Tag Archive: overhead shrugs


June 4, 2015

Wednesday, my Achilles tendon was tight, so I put off my workout until Thursday. It’s pretty wimpy of me to keep refusing to workout 2 days in a row in what feels like forever, but I wanted to go for new PRs, so everything had to be clicking.

Fast forward to Thursday! At an unfamiliar gym, makin it happen.

Front Squats (SBDs, Romaleos, 2 min rests)

bar x 5
135 x 2
*belt on*
205 x 1
225 x 1
255 x 1
280 x 1 ***PR***

notes: hooray! 5 pound PR. on the last set, bar speed had slowed down noticeably once past the midpoint, so I didn’t get greedy and moved on to Sumo’s. Trying to hit new high weights isn’t the key to my front squat salvation anyways, I firmly believe it lies in volume and submaximal weights.

Sumo Deadlifts (sock feet, 2 min rests)

bar x 5
135 x 3
225 x 2 mixed grip
295 x 1
315 x 1
335 x 1
365 x 1 ***PR***
375 x 1 ***PR*** (and a beltless PR)

notes: I figured since I was just hitting singles, I would leave the belt off and see how my low back felt. I felt I was robbed 6 weeks ago when I couldn’t go higher than 355. I experienced some redemption today. Sumo still has a ways to develop, but once I get it off the ground, lockout becomes so much easier.

I was feeling good, so I decided to cut the assistance, and graft on my normal Thursday shoulder workout.

Standing 1 Arm DB OHP (90 sec rests)

20 x 8/8
40 x 5/5
60 x 3/3
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8

notes: I had not brought wraps or elbow sleeves, and since last week was such a fail anyways, I decided to drop my working weight back down, and just focus on strict presses and build some muscle up and some confidence. 60 lb DBs felt hella easy, so I did a bunch of sets of strict reps.

Seated Smith OHP (90 sec rests)

bar x 8
bar + 70 x 8
+ 90 x 8
+ 110 x 5

I noticed that:
a. my traps felt really sore
b. the weight felt extra heavy, I was not going to be able to do my usual top set.
So I decided to modify it a bit and keep hammering my traps as punishment.

Superset: Smith OHP & Smith OH Shrugs (90 sec rests)
Bar x 110 x 6 presses / 15 shrugs
Bar x 110 x 4 presses / 15 shrugs
Bar x 110 x 5 presses / 15 shrugs

notes: this worked pretty well. between sets I had to stretch and squeeze my traps, they felt really sore. MFers better grow.

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OK. Today was SUPPOSED to be a day off. But I wanted more action. *itchy* So I took a quick heaping blast of pwo and headed to the public gym. Since traps are the new abs, figured I would do traps AND abs, and some arms just because.

I was a little nervous about trap work since I had just deadlifted yesterday, but resolved just to see how it goes and be very forgiving of myself. Good thing, because that trap workout sucked BALLZ.

pull-ups (assisted for 1/3 BW, 30 sec rests, grip varied)

9 widegrip
10 underhand
8 hammergrip
5 wide
7 under
6 hammer
4 wide
6 under

notes: warmed up, and hit the lower traps a bit

dumbbell shrugs (AMRAP, generous rests – around 2 min, pull up and back, used straps)

100s x 26
100s x 21
100s x 19

notes: Just wanted to pump them out. I thought I was just getting warmed up… turns out that’s all my traps had left, as I found out when starting the next exercise.

static barbell hold (straps, rest varied, grip varied)

405 x couple of seconds… (double overhand, rested 30 sec, tried again)
405 x couple of seconds… (crossgrip, rested 60 sec and tried to shake it off)
315 x 14 seconds (crossgrip, rest 60 sec)
315 x 9 seconds (crossgrip)

notes: WTF? I guess I was more worn out than I thought. Srsly?! I deadlift that much and I can’t just hold on to it? Admittedly I can’t remember the last time I did a static hold and it was weird using straps, but FUUUUUUUCCKKKKK. I was embarrassed, and gave up.

Overhead Shrugs on Seated Press Machine (one set only)

70 x 50

notes: this felt blessedly easy. wasn’t sure how high reps would feel, so maybe I was too conservative.

Arm Finisher

OK! Forget about traps, time to run the rack! Do 10 sets of curls, working your way up in DBs, then 10 sets of seated 2H extensions, working your way up with the DBs. Time to be a GIANT ARSEHOLE and put your hands on every dumbbell in a crowded public gym, hahaha.

(rest only as long as it takes to go find the DB and bring the last one back)

curls: 10s x 10, 15s x 9, 20s x 8, 25s x 7, 30s x 6, 35s x 5, 40s x 4, 45s x 3, 50s x 2, 55s x 1
extensions: 55 x 10, 60 x 9, 65 x 8, 70 x 7, 75 x 6, 80 x 5, 85 x 4, 90 x 3, 95 x 2, 100 x 1
curls: 10s x 10, 15s x 9, 20s x 8, 25s x 7, 30s x 6, 35s x 5, 40s x 4, 45s x 3, 50s x 2, 55s x 1
extensions: 55 x 10, 60 x 9, 65 x 8, 70 x 7, 75 x 6, 80 x 5, 85 x 4, 90 x 3, 95 x 2, 100 x 1

This turned into some unexpected extra trap work b/c of the constant loaded carries I was doing back and forth across the gym with the DBs to my seat and back for the extensions. Basically I was supersetting suitcase carries, LOL.

After 2 rounds of this, I felt like I was using too much English on the heavy curls and was taking too long to gather the testes to clean the weight up to my shoulder for the extensions, plus ppl were giving me dirty looks, so 3rd round I played with the baby DBs for the curls and used the tricep machine.

curls: 5s x 10, 7.5s x 9, 10s x 8, 12.5s x 7, 15s x 6, 17.5s x 5, 20s x 4, 22.5s x 3, 25s x 2, 30s x 1
pushdown machine: 10 x 10, 20 x 9, 30 x 8, 40 x 7, 50 x 6, 60 x 5, 70 x 4, 80 x 3, 90 x 2, 100 x 1

notes: even with no rest, the bicep curls in rd 3 were too easy. even though control was tight and got a good squeeze, felt too easy. tricep machine had a much faster turnaround, but could have gone heavier.

Roman Chair Straight Leg Raises (30 sec rest)

10, 10, 10, 10, 10

post-workout 20 min LISS on elliptical

I was destroyed after this! Grabbed a burger in the food court (its carb day again!) and headed home to take a much deserved nap. OK… NOW I feel like I need a rest day, hahaha.