Tag Archive: paused squats


March 7, 2016

Been a long time!  Soooooo sick.  After being sick for days, I took a day or two to decompress and relax. So… gonna repeat last week.

For this workout, I tried squatting with both nothing on my knees, and I tried wraps for the first time. I wanted to see how it felt on my knees both during, and after.

As always this month, no belt.

Low Bar Squats (2-3 min rests, shoes)

135 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 3 *wraps*
275 x 3 *wraps*
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3

High Bar Squats (2-3 min rest)

285 x 4
285 x 4

Low Bar Paused Squats (pause in the hole, 2-3 min rests)

255 x 6
255 x 6 *wraps*
255 x FAIL *wraps*

notes: last set was my fault, I didn’t wrap them right and they came flying off during the first rep. So I just called it a night and moved to core work.

Hyperextensions (short rests)

15, 15, 15

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Feb 29, 2016

no better way to celebrate leap year with squat day! I would like to squat 3 times this week though, so no matter what the occasion… chances are it will be a squat day

no belt this workout, shoes and sleeves worn throughout

Low Bar Squats (2-3 min rests, in between sets I did TKEs)

135 x 5
185 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3
275 x 3

High Bar Squats (2-3 min rests)

285 x 4
285 x 4

Low Bar Lo-pause Squats (brief pause in the hole, 2-3 min rests)

255 x 6
255 x 6
255 x 6

Weighted Plank

25 lb plate for 45 seconds

Hyperextensions

15 reps

After the squats, my low back was pumped and sore, so I kept the core work to a minimum, and wrapped it up and came home.

Feb 22, 2016

I hope you like squats.  I got squats for you.

Tonight, the plan was death by squats. Light squats, but lots of them. And no belt.

warmup: dorsiflexions, TKEs

squat shoes and knee sleeves on

warmup squats: bar x 5, 135 x 3

Low Bar Squats (60 sec rests)

215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3

notes: yup, 12 sets of 3, with 60 seconds rest in between. counts as cardio, right??

High Bar Squats (2-3 min rests)

230 x 6
230 x 6
230 x 6

Low Bar Paused Squats (1 sec pause at the bottom, 2-3 min rests in between sets)

200 x 8
200 x 8
200 x 8

Weighted Planks (long rests)

25 lbs x 30 seconds
25 lbs x 30 sec
25 lbs x 30 sec

notes: the rests had to be long because I had to wait for someone to keep the plate on me – I didn’t want to have to awkwardly put it on and then get into position, and then dump it off at the end

 

Jan 23, 2016

Something came up and I couldn’t make my Friday squat session, so I squished two workouts together and had a huge heavy session Saturday morning.

warmup: dorsiflexions, TKEs

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

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 2
315 x 1
*belt on*
335 x 3
335 x 3
335 x 3
335 x 3

Low Bar Hi Pause Squats (shoes, sleeves, belt, long rests)

335 x 3
335 x 3

notes: these felt smoother this week

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x lots
95 x 4
135 x 3
225 x 1
*wrist wraps and elbow sleeves on*
225 x 3
225 x 3
225 x 3

notes: honestly, these felt harder on Saturday than they did on Wednesday. I wonder if doing them after squats made a difference?

Widegrip Bench (long rest, sleeves, wraps)

225 x 3
225 x 3

Chest-Supported T-Bar Row (90 sec rests)

1 plate x 8
2p x 8
2P and a 1/4 P x 8 (115 lbs on the sled)
115 x 8
115 x 8
115 x 8
115 x 8
115 x 8

notes: kept my grip wide and my elbows high. felt good so I did a bunch

Jan 3, 2016

More squats tonight. Almost hitting legs 3 times a week lately, it feels like.

warmup: rumble rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions, TKEs, ham warmups

High Bar Squats (2-3 min rests, shoes, knee sleeves)

bar x 5
135 x 4
185 x 3
225 x 2
275 x 1
*belt on*
290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5

Low Bar Lo Pause Squats (2-3 min rests, shoes, knee sleeves, belt)

290 x 5
290 x 5
290 x 5

Barbell Hip Thrusts (off the floor, 2 min rests)

135 x 8
225 x 8
225 x 8
225 x 8

notes: I think I bruised my bladder – these hurt, lol. I even put a wussy pad on the bar. There MUST be a better way to do these!

Dec 26, 2015

Heavily carbed up from Xmas Day, I decided to get in some morning squats today.

warmup: foam rolled IT bands; dorsiflexions, TKEs

High Bar Squats (2 min rests, SBDs, Romaleos)

bar x 5
135 x 4
185 x 3
225 x 2
*belt on*
275 x 1
280 x 5
280 x 5
280 x 5
280 x 5

notes: I threw in some low pauses randomly during these sets. I wanted to warm up my pauses for the next exercise.

Low Bar Pause Squats (2 min squats, SBDs, Romaleos, belt)

280 x 5
280 x 5
280 x 5

notes: nice juicy pauses at the bottom. I was also told my wrists were doing better this week, not pinning back.

reverse hyperextensions (60 sec rests)

10, 10, 10

Aug 11, 2015

More thumb rest, waiting on x-ray results, whatever. Back at it.

AM Workout

warmup: foam roll IT Bands, Adductors, Piriformis, upper back

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20
7p x 15

Straight Arm Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

1 plate x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 12

notes: on Set 6, I noticed a woman had accidentally grabbed my handtowel, and was already spraying bleach into it so she could wipe down her recumbent bike. WTF. I know it was an accident, but goddamn woman! When you see a handtowel, don’t assume its for everyone, its not the community jerkoff rag.

Smith Machine Glute Bridge (30 sec rest)

140 + bar x 10
+140 x 8

notes: my hams kept cramping! I didn’t do so hot on this today.

I was going to do cardio, but the most ANNOYING guy in the office gym came in and set up on the cardio machines. I know if I go, he will talk my ear off (he ignores headphones). So I decided to pack up my stuff and leave instead.

PM Workout Strongman stuff

High Bar CAT Paused Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, 2 min rests)

150 x 5
190 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

notes: decided to throw some good pauses in there

Prowler / Sled Medley

drag 150 on sled for 20 metres, then push 90 on Prowler for 20 metres, then drag 150 sled for 20 metres
*rest 30 sec*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m
*2 min rest*
90 prowler for 20m then 150 sled for 20m then 90 prowler for 20m
*2 min rest*
240 prowler for 35m then 150 sled for 20m

notes: basically I was jumping on the prowler in between other peoples sets, and I was the only one dragging the sled. Then all of a sudden they went from 90 on the prowler to 240 on the prowler, LOL big jump! But after one long push of the heavy prowler they were done, LOL, then started putting it away. ok then, guess I got my work (cardio) in. I could have done more, but it was getting late.

Atlas Stones (5 min rests)

240 stone to 48″
240 to 52″
240 to 56″

notes: 3 heavy singles for me, pyramiding up the height. Went up easy! Good night Will have to start fukkin with the 270 stone now.