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Mar 8, 2015

 

Goddamn, you know that when I summon up the Maiden, that it was an epic workout. I kicked my own butt.

I think I am turning the corner on whatever was kicking my ass last week. I had missed lots of workouts, my face broke out, and I felt like hammered vomit most days. But I had a good workout yesterday, and was determined to get it in today.

I was heading there on an empty stomach so I packed some extra intra-workout carbs, and sipped on them throughout.

Sumo Deadlifts (no shoes, switched up my crossgrip, 90 sec rests)

185 x 15
185 x 18
185 x 12
185 x 14
185 x 11
185 x 12
185 x 11
185 x 7

notes: Decided since I am going low-weight, to switch up my form. Normally I pull conventional with left palm supinated and right palm pronated. So I went Sumo with left palm pronated and right palm supinate.

Weight was light but FFFFUUUUKKKKK did I get winded halfway through. I was sucking wind after set 3, I needed those 90 seconds to get my breath back to normal. Clearly my conditioning is a work in progress.

After hitting 100 reps I stopped. Lay down on the ground for a bit, my saliva tasted funny, like I had coughed up a chunk of lung. Took 5 min to catch my breath and put on my knee sleeves and my squat shoes.

Front Squats (ATG, 2 min rest, SBDs, Romaleos)

135 x 6
135 x 6
135 x 8
135 x 6
135 x 6
135 x 6
135 x 9
135 x 6
135 x 7

notes: I am still getting used to FS, so this is a decent weight for me. Goal was to hit 60 reps. Decided to keep the rests high and the form tight and well below parallel. I experimented with my feet a bit (various angles of toes straight or out a bit) and found that toes even slightly out kinda hurts my ankles. I wasn’t winded by this, but my ankles and knees were ready to stop by the time I hit 60.

I still had some fire in the furnace so I kept going.

Assisted Neutral Grip Chinup (assisted for 1/3 BW, 60 sec rest)

10, 10, 8, 6, 6, 6

My shoulders are still not big fans of chin-ups so I kept the assistance there as a precaution in case I needed to dump and jump out. Neutral grip also feels best on my shoulders right now.

Incline Shrugs (90 sec rest)

70s x 10
100s x 10
100s x 10
100s x 10

notes: First time trying these, did them to try and hit my mid-traps a bit. They feel good! Only downside is I have long arms, so its hard to get a good stretch at the bottom without resting them on the floor. I would prefer to do these on some sort of raised platform.

I was wrecked after this so I walked 10 min to a Booster Juice and bought some froyo with whey and mocha powder and an egg and cheese wrap I might be fighting off a cold. Will prob chill the F out the rest of today, get warm and snuggly.

Time to get back on the horse.  I was going to work out on the weekend, I really was!  Then my energy just crashed and I pretty much slept all weekend.  Woops!  So Monday I was determined to get back into it.

Started off Monday with an early morning shoulder workout

Monday AM Shoulders/Calves/Abs (45 sec rest)

warmup – rotator cuff warmup

seated dumbbell shoulder press:  50 x 10; 70 x 10; 100 x 10, 10

side raise machine:  50 x 10; 70 x 10; 100 x 12, 12, 12

standing dumbbell front raise hammergrip:  20 x 10; 50 x 12, 12, 12

cable side raise:  30 x 10 plus 3 heavy negatives, 30 x 10+3, 10+3

widegrip upright rows (30 sec rest):  50 x 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15

Superset Leg Press Calf Raises and Roman Chair Knee Raises (no rest, back and forth station to station):  8 plates x 20 calves and 15 abs:  20 & 15, 20 & 15

Cardio 15 min

 

notes:  I haven’t done dumbbell presses in a while but they felt good!  My left shoulder felt real sore on those side raises though.  By the time I was trying to do those heavy negatives, I had nothing left for side delts.  Upright rows felt great!  Shoulders and upper chest and traps are coming along I think, based on what I saw in the mirror.  Not much time after that before work so I did calves and abs with no rest then a short cardio session.  Off to work!

 

After work I headed to the studio for a session with the trainer! Fullbody compound time!

Monday PM Fullbody (45-60 sec rest)

Cardio 10 min warmup

Bench Squats:  185 x 8, 205 x 8, 225 x 8, 8

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Standing Military Press:  95 x 8, 8, 8, 8

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Smith Machine Bench Press: 225 x 5; 205 x 8, 8, 8

the bad form that forced me to drop weight

the bad form that forced me to drop weight

Assisted Pullups (varied grip):  8, 8, 9, 9

Barbell Curls:  65 x 8, 8, 8; 75 x 8

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Ab Roller:  8, 8, 8

notes:  Yay getting better at squats!  Finally 2 wheels!  I feel myself starting to get more comfortable with these, so hopefully the weight will keep climbing.  My form started to get horrible on the bench press, my elbows kept flaring.  This might be a result of all the shoulder work I had been doing today, I was just tired.  So we lowered the weight.  Booooooo, hiss.

 

And that was my double workout day!  Keep grinding those gains out!

 

Back and Biceps

Went to the gym nice and early for a workout.  I am getting used to being there early, and I have to say that I think it’s good for me.  PLUS, you get a big jump on your whole day!  Don’t just take my word for it, here is an article from the guy who co-founded Musclepharm on the benefits of early morning gym sessions.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/train-early-and-reap-the-rewards-all-day.html

On to my workout!  Back and Bis

(60 sec rest b/w sets)

20 min on the elliptical, 150 twists

reverse grip pulldowns:  135 x 10; 210 x 12, 12, 12

widegrip pulldowns:  210 x 15, 15, 11

bent over 2 DB row on an incline bench:  80 x 17, 17, 17

hammergrip assisted pullups (lean back and pull to stomach):  (100) x 12, 12, 12

alternating DB curls:  25s x 10; 40s x 14, 14, 14

one arm DB preacher curls:  25 x 10/10; 40 x 11/11, 7/8; 35 x 14/14

EZ bar spider curls:  60 x 5, 8; 40 x 20 closegrip, 15 widegrip, 17 closegrip

elliptical for another 20 min, 150 twists

notes:  Pulldowns are going really well, regular progress.  I think my back is getting stronger.  I wish my back would widen out though, I would really like to be able to do a front lat spread.

On the preacher curls I had to drop the weight because my biceps were tiring, and that fatigue only intensified for the spider curls.  I totally failed at 60 pounds, so I dropped the weight there too and practived varying my grip to test out my strength.  I found my tendonitis flared up more on the widegrip than the close.  And always only when I curls bars, not dumbbells.

Anyways, it was an intense workout as always!  I need to hammer my back more often if I want it to come up.

And that was my day!  How about you?  Did you make it to the gym?

forearm tendinitis

Woke up, ready to tear it up.  Headed to the gym in the morning before work.  Time to try out a new back routine!

Got to the gym a little after opening, decided not to do spin, I would do weights first, then get those damn HIITs out of the way.

bent over bb rows:  (60 sec rest b/w sets)  185×5, 195×5, 205×5, 215×5, 225×5

rack pulls:  225×5, 235×5, 245×5, 255×5, 265×5

assisted pullups:  rotated twice through a widegrip set, underhand grip set and hammergrip set, 6 sets total, 30 sec rest b/w sets; W12, U12, H12, W6, U6, H10

closegrip row (100s):  120 x 30 reps, rest 70 sec, 35 reps, rest 35 sec, 35 reps

closegrip pulldowns (100s):  90 x 35 reps, rest 65 sec, 28 reps, rest 37 sec, 20 reps, rest 17 sec, 11 reps, rest 6 sec, 6 reps

cardio:  elliptical HIIT style, 1 min slow, 30 sec fast, for 20 min

back notes:  the idea behind this workout was to start off with compound movements, heavier weights, longer rest, lower reps, then do a bunch of pullups from different angles and build up the reps with low rest, then do a couple of pump sets.

The bent over rows and rack pulls are pretty light weight but tbh I don’t really KNOW my weight for those exercises, I don’t do them much, and when I do them I go high rep and low rest.  So this is me trying to build up some strength instead of endurance.  As I stick with the plan, I will find the sweet spot for weight, until then I am upping the weight slowly but surely, not a race.

But I start with strength.  Then pullups (assisted ones, I am too much of a fat bastard to do a regular pullup), for 6 sets, low rest, just tire me out with lots of sets and reps, lots of angles.

The pump sets, I wonder if the rep and rest scheme makes sense.  The goal is 100 reps.  Cut your weight about in half, do as many reps as you can do and when you stop, the number of reps left out of 100 is how many seconds rest you get.  So if you start off with 35 reps of row, you have… 100 – 35 = 65… 65 reps left equals 65 seconds rest!  The net effect of it all is, as you get closer to 100, your rests get crazy short!  The rows were maybe too easy, my rep numbers are waaaayyyy too even and consistent.  The pulldowns are more like it, I was struggling by that point!

For the cardio, I did what Les asked for, and varied my speed and effort.  Got on the elliptical, went relaxed pace for 60 sec, then upped the resistance by 15% and went as fast as I could for 30 sec.  Repeat that pattern for 20 min, and you are done!

I walked away from back day feeling torched!  I went off to work for a full day of work, bleh.

At lunch, I needed to get away from work, I was getting stressed.  So I decided… time for arm day!

Lunchtime Arm workout (supersets, 60 sec rest b/w supersets)

bench dips & cable curls (120 lbs):  12/12, 12/12, 12/12

smith machine closegrip press (70+bar) & db preacher curls (35 lb DBs):  12/12, 12/12, 12/12

overhead rope tricep extension (60 lbs) & incline hammer curls (30 lb DBs):  15/12, 15/12, 15/12

rope pressdown (150 lbs) and reverse barbell curls (60 lbs):  12/10, 11/10, 10/10

reversegrip tricep extension DROPSET 150×12, 120×12, 90×12, 75×12

notes:  I could feel my forearm tendinitis flare up right away on the bicep exercises, could even see the spreading redness patch on my forearm!  Damn!  I was REALLY looking forward to arms day too.  How frustrating!  I don’t WANT to rest you arms, I want to make you grow!  Instead I gotta give them more rest.  Just listen to your body, even when it’s shitty news.

I made it through 90% of the workout, I had a dropset of cable curls at the end, but I said F it and stopped after the tricep dropset.

With the smith machine press, a trick I saw on the web, you can use a suicide grip on the smith machine with no real risk, and keep the focus much more on your triceps!  Works well!  With the preacher curls, the tendinitis was so bad I used a reduced ROM on the left arm, just the bottom half of the curl, didn’t bring it all the way up, just couldn’t, so reduced ROM to get through the reps.

For the hammer curls, those didn’t hit my tendinitis as much, so I channelled my overall forearm frustration into a decent set of incline hammers!  Decent for me, 30 lb DBs are hard for inclines for me 🙂

Reverse curls was when the pain kicked in again, and I started to stumble on finishing the sets.  Reversegrip tricep DROP went quite well, but called it a day.

Those were my 2 workouts today!  How about you?  Any good workouts?

I have been playing catch-up on my workouts.  So I decided to pick whatever I had not done in the longest.  Surveys says… Back!  And Shoulders!  It had been a week since I had done either of those, so I figured they were quite well rested.

 

My neck was sore the day before and I had popped some anti-inflammatories.  They made me groggy so I slept in Thursday morning.  Work was hectic and I was treading water all day, so no workout at lunch.  So after work I headed down to the gym.  Busiest time of day!  I would have to be flexible with my exercises, grab what was free.

Back & Shoulders (30 sec rest b/w sets, most of the time)

assisted pullups:  widegrip x 20, 10, 7; underhand grip x 10; hammergrip x 8

widegrip row machine:  225 x 12, 12, 12

underhand grip pulldowns:  180 x 15, 15, 12, 10

machine hyperextensions:  300 x 12, 12, 12, 15

machine shoulder press:  100 x 15, 15, 8, 8

cable lat raise:  40 x 12/12, 6/7, 9/9

reverse cable fly:  (rest approx. 60 sec b/w sets)  55 x 12; 77 x 12; 99 x 8, 5

cable upright row:  90 x 12; 100 x 12, 110 x 12; 120 x 6

cardio:  elliptical 30 min, resistance 70%, incline 9, calories burned 805

 

notes:  I pretty much got to use what I wanted for back.  Shoulders, it got more tricky.

Pullups were feeling REALLY good.  I busted out 20 raw in my first set, and I know they were assisted, but that is a new personal best for me!!  They were feeling so good I decided to do 5 sets instead of 4.  For the hammergrip set, I experimented with leaning back and really trying to feel it in my lower back when I pulled.  That felt good, will try that more.

Machine hyperextensions are kind of a silly machine for fat guys, since our torsos give us so much assistance.  300 pounds is the whole stack and I breezed through those, so I guess I have no use for that machine any more, unless I hurt my back or something.  I guess weighted hyperextensions off the little platform thing are my only real option.

I enjoy military presses on the Smith but that was busy, so I used the shoulder machine.  It works fine, except when I set the weight down, it goes too low and mildly snaps up my shoulders, on the same level of mild pain as having to hoist up the dumbbells for a dumbbell press.  In other words, after a couple of sets of that, my shoulders were tired and sore from the awkward ROM.  Hate that machine, smith military presses all the way!

My sore shoulder made me want to use the lat raise machine for more stability but they were both occupied so I used the cables.  My shoulder got sore quick, so I ran out of gas fast on the reps.

For the reverse flys, a guy was using them for kneeling cable crunches.  I asked if I could sub in, and that was fine, except his sets took SO DAMN LONG, my rear delts were starting to get cold, so I upped the weight each time to keep myself challenged.  Threw in an extra set of the heavy ones, although my form was turning to ass at that point so I stopped.

I wanted to do heavy db shrugs but my traps are still really sore from w/e the heck happened to my neck, so I did some light upright rows instead on the cables.  They felt good but my traps got sore as I hit 120, so I gave them a break.

Burned some hard calories on the elliptical post-weights, woah cardio city!

 

And that was my workout!  How about you?  Any good workouts today?

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?

Super Sunday

Everything about Sunday was pretty good.  After a lacklustre Saturday, I needed a better workout.  So Saturday night I stayed up late prepping a big pot of chili in my new crockpot, let it slowcook all night.

Sunday I slept in til 7 am… woohoo! living in sin! 7 am!  I also woke up to the smell of chili… which isn’t as good as waking up to the smell of bacon, but still not bad.  Chili turned out great!  Not too complicated:  I browned the ground beef and quickly browned some onions, garlic, green pepper, mushrooms, jalepenos.  Threw it all in the pot, added beef broth, black beans, canned diced tomatoes, chipotle powder, oregano, turmeric, black pepper.  Made about 6 servings.  I bagged it up in Tupperware to spread throughout the week.  No big whoop.  Bonus of cooking all night:  you get to try a bowl of chili for breakfast!

Headed to the gym, had time before Spin (about 40 min) so I did some Back work.

Back:  (30 sec rest b/w all sets)

assisted pull-ups:  widegrip x 10, 7; underhand grip x 10; hammergrip x 7

widegrip seated rows:  180 x 12, 12, 12

underhand grip pulldowns:  150 x 15, 15, 15, 15

hyperextensions w a 45 lb plate:  12, 12, 12

 

 

Then it was time for Spin!  Andrea was teaching, reminded me why I like Spin, well-balanced and left me room to go for it and make it the workout I wanted.  It WAS a little odd when 5 min into a class a woman runs in and grabs the bike right next to me, then picks it up and moves it CLOSER to me!  Now she and I are spinning about 4 inches away from each other, me all sweaty and trying not to jab her with my elbow.  Oh well, jokes on you babe, I had chili for breakfast!!

 

After Spin, time for biceps.

Biceps:  (30 sec rest b/w sets)

standing curls w EZ bar:  75 x 12, 7, 6

concentration curls (no rest, back and forth arm to arm):  20 x 15/15, 15/15, 15/15, 15/15

 

notes:  The Back workout felt great!  I varied up the grip during the pull-ups in order to hit my biceps differently and hit my back differently.  That’s one great thing about weightlifting – infinite variations.  It worked too, my back felt nice and warmed up for the rows, and those felt strong.  After the rows my back felt pumped, and the pulldowns felt real strong as well.

Spin kind of tired me out, so I had lost some of that pump by the time I did biceps.  My intensity was not quite there for the standing curls, I needed the aggression to carry it through.  So I kept the weight light on the concentration curls and just kept pumping the weight over and over, trying to wake the muscles back up.  Those actually felt really good, I felt tempted to do another biceps exercise over and above my plan!  In retrospect I should have added in a good finisher, but instead I just stuck to the plan and showered and went home.

 

But overall a great workout!  What about you?  Any good workouts?