this week is almost over and I want to start fresh next week. So the last few days of this week will be a random mash-up of workouts. Don’t expect them to make any sense.

July 8

only workout

warmup: foam roll upper back, foam roll each lat; foam roll armpits, side of lats; shoulder capsule stretch; 45 degree pec stretch; lat stretch; resistance band shoulder dislocations

Widegrip Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15

prone leg curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20

Smith Machine Glute Bridges (30 sec rests)

bar + 2 plates x 20
+2p x 20

post: 15 min cardio

July 9

AM Workout

warmup: rumble rolled IT Bands, Adductors, Piriformis; Dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises

High Bar CAT Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 2 min rests)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
235 x 5
235 x 5
235 x 5
235 x 5
235 x 5

notes: feels like I lost some speed

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

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

Reverse Hyperextensions (30 sec rests)

12, 12, 12

DB Hammer Curls (60 sec rests)

35s x 12
35s x 10
35s x 8

Cable Side Raise (strict, leaning, 30 sec)

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

PM Workout

warmup: none

my back feels pumped even with the low amount of weight I did yesterday! crazy

Superset Cable Curls and V Pushdowns (30 sec rest b/w supersets)

1 plate x 15 / 1 p x 15
2p x 15 / 2p x 15
3p x 15 / 3p x 15
4p x 15 / 4p x 15
5p x 15 / 5p x 15
6p x 7 / 6p x 15

notes: by the time I hit round 6 I couldn’t do strict curls any more, so meh

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

1p x 20
2p x 20
3p x 20
4p x 20

notes: think I do enough leg curls? haha

post: 15 min cardio

June 22, 2015

Time for an experiment. Going to increase my frequency to a 2-a-day, 5 days per week scenario. Light stuff in the morning, mostly isolation and burn sets, real work in the evening. Need to stay disciplined with my warmup and mobility work as well, prioritize my naps and eat lots of food.

So yea, gonna turn up the juice and see what shakes loose. Who knows, I might not even make it through one week of this. We will see.

AM Workout

pre: foam rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis, foam rolled armpits, upper and mid back, stretched my shoulder capsules

Prone Leg Curls (60 sec rests)
60 x 12
90 x 12
105 x 12

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rest)
85 x 15
85 x 15
85 x 15

notes: nice and strict, no lean. Felt some residual tightness in my shoulders.

Smith Machine Glute Bridges (45 sec rest)

bar + 90 x 20
+ 90 x 20

post: 15 min LISS

Did a full day of work. Came home and passed out on the couch for 90 min. Not off to a good start! Rushed to the gym, but now it was late, so I had no time to warmup, and had to keep my rests short, even for the compound stuff. Shit. Right into it.

PM Workout

CAT High Bar Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 60 sec rest)
150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: Tried to keep my back tight by pulling the bar down into my traps. I wasn’t well warmed up, so these didn’t feel as explosive as I wanted.

Leg Press (feet high and wide, toes out, 60 sec rests)

8 plates x 20
x 20
x 20

Glute Ham Raise (30 sec rests)

6, 10, 9

notes: pretty sucky at these, but at least my form is improving

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

8, 7, 5

notes: felt rather weak on these

Loaded Carry: Frame (60 sec rests, walk 50m/164ft, with 2 x 180 degree turns)

200 x 50m
200 x 50m
200 x 50m
200 x 50m
200 x 50m
200 x 50m

notes: a 60 sec rest was the sweet spot for me on these. 2 min rest last week seemed too easy, but with 60 seconds, I could barely get through them without dropping it. Cool.

June 10, 2015

My body is attaining memorable levels of soreness these days. Prob because this is my 4th day of exercise in a row, and I am going at it with some intensity.

Deadlifts (2 min rests after the warmups)

160 x 5 hookgrip
200 x 5 hookgrip
240 x 5 double overhand
280 x 3 mixed grip
*belt on*
280 x 3
280 x 3
280 x 3
280 x 3

notes: lots of low rep sets, not wanting to tax the low back for what lay ahead

Deficit Stiff Legged Deadlifts (2 min rests)

130 x 8
160 x 8
190 x 6
140 x 8

notes: stood on a nice thick bumper plate. I wanted to do sets of 8, but my grip got tired on the 3rd set and I crushed a callus a bit, so I had to stop. So I did a backoff set. My grip is getting pounded these days.

Pallof Press (60 sec rests)

3 plates x 20/20
4 plates x 20/20
4 plates x 20/20

notes: gave my grip and my posterior chain a break with this core work.

Ukrainian Deadlifts (90 sec rest)

45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20

notes: I have seen people do these, but never tried them. They work pretty well as a finisher. My quads even felt the stretch on the negative, and the glutes were firing quite well. Low back started to remind me how sore it was.

Seated Closegrip Cable Rows (90 sec rests)

100 x 12
120 x 12
150 x 12

notes: Did them nice and slow and focused on the peak contraction. Went thumbless to let my grip have a break, and tried to strengthen up my low back.

I was considering doing cardio after, but my low back warned me it wanted to go home and chill out, so I heeded it.

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.