Tag Archive: RPE


12 Sept 2016

Strongman gym all to myself. Just there, doin ma squats… and who do you think walks in? Magnus Ver Magnusson!! One of the alltime strongman greats. He was there to talk with the owner of the gym, and I have met him a few times now, but it is always a thrill for me

So… I needed to mark the occasion with a PR. I just HAD TO

Low Bar Squats (3ish minute rests, knee sleeves, Romaleos)

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 6 @RPE7.5

notes: ok, no PR there, but I had another trick up my sleeve.

SSB Squats (3ish min rests, sleeves, shoes)

160 x 4
230 x 4
240 x 4
250 x 4
260 x 4 Rep PR!!
270 x 4 Rep PR!!

notes: I didn’t want to be greedy, so I moved on.

Prone Leg Curls (short rests)

150 x 10
150 x 10
150 x 10

And that was it! Knee feeling good, so I am happy.

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10 Sept 2016

Saturday morning strongman workout. Did a teamup, and traded sets back and forth.

warmup: low back stretches between early DL sets

Deadlifts (long rests, SABOs, no belt)

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 3
315 x 3
385 x 3
385 x 3
385 x 3
385 x 3
385 x 7 @RPE8.5

Paused Deadlifts – pause below knee (60 sec rests)

275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1

notes: low weight, short rests, those 60 seconds were spent cheering the other guy on. just taking a small vacation from block pulls. the original plan was only 30 seconds rest, but I figured I needed 60 seconds for the other guy to do his thing. I probably should have upped the weight to compensate. So I did another wave of these right after.

Paused Deadlifts – pause above knee (60 sec rests)

275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1
275 x 1

notes: honestly, the 60 sec rests made these too easy. so I decided to pump up the volume in the rest of the workout.

SSB Good Mornings (short rests, traded sets back and forth)

160 x 10
160 x 10
160 x 10
160 x 10
160 x 10

Leg Press (short rests, traded sets back and forth, kept constant tension with no lockout)

9 plates x 20
9p x 20
9p x 20
9p x 20
9p x 20

Leg Extensions (short rests, traded sets back and forth, focused on the squeeze at the top)

120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15
120 x 15

notes: my friend’s legs felt wobbly at the end! I felt ok actually. We will see if I am feeling it tomorrow.

Then after that I came home, promptly lost my phone, and spent the early afternoon retracing my steps around the city looking for it. Kind of a wasted Saturday afternoon

9 Sept 2016

Office workout.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x lots
135 x 3
185 x 3
*wrist wraps*
220 x 3
220 x 3
220 x 3
220 x 3
*wrist wraps, elbow sleeves*
220 x 8 @RPE8

notes: happy with this. I am on pace for another rep PR. Bench has been making steady and solid progress over the last month or two, so that is good.

Slingshot Bench (blue sling, short rests)

220 x 6
220 x 6
220 x 6

notes: I was supposed to do 4 sets, but the sling was too tight and it was cutting off the blood to my arms, lol. My triceps were throbbing so bad, I needed to stop.

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

60s x 10
60s x 10
60s x 10
60s x 10

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

25s x 12 / bar + 70 x 12 / 40s x 12
25s x 12 / bar + 70 x 12 / 40s x 10
25s x 12 / bar + 70 x 12 / 40s x 11

7 Sept 2016

How was everyone’s long weekend? For me an extra long weekend! That extra long weekend lasts an extra extra EXTRA long time!! #gumcommercial

So, on the way to the gym tonight. Go to sit down in the car, and have a MASSIVE muscle cramp in my abs! Holy jeez. Doubled over in pain. Cars behind me honking at me and screaming because I am not moving forward. Fun times. I have never had an abs cramp before that I can remember, whats that about…

So I was feeling very tender in my abs all workout.

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

Log Press from Rack (2 min rests, push press)

110 x 3
140 x 3
*wrist wraps on*
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
170 x 3
*sleeves and wraps on*
170 x 6 @RPE7

notes: last set, did not want to go to failure with all the weird chit going on in my stomach. But I am really happy with that number, because I am on pace for another Rep PR.

Superset: Viking Press & Widegrip Pulldowns (2 min rests)

180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10
180 x 5 / 180 x 10

Superset: Plate Front Raise & Cable OH Extensions & DB Hammer Curls (2 min rest)

45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12

notes: the tricep extensions tweaked my abs again, so I stopped there.

3 Sept 2016

Saturday morning lifts. It has been a taxing three days in a row. I think I will be resting up all of the long weekend. Please change the name of Netflix to Napflix, ’cause I am gonna pass out.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (SABOs, no belt, long rests)

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 3
275 x 3
315 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 3
350 x 8 @RPE7.5

notes: the pulls all felt pretty good.

5 inch Block Pulls (SABOs, no belt, long rests)

405 x 4
405 x 4
405 x 4

Leg Press (steep incline, constant tension, medium rests)

9 plates x 25
9p x 30

SSB Good Mornings (medium rests)

120 x 12
120 x 12
120 x 12

20 Aug 2016

Triceps are dying today! I clearly did my job yesterday. Let’s try to do another good job today.

warmup: stretched out my low back

Deadlifts (long rests, SABOs, no belt)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
275 x 2
315 x 1
355 x 5
355 x 5
355 x 5
355 x 7 @RPE7

5 Inch Block Pulls (long rests, SABOs, no belt)

380 x 3
380 x 3
380 x 3
320 x 10
320 x 10
320 x 10

notes: I threw in some heavier lowrep sets to warm me up for the higher rep sets. It worked! 320 flew up.

SSB Good Mornings (traded sets with another guy)

70 x 12
120 x 12
160 x 10
210 x 8
160 x 10

notes: he was doing Squats and I was doing Good Mornings, lol. But it was a fun way to challenge the weight I could handle.

Leg Press (medium rests, steep angle)

9 plates x 15
*knee sleeves on, repped for constant tension*
9p x 20
9p x 20
9p x 32

notes: by constant tension I mean I still hit depth, but I didn’t lockout my knees. That last set was intense! That was as many reps as I could pump out.

19 August 2016

Day off work! Hit the gym at noon. Messed up my meal timings a bit, so by the time I got there I was starving.

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

Log Press from rack (push press, 2 min rests)

80 x 5 (small log)
110 x 3 (moved up to the big log)
130 x 2
160 x 5
160 x 5
160 x 5
*sleeves, wraps on*
160 x 7 @ RPE7

notes: totally happy with 7 reps on the last set. If I had gone until failure, I was on pace for a rep PR.

Slingshot Bench (red slingshot, 2 min rests)

205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 10
205 x 10

notes: normally I use the blue slingshot. the gym had a red one though, and it fit over my arms much easier. thicker material but I think it has been through hell and back, so the weave wasn’t as tight as my ole Blue.

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (short rests, elbows high)

2 plates x 10
2p x 10
2p x 10
2p x 10

Superset: Plate Front Raise & Cable OH Extensions & Hammer Curls (2 min rests)

45 x 12 / 90 x 6 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12
45 x 12 / 75 x 12 / 40s x 12

notes: woops, cable was heavier than I thought. 75 was the sweet spot.

The strongman gym got a Viking Press this week! If I knew how to use it, I would def be hittin that shit. Next week!!

16 August 2016

Legs and back.

warmup: stretched out my low back, light weight squats

Low Bar Squats (approx. 2 min rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves, no belt)

135 x 5
185 x 3
225 x 2
275 x 5
275 x 5
275 x 5
275 x 6 @RPE7

After this, I was going to do SSB squats, but my knee was a little sore. I went to do leg extensions, but the machine was broken. Since I didn’t get my full deadlift day last week, I threw in some of that as assistance instead as a new plan.

5″ Block Pulls (street shoes, long rests)

320 x 8
320 x 8
320 x 8

notes: this roughly approximates a 14 inch deadlift in a strongman comp. I wasn’t happy using street shoes, but I didn’t want to go barefoot, I had no socks, and had not planned on pulls today.

Leg Press (medium rests, knee sleeves)

15 plates x 8 @ RPE9
13p x 10 @ RPE8
13p x 10 @ RPE8
13p x 10 @ RPE9
13p x 10 @ RPE9
13p x 10 @ RPE9

notes: I tried 15 plates but it was too much, I think my reps were crap. So I dialed it down by about 90 pounds and was able to get good reps in consistently. My knee was fine with it.

12 Aug 2016

I was determined to have a good session to make up for yesterday. Class got let out early, it was Friday, I was inspired, so I thought… massive bench session!

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

Bench Press (2 min rests, no wraps or sleeves)

bar x lots
95 x 5
115 x 3
135 x 2
185 x 1
200 x 5
200 x 5
200 x 5
200 x 8 @RPE8.5

notes: I had the wrist wraps and sleeves with me, I just decided to go without them.

Slingshot Bench Press (2 min rests)

200 x 10
200 x 10
200 x 10
200 x 10
200 x 10
200 x 10

notes: volume! by the time I was done, I was feeling it. my chest was pumped and my arms were sore as hell.

2 hand DB Rows (facedown on incline bench, elbows high, 2 min rests)

40s x 15
40s x 15
40s x 15
40s x 15

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

20s x 12 / 50+bar x 12 / 30s x 12
20s x 12 / 50+bar x 12 / 30s x 12
20s x 12 / 50+bar x 12 / 30s x 12

My arms now felt like they were falling off. Best bench session I have had in a long time! I need to throw more volume in my upper body days, I think.

11 Aug 2016

It has hit 40 degrees for 2 days in a row! Scorcher. Need some rain, for the grass. Not a good day for me to be cooped up inside, wearing long pants, but so it is.

Got out of the training room after 5, headed to their gym.

warmup: stretched out my low back, and my hips, and my neck

Deadlifts (SABOs, long rests)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
275 x 1
320 x 5
320 x 5
320 x 5
320 x 5
320 x 5
320 x 6 @RPE7

notes: The bar sucked!!! No knurling, very slippery. No chalk either, of course. First time deadlifting in a while where I could feel some of the weight resting where my thumb wraps around my forefinger. On that last set, I tried to rep it out, and I wanted to go to RPE8, but I was very unsure of my grip on that slippery bar, so I kept it at RPE7

5 inch Block Pulls

320 x unrack… FAIL, GYM DIES, END SESSION

I got a huge kick out of typing that, LOL. It was a little after 6, I stacked the blocks up to 5 inches, using other plates. My hope was to simulate a 14 inch Deadlift. Unracked it, placed it on the stacked plates… but the plates were too new and smooth, so one end rolled right off, and while I tried to grab that end, the OTHER end rolled off and hit me square in the shin, LOL. So… while I was hopping around and walking it off, the security guard comes up to me, and tells me the gym is closed. WTF??? I told him I didn’t see any signs that said they close at 6 pm (when I was leaving, I finally saw the sign that says 6 to 6 are the hours. Whoops!!) So yeah, put all the plates back, and left.

Kind of a messed up session, but I got my main work in I guess. Jackshit for assistance, but that was Act of God, so w/e