Tag Archive: rear delts


14 Jan 2017

Sleep the night before was good, but I had nothing in the house to eat, so I went to the gym on an empty stomach and picked up some chocolate milk on the way for an intra.

Log Clean and Press (medium rests, small diameter log)

120 x 1 (bigger log warmup)
80 x 3 (switched to the small log at this point)
124 x 1
164 x 1
*wraps, sleeves on*
199 x FAIL, no clean
199 x FAIL, no clean

notes: it had been a while since log, so I wanted to test it out. But other people had gotten there earlier and were using the main log, so I switched to the small one. The small diameter actually made it much harder, I couldn’t clean it properly. So when it got heavy, I just couldn’t do it. With it being so small, I can’t comfortably get it up against my body so I can roll it up my chest like I normally do. So it was now a few inches out from my body and like trying to power curl 200 pounds, which meant I didn’t get much vertical on it, and it landed just under my breast bone, which is not enough to go into a pressing motion. For this to work, I would have needed to either:
a. swing it in a wider arc like I would with a barbell (though I haven’t cleaned a BB that heavy I don’t think), or
b. drop my body low to get under it, like some Oly type stuff. Which I have no experience in.

So… I couldn’t clean the little log once it hits 200. Lesson learned.

Closegrip Bench Press (shared the bench with someone, so long rests)

135 x 5
185 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 5

DB Bench Press (short rest)

40s x 10
65s x 10

notes: at that point I decided that since I had done the same exercise just yesterday, I needed to switch it up

DB Flys (short rests, slow reps, pronated grip)

22.5s x 10
22.5s x 10
22.5s x 10

T Bar Row (short rests, elbows low)

1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15
1 plate + 1 quarter plate x 15

Superset: DB Hammer Curls & Band Pullaparts & Band Pushdowns (short rests)

40s x 12 / 15 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns
40s x 12 / 20 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns
40s x 12 / 20 pullaparts / 50 pushdowns

notes: the really high reps on the band work really made my body ache. my triceps were dying during the sets, but now, sitting here typing this, my rear delts are dead from the pullaparts

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23 Nov 2016

So yeah, Tuesday I was wrecked, to the point I was fighting off a bug. so I took a night to rest, and came back to it tonight.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs, then some light Viking Presses

Log Press (clean every rep, 2-3 min rests, no sleeves or wraps)

110 x 3
155 x 4
155 x 4
155 x 4

notes: I probably could have pushed more volume with some wraps and sleeves, but this was some quick rep work to get back into the swing of things with log again (I felt out of practice), and might hit some heavy reps this weekend

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x soooooo many
135 x 5
185 x 3
*wraps and sleeves on*
230 x 5
230 x 5
230 x 5

Closegrip Bench (medium rest, wraps, sleeves)

245 x 2
245 x 2

Spoto Bench (medium rests, wraps, sleeves)

215 x 5
215 x 5

At this point I was scheduled to do some heavy DB rows, but I decided I want to hit some heavy deads tomorrow, so I cut out the rows and saved up my grip and low back for tomorrow. (So I better make time for that workout!)

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & DB Full Front Raises & Cable Face Pulls & Hyperextensions (2 min rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts
12s x 10 / 12s x 10 / 30 x 15 / 15 hyperxts

notes: instead of the usual front raises to eye level, I raised them up over my head and squeezed my rear delts a bit. It all helps keep the cobwebs out of my shoulder joints, and keep the socket lubed and happy.

18 Nov 2016

Finally have enough spare time to hit the gym! Did the office gym right before lunch. Decided to celebrate my freedom with a “fun” workout.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Superset: Flat DB Presses & Band Pullaparts (2-3 min rests, hammergrip presses, heavy resistance band)

60s x 16 / 20 pullaparts
70s x 12 / 20 pullaparts
80s x 9 / 20 pullaparts
90s x 7 / 20 pullaparts
100s x 5 / 20 pullaparts
90s x 5 / 20 pullaparts
80s x 7 / 20 pullaparts
70s x 10 / 20 pullaparts
60s x 15 / 20 pullaparts

notes: I wondered if my chest would be burning, but NOPE! My rear delts were so pumped and on fire!!! I was in pain between sets. The pump hurt so bad, I needed to stretch out my rear delts between sets. If I just sat there normally, my rear delts burned… I had to extend my arms forward and stretch them out to feel better.

Superset: 6-way DB Raise and Band Over and Backs (60 sec rests, heavy band)

10s x 10 / 10 over and backs
10s x 10 / 10 over and backs

notes: I went for a third set… but my shoulders just rebelled, I couldn’t even pick up the 10 lb DBs any more LOL. By this point, the rear delts burned so bad that the only time they STOPPED burning was when I was doing the 6 way raise… but the over and backs burned like hell.

Superset: DB Hammer Curls & Cable V-Bar Pushdowns & Leg Raises (30 sec rests)

40s x 15 / 7 plates x 40 / 15 raises
40s x 13 / 7 plates x 40 / 15 raises
40s x 13 / 7 plates x 40 / 15 raises

notes: this was a random mix just to speed things up, I supersetted arm work with abs. I went light on triceps and just pumped out the reps until my arms wanted to pop.

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

Dec 18, 2015

Coming to the end of another training week. Not sure if I should deload or launch into a new block. Part of me really wants to, but another part of me is sorta beat up.

Afternoon office workout.

warmup: nada

Closegrip Bench Press (2 min rests)

bar x 5
95 x 4
135 x 3
155 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
175 x 10 @RPE9
175 x 10 @RPE9
175 x 11 @RPE9
175 x 10 @RPE9
170 x 11 @RPE9
170 x 8 @RPE9
170 x 12 @RPE9
170 x 11 @RPE9

Superset: Overhead Tricep Extensions & Barbell Curls (2 min rests, elbow sleeves on the tricep work)

95 x 14 / 85 x 9
95 x 15 / 85 x 9
95 x 14 / 85 x 10
95 x 14 / 85 x 8
95 x 12 / 85 x 8

Superset: DB Strict Side Raises & DB Rear Delt Flys (2 min rests)

30s x 6 / 25s x 8
30s x 7 / 25s x 9
30s x 6 / 25s x 8
30s x 6 / 25s x 10
30s x 8 / 25s x 8

notes: feels awkward going heavy on these. would much rather go light and high rep.

post: 10 min LISS

Dec 10, 2015

Afternoon office workout.

warmup: nada

Closegrip Bench Press (2-3 min rests)

bar x 5
95 x 4
135 x 3
155 x 1
*wrist wraps on*
170 x 13 @RPE8
170 x 12 @RPE8
170 x 12 @RPE8
165 x 12 @RPE8
165 x 10 @RPE8
165 x 11 @RPE8

notes: shoulder still giving me no grief on these, hooray!

Superset: Overhead Tricep Extensions & Barbell Curls (2 min rests) (elbow sleeves for the extensions, no sleeves for the curls)

90 x 15 / 80 x 8
90 x 14 / 80 x 10
90 x 13 / 80 x 10
90 x 7 / 80 x 8

notes: my forearm had tendinitis, so I put on sleeves. I took them off for the bicep work because it kept me from feeling the squeeze at the top. for the last set of triceps, I did them without the sleeves, and it was obvious the sleeves are providing a lot of rebound, LMAO. dammit, I liked getting high reps!

Superset: DB Strict Side Raises & RD Flys (2 min rests)

20s x 11 / 20s x 5 *shoulder pain for the RD flys so I switched from DBs to cables on subsequent sets*
20s x 15 / 20s x 8
20s x 12 / 20s x 7
20s x 15 / 20s x 8

notes: not used to going heavy and low rep on RD flys. do not like it. do not feel the proper squeeze at the top.

post: 10 min LISS

Nov 17, 2015

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs; foam rolled upper back, armpits

Swiss Bar Overhead Press (2-3 min rests, not strict)

82 x 5
102 x 5
124 x 12 @RPE9
124 x 11 @RPE9
124 x 11 @RPE9
124 x 10 @RPE9
124 x 9 @RPE9
124 x 9 @RPE9

Superset: Skullcrushers & Barbell Curls (2 min rests)

75 x 12 / 65 x 11
75 x 11 / 65 x 10
75 x 9 / 65 x 9
75 x 9 / 65 x 11
75 x 11 / 65 x 11

notes: triceps feeling burnt by the end. They are the sticking point in my OHP as well, so I know they need the work.

Superset: pushups & DB Curls (2 min rests)

10 / 35s x 12
8 / 35s x 11
9 / 35s x 12
9 / 35s x 13
8 / 35s x 11

Superset: DB Upright Rows & Cable Face Pulls (2 min rests)

30s x 16 / 65 x 12
30s x 15 / 65 x 12
30s x 17 / 65 x 11
30s x 15 / 65 x 12
30s x 14 / 65 x 12

It was almost 10 pm by this point, so I scrapped the cardio and came home.

22 Oct 2015

Normally I would do this at the Strongman gym with the log press, but they wouldn’t be open until late. I can’t do 2 late nights in a row, so I had to make due with commercial stuff.

OHP with Swiss Bar (2 min rests)

62 lb bar x 6
112 x 3
137 x 6 @RPE9
137 x 8 @RPE9
137 x 7 @RPE9
137 x 6 @RPE9
137 x 6 @RPE9

Superset: French Press & DB Curls (2 min rests)

85 x 8 / 35s x 12
85 x 12 / 35s x 13
85 x 11 / 35s x 10
85 x 11 / 35s x 12
85 x 9 / 35s x 10

Superset: Pushups & EZ Bar Curls (2 min rests)

10 / 85 x 7
10 / 85 x 8
8 / 85 x 7
9 / 85 x 7
11 / 85 x 7

Superset: Leaning Strict DB Side Raises & Face Pulls (2 min rests)

25 x 7 / 3 plates x 15
25 x 9 / 3 plates x 20
25 x 8 / 3 plates x 20
25 x 8 / 3 plates x 20
25 x 6 / 3 plates x 20

notes: this cable machine felt really light for the face pulls, so I just focused on the squeeze at the top, and it still did the trick

post: 10 min LISS

Sept 15, 2015

pre-warning: tonight was complete shit. didn’t hit my numbers. oh well, shake it off and come back again the next time.

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

Axle Press from rack (2 min rests)

20 lb axle x 5
70 x 5
110 x 3
130 x 1 strict
150 x 1 strict
160 x 1 strict
175 x FAIL, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail

notes: seriously, I went after the 175 lb axle like 10 times, failed every time. strict didn’t work, went to push press, realized I set the rack too high to get in a good dip. reset the rack height, STILLLLL could not get it to lockout, triceps started failing me. I frickin tried, over and over. not enough leg drive… I had a deep tissue massage on arms yesterday, maybe I was recovering from that… I also did pressing 2 days ago… who knows. at any rate, it didn’t happen.

Log Press (clean once, then press; 2 min rests)

80 x 5
95 x 3
115 x 1
120 x 8… rest 30 sec… 120 x 4

notes: AHHHHHHH!!!! My goal was 12 reps, did not hit that. Maybe the axle struggle wore me out, maybe it is simply indicative of not being a good pressing day, whatever! log press fail.

6 Way Raise (30 sec rests)

10s x 6
10s x 6
10s x 6

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (60ish sec rests)

90 x 10
120 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10

notes: even though I went thumbless grip, my biceps still felt pumped after this. odd. maybe my arms were actually stressed out from the massage

Superset: DB Curls & Band Pushdowns & Cable Face Pulls (2 min rests)

22.5s x 16 / 30 pushdowns / 45 x 16
22.5s x 17 / 30 pushdowns / 45 x 15
22.5s x 15 / 24 pushdowns / 45 x 12

notes: I might have gone too heavy on face pulls and pushdowns (thick band). contraction wasn’t great, and it was fairly heavy. would have rather gone lighter and squeezed harder.

ah well, move on.