Tag Archive: low bar squats


7 Jan 2017

Long time, no write!  I am back.

warmup: light leg extensions, light leg curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (Romaleos, no sleeves, long rests)

135 x 2
225 x 2
315 x 1
*knee wraps on*
360 x 1
360 x 1
360 x 1

notes: I figured if I am squatting twice a week (or more) now, then I will try and conserve my knees a bit with wraps. Will see if that helps.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Closegrip Bench (medium rests)

bar x lots
135 x 5
185 x 3
*wrist wraps, elbow sleeves on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

Snatch Grip Deadlift (short rests, sock feet, Figure 8s)

135 x 10
225 x 10
315 x 10

notes: I traded sets back and forth with a guy doing speed work DLs. I know my grip is the limiting factor in these and I needed to get my back work in so I used the straps.

Farmers Walks (sock feet, short rests)

130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 feet

notes: went six times, got my cardio in, plus gave my grip something to do. It was light, so I did more of them.

Cable Face Pulls (very short rests)

2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15
2 plates x 15

notes: I had to leave soon, so I picked a really quick exercise I could bang out pretty quick.

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10 Dec 2016

The goal today was a short and sweet workout with perhaps a PR! Intensity high, volume low, see how the weights feel.

warmup: light leg extensions, light leg curls, TKEs, calf rises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (long rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves, no belt)

135 x 2
225 x 2
315 x 1
335 x 2
345 x 1
355 x 1
300 x 6

notes: weights felt good! I might give squats a run for the title next week, but for now I moved on.

Yoke Walk (medium rests, street shoes)

340 for 25 feet
340 for 25 feet
430 for 25 feet
520 for 25 feet
605 for 25 feet
705 for 25 feet PR!!

notes: yessss…. I haven’t made an attempt at a Yoke PR since June. We have a rattly/jiggly yoke, and it gets worse as you add weight. I find that if you curse and swear while you walk with it, then it stays stable LOL

I can expect to see 700 lb yokes at the avg comp next summer, so I am ahead of the game on yoke. This was heavy but moved well, so I can work now on going heavier in practice so that comps will feel extra light. I mean, the rest of my events are sheeeeeeiiittttt, but at least I got yoke in a good place

I was going to do some assistance at this point, but my ride to the strongman gym had thrown up from PR’ing Deadlifts, and wanted to go home, so…. no loss for calling it at that point. Super short session!

1 Dec 2016

I am not the only lifter feeling demotivated in my gym. I am gonna try upping my Vitamin D.

Late-night legs. I wanted to bury all my squats deep tonight and see how my knee felt. Still Team NoBelt.

warm-up: light quad extensions, ham curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squat (long rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves, no belt)

135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 4
315 x 3
315 x 4

SSB Squat (long rests, Romaleos, sleeves)

70 x 2
160 x 2
250 x 2
305 x 2
305 x 2

notes: generally successful on squats, went deep, paused at the bottom a bit, exploded back up. knee felt good.

SSB Good Mornings (long rests)

160 x 5
160 x 5

notes: gym was crowded, so I only took a long rest so that I would avoid smacking bars with someone in the neighboring rack

Yoke Walk (sock feet, no rest)

340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft

notes: I forgot to bring indoor sneakers, so I had to do it my socks. I didn’t like it, I prefer farmers and yoke in sneakers, but my only sneakers were wet and muddy from the snow. I went back and forth, bring it the distance of our track, drop, turn around, pick, head back, repeat.

Prone Leg Curls (medium rests)

150 x 15
150 x 15
150 x 15

At this point I considered doing hyperextensions, but at that point a large sweaty man was draped over the hyperextension machine trying to make the lactic acid in his shoulders go away, and it was late so I said F it and came home!

21 Nov 2016

Had to work a bit late, so my workout started late. First real snowstorm in my city today. When I got to the gym, it was deserted. I hoped more people would show up, it was a little too quiet (normally I enjoy an empty gym)

warmup: light quad extensions, ham curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (explosive reps, 60 sec rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves)

135 x 2
225 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2

notes: kept the rest short and the reps explosive

SSB Squats (atg, 2 min rests, shoes, sleeves)

bar x 3
160 x 3
250 x 1
270 x 3
270 x 3
270 x 3

notes: without my shoulders torqued up, I find it easier to go atg.

before I did the GMs, I took the time to assemble the yoke out of all of its parts. Took 10 min, and involved me doubled over a lot of the time, which made me feel it in my back a bit.

SSB Good Mornings (30 sec rest, sock feet)

70 lb bar x 15
70 x 12

notes: I think my low back is still sore from Saturdays deadlifts workout. By set 2 of just the bar, my low back was so pumped I had to stop.

At this point, it was getting late, wanted to go home, gym was too quiet, it was a blizzard outside, my back was almost done… so, I struck a bargain with myself: if I could static hold a loaded yoke for over 60 seconds, I would scrap the rest of the workout LOL

Static Yoke Hold (sock feet)

516 lbs held for 65 seconds!

Hooray! I guess getting the F out of there was great motivation LOL. For those of you who know yokes, I will say that our gym has this amazingly awkward, wobbly, shaky, rattling, swaying yoke. Whenever we host a competition, outside competitors always curse our yoke haha. So holding it up for 65 seconds DOES in fact involve core work, because it starts swaying and swinging almost right away.

At any rate, after that I spent another 10 min taking the yoke BACK apart, then packed up and went home.

I still feel guilty I skipped some of the assistance work, so if I am not wrecked tomorrow, I might hit up log and bench.

12 Nov 2016

warmup: light leg extensions, leg curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (long rests, sleeves, squat shoes)

135 x 2
225 x 2
315 x 2
345 x 2
385 x 2 sleeves PR!

notes: slow progress on the squats, but its coming. patience

SSB Squats (medium rests, sleeves, squat shoes)

bar x 2 w/pauses
160 x 1 w/long pause
250 x 1 w/pause
300 x 2
320 x 1
340 x 1 Weight PR!!

notes: this was a big jump for me, I think I am getting more comfortable with the movement.

SSB Good Mornings (medium rest, sock feet)

250 x 5
250 x 5

notes: this hit my spinal erectors pretty good. I prefer lightweight high reps, but this was to shake things up a bit

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

140 x 15
140 x 15
140 x 15

Superset: Hyperextensions & Cable Face Pulls (short rest)

12 / 30 x 20
12 / 30 x 20
12 / 30 x 20

At this point, I had to split. My friend had dropped a 220 lb Farmers Walk implement on his foot (ouch!), and he kept doing his workout for a little while, albeit with a bag of ice on his foot (and no more farmers walks). By now however, he wanted to get out of there, and he was my ride. So that ended the workout.

5 Nov 2016

Saturday morning strongman. Finally decided to have a good warmup before legs. Still Team NoBelt today.

warmup: light leg extensions, leg curls, TKEs, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (squat shoes, long rests)

135 x 3
225 x 3
300 x 6
300 x 6
300 x 5

SSB Squats (medium rests, squat shoes)

bar x 2
160 x 2
275 x 3
275 x 3

notes: my left foot is still swollen, so the shoes were way too tight. So glad to take them off after this.

DB Stiff Legged Deadlifts (slow reps, short rest, sock feet)

80s x 8
80s x 8

notes: nice and slow, stretch my hams out.

Yoke Walk (long rests, sneakers, walk it over, set it down, turn around and pick it up, take it back)

340 for 30 ft, 340 for 30 ft
430 for 30 ft, 430 for 30 ft
520 for 30 ft, 520 for 30 ft
605 for 30 ft (now just single trips)
605 for 30 ft
605 for 30 ft
605 for 30 ft

notes: good way to wear yourself out. Heavy Yoke will drain your tank. Workout was over after this.

22 Oct 2016

Its been a rough few weeks. Plagued by injuries and mistakes. Went back to the gym today to dabble in all sorts of lower body stuff, see how my foot handles the pressure. My foot is still puffed up, so no shoes workout for me today.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet)

135 x 2
225 x 2
275 x 2
315 x 2
410 x 2
410 x 1
410 x 1

notes: sad to say my low back still feels tweaked, it hurts when I go for lockout, so I moved from doubles to singles. Foot felt ok though.

Low Bar Squats (medium rests, pause at the bottom, sandals instead of shoes)

135 x 2
225 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2

notes: not bad, nice pauses. basically barefoot. gym not that clean though so I wore sandals

Frame Shrugs (short rest)

280 x 10
280 x 10

notes: frame shrugs often end up with you doing something between a regular shrug and a snatch grip shrug. So it is a nice change. At this point I was jumping on and off equipment while it was free and between other people’s sets though, so I wasn’t doing many sets, just dabbling in different things.

SSB Good Morning

160 x 10

SSB Squats (medium rest, sandals)

250 x 5
300 x 3 PR!

notes: form is getting more confident on SSB Squats, so I am pushing more weight

Prone Leg Curls (short rest)

140 x 15
140 x 15

notes: then I got offered a ride back from the gym and I took it. Kind of a rehab day, nothing too deep, but I think it was promising. I am keen on getting back to the routine for real.

8 Oct 2016

Finally back in the gym! Giving Thanks this long weekend for some gym time.

Low Bar Squats (long rests, knee sleeves, Romaleos)

135 x 5
225 x 5
260 x 8
260 x 8
260 x 8

notes: long rests was not the original plan, but I had to help with some gym upkeep and packing away stuff into storage in between sets.

SSB Squats (sleeves, shoes, medium rest)

225 x 6
225 x 6

Box Deadlifts (medium rest, constant tension)

205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 12

Yoke Walk (very short rests, speed runs)

340 for 25 ft
340 for 25 ft
340 for 25 ft
340 for 25 ft

notes: empty yoke; I was partnering up with another guy so we left the bar at his height. this kept my rests shorter but the pickup was awkward so I kept the yoke unloaded and kept the runs under 6 seconds

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

140 x 15
140 x 15
140 x 12

notes: running out of gas now

alternate between Hyperextensions & Inverted Rows (short rests)

12xt, 8 rows, 12 xt, 10 rows, 12 xt, 10 rows, 12 xt

notes: I wouldn’t call it a superset, I sat for 30 seconds here and there, but otherwise I just went back and forth from station to station

22 Sept 2016

ugghhhh… 3 days in a row is kickin my butt. nvragain. everything hurts now, but added to the mix today was sore pecs (which is actually a pleasant feeling), and for some reason the soreness extends down the sides of my ribs. Walking mess.

warmup: passed out and had a 15 min nap while trying to stretch, LOL. the PWO did nothing!

Low Bar Squats (speed work, short rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves)

135 x 3
225 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3
240 x 3

notes: for the speed component, I did CAT squats for the first few sets as I warmed up (slow down, explosive up), and then about halfway through I could just work through them quite quickly. kept the rests down to about 60 seconds.

SSB Squats (shoes, sleeves, long rest)

210 x 5
210 x 5

notes: took a few pauses at the bottom on these

Box Deadlifts (medium rests, constant tension)

190 x 8
190 x 8
190 x 8

notes: back was sore still, so I kept it light and didn’t let the bar touch the ground, just kept the tension on the hamstring.

Yoke Walk (medium rests)

340 for 30 feet
340 for 30 ft
520 for 30 ft
520 for 30 ft
560 for 30 ft
560 for 30 ft

notes: I was a sweaty mess by now. It wasn’t just me, others remarked the humidity was up in the gym.

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

130 x 15
130 x 15
130 x 15

Hyperextensions (short rests)

12, 12, 12, 12

notes: focused on the glute activation

Inverted Rows (short rests)

10, 10, 10

And then I had to walk for a bit to get home, and got caught in a rainstorm. Got dumped on for 10 min like a total asshole. LOL. Totally worn out now, I have earned my rest day tomorrow.

15 Sept 2016

I can’t really explain the past day. I couldn’t sleep all night. Constipated. No sleep. woke up feeling HORRIBLY exhausted.

I decided to dial down my calories for the day and just reset my system, took some fibre pills. went to work. eating a little, but much less. finally midway through the morning, I desecrated the office restroom with my unholiness. I smote the mountainside with ruin. I felt a bit better once the GI levee had broke. Still kept food low, kept trying to reset. Was so tired though that I was falling asleep at my desk all afternoon.

I got this weird fascination in my head to come back and do squats a second time this week, and to go for that PR I wanted on Monday.

I walked into the gym, eyes aching in the light, with gas like a horror movie. Gym all to myself. Stomach empty. Popped a can of Monster. Decided to work up to one moderately heavy set. If the bar stopped moving fast, I would stop.

warmup: stretched out my low back

Low Bar Squats (long rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves)

180 x 5
215 x 3
255 x 2
270 x 1
290 x 1
310 x 1
325 x 7 No Wraps Rep PR!!

notes: success!! finally. To be totally honest, I was completely light-headed on that 7th rep. I was growling and grunting through the set as my energy was tanking, and after the 6th rep I felt light-headed. I probably should have stopped, but the PR was so enticing and the bar was moving fast, so F it.

I stayed wobbly after, so I decided to cut the assistance work in half, and went straight to leg curls.

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

160 x 8
160 x 8
160 x 8

Then I came home to eat some food and drink lots of water