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6 June 2016

Decided to approach my training in a different way. I wont be hitting the gym to feel competitive for a while. I will just go now to feel better, build some muscle, improve my conditioning. Still weights, still heavy weights, still strongman… I just don’t have goals beyond “go heavier”. At least until my personal life calms down a bit.

Early morning office workout. Short rests, light weights, break a sweat.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs

Overhead Press (cambered bar, clean from the floor once, no sleeves, no wraps)

75 x 5 (warmup)
*keep rests at 60 seconds*
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5
110 x 5

notes: clean reps, good form, push my head through, squeeze my butt, focus on all my cues. 60 second rests and 10 sets had me sweating! I will count this as cardio

Two Arm DB Row (90 sec rests, facedown on incline bench, elbows high)

40s x 12
40s x 12
40s x 12
40s x 12

Superset: DB Front Raises & V-Bar Pushdowns & DB Hammer Curls (90 sec rests)

10s x 15 / 10 plates x 15 / 40s x 15
10s x 15 / 10 plates x 15 / 40s x 15
15s x 15 / 10 plates x 15 / 35s x 15

notes: slow, controlled.

post: 15 min LISS

After work, I went for another massage. Hit my hips, glutes, low back, then upper back, traps, neck, shoulders. Deep tissue, hurt like hell. Actually I hate deep tissue on my neck, it makes me paranoid like I wanna fight someone… its threatening somehow. But I dealt with it and got through it. Feelin good right now.

11 May 2016

I got bored and decided to do a “fun” session today. It won’t translate to any of the strongman events, but keeps me active and keeps the blood flowing and makes me happy. So… bench! lol

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs, static pec stretches

Flat DB Press (elbow sleeves, 2 min rests)

40s x 25
50s x 21
60s x 21
70s x 15
80s x 12
90s x 8
100s x 5
90s x 7
80s x 8
70s x 11
60s x 17
50s x 23

notes: run the rack until your chest pops. crossing my fingers for some chest DOMS tomorrow. Those are my favorite!

Also, I never used to think of 2 min rests as too short, but since doing strongman, 2 min now feels too short, lol. I am getting so lazy.

Seated Smith Machine OHP (2 min rests)

bar + 50 x 8
+70 x 8
+90 x 7

notes: oh man… my shoulders were more tired than I thought! Running the rack wore me out, I could not do ohp for chit today, so I scrapped it and moved on.

Superset: Cable Side Raises & Hammer Curls & DB Shrugs

15 x 12 / 40s x 12 / 100s x 12
15 x 12 / 40s x 12 / 100s x 12

coodlown: glute bridges, static hip stretches, band pullaparts

19 April 2016

I remain very concerned about my work/home/training balance. I had hoped to train Monday, but ended up working 3 hours late instead. I am at the point now, where I NEED work to be easy, so that I can focus on training, but instead work remains a pig. A greedy, arrogant pig. Not to pin it on anyone in specific, I personally like my team, I like my boss, I like the work itself, but the workload is a pig. It just keeps taking and taking, and gives less back than it takes. I guess a lot of jobs are like that. Selfish and greedy. But I feel bad because now I cant be as ready for the summer strongman season as┬ámuch as I would like (and I am also not getting to do as good of a job at work as I would like). Neither my training nor my diet have been consistent, and my bucket isn’t big enough for all of these energy drains. I don’t feel like I am progressing as I would like to in my training. But time keeps creeping forward.

So, back at it on Tuesday, office afternoon workout. Phasing out my elbow sleeves for main lifts moving forward.

warmup: light overhead presses, slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs

Overhead Press (clean once and push press, wrist wraps, cambered bar, 2-3 min rests)

155 x 5
155 x 5
155 x 5

Incline Closegrip Bench Press on Smith Machine (short rests, shallow incline)

70 + bar x 3
+110 x 3
+110 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
+150 x 2
+165 x 2
+170 x 2
+180 x 2

Spoto Press (2 min rests)

135 x 5
185 x 3
*wraps on*
200 x 5
200 x 5
200 x 5

2 hand DB Row (90 sec rests, elbows low to mid height, facedown on incline bench)

60s x 10
60s x 10
60s x 10

Superset: DB Front Raise & DB Skullcrushers (90 sec rest)

25s x 12 / 30s x 12
25s x 12 / 30s x 12

Then back to work, no time for cardio, lol. I know I will pay sometime soon for all of these missed cardio sessions.

5 April 2016

Had to work late tonight, so I improvised a bit, and did another upper body workout in the office gym, using what I had.

warmup: nada

Overhead Press (clean once, cambered bar)

75 x 3
115 x 3
*drop rests down to 75 seconds*
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3

notes: really focused on preventing leanback by engaging my glutes. decided to go with no wraps or sleeves.

Incline Closegrip Bench Press on Smith Machine (2 min rests, shallow incline)

70 + bar x 3
90+ x 3
140+ x 5
150+ x 5
155+ x 5
170+ x 5

notes: no wraps or sleeves, felt good

Spoto Press (wrist wraps, elbow sleeves, 2 min rests)

135 x 5
170 x 8
185 x 8
185 x 8

2 Hand DB Row (facedown on incline bench, elbows mid height, 90 sec rests)

45s x 10
45s x 10
45s x 10
45s x 10

Superset: DB Front Raises & DB Skullcrushers (90 sec rest break)

25s x 12 / 25s x 12
25s x 12 / 25s x 12

notes: everything felt really good. I was very tempted to do some cardio, but I honestly needed to get back to work

2 April 2016

Strongman gym. It was really busy, with everyone using the same equipment, and everyone taking long breaks with all the weight left loaded on. The only thing I could do is hop from piece to piece of equipment so I didn’t go too cold. So the workout is totally scattered all over the place. I still got the work in though.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs

Circus Dumbbell OHP (clean each rep, jerk or push press as needed)

45 x 2 right side, 2 left side
65 x 2 right, 2 left
*wraps and sleeves on*
95 x 1 right, 0 left
95 x 1.5 right, 0 left

notes: the circus dumbbell is definitely a different animal than a regular dumbbell. I couldn’t get the right momentum to PP it up. Also, my right side is much stronger than my left. With my left, I couldn’t even keep my elbow up to get it into position.

Incline Closegrip Bench (long rests)

95 x 3, then I carried a 270 lb Frame for 50 feet
135 x 3, 270 lb Frame for 50′
*wraps, sleeves*
185 x 3
195 x 3
200 x 3

notes: I was supersetting with a frame carry for a bit, then when the bench got heavy, I was able to focus on just that.

Medley (long rests, move from station to station as they opened up)

270 lb Frame for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

320 lb Frame for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

370 lb Frame for 50′

farmers walks – 130 per hand for 50′

farmers – 130/hand for 50′

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 12

farmers – 180/hand for 50′

farmers – 180/hand for 50′, then return, 180/hand for 50′, then, static hold 180/hand for 10-15 seconds

superset: DB side raises & DB shrugs & hammer curls – 10s x 15 / 100s x 15 / 40s x 8

superset: DB side raises & DB shrugs & hammer curls – 10s x 15 / 100s x 15 / 40s x 11

widegrip pulldowns – 180 x 7

notes: this kept me busy and sweaty, even with a good rest in between stations. by that last set of pulldowns, my grip was fried, so I called it a day.

30 March 2016

To try and ignite the drive to workout again, I did a fasted morning workout at the office. It left my metabolism fired up for the rest of the day!

warmup: nada

Overhead Press (cambered bar, short rests, clean once then press it out)

25 x 5
75 x 5
95 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
145 x 10
145 x 10
145 x 10

notes: once strict presses got hard on the working sets (around rep 7 or so), I kept going with push presses.

Incline Closegrip Press on Smith Machine (short rests, shallow incline)

bar + 70 x 3
+120 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
+140 x 8
+150 x 8
+155 x 8

notes: this office gym doesn’t have an incline bench, so I used the Smith. One silver lining is that I could go thumbless, and really focus in on the triceps.

Spoto Press (short rests, wraps, sleeves)

135 x 5
185 x 8
185 x 9
185 x 9

notes: Spoto felt hard today! Maybe the bar in this gym felt awkward, or maybe the smith incline work tired me out, who knows.

2 Arm DB Rows (90 sec rests, facedown on incline bench, elbows mid-height)

40s x 12
40s x 12
40s x 12

notes: didn’t bother keeping elbows high, just to feel how different it is. I didn’t get a strong contraction, but the movement got a little more explosive.

Superset: DB Front Raises & DB Skullcrushers (90 sec rest)

25s x 12 / 25s x 12
25s x 12 / 25s x 12

Then I had to get back to work! Felt good though. You need to switch it up occasionally to bring the fun back in.

21 March 2016

late night upper body. forgot my intra at home, dammit!

warmup: nada

Axle Press from the Rack

20 lb axle x 3
70 x 3
*reduce rests to 60 seconds, wraps and sleeves for the first few sets*
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3
125 x 3

notes: I tried to keep the sleeves and wrist wraps on the whole time because of the short rests, but the pressure on my hands was too much, so halfway through I had to leave them off. Axle presses make my wrists sore though, so they were sore by the 8th set.

Incline Press

95 x 3
135 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
160 x 5
160 x 5

notes: I was supposed to do closegrip incline, but I was talking to people in the gym the whole time… and honestly I just forgot. So, I did regular incline, I was on autopilot.

I was then waiting for a bench to become free, and I got bored… so I did a few pulldowns while I waited.

Widegrip Pulldowns

180 x 10
180 x 10
180 x 10
180 x 10
180 x 10

Spoto Press

135 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
175 x 8
175 x 8
175 x 8

Superset: Band Pushdowns & Cable Face Pulls

20 pushdowns / 30 x 25
20 pushdowns / 30 x 25
20 pushdowns / 30 x 25

notes: I used the extra heavy resistance band, and all I could do for pushdowns was 20 reps. I like the squeeze better with the lighter band, so I will go back to them.

15 March, 2016

warmup: none

gym clock busted, didn’t try and measure time between sets

Axle Press from rack

20 lb axle x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5
110 x 5
*wrist wraps and elbow sleeves on*
135 x 10
135 x 10
135 x 10

Closegrip Incline Bench

95 x 5
135 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
160 x 7
160 x 7

notes: when I go closegrip incline, really hard to get it to touch my chest. limits to my ROM maybe

Spoto Press

135 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
170 x 11
170 x 11
170 x 11

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns

150 x 12
150 x 12
150 x 12
150 x 12
150 x 12

Superset: Band Pushdowns & Cable Face Pulls

25 pushdowns / 30 x 25
25 pushdowns / 30 x 25
25 pushdowns / 30 x 25

Feb 27, 2016

Bed so warm and toasty… did not want to get up, accidentally slept in a bit. But I decided to get my Saturday gym work in early before my legs turn to jelly as a result of the Friday night squats. Even as I type this, my legs feel a bit rubbery.

Axle OHP from the Rack (push presses, 2-3 min rests)

20 x 3
70 x 3
110 x 3
*wraps and sleeves on*
130 x 3
150 x 3
160 x 3
170 x 3
175 x 3 Rep PR!!
180 x 3 Rep PR!!

notes: progress! I was told I was losing tightness in my upper back and shoulders as I dipped for the push press, so something for me to work on. the wrist wraps were SO much help, especially with axle – I get sore wrists a lot OHP’ing a thick bar.

Closegrip Incline Bench Press (2-3 min rests)

45 x 8
95 x 3
135 x 3
*wraps, sleeves on*
Football Bar 190 x 1.5
Straight Bar 190 x 1.5

notes: I got tired of the Football Bar. It is too loose and wiggly, and I waste a lot of energy stabilizing it when it spins. The first set of 190, I failed mid-range (shoulders). The second set of 190, I lifted my butt off the bench when pressing it. So I won’t count either of those. Overall this week, my incline CGBP has not been up to snuff, so maybe the max I was using to calculate was too generous (it was from back in August). So I am going to lower my projected max, and try and get more quality work in, as obviously my incline has deteriorated greatly.

Spoto Press (2-3 min rests, sleeves, wraps)

135 x 5
185 x 8
185 x 8

Widegrip Pulldowns (90 sec rests)

120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15

Superset: Band Pushdowns & Cable Face Pulls (90 sec rests)

band x 20 / 30 x 20
band x 20 / 30 x 20
band x 20 / 30 x 20

Dec 14, 2015

Sore butt today! I blame volume squats and SLDLs.

Back to work again today. Just going to keep my head down, and play the 8 Mile song over and over during my office workouts lol. That seems to help. Back to the lab again, yo.

early afternoon office workout

warmup: none

Bench Press (2-3 min rests)

bar x 5
95 x 4
135 x 3
185 x 1
*wrist wraps on*
200 x 8 @RPE9
200 x 7 @RPE9
200 x 6 @RPE9
200 x 7 @RPE9
200 x 8 @RPE9
195 x 8 @RPE9
195 x 8 @RPE9
195 x 9 @RPE9
195 x 6 @RPE9
195 x 6 @RPE10

notes: on the last set, my spotter kept egging me on, so my attempt at rep 7 was a fail, lol. RPE10

Overhead Press (clean from the floor once, strict, 2 min rests)

bar x 5
90 x 3
*elbow sleeves on*
140 x 8 @RPE9
140 x 6 @RPE9
140 x 5 @RPE9
140 x 8 @RPE9
140 x 7 @RPE9

notes: on these sets I really tried to focus on squeezing my glutes to keep from leaning back.

Flat DB Press (2 min rests)

50s x 14
60s x 12
70s x 9
80s x 6
80s x 4
80s x 4

notes: I was going to work my way up the rack, but then my chest finally died on the 80s. Normally I can do more, but this was a finisher. So I just stayed on the 80s, and my chest just died more and more each set lol.

post: 10 min LISS