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April 13, 2015

I love you, gym.  You’re like my religion.  I went without you for a week and a half, and felt so down.  Now, I walk out of my last 2 workouts and I feel joyous.  enlightened.  ecstatic.  All of that joy coming from inside, hormones and blood and self-repair and self-reward.

session with the trainer, work on my push presses a bit. She decided to join in.

Fat Gripz Push Press (took turns with my trainer)

bar x 5
95 x 5
135 x 8
135 x 8
135 x 8
135 x 8

notes: I thought the Fat Gripz would help me simulate an axle, haha. Made my wrists sore a bit with that added girth, but I am getting more comfortable with my technique, so time to up the weight

Then time for some upper back and arm work

Superset: Freemotion Widegrip Cable Pulldowns & Straight Arm Resistance Band Pulldowns (took turns with trainer)

12 plates per side x 12 / band x 15
12 plates per side x 12 / band x 15
12 plates per side x 12 / band x 15

Superset: 1 Arm DB Row & Half-Kneeling Cable Row High-to-Low (did same arm for both movements, then switched arms)

60 x 10 / 10 plates x 10 (per side)
60 x 10 / 10 plates x 10
60 x 10 / 10 plates x 10

notes: the DB Rows were hella light, but the trainer doesn’t have any higher than 60. She trains a lot of creampuffs

Superset: Incline DB Front Raises & Incline DB Skullcrushers

12s x 15 / 20s x 15
12s x 15 / 20s x 15
12s x 15 / 20s x 15

notes: the front raises hurt my shoulders until I worked in a “twist” – from neutral to pronated grip on the way up, then reverse on the way down.

And that was that! Hope everyone had a beautiful, sunny day

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

Just felt like doing some extra Back work, since last week “sucked truckstop restroom vomit right off the floor”.  So I added in my Back Assistance to my regular Arm Day, upped the Back sets a bit and shaved a few sets off the Arm work.  Let’s get it!

 

Back Assistance and Arms

Meadows Rows  (45s rest)

bar x 8/8

quarter plate x 8/8

2 quarters x 8/8

2 quarters x 8/8

2 quarters and a dime x 8/8

2 quarters and a dime x 8/8

notes:  Like a Landmine Row, except you stand perpendicular to the bar (you drag it across your body).  Hold the thick end of the bar outside the plate.  Let it pull your scapula down at the bottom.  Try not to use your arm.

Closegrip Machine Row (explosive reps, 45 sec rest)

100 x 6

150 x 6

200 x 6

200 x 6

200 x 6

200 x 6

notes:  Explode!  Try to ram those elbows back.  Grunt generously 🙂

Stretch Pulldown (45 sec rest)

150 x 8

170 x 8

190 x 8

210 x 7

210 x 6

notes:  Also called a scapulae stretch pulldown, you take an extra-wide grip, go a little heavier, only bring it down to the top of your head, and at the top you let it stretch your scapulae, pull them out of packed position a bit (try not to let it pull you out of the chair).

Superset Rope Pushdowns and 1.5 Closegrip Cable Curls (30 sec rest, keep hands together on the pushdowns, 1.5 means you do a full curl rep then do a half rep from the bottom)

100 x 15 / 90 x 10

120 x 15 / 100 x 10

120 x 15 / 100 x 10

Superset Across the Body Hammer Curls and Tricep Extensions (30 sec rest, tricep extensions done Roman Salute style then add 5 partial reps from the bottom ROM after the full reps)

45s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P

45s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P

45s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P

Superset Incline Skullcrushers and Slow Neg Preachers Curls (30 sec rest, 3 sec negatives on the preachers)

50 x 15 / 60 x 8

50 x 15 / 60 x 6

50 x 15 / 60 x 6

notes:  Preachers were killing me!  Doing slow negs as I got to the bottom of the ROM (almost straight arm), made it near IMPOSSIBLE to pull back up!  No momentum.

post-workout – 20 min cardio

Week 3 Arms Weekend

I did a spin session with a friend on Saturday and a spin session with a friend on Sunday.  After Sunday spin I went and did a quick arm session.  I don’t know what it is, but I keep feeling isolated and disconnected.  Everytime I try to reach out and be friendly, I feel like I overreached.  Nothing is adding up right now, things are just not clicking at all.  The grace is gone right now.  I feel like I am about to fight with people constantly.  To borrow from my last post, maybe the sheep needs to sleep for a while, he isn’t appropriate at the moment.

 

Arms

 

Superset Rope Pushdowns & 1.5 ROM Closegrip Cable Curls  (hands stay together on pushdowns, curls are a full rep then a half rep out of the bottom, 45 sec rest b/w supersets)

110 x 15 / 80 x 10(1.5)

110 x 15 / 90 x 10(1.5)

110 x 15 / 90 x 10(1.5)

110 x 15 / 90 x 10(1.5)

 

Superset Across the Body DB Hammer Curls & Roman Salute Cable Tricep Extensions (45 sec rest, for extensions, bring fist across body to chest, then straighten arm.  after extensions reps, do partials out of bottom ROM)

40s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P (each arm)

40s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P (each arm)

40s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P (each arm)

40s x 10 / 40 x 10, 5P (each arm)

 

Superset Incline Skullcrushers & Slow Neg Preacher Curls  (45 sec rest, slight skullcrusher incline, bring skullcrushers down past head, 3 second negative on the preacher curls)

65 x 12 / 55 x 8

65 x 12 / 55 x 8

65 x 12 / 55 x 8

65 x 12 / 55 x 8

 

This song was in my head during cardio, must have been on the radio recently. I am old.

Determined to put in some work today, I prepped for both a morning workout AND an evening workout. The Gym Gods were smiling on me and the boil water advisory was lifted, so the office showers were available, so I felt cleared to get all sweaty at work. Got in nice and early before my office filled up, and did a quick 40 min workout.

On a positive note, they finally installed the dual-station cable pulleys! Can now have more options, lots more!

AM Cows and Pigs Workout

Weighted Standing Calf Raises (30 sec rest)

75 lb DBs x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20

Smith Machine Seated Calf Raises (30 sec rests)

340 in plates x 20
340 in plates x 20
340 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20

notes: Ugh, digs into my quads so hard!!!

DB SLDL (45 sec rest)

70s x 15
70s x 15

notes: This is unfortunately about when some random bozo started talking my ear off for the entire rest of my workout – following me into the change room, chatting with me while I showered… and himself not lifting an entire weight the whole time. Is he trolling for cawk? I do not compute the purpose of him entering my life to F up the intensity of my gainz.

Prone Leg Curl (45 sec rest)

60 x 30
75 x 20
75 x 15
90 x 15
105 x 10

notes: I couldn’t take this guy any more, hence why the actual workout was only 40 min, lol. If it was a public gym I would have told him to fukk off, but at the office? Ugh, parasite.

Worked away the whole day. split my 2 carb meals up into my post-workout periods, one after the AM, one tonight.

After leaving work, made it to the downtown chain gym. Gym was so busy I had to give up on the thought of supersetting multiple stations. Just did straight sets.

PM Chest, Triceps

Superset DB Incline Press and Rotator Cuff Work (bench one setting above flat, 60 sec rests)

60s x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM 15 times per arm
60s x 12 / ROTO
60s x 12 / ROTO
60s x 12 / ROTO

notes: My shoulder felt sore and ****ty, so I lightened the weight and tried to get good reps.

Incline Flys (bench one setting above flat, 45 sec rest)

40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10

Decline Bench Machine (45 sec rest)

100 x 15
100 x 15
100 x 15
120 x 12

Pec Deck (fixed handles, 45 sec rest)

105 x 12
120 x 12
135 x 12
150 x 12
165 x 12
180 x 7

notes: these felt good, so I tried to get a good squeeze for a second or two at the top of the reps. The handles were fixed, so I often had to let my hands extend past the handles and just guide it with the butt of my hands or my wrists.

Incline Skullcrushers (30 sec rest)

50 x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15

notes: a 50 pound preset barbell was literally all I could find in that range the gym was so busy (they had 90s, but I can’t go high rep with that). So I dropped the rests down to 30 seconds, and tried to get some nice stretches and squeezes.

One Arm Kickback Cable Extensions (no handle attachments, just grabbed the anchor, no rest, back and forth arm to arm)

39 x 12/12
61 x 6/10
50 x 10/10
39 x 12/12

notes: 39 felt INTENSE! The pumped contractions on my triceps were so tight they felt like they would cramp if I squeezed too hard! So I raised the weight and had big problems getting them out, so I kept dropping the weight back down each set (with no rest). Once I got back down to 39, the contractions were once again BANANAS!!! For my extensions/kickbacks, I like to find the right distance from the machine and not bend over, just stand straight up and bring it back, holding the black rubber anchor tight in my fist.

Overhead Straight Bar Extensions (45 sec rest)

154 x 6
88 x 15
110 x 15

notes: thought this cable was in pounds… NOPE!! Kilos! Damn that was heavy, haha. Triceps felt a major pump by this point.

post-workout cardio 30 min elliptical

Then headed home! SOOOOO exhausted!!

Cut Day 78, Chest, Tri

Went to the studio in the evening and weighed me. 276! Woot! Whooshed 5 pounds last week! This more aggressive carb cycling is agreeing with me, and hot yoga seems to agree with me as well, will have to play those out and see where it takes me.

warmup 15 min stationary bike, slowly gearing up, keeping RPMs over 80, cranking the Megadeth. Dripping sweat uncontrollably near the end!

Superset Incline DB Press & Rotator Cuff Work (bench 2 slots above flat, 60 sec rest)

70s x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM 12 times per arm
70s x 12 / ROTO
70s x 12 / ROTO
70s x 12 / ROTO

Superset Incline DB Fly & Incline Pushups(bench same height as prev, 60 sec rests)

30s x 10 / 10 pushups
30s x 10 / 10 pushups
30s x 10 / 10 pushups
30s x 12 / 10 pushups

notes: Weight was light so held the stretch at the bottom for a second or two. For incline pushups we played with the Smith Machine bar, moving it up or down depending on how I was doing.

Superset Decline BB Press & Cable Crossovers (60 sec rest)

135 x 15 / 100 x 12
135 x 15 / 100 x 12
135 x 15 / 80 x 12

notes: We dropped weight on the last set b/c the trainer wanted to see me get some better contractions in, straighter arms, bigger squeeze, more man cleavage.

Incline skullcrushers (45 sec rest)

60 x 15
60 x 15
60 x 15

Unfortunately, we had to cut it short so I could make it to my massage!

Met with the deep tissue guy for some trigger point work on the lymph nodes. HURT LIKE A MOTHERRRRRRFUKKKKKKK

No joke. He WHIPPED TEH SHTT out of my neck, shoulders, rhomboids, lats, IT bands, calves. My left lat was sticky, my neck was sore, my right rhomboid was tight, my IT bands were burning, I walked in with a giant list of problems and he tortured me like a nasty ep of Game of Thrones. Groaning and whining throughout, and as I type this, my left shoulder is still pretty much dead.

Good week man! 5 pounds! Let’s keep pushing forward.

Deplete Day / Chest and Tris

Diet tweaked, prepare to have your minds blown out your arseholes.

Went into the gym for a noontime workout.  OMG the cheesecake and beefcake (for the ladies) on display today!  Amazing.  Holla back yung’n whoowhoo!!!  Gym was so crowded though, couldn’t reliably do supersets, so I dropped the rest times here and there and just did straight sets.

Superset Incline DB Press & DB Rotator Cuff Work (60 sec rest)

65s x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through rotator cuff ROM, 15 times per arm
65s x 12 / ROTO
65s x 12 / ROTO
65s x 12 / ROTO

notes:  The first set felt rather painful on the shoulder, so I increased the rest and did some extra rotator cuff warmup.  Found the sweet spot for how I bring the weight down during the negatives, and the 2nd sets onwards felt much better.

Incline DB Fly (30 sec rest, arms slight bend only)

40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10

notes:  Went a little lighter and would hold at the bottom of the rep for a second or two, getting that good stretch in.

Decline Bench (30 sec rest)

135 x 15
135 x 13
135 x 10

notes:  30 second rests really did me in on this one!

Cable Crossovers (mid-height, 45 sec rest)

121 x 12
143 x 12
165 x 10

notes:  These were feeling pretty good on this machine, arms slight bend only (couldn’t go full straight, the anchors were too close together behind me)

Assisted Chest Dips (30 sec rest)

15, 12, 10, 9, 7

notes:  Just a bunch of sets, low rest, finish the chest off.

Incline Skullcrushers (bench one rung above flat, 45 sec rest)

60 x 15
60 x 12
60 x 13

notes:  Salt N Pepa Push It playing on the video screen during these sets, AWWW YEAHHHH.  Decent motivation, lol

One Arm Tri Extensions (palm down, no rest, back and forth arm to arm)

61 x 6/12
50 x 8/11
39 x 12/14

notes:  I normally do these hammergrip, these felt TOUGH AS CHIT.  Had to keep dropping the weight.

Overhead Tricep Extensions (straight bar, 45 sec rest)

105 x 15
116 x 14
116 x 10

notes:  weights are weird cause of kilo measurements on the plates, LOL

post-workout 30 min elliptical

And then back home!  easy-peasy.