Tag Archive: rhomboids


Mar 7, 2015

Back at it.

Clean & Press (I started off clean & strict press each rep, clean from the hang, 90 sec rest)

45 x 3
95 x 3
140 x 1
140 x 2
140 x 1
140 x 3 (clean once, push press 3 times)
140 x FAIL
140 x 3 (clean and push press each rep)

notes: 2nd crappy week in a row on the clean and strict press. I just couldn’t get it going. And only 2 weeks ago 135 for 3 reps was no big deal. I need to sit down with my coach (she is travelling right now) and get some help, because I think my form must be breaking down and its costing me my performance. I could clean it, but I couldn’t strict press any more. So I ended up just doing push presses. Very disappointed.

Superset Cable Face Pulls & Over and Backs w/resistance band (30 sec rest b/w supersets)

40 x 20 / 8 over and backs
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8
40 x 20 / 8

notes: This still is feeling good. Upped the weight a bit and was still hitting the sweet spot.

Z Press (sat on a rolled up yoga mat, 90 sec rest)

45 x 8
75 x 8
105 x 8
105 x 8

notes: This was a big improvement from last week. My hips felt tight last week so I sat on a rolled up light yoga mat, and the warmup sets felt so good that I knew I had a good shot. My eventual goal is to sit flat on the ground, but this was a good few sets.

Shoulder Complex: DB Front Raises / Machine Lateral Raises / Reverse Pec Deck (60 sec rest)

20s x 10 / 30 x 10 / 30 x 10
20s x 10 / 40 x 10 / 40 x 10
20s x 10 / 50 x 10 / 50 x 10
20s x 10 / 60 x 10 / 60 x 10
20s x 10 / 70 x 10 / 70 x 10
20s x 10 / 80 x 10 / 80 x 6

notes: Decided to take a break from the 6-Way complex, as I know it hurts a bit on the shoulder (it hurts in a kinda good way, but it is still stressful). I kept the front raise weight the same so I wouldn’t have to keep chasing down dumbbells and just changed the pins on the machines. I have learned a few tips to keep my shoulders feeling good, for the front raises I bring the DBs down with a neutral grip (hammer grip), and then pronate my palms on the way up; and for the reverse pec deck, I hold the handles with my thumbs facing down so as to hit my rhomboids more.

Sets felt good so I kept upping the weight until I found the sweet spot.

Arm fluff time! Something more traditional than Cannonball Sets this week.

Superset DB Bicep Curls and V-bar Pushdowns (60 sec rest)

30s x 20 / 100 x 30
30s x 20 / 110 x 30
30s x 15 / 110 x 23

notes: high rep plumpness! Arms were tired but nice and full! They didn’t have that amazing tight feeling, but they did have visible size on them. It wasn’t my best pump ever, but it was still fun.

post-workout: LISS elliptical

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Hi!  Sorry for the delay in putting my workout up.  these things can’t be avoided sometimes.

 

My routine has been changed up, in an effort to refocus on weight loss.  Too late to shred for summer, but goddamn it, I can be shredded for Halloween, ROFL!  5/3/1 goes back in the closet for now, just a little while!

 

May 26Chest & Shoulders

(about 60 sec rest b/w sets)

Giant Set:  Flat DB Press & Cable Fly & Incline TRX Pushups

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 25

80s x 6 / 50 x 12 / 20

notes:  I was sucking wind, this workout was already tough!

Giant Set:  Standing OHP & Strict DB Side Raise & seated Arnold presses

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

95 x 6 / 12s x 12 / 12s x 25

notes:  coolness went out the window, I was just trying to get through this

Giant Set:  unilateral flat DB press & unilateral RD cable fly & Upright Row (we tried a Cuban Press, but my rotators weren’t havin it)

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

40s x 12/12   20 x 12/12   60 x 15

 

was going to do cardio, but I went for a massage instead!  massage focused on calves, forearms, some shoulder and back.  my Right side is tight across the board, and I am being warned my back needs some extra TLC sometime soon.

 

Quite the opposite of TLC, May 27 was Back Day!

Right after work, headed to a backup office gym.  I thought it would be empty, sadly it was not, and juggling circuits got a little awkward.

(rest time between sets varied 20-60 sec, depending on waiting for someone)

Giant set:  Bent Over DB Row & Closegrip Pulldown & Straight Arm Pushdown

100s x 6/6     120 x 12     20 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

100s x 6/6     130 x 12     30 x 25

notes:  cable work got tough, but I grinded it out!

Giant Set:  Assisted Hammergrip Pullups & Widegrip Cable Row (hammergrip, elbows high) & Reverse Pec Deck (free handles)

6     100 x 12     50 x 25

6     110 x 12     40 x 25

6     120 x 12     40 x 25

6     130 x 12     40 x 25

6     140 x 12     40 x 25

notes:  pec deck was a little stiff at the start, but I got the hang of it.  hittin them rhomboids!  I could feel the work the RMT did the day before, left rhomboid was poppin and snappin!

 

post workout:  30 min elliptical, incline, resistance, music 🙂

 

 

Just keep working and grinding!  Keep at it dude.

Shoulders, Cut Day 25

Jan 30 – Shoulders

In the gym by 6 AM.  I hate you winter!  But I love you empty gym!  Cold winters make New Years Resolutioners fade out like a fart in the wind.

[B]Superset Cable Arnold presses + reverse pec deck flys (thumbs down) + medicine ball front raises[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

30 x 12 / 55 x 12 / 20 lb Ball x 15 35 x 12 / 55 x 12 / 20 x 15 40 x 12 / 70 x 12 / 20 x 15

notes:  I snuck into the roped-off area of the gym where ppl only get to go if they are accompanied by a Trainer.  Why?  Because they have one of those free-moving stiff-handle pec decks I like, so’s I can go thumbs down and hit them Rhomboids!  A trainer looked at me, so I walked right up to him, “Who do I talk to to work out in here?”  He shrugged his shoulders, so I just went right back to working out.  Like a boss 😀

This meant I had to improvise on the exercises a bit, using cables and medicine balls.  In the end it was a little too light, but w/e, I needed to hit them rhomboids!!  After the third set I went back to the rest of the gym, in and out just like a robbery!

[B]Superset seated barbell press + bent over cable rear delt fly + chest supported t-bar row (elbows high)[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

95 x 12 / 28 x 15 / 45 x 20 105 x 12 / 30 x 12 / 50 x 20 115 x 12 / 20 x 15 / 50 x 20

notes:  The gym got busy 10 min after I showed up WTF?  I had to work awkwardly around some people for the cable and t-bar set ups, so it messed up my focus a bit and I didn’t get all the reps.  The buzzing and tripping over people was making me mad!  Noone wanted to seated press a barbell, but EVERYONE wanted to use the cables and T-bar!  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…………………

[B]Superset rear delt cable fly + strict side DB raise dropset + cable front raise[/B] (45 s rest b/w Ssets)

55 x 15 / 25s x 13 DROP 20s x 7 DROP 15s x 5 / 18lbs x 20 33 x 20 / 25s x 6 DROP 20s x 5 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 17.5s x 7 / 18lbs x 15 33 x 20 / 25s x 3 DROP 20s x 7 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 10s x 8 / 28lbs x 12

notes:  The weird weight numbers are b/c some of the cable setups were in kilograms, so I had to MATH.

The wide range in rep numbers on the DB side raises are b/c I experimented with where I dropped my hands to – they were all strict meaning straight arms, but in the first set I brought my hands down in front of my legs at the bottom, and in subsequent sets I brought my hands to the outside of my thighs without touching (to my sides in other words).  The net result?  The second way is MUCH tougher, you get a rest when you bring the DBs in front of you at the bottom, when you hover them close to your sides it keeps a more constant tension.  In the future, I will bring them to my sides at the start, and in front of me in the last set.

Careful readers will notice on my third drop of the second set, I actually went UP in weight, that is b/c the DBs were all scattered from the night before and I was getting frustrated looking for 10s or 12.5s, so I just said F it and grabbed some 17.5s.

The front raises sucked, the cable pulley kept clicking quite loud, and trainers were giving me the mean eye.  Don’t look at me!  It’s your damn machine, not mine!

I was a grumpy bastard during these sets, I had to wait for ppl to keep the superset going in the first set, but I glared at them and they disappeared for subsequent sets 🙂

[b]post-workout[/b]  20 min on the lateral elliptical, HIIT style

Energy was there today, focus was there, mood was NOT.  LOL  Oh well, that’s life.  Weights only took about 30 min, so it was a pretty fast-paced session!

Shoulders, Cut Day 10

Jan 15 – Shoulders

Nothing like trying to rush out the door in order to honor the “pre window”!

DUDE WE HAVE TO GO THE GYM NOW I JUST TOOK MY PREWORKOUT… clock is ticking!!!

Lunchtime workout in the office gym.

The name of the game is Giant Sets.  Just keep moving and burning.

(about 60 sec rest only b/w each giant set)

Giant Set:  Arnold presses + reverse pec deck (thumbs down) + plate raises

(25s x 12) + (75 x 12) + (35 x 15)
(30s x 12) + (90 x 12) + (35 x 15)
(35s x 10) + (105 x 12) + (35 x 15)

notes:  love the thumbs down variation you can get with free-moving stiff handle pec decks, allows me to target my rhomboids more.

Giant Set:  seated military presses + bent over rear delt cable raises + t-bar row (elbows high)

(125 x 12) + (30 x 15/15) + (45 x 20)
(135 x 12) + (30 x 15/15) + (50 x 20)
(145 x 9) + (30 x 12/12) + (60 x 15)

notes:  on the mil press, I only came down until the tops of my arms were parallel with the ground.  My shoulder was feeling tweaked so I played it safe.  On the t-bar row, I kept elbows high and really tried to squeeze the proverbial pencil in between my shoulderblades; despite me knowing this is a movement for my back, I like to bring the connection in a bit on some of the movements.

Giant Set:  reverse pec deck (thumbs up) + strict DB side raise dropsets + cable front raises

(45 x 20) + (20s x 15 DROP 15s x 6 DROP 10s x 4) + (30 x 9)
(45 x 20) + (20s x 13 DROP 15s x 8 DROP 10s x 5) + (15 x 15)
(60 x 20) + (20s x 10 DROP 15s x 7 DROP 10s x 8) + (15 x 12)

notes:  I was going to rear delt flys with the cables, but another dude in the gym wanted to use one of the cables, so I went back to the pec deck and went thumbs up.  I kept it light because I kept popping a knot on my traps whenever I came back with the handles, so I wanted to be gentle and see if I could work the knot out.

By strict side raises I mean arms STRAIGHT.  No need to worry about pinkies high and pouring out pitchers of water when you keep your arms straight.  It makes the exercise a lot harder but I wasn’t trying to look cool, so light DBs don’t bother me.

By the time I finished a double dropset of strict side raises, my shoulders were SMOKED!  I could barely do the front raises, no matter how light they were.

Press Day

Today was supposed to be 5:30 AM Squat Day… but during the evening 2 things happened:  the fire alarm in the building went off at midnight.  Then I had a massive calf cramp at 3 in the morning.

I felt tired and limpy in the morning, so NO to early gym.  I wondered what I could do at lunch, or after work.  Work gym has no squat rack.  Chain gym gets busy as FUKKK right after work.  I did not relish fighting for the rack.

So I made the executive decision to use the work gym during the day and do presses instead.  Squats would get moved to Saturday.

I asked for permission to get out of work early, and snuck to the office gym.  It was almost completely empty – anyone with any common sense would go home instead of work out around 4 pm!!  Good thing I have no common sense.

Week 2 Overhead Press Day (normal tempo on all reps)

Warmup (1-2 min between press sets, including the time it took to do face pulls)

45 x 5 & Face Pulls 30 lbs x 20
55 x 5 & 30 x 20
65 x 3 & 30 x 20

Main  (2-3 min between pressing sets, including the time it took to do the pullups)

75 x 3 & 5 widegrip pullups
85 x 3 & 5 pullups
95 x 10 PR

notes:  When I went for AMRAP on the 3rd working set, I felt REALLY good.  So I decided to keep it going with Joker sets, and I would keep supersetting with some bicep work.

Joker Set (2-3 min between pressing sets, including time it took to do overhead cable curls)

105 x 3 & Overhead Cable Curls 45 per arm x 15
115 x 3 & 60/arm x 12
125 x 3 PR & 75/arm x 10
135 x 2  PR

notes:  The Joker sets felt GREAT.  But I didn’t want to be in the gym for too long, so I decided to transition into backoff sets and just rep it out.

Back Off Sets (no rest, back and forth shoulders to triceps)

75 x 10 & Overhead Tricep Extensions w/ Rope 90 x 15
75 x 10 & 105 x 12
75 x 6 & 120 x 10

My shoulders were damn tired at that point, so I went for some rear delt work.

Reverse Pec Deck thumbs down (45 sec rest)

90 x 15
90 x 15
90 x 12

I was tired but pumped at that point!  I could have done more, but I wanted this workout to be quick and nasty, so I left for home.  The whole workout took less than 45 min, it was sick!

As always, one scoop of Fast Fuel 30 min before, a scoop of Fast Fuel and ReGen during, and a scoop of ReGen and some HCl right after.  That seems to be the magic combo for me.

Overall a really standout Press day for me, major PR!