Tag Archive: rows


24 Jan 2017

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (traded sets)

bar x many
135 x 5
185 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
225 x 1
245 x 1
245 x 1
245 x 1

One Arm DB Row (traded sets)

50 x 10/side
80 x 10/side
100 x 10/side

Good Mornings (traded sets)

bar x 15
bar x 15
bar x 15

notes: this one was hard for them to figure out, but that’s ok. its a weird movement.

Lilly Shrugs (traded sets)

40s x 10
50s x 10
60s x 10

notes: I have never really done these before, but I thought it would help stretch their hams and lats a bit more. I like all types of shrugs, so its all good

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28 Nov 2016

Have to be honest, motivation has been completely in the toilet these days. All I want to do is sleep and do nothing. I was able to drag myself to the gym tonight after work, but it was so painful, I actually just sat in the cubicle for an extra 2 hours, just putting off going to the gym. Out of 10, my drive is about a 1 right now. It was a fight I lost on Saturday, it was a fight I lost on sunday, but tonight, I actually made it to the gym.

I knew I had to do deadlifts, but the only thoughts in my head were ‘you can’t lift this, your back isn’t up to it, just don’t do it’

And somehow, I went through with it. Showed up to an empty gym, and went to work.

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet, no belt)

135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 3
405 x 2
430 x 2
445 x 1
455 x 1
385 x 4 (Romanian style, with a pause just off the ground)

notes: despite my self-doubt, the reps felt fine, and moved fast. For my backoff set, I didn’t let the plates touch the ground, I wanted to keep my back loaded, and with a brief pause at the bottom while hovering off the ground.

At this point, another guy showed up in the strongman gym, which was a welcome relief, because it would keep me from getting into my own head too much.

Bent Over Rows (2 min rests, straps)

225 x 6
225 x 8
225 x 8
225 x 6

notes: I wanted to save my grip for later and just keep working the back, but even with straps, the underside of my forearm was throbbing.

One Arm DB Rows (2 min rests)

40 x 10/10
80 x 10/10
*straps on*
120 x 13 left side
2 min rest
120 x 13 right side

notes: I wanted to do an all out set at a STUPID weight. So saved the grip, back to the straps. At about rep 13, I ended up getting a charliehorse in my RIGHT trap, my off-trap from the pulling side. So I kept it balanced and only did 13 on the right side, after spending two minutes stretching out my upper back and traps.

Frame Shrugs (90 sec rests, no straps)

340 x 10
340 x 10
340 x 10

notes: I thought this would help me stretch out my traps, plus finish my grip. After this, my hands were throbbing from the cold iron frame, so I called it a day after this.

15 Oct 2016

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Log Clean & Press (clean once, medium rests)

80 x 3
110 x 3
130 x 3
145 x 3
160 x 3
*wrist wraps on*
180 x 3
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL
200 x FAIL, wipeout

notes: This was the log work I didn’t feel up to on Wednesday. I must be psychic. 180 was smooth enough, but when I went for 200 I couldn’t keep my footing, twice. I got mad and went for a third, but I totally stumbled back, and tried to control the log on the way down, but because of the stumbling my left foot was out of place, and I dropped the 200 lb log square on my foot. Ouch!

Honestly, I should have just dumped the log like an ejector seat. But you always feel bad about banging up someone else’s equipment, so my instinct was to control the descent. Anyways, I walked around for a bit, took off my shoe, my foot looked ok, it was throbbing after a few minutes. Nothing seemed broken. I decided to put on some thick winter socks, and do the rest of the workout in socks.

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x plenty
135 x 5
185 x 5
*wraps & sleeves*
215 x 8
215 x 8
215 x 8

Closegrip Bench (wraps, sleeves, medium rest)

230 x 3
230 x 3

Spoto Press (wraps, sleeves, medium rests)

205 x 8
205 x 8
*took sleeves off*
205 x 8

notes: by the last set, my elbows were bruising up, so I wore the sleeves too long

One Arm DB Rows (long rests)

105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12
105 x 12/12

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & DB Front Raises (short rest)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: while this was going on, someone agreed to give me a ride and they were leaving so I ended the workout then and left. By this point my foot was too swollen for a shoe anyways, so I was happy to get a ride back home.

Currently resting the foot up and observing the bruising.

9 Oct 2016

Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Family is all far away so I spend extra time at the gym.

Sunday night light bench and tough assistance.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Paused Bench Press (short rests, 1 sec pause at bottom, explosive reps, no wraps no sleeves)

bar x forevr
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3
175 x 3

notes: one of the weaknesses in my bench is I don’t have that MMC quite down on the press, but I do feel it load the back and triceps up on the way down, after years of slow negs. So today I tried to focus on the concentric. Slow lower, short pause at the bottom, then explode up. Light work tonight, no need for wraps or whatnot.

Closegrip Bench (short rests)

190 x 5
190 x 5

Spoto Press (medium rests, juicy pause at the bottom)

160 x 8
160 x 8
160 x 8

notes: felt it nicely in the triceps

One Arm DB Rows (2 min rests)

100 x 15/15
100 x 15/15
100 x 12/12
100 x 12/12

notes: after the light bench, these hit me savagely. I got real sweaty real fast.

Front Carry

110 lb plate carried 130 ft

Sled Drag

110 lb plate dragged 260 ft

notes: I improvised a little strongman cardio. I tried front carry first, then figured a sled drag sounded cooler. That sled drag backwards got painful around the halfway mark LOL. Hittin the hamstrings good.

I was sorta dead after this. Should have saved it for last LOL

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Front Raises & Assisted Pullups (2 min rests, pullups with a resistance band)

15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 4 hammer grip
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 5 hammer grip

notes: my pullups blow, I need a stronger resistance band haha

2 Oct 2016

Busy days… what will be the outcome

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

extra warmup: empty bar bench, 110 lb log clean & press 3 times

Log Clean & Press (clean each rep, each triple is EMOM)

120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3
120 x 3

notes: EMOM! cardio!

Bench Press (medium rests)

150 x 8
175 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
175 x 17
175 x 14

notes: after some triples, I did a few AMRAP sets. My spotter let me know that when I fail, it doesn’t seem to be a strength fail, but more I lose the groove of the bar path. It might be a shoulder issue.

Close Grip Bench Press (long rests, wraps, sleeves)

205 x 8
205 x 8
205 x 8

notes: no spotter here, so I didn’t really go to failure. but it might be an RPE 8ish

Incline DB Press (short rests, no sleeves, no wraps, steep incline)

50s x 12
60s x 10
70s x 8
80s x 6

JM Press (short rests)

65 x 12
70 x 10
75 x 8
80 x 6
85 x 5

Flat DB Fly (short rests)

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

Bent Over Row (2 min rests)

205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 10

Full day.

28 Sept 2016

Ermagerds, finally back at it. woops, forgot my sleeves

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests, no sleeves)

bar x lots
135 x 3
185 x 2
215 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
235 x 2
255 x 2
275 x 1.5
285 x FAIL (assisted)

notes: I was feeling froggy, so I tried to go for a PR. 275 went up easy so I went for a second, and I ran out of gas. I decided to try 285 for 1, and I grinded too long so I got a minor assist. Still, I am optimistic that 3 plates is within my sights.

Close Grip Bench Press (wraps, short rest)

230 x 3
230 x 3

Spoto Press (short rest, wraps)

205 x 6
205 x 6

One Arm DB row (medium rests)

85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side
85 x 15/side

Superset Strict Side Raises & Front Raises (short rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: by the end I was feeling a burn, so that’s all I wanted

Inverted Rows (short rests)

10, 10, 10

24 September 2016

Normally, this is a fluff day for the Cube. But no fluff for me. Someone asked to team up on my workout, so I had a buddy for most of it.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Log Clean & Press (clean every rep, trade sets with buddy)

80 x 5
110 x 3
140 x 5
140 x 5
140 x 5
140 x 5
140 x 9 in 60 seconds

notes: for last set it was AMRAP in 60.

Bench Press (trade sets)

135 x 8
160 x 6
*wraps on*
190 x 5
*wraps and sleeves*
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
190 x 13
190 x 12

notes: after the triples, I did a few AMRAP sets

At this point, my friend broke off to do some incline work.

Hammer Grip DB Flat Press (sleeves, no wraps, medium rests)

60s x 10
70s x 8
80s x 6
90s x 5

Incline BB Press (long rests, wraps, no sleeves)

170 x 4
170 x 5
170 x 5

Friend left, now I was alone in the gym, just me and the iron.

JM Press (short rests)

65 x 15
65 x 15
65 x 15
65 x 15

Bent Over Rows (explosive reps, medium rests)

185 x 12
185 x 12
185 x 12
185 x 12

This was my finisher. After this I was trashed. Came home to nap, Netflix and eat delicious food.

21 Sept 2016

I will admit, I felt wrecked today. Scheduling a volume bench session the day after my first heavy Cube DL day might have been ill-advised. But here I found myself, so I tightened the belt on my big boy pants, made it through a day at the office, and showed up at the gym after work, to do more work.

There were 2 other people there benching, so we had to rotate through our sets.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (rest depended on the rotation of 3 people all doing different weights)

bar x lots
135 x 5
160 x 3
190 x 10
*wrist wraps on*
190 x 12
190 x 9

Closegrip Bench (wrist wraps, in a rotation of 3 people)

205 x 7
205 x 8

Spoto Press (all by myself now, medium rests, wraps and sleeves)

175 x 10
175 x 11
175 x 10

notes: Chest now dying.

One Arm DB Row (long rests)

80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15
80 x 15/15

notes: when I planned this workout out, I had considered going heavier, but as I was actually doing the workout, my back was still exhausted, so I kept it at the 80 lb DB.

I had originally planned to do Atlas Stones for my strongman assistance, but my back was still worn out, so I called an audible and did more pressing.

Viking Press (medium rests)

100 x 6
190 x 1
240 x 1
290 x 1

notes: I wanted to baseline my one rep max. Is 290 the absolute limit for me? Don’t know, but I really had to fight for it, I failed the first time, and had to totally commit to finally get it up. Plus my experience with overhead press is that when you hit your struggle point, the potential to go higher drops off quite fast. So 290 is a fair weight to base percentages on for assistance AKA not fresh, IMO.

Also, by this point, I was totally wrecked. The past few workouts were accumulating on me.

Superset: DB Strict Side Raise & DB Front Raise (short rests)

12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10
12s x 10 / 12s x 10

notes: baby dumbbells, but I focused on the squeeze and finished my shoulders off.

Inverted Rows

8, 10, 10

notes: now totally dead.

Left the gym, for post workout meal had lambchops and chicken breast, 2 cups longgrain rice, fresh bread, salad. Water.

20 Sept 2016

Ate all the carbs today, I wanted a monster evening session.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (SABOs, long rests, no belt)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
275 x 2
315 x 1
365 x 1
385 x 2
420 x 2
455 x 2
485 x 1
455 x 1

notes: The plan was to do five doubles at 385, but I was feeling froggy, so I kept going. When I went for a double at 485, the first one went so slow, that I stopped at 1, dropped the weight, and tried for another double. When the second set at 455 moved really slow as well, I know I was done with the main work. I guess a weight PR was not in the cards today. It had been just 3 days since my last DL PR, so I am not too upset.

My low back felt DONE after this, so I dropped the weights on the main assistance that followed.

5 inch Block Axle Deadlift (thick axle, Figure 8 straps, long rests)

385 x 1
385 x 3

notes: First time going even slightly heavy on Axle DL. I tried regular straps first, but that axle was just way too thick. Figure 8s fit great though.

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (index fingers outside far rings, long rests)

225 x 4
225 x 6

Widegrip Pulldowns (medium rests)

180 x 15
180 x 15
180 x 13
180 x 13

notes: back dying

DB Shrugs (short rests)

105s x 10
105s x 10
105s x 10

Farmers Walk (speed runs, short rests)

130/hand for 55 feet
145/hand for 55 feet
155/hand for 55 feet
180/hand for 55 feet

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (less than 30 secs rest, elbows extra high and wide)

50 x 12
50 x 12
50 x 12

This workout kicked my butt early on. I was dripping wet during deads and smelly as all hell.

First day of Cube under the belt. I am scared, lol

13 Sept 2016

Morning office workout.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press

bar x lots
135 x 5
160 x 3
190 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
200 x 1
215 x 1
230 x 1
*wraps, sleeves*
240 x 5

notes: the 5th rep was getting ugly so I stopped there.

Slingshot Bench (blue sling, short rests)

240 x 4
250 x 4
260 x 4
275 x 4
275 x 4
275 x 3

notes: my spotter was hyperactive, so he wouldn’t let me take long rests, he kept egging me on. On the 3rd set at 275, he touched the bar so I stopped the set right there at 3 reps. He said it was “all you bro”, but I told him I don’t keep going if the bar get molested. So it ended there! 275 is a fun weight though.

2 Arm DB Rows (facedown on incline bench, elbows sorta high, 90 sec rests)

70s x 8
70s x 8
70s x 8
70s x 8

Superset: Strict Side Raises & Smith Machine JM Press & DB Curls (2 min rests)

25s x 10 / 90 + bar x 10 / 45s x 10
25s x 10 / 90 + bar x 10 / 45s x 10
25s x 10 / 90 + bar x 10 / 45s x 10