Tag Archive: power cleans


August 1, 2015

Strongman stuff at 8 AM in the morning. Got there, only me and one other guy, dead gym!

warmup: dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises
High Box Front Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, up to 2 min rests)
bar x 4
135 x 4
185 x 4
*belt on*
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
275 x 4

notes: tap and go. I kind of wanted to do more and go heavier, but I did quick math, and didn’t think I had time.

Axle Power Cleans (clean from floor, started with 4 min rests)
35 lb axle x 4
80 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4
*dropped rests to 2 min*
125 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4

notes: Grabbed a nice fat axle, fatter than last week. Ppl with small hands, beware. On the first set at 125 I ended up jamming my thumb like an idiot. I was using bumper plates, and I didn’t want the axle to bounce up 3 feet when it hit the ground, so I tried to control the drop, and the axle bounced up and jammed my thumb. It hurt, MFer. So after that, I just let it drop like a bomb every time (I was using padded mats). Since I was using an axle and collars don’t fit, I had to keep the bumper plates on with vice grips, so each time it bounced off the floor I had to reset the axle on the mats and readjust the vice grips that bounced loose, so each set was an ordeal. Oh, how I suffer for my art

I also dropped the rests to 2 minutes, since I didn’t know how much time I had before the other guy was going to leave and lock up the gym behind him.

Yoke and Farmers Walk Medley (3 min rests)
400 lb Yoke and 2×130 lb Farmers Walk implements – carry the yoke 10 metres, set it down, pick it back up and carry it back. then pick up the farmers, carry 10 metres, set them down, pick them back up and carry them back.

4 sets of that.

notes: my thumb was stiffening up, so the first set I pussied out and didn’t do the farmers. Mentally I kicked myself in the ass, and starting with Set 2, I did everything. Still, I did the Farmers Walk with a thumbless grip.

Even as I type this, my thumb has no strength, so I am going to skip the evening workout and let my grip rest. I WANT to do Deadlifts tomorrow, and I am really hoping this heals up quick

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July 25, 2015

I can’t be the only one excited Wet Hot American Summer is getting an episode run on Netflix This weekend of workouts belongs to them.

July 25

AM Workout

notes: have to be honest, Friday night involved Tequila and ladies… so Saturday morning I felt rough. Decided not to bother with strength, and do a mix of Conditioning work and Technical lifts. Did I mention it was 8 AM? Feeling rough.

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, IT bands, adductors, piriformis

Prowler: Push & Drag: 20 metre push, 20 m drag back with a rope; 2 min rests

empty prowler (testing out the parking lot) for a set

prowler + 150. for 8 sets

notes: not the smoothest parking lot surface – chunks missing and an overall slope. the drag back sucked, felt like I was going up an incline. hot and wet summer day outside

Axle Power Cleans (3 min rests)

20 lb axle x 5
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 3
172 x 1 (grinder!)
120 x 1
130 x 1
140 x 1
150 x 1

notes: the 172 was an accident, I thought the plates were pounds, but they were kilos, LOL.

PM Workout

hypertrophy was in the cards that night.

warmup:
superset: DB side raises with holds at the top and slow negs, then Cuban presses, then 1 arm DB shrugs. run through that superset twice

DB Incline Press (60 sec rests)

Superset every set with Blackburns (YWT iso holds laying on your stomach)

50s x 6
55s x 6
60s x 6
65s x 6
70s x 6
75s x 6
80s x 6
85s x 4

notes: the Blackburns help me keep the shoulder healthy

Kroc rows (60 sec rests)

50s x 8
80s x 8
100s x 17
100s x 11
90s x 17

notes: only 60 seconds between Kroc rows kicks my ass. Its like going all the way to failure, maybe even slightly past failure, then going right away again. had to drop the weight for set 3. However, my whole back felt pumped! Magic.

DB Skullcrushers (30 sec rests)

15s x 12
20s x 10
25s x 8
30s x 6
35s x 4

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20/20
4p x 20/20
4p x 20/20

Mar 13, 2015

Only had an hour with the trainer, so had to make it count.

Cleans

I wanted my PT to check my form and tell me what was going on. Sets of 3 reps of 135 used to be possible, but I was almost bombing out of 140 now.

We tried some with 95 pounds, then we tried some with just the bar. Something was messed up with my shoulder, it was pushing the bar path out FARTHER from me, and slowing me down, burning up more energy, ultimately causing me to fail. I just couldn’t bring the bar right up in to my collarbone any more. When I went empty bar and tried to really set my scapula back and bring it in… my shoulders got lopsided. It just looked like crap.

So… for now she demoted me down to Kettlebell Cleans. Once I get the hang of those, I can get promoted back up to the barbell again. I gotta start from scratch until I figure out what my major malfunction is.

Kettlebell Cleans

30 lb x 8 per arm
45 lb x 8/8
50 x 8/8
50 x 8/8

notes: she was happier with my form near the end. not great, but better.

Superset Face Pulls & Pullaparts (using heavy resistance band, 30 sec rest)

20 face pulls, 15 pullaparts
20, 15
20, 15

Z Press (butt up on folded yoga mat)

45 x 5
75 x 5
115 x 6
115 x 4, then 3 assisted reps

notes: I am actually happy I am making some headway into doing these with 115. Gotta keep building.

Shoulder Complex: Cable Front Raises, Side Raises, Rear Delt Flys

20 x 10/10/10
20 x 10/10/10
20 x 10/10/10

notes: cables hurt a lot more than dumbbells and machines lol. I noticed again a pronounced lack of range on the RD flys. My joints were hurting during the whole thing. It kept me from really advancing on the weights. I might not do these complexes again with cables.

Superset DB Curls & Straight Bar Pushdowns

30s x 20 / 120 x 30
30s x 15 DROP 20s x 6 / 120 x 30

post-workout: LISS elliptical

Feb 20, 2015

mid-morning session at the office gym.

power clean & press (clean from the hang, clean it and press it each rep, 90 sec rest b/w sets)

bar x 3
95 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3
135 x 3

notes: getting the hang of these (pun!)

superset: face pulls and over & backs (used a light/medium resistance band for both, 45 sec rest)

20 pulls / 8 o&b
20/8
20/8
20/8
20/8

notes: I normally use cables for face pulls, but this felt good too. The gym was crowded, so I used what I needed to use.

Smith Machine Z Press (90 sec rest)

35 plate per side x 8
35 pps x 8

notes: the only barbell was being used for bench press. can’t hate on that, so smith machine was a compromise. it isn’t exactly the same exercise any more because I don’t need to stabilize the bar, but I am still using shoulders and subtracting leg drive.

6-way (60 sec rest)

10 lb DBs x 8
10s x 8
10s x 8

notes: shoulder still hurts, not as bad

superset: DB bicep curls and closegrip incline pushups (60 sec rest)

30s x 20 / 20 pushups
30s x 15 / 20 pushups
30s x 15 / 20 pushups

notes: I used the smith machine for the pushups because I could set my height and get my hands in nice and close. if I was less of a fat chit I could take my feet out far enough that I could dip my head down past the bar and really work the triceps, but no dice. Still, supersetting these made my arms nice and red and pumped! They didn’t hurt and they didn’t swell so bad I couldn’t use them, but they did get red and they did experience a nice pump

post-workout: 2.1 miles LISS on the elliptical

Feb 14, 2015

Up urs V-Day

 

Well, I made it a really technical session tonight.

I wanted to get coached a bit on cleans, get some coaching on the Z Press. I did a bunch, got some footage, coach did a few sets, got some footage

We didn’t really track what I was doing, but I would roughly say:

power cleans (sort of a hang, from just below the knee)

bar for a few sets of 5
95 pounds for a set of 5
115 for a set of 5
135 for 3 sets of 3-5 reps

Z Press (butt on a small pad)
bar for a set of 8
85 pounds for 2 or 3 sets of 8
95 pounds for 2 sets of 8

tri-set: face pulls, over&backs, 6-way (30 sec rest b/w tri-sets)

30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 10 lb DBs x 10
30 x 20 / 8 over&backs / 5 lb DBs x 10 (tried a hammergrip, felt less painful)

post-workout: 2 miles LISS on the elliptical

Felt so crazy beat up this morning, just rolled around uselessly for hours. Got a few meals in me, headed to the gym for the early afternoon! Can’t stop, won’t stop!

But yeah, 4th day in a row, wasn’t looking to break any PRs today.

Superset Standing OHP and Rotator Cuff Work (60 sec rest)

95 x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM 15 times per arm
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 9 / ROTO
95 x 6

notes: Right after my 4th set, a young guy wanted to come in and do deadlifts, and I felt like a dikc holding up a rack while ppl were squatting and deadlifting, so I just cranked out as many good ones as I could on the 5th set, and didn’t go after any grinder reps, and folded up tent and let him have it. Made sure on every set to drive my head forward on the positive and pack my shoulders back and crush hard on my traps as well as my delts.

Seated DB Power Cleans (30 sec rests)

15s x 10
15s x 15
15s x 12

notes: Ugh, the rotator cuffs were tired today!

Twist Press (60 sec rest)

40s x 10
45s x 10
50s x 10
55s x 10
60s x 8
45s x 12
30s x 21

notes: I decided on these to do more of the lighter sets on the pyramid up, then on the pyramid back down drop the weight 25% each time and do AMRAP. I was really hoping to hit 30 reps with the 30s but by then… nope! Tired, not able to control the twist any more.

I should add that on these, I tweaked my form a bit – At the full stretch at the bottom I leave my palms facing each other (hammergrip), and this lets me bring them down a little deeper, past my ribcage, and get more of a stretch, deeper ROM.

Leaning Cable Side Raise (no rest, back and forth arm to arm)

17 x 15/15
17 x 15/15
17 x 15/15

notes: Silly kilo conversions.

Rear Delt Cable Fly (30 sec rests)

55 x 15
55 x 10
55 x 13

notes: tried to go slow and controlled. kept getting distracted by random dipsht who wanted to do his one leg SLDLs right next to me, and it kept killing my concentration and putting me out of position. Didn’t really have a good series of sets on these, didn’t want to power through them and stop using the right muscles.

DB Shrugs (30 sec rest)

100s x 15
100s x 12
100s x 10

notes: up and back, hold for a few seconds on the last rep. felt good!

post-workout cardio

30 min elliptical

And that was that! Felt a good rush of blood into my chest, was able to squeeze it in between the twist press sets and feel the aches!

Transition back into morning workouts complete!  I just needed one Noontime workout so I had ample time to recover.

Was in the gym by 6:20, rockin

Superset Standing Military Press and Rotator Cuff Work w DB (45 sec rest)

95 x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through Rotator Cuff ROM 15 times per arm
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 8 / ROTO

notes:  I stopped when my back was arching and I couldn’t push it up smoothly without stopping any more.  Sometimes my trainer makes me transition to a push press, but I wanted this strict, so I called it.

Seated DB Power Cleans (30 sec rests)

15s x 15
15s x 15
15s x 15

notes:  Don’t need to go heavy, just keep your elbows up!  Needed a few pauses in the last set, so I think the weight is good for now.

DB Twist Press (60 sec rest)

50s x 10
55s x 10
60s x 10
65s x 5
60s x 6
55s x 7
50s x 10

notes:  Work my way up, then back down, supinating the wrists.

Leaning Cable Side Raises (0 rest, back and forth arm to arm)

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

notes:  stopped when I couldn’t keep good form, forearm was drifting up.  All the while rockin out in the mirror to what was playing on the gym speakers:  Jody Watley – Lookin For a New Love (woohoo, 80s!)

Rear Delt Cable Fly (30 sec rest)

55 x 15
55 x 15
55 x 15

notes:  these were tough!  I could tell this wasn’t really a PR day for me.

DB Shrugs (30 sec rest)

90s x 15
95s x 12
100s x 10

notes:  pulling up and back, a few long holds in there, shortened the rests down, feeling good.

post-workout 25 min elliptical

Then off to work!  Drenched in sweat by the end, intensity was really there, focus, all that.  Feeling dialed in.

I love it when ppl talk about ppl talking too much in the gym.  While the chatters chat, I just did a set.  While the complainers commiserate, woops that was me just did another set.  No offence, social commentators, but shut up and work.

 

Day 25:  High Carb Day / Shoulders, Chest

Another evening workout, will hopefully get back on the morning gains train by the weekend.  It feels like I am over the worst of the illness.

Superset Standing Military Press and DB Rotator Cuff ROM (45 sec rest)

95 x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through range of motion 15 times per arm
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 12 / ROTO
95 x 10+2 (had to rack it for a few seconds and regroup) / ROTO

notes:  I paused on the last set when I felt I was arching my back too much, regrouped and fixed my form.  Bar down past chin, but not until touching chest, shoulder not feeling up to that.  I wanted to do Face Pulls, but the gym was crowded, so did the DB work instead.

Seated DB Power Cleans (45 sec rest)

15s x 15
15s x 15
15s x 12

notes:  whew!  rotator cuffs tired!  the earlier DB supersets must have worked.

DB Twist Press (60 sec rest)

45s x 10
50s x 10
55s x 10
60s x 10
65s x 6

notes:  I was going to pyramid back down, but it was getting late so I moved on.

Machine Side Raises (45 sec rest)

50 x 15
60 x 15
70 x 12

notes:  Felt some major weakness in my left shoulder, so I accepted it and moved on.

Rear Delt Cable Flys (30 sec rest)

77 x 15
55 x 15
33 x 15

notes:  Pyramided my way down, first set was slow and strong and heavy (actually felt heavy as chit, that wasn’t hard to do slowly), second and third sets were explosive with controlled negatives.

DB Shrugs (45 sec rest)

85s x 15
90s x 12
95s x 10
100s x 10

notes:  Always focus and pulling up and BACK.  Mixing in regular reps with reps where I hold at the top for a few seconds, depending on how I feel.

I was going to do cardio, but by now it was 8:30 pm, and I wanted to wind down for the night (just like last night, LOL).

Day 2 back in the gym went well, despite my shoulder not feeling totally ready to rock.

The course and the commute was messing me up, throwing off my schedule, but NO EXCUSES.  Had.  To.  Get It.  So.  Goddamn.  Hungry.  Went to the studio determined to get in some pushes tonight.  Whip out the Uni mask!  That’s when you know shttt just got REAL.

Warmup 20 min elliptical

Superset Standing Press and Face Pulls (rest 60 sec b/w supersets)

95 x 12 / 90 x 10
95 x 12 / 90 x 10
95 x 12 / 90 x 10
95 x 12 / 90 x 10
95 x 10 / 100 x 10

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Seated DB Power Cleans (rest 30-45 sec)

15s x 15
15s x 15
15s x 15

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notes:  Rotator Cuffs are my weak point, so I can go light and still get a solid workout.  Remember to keep the elbows up.  I consider this very developmental.  It ain’t all glory and big pulls.  Some times it’s strengthening up the foundations.

Twist Press (60 sec rest)

40s x 10
45s x 10
50s x 10
55s x 10
60s x 10

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notes:  I lifted much of this workout from the Kroc workout on the M&S website.  In this press, you corkscrew up, touching the pinky ends of the DBs together at the top.  Feelsgoodbro, trust me.

Leaning Cable Side Raises (30 sec rest)

20 x 15/15
20 x 15/15
20 x 15/15

notes:  Get more ROM when you hang off the machine!

Rear Delt Cable Flys (30 sec rest)

40 x 15
40 x 15
40 x 15

notes:  Nice and slow, activate those rear delts!  Lots of low weight high rep goodness.

DB Shrugs (30s rest)

80s x 15
90s x 12
90s x 10

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notes:  Hold at the top for a squeeze for a second or two.  The grease stains on my shirt are from the twist press, haha.

Of course, 5 min later when I was racking the 90s, I had a MAJOR cramp in my neck, from those damn shrugs.  Needed a quick massage to work it out.

The workout felt good!  Things are finally starting to fall into place.  You know the feeling when your mind and body starts clicking together in unison.  I am starting to build up some momentum, feeling mean and hungry and ready to give this cut 100%!  All the way.  In it for the long haul.

Even had time to pose and have some fun with my friend Lucas.  I can feel the hunger through my screen!  Get scared.

 

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Feb 14 – High Carb Day / Back,Bi & Shoulders,Chest

Happy Valentines Day!  I decided to celebrate with high carbs and lots of workouts, haha.

 

In the morning I headed to the gym for Part 1 – Back, Biceps, Core

Bent Over Barbell Row (rest from 30-50 sec, time to change the weight plus a few seconds)

95 x 15

115 x 12

135 x 10

155 x 10

175 x 10

 

Widegrip Pulldowns (45s rest)

195 x 10

195 x 10

195 x 10

195 x 10

 

Superset DB Pullovers and Closegrip Cable Row (60-75s rest)

50 x 12 / 120 x 15

55 x 12 / 135 x 15

60 x 12 / 150 x 15

65 x 12 / 165 x 15

notes: the expansion of the ribcage during the pullovers helped me focus on expanding my ribcage again to isolate the back muscles during the rows (thanks for the idea coach!)

Assisted Underhand Grip Chinups (Heavy) (30s rest)

6, 6, 6, 6

notes: I could adjust my assistance, so I took less assistance than normal, to the point where doing 6 was a real strain.

Closegrip Cable Curls (45s rest)

83 x 12

94 x 12

105 x 12

116 x 12

 

Standing DB Hammer Curls (45s rest)

40s x 12

40s x 7

35s x 12

35s x 12

notes:  I was running out of gas pretty hard, so I had to drop the weight.

Preacher Machine Curls (45s rest)

90 x 17

80 x 13

70 x 12

notes:  no matter that I kept dropping the weight, my reps kept dropping.  I knew I was done for!  So I ended the bicep work and moved on to core for a bit.

Superset Roman Chair Kneeups and Decline Crunches (30s rest)

12 / 10 lbs x 12

12 / BW 11

12 / BW 11

12 / BW 9

notes:  I started the decline crunches off tucking a dime plate behind my head, but my shoulder felt sore, so I tried just bodyweight… and I couldn’t even complete those.  Weak core!  Need to put in work on that.

 

Then I went to work.  After work headed to the studio for a second session with the trainer.  Who needs valentines?  I got a date with the iron.

Superset Standing Overhead Press and Face Pulls (about 45s rest)

95 x 12 / 50 x 15

95 x 12 / 60 x 12

95 x 10 / 70 x 10

95 x 10 / 80 x 10

95 x 9 / 90 x 10

notes:  I got tired in the core quickly, so when I couldn’t control the back arch, I stopped pressing.

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Seated DB Power Cleans (45s rest)

20s x 8

15s x 12

15s x 11

notes:  this is my first time doing these.  I thought, I will start light with 20s… turns out this one is hard!  Especially because my rotator cuffs and stabilizer muscles are my weak link.  Which makes this the perfect exercise for me, weak on my weak links.  Dropped the weight and did the rest of my sets.

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Twist Press (30s rest)

30s x 10

35s x 10

40s x 10

45s x 10

notes:  first time doing this too.  You start off with a normal flat DB press, and supinate your wrists so that the pinky end of the dumbbells tough at the top of the press (you corkscrew on the way up).  Felt good!  I started light to see how it feels, and it was fairly light for me, but we only had so much time in this session, so we called it and moved on.

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Leaning Cable Lat Raise (30s rest)

20 x 12 each side

20 x 15

20 x 15

notes:  I find I get better form with the cables, and leaning increases the ROM, so I can hit a bit more of the delt.

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Rear Delt Cable Fly (30s rest)

20 x 15

20 x 15

20 x 15

notes:  Love these!  My form has much improved too.

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DB Shrugs (30s rest)

80s x 15

85s x 12

85s x 12

notes:  Focused on the squeeze at the top, was rewarded with a visible trap bulge!  Hooray!  Finally you can see my traps!

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Happy Valentines Day traps!