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Dec 17, 2015

Despite my forearms still cramping, it was time to head back to the gym. I took turns with other people and chatted throughout the workout, so the rests were not tightly controlled.

Deadlifts (long rests, SABOs)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
275 x 2
315 x 1

extra warmup: foam rolled IT bands

*belt on*

350 x 7 @RPE9
350 x 6 @RPE9
350 x 6 @RPE9
350 x 6 @RPE9
350 x 5 @RPE9

notes: these were really disappointing. my left knee was really sore, so I went easy on these to keep me ready for squats.

On the plus side, we had a calf measuring contest, and my fatass 19 inch calves won out

Close Stance High Bar Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, long rests)

extra warmup: TKEs

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 2
*belt on*
255 x 7 @RPE9
255 x 6 @RPE9
255 x 7 @RPE9
255 x 6 @RPE9
255 x 7 @RPE9

notes: I finally had people watch my form, and they showed me proof that my right wrist was consistently pinning back but my left wrist stayed straight and it was leaving the bar tilted. I need to work on that.

Good Mornings (accidentally kept Romaleos on)

190 x 8
190 x 6
190 x 6
190 x 6
190 x 7

notes: I was wondering why I kept losing my balance on these, and I only realized after set 5 that I kept my fkkking oly shoes on. Damn raised heels….

Seated Calf Raises

176 x FAIL

notes: I think I finally found the threshold of too much weight on seated calf work. As soon as I unracked this, I immediately got 2 massive calf cramps! They just failed under the weight. I rolled around in pain for a few minutes, then said F this and ended the workout here, lol

Dec 5, 2015

Saturday morning workouts are sickening. Would rather sleep in. But the gains don’t sleep. And the gains aren’t loyal. so I rise again. And other various clichés.

warmup: dorsiflexions, TKEs

Low Bar Squats (2-3 min rests, Romaleos, SBDs)

bar x 5
135 x 4
185 x 3
225 x 2
*belt on*
270 x 4 (set stopped early because of embarrassing gas, lol)
270 x 6 @RPE8
270 x 7 @RPE8
270 x 7 @RPE8
260 x 6 @RPE8
260 x 6 @RPE8
260 x 6 @RPE8
260 x 5 @RPE8

notes: was really working on tightness of my upper back on these sets, and it slowed the bar speed down a lot, and I ended up not getting a lot of reps out of these. But I need to work on my form.

Stiff-Legged Deadlifts (2 min rests, barefoot)

135 x 5
185 x 4
245 x 1
265 x 8 @RPE8
265 x 9 @RPE8
265 x 8 @RPE8
265 x 7 @RPE8

Seated Calf Raises (1-2 min rests)

160 x 7
160 x 11
160 x 12
160 x 10
160 x 10

This song was in my head during cardio, must have been on the radio recently. I am old.

Determined to put in some work today, I prepped for both a morning workout AND an evening workout. The Gym Gods were smiling on me and the boil water advisory was lifted, so the office showers were available, so I felt cleared to get all sweaty at work. Got in nice and early before my office filled up, and did a quick 40 min workout.

On a positive note, they finally installed the dual-station cable pulleys! Can now have more options, lots more!

AM Cows and Pigs Workout

Weighted Standing Calf Raises (30 sec rest)

75 lb DBs x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20
75s x 20

Smith Machine Seated Calf Raises (30 sec rests)

340 in plates x 20
340 in plates x 20
340 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20
390 in plates x 20

notes: Ugh, digs into my quads so hard!!!

DB SLDL (45 sec rest)

70s x 15
70s x 15

notes: This is unfortunately about when some random bozo started talking my ear off for the entire rest of my workout – following me into the change room, chatting with me while I showered… and himself not lifting an entire weight the whole time. Is he trolling for cawk? I do not compute the purpose of him entering my life to F up the intensity of my gainz.

Prone Leg Curl (45 sec rest)

60 x 30
75 x 20
75 x 15
90 x 15
105 x 10

notes: I couldn’t take this guy any more, hence why the actual workout was only 40 min, lol. If it was a public gym I would have told him to fukk off, but at the office? Ugh, parasite.

Worked away the whole day. split my 2 carb meals up into my post-workout periods, one after the AM, one tonight.

After leaving work, made it to the downtown chain gym. Gym was so busy I had to give up on the thought of supersetting multiple stations. Just did straight sets.

PM Chest, Triceps

Superset DB Incline Press and Rotator Cuff Work (bench one setting above flat, 60 sec rests)

60s x 12 / 15 lb DB taken through ROM 15 times per arm
60s x 12 / ROTO
60s x 12 / ROTO
60s x 12 / ROTO

notes: My shoulder felt sore and ****ty, so I lightened the weight and tried to get good reps.

Incline Flys (bench one setting above flat, 45 sec rest)

40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10
40s x 10

Decline Bench Machine (45 sec rest)

100 x 15
100 x 15
100 x 15
120 x 12

Pec Deck (fixed handles, 45 sec rest)

105 x 12
120 x 12
135 x 12
150 x 12
165 x 12
180 x 7

notes: these felt good, so I tried to get a good squeeze for a second or two at the top of the reps. The handles were fixed, so I often had to let my hands extend past the handles and just guide it with the butt of my hands or my wrists.

Incline Skullcrushers (30 sec rest)

50 x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15

notes: a 50 pound preset barbell was literally all I could find in that range the gym was so busy (they had 90s, but I can’t go high rep with that). So I dropped the rests down to 30 seconds, and tried to get some nice stretches and squeezes.

One Arm Kickback Cable Extensions (no handle attachments, just grabbed the anchor, no rest, back and forth arm to arm)

39 x 12/12
61 x 6/10
50 x 10/10
39 x 12/12

notes: 39 felt INTENSE! The pumped contractions on my triceps were so tight they felt like they would cramp if I squeezed too hard! So I raised the weight and had big problems getting them out, so I kept dropping the weight back down each set (with no rest). Once I got back down to 39, the contractions were once again BANANAS!!! For my extensions/kickbacks, I like to find the right distance from the machine and not bend over, just stand straight up and bring it back, holding the black rubber anchor tight in my fist.

Overhead Straight Bar Extensions (45 sec rest)

154 x 6
88 x 15
110 x 15

notes: thought this cable was in pounds… NOPE!! Kilos! Damn that was heavy, haha. Triceps felt a major pump by this point.

post-workout cardio 30 min elliptical

Then headed home! SOOOOO exhausted!!

Carb Load Day!  Roll out!


I felt like 2 workouts today. Got in to the office gym nice and early before anyone else was there and did some hams and calves. Easter came early because I had Ham for breakfast! Improvised to use what the gym had, such as it was.

Stability Ball DB Squats (stability ball in small of back against wall, down to parallel, 45 sec rests)

45s x 12
45s x 12
45s x 12
45s x 12

notes: This was just a warm-up, and a token morsel for my quads.

Standing DB Calf Raise (30 sec rests)

70s x 20
70s x 20
70s x 20
70s x 20
70s x 20
70s x 20

notes: Baby cows can take a lot of punishment, this warmed them up.

Smith Machine Seated Calf Raise (45 sec rest)

140 in plates x 20
210 in plates x 20
280 in plates x 20
280 in plates x 20
370 in plates x 20
370 in plates x 20

notes: Gym didn’t have a seated calf press, so I thought this was a good way to load weight with minimal breaks. Around Set 3 I realized how bad I needed a pad, digging into my thighs like hell! I threw a floormat in between there on Set 4 to save my legs. The settings on the smith machine also made it hard to wiggle my legs into and out of starting position.

DB SLDL (45 sec rest)

70s x 15
70s x 15
70s x 15

notes: Get a good stretch in there.

prone leg curl (45 sec rests)

45 x 30
45 x 25
60 x 20
60 x 15
75 x 15
90 x 10
105 x 10

notes: just pyramid my way up, going into a deep static squat in between rounds to stretch the hams out.

And then I had to rush to work so no one would miss me!

Carbs all day long, feeling good, was definitely ready for a second workout after work! Headed to a downtown chain gym on the commute back. Crowded as hell! Had to share stations rather often. Back and Bi’s. 3rd back session in 6 days! I decided to go relatively light and just keep it pumped and fresh, good contractions.

Bent Over BB Row (45 sec rest)

135 x 15
135 x 12
135 x 10
135 x 10
135 x 10

notes: bend over deep and squeeze hard. sounds like the Friday night of your dreams, right??

Widegrip Pulldowns (45 sec rest)

110 x 10
132 x 10
154 x 10
176 x 10
198 x 8

notes: A lot of the stations in this part of the gym were set up in kilos. I also noticed that this pulldown was dual-anchored! This is a good thing, much more stable and smooth, also doesn’t swing around after your set and smack tall people in the head, haha!

Superset DB Pullovers and Cable Rows

60 x 12 / 110 x 15
60 x 12 / 132 x 20
60 x 12 / 154 x 15
60 x 12 / 154 x 15

notes: more kilo plates on the rows, more dual-anchor action. I kept the pullovers light and really tried to focus on the feel of the connection between my serratus and my lats. Not a super strong MMC, but I will get there.

Assisted Chinups (30 sec rest)

20%BW assist x 6
20% assist x 6
14% assist x 4
14% assist x 5

notes: still too fat for a chinup. maybe one day!!!

Closegrip Cable Curls (45 sec rest)

110 x 12
110 x 10
116 x 11
116 x 12

notes: silly kilos. This bar attachment was also squeaky as hell and I felt self conscious using it.

Standing DB Hammer Curls

30s x 12
30s x 12
30s x 12
30s x 12

notes: nice and slow and enjoy the visible pump

Preacher Curl Machine (30 sec rest)

60 x 20
70 x 20
80 x 18

notes: this machine was much better than the other one, so it felt much more natural.

post-workout cardio

25 min trackmaster type elliptical, kept heart rate approx. 85% for 20 min, dropped to 70% last 5 min while I visually creeped all the PYTs in the gym dirty old man that I am.

Oof! I am worn out as hell. Kind of a pull day – hams, back, biceps

Cut Day 48 – Glutes

Was able to work out a time to get a session in with my friend, so we could get some good pictures.  To make it worth her while, we made it a glute-focused workout.  I will do more Legs on Monday, this was just extra work.

Cardio

30 min elliptical, heavy resistance
5 min break
40 min ellip, light resistance, fast pace
20 min break for food
30 min, moderate resist, fast pace
5 min break
10 min heavy while waiting for friend

You may ask, why not a spin bike?  Because I am doing a few spin classes tomorrow and I didn’t want a sore ass, haha.  Then my friend showed, and it was time for weights!

Warmup

5 min heavy elliptical, focusing on contracting the glutes and hamstrings

Jefferson Lifts (back and forth, me to her)
40 x 15
40 x 15
60 x 15
60 x 15

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Kickback Machine (back and forth)

40 x 15/15
50 x 15/15
55 x 15/15
60 x 15/15

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SLDL (back and forth)

90 x 20
110 x 20
110 x 20

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Reverse Hack Squats (back and forth)

2 plates x 15
4 plates x 15
6 plates x 15
8 plates x 15
10 plates x 15

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Seated Calf Raises (back and forth)

1 plate x 20
2 plates x 20
2 plates x 20

Donkey Calf Raise Machine (back and forth)

240 x 20
260 x 20
260 x 20

Leg Press Calf Raise (back and forth)

260 x 20
300 x 20
300 x 20

Standing Leg Curl (back and forth)

70 x 15/15
80 x 15/15
90 x 15/15

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Superset Seated Leg curls and Leg Extensions (back and forth)

120 x 12 / 120 x 15
120 x 12 / 120 x 15
120 x 12 / 120 x 15

Thursday Quads, Calves

Another 4:30 AM wakeup call. I decided it had been TOO LONG since Leg Day, so what better way to fight off the cold weather than by sweating your guts out? I admit, I was feeling nervous about this leg day, but that’s ok. Nervous and upset stomach are the best leg days! Digging yourself out of the **** is what builds character.

Oct 24 – Quads, Calves
(3 sec negatives on all reps, TRIED to keep about 45 sec b/w all sets)

Barbell Squats ATG
135 x 20
135 x 11
135 x 10 I got overheated and had to walk around for 90 seconds, I couldn’t maintain the 45 sec rest, considered puking, haha
135 x 10

Slow negative high rep ATG kicked my butt! I tried to make the slow neg happen by activating my hamstrings consciously on the way down, kind of like a PULL. When I couldn’t maintain the cadence anymore I stopped. When I couldn’t stay calm anymore I stopped. As you can see, I only was able to hit 20 reps on the first set, so maybe my conditioning was what failed first. 45 seconds is so short! Sometimes I forget that.

My abs were also sore still (sad right? from monday? goes to show I should probably hit abs more often), so my core was probably about to wear out soon if my conditioning hadn’t. My core has always been the weak point of my squat.

What I really could have used was a partner shouting at me to keep me from psyching myself out. Oh well, it was a learning experience

Hack Squats to just below parallel
4 plates x 8
4 plates x 8
4 plates x 8
4 plates x 8 DROP 3 plates x 4 DROP 2 plates x 4 DROP 1 plate x 6

I forced myself to keep the 45 sec rest period, so I was sweating like mad after this! Form got sloppy near the end, to be honest I ended up bracing my hands on my thighs a few times near the end, so prob about 4 or 5 bad reps in there.

One Legged Leg Press Machine
180 x 20/20
180 x 20/20
180 x 20/20
180 x 20/20

Normally I like to go with no rest, back and forth leg to leg, but I NEEDED the 40-45 sec break on this one, and took it. Keeping the 3 second negatives was MURDER, even though the weight was really doable. This machine had a digital clock, so I made sure those 3 seconds happened for real, because my mind was running ragged and it would have been easy to count way too fast.

My legs were getting real tired at that point, I had to close my eyes and just go somewhere else mentally, thankfully the machine counted my reps too, cause I couldn’t afford to send any blood to my brain, my legs needed it all, haha! Seriously, I got off the machine, grabbed a paper towel, sprayed it with cleaner, then threw the spray bottle right in the garbage without thinking! Had to fish it back out.

Leg Extensions
160 x 10
160 x 7
160 x 7
160 x 7

Just carve out as many reps as you can.

Standing Calf Raise Machine
320 x 8
320 x 8
320 x 6
320 x 8 DROP 260 x 7 DROP 200 x 10

Seated Calf Raise
150 x 8 DROP 115 x 7 DROP 80 x 7 DROP 45 x 10
150 x 7 DROP 115 x 5 DROP 80 x 7 DROP 45 x 10
150 x 7 DROP 115 x 5 DROP 80 x 7 DROP 45 x 10
150 x 5 DROP 115 x 5 DROP 80 x 7 DROP 45 x 10

I love the seated calf raise. I figured why not finish off with 4 triple drop sets I see so many people do the seated calf raise so lazy, just the midrange ROM. Use the whole range guys! Go down past parallel, dip your heels, then POINT your toes and extend all the way to the top.

The workout was only just over an hour, but it wore my ass out! I took a scoop of Fast Fuel 40 min before the workout, and I knew this workout was gonna run me through my weak areas (squats and high rep slow negs), so I took a second scoop of Fast Fuel during the workout, along with the ReGen.

I was doing SLOW ATG squats for max reps by 5:30 AM. I figure I paid my dues for the day 😛

Saturday Legs

It was time for an epic leg day.  The kind where the clock doesn’t matter, you just train and train until you want to crawl out of there trembling and shellshocked.  I was already nervous but for a different reason.  I had been having GI issues all week, and not to get too graphic, but everything I eat is like dynamite through a goose.  So in preparation, I ate really light Friday night, and had the minimum amount of food Saturday morning.  This session would be on an empty stomach.

Oct 12 Morning Legs (4 second negative on all reps no exception, 45 sec b/w sets unless noted)

Barbell Squats (ATG)
155 x 8
155 x 8
155 x 8
195 x 8

Hack Squats (ATG)
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8
2 plates and 2 quarter plates x 8 DROP 2 plates and 1 quarter plate x 10

Single-Leg Leg Press (no rest, back and forth leg to leg)
180 x 15/15
180 x 15/15
180 x 15/15
180 x 15/15

Superset 45 Degree Leg Press and Leg Extensions (60 sec rest b/w supersets)
10 plates x 8 & 140 x 8
10 plates x 8 & 140 x 5
10 plates x 8 & 140 x 6
10 plates x 8 & 140 x 8

Took a halftime pause to go do some texts and grab a drink, took about 10 min

Stiff-Legged Deadlift
185 x 8
185 x 8
185 x 8
185 x 8 DROP 135 x 10

Seated Leg Curl (leaning forward)
90 x 8
90 x 8
100 x 8
110 x 8

Prone Leg Curl (did a set butt down and strict, followed by a burnout of reps propped up on my elbows with butt up and lots of “English”, although still slow negs)
110 x 8 & 8
110 x 8 & 5
110 x 8 & 6
110 x 8 & 8

Standing Calf Raise Machine
300 x 8
300 x 8
300 x 8
300 x 8 DROP 240 x 10

Calf Raise on the 45 Degree Leg Press
10 plates x 8
10 plates x 8
10 plates x 8
10 plates x 15

Seated Calf Raise
140 x 8
140 x 8
140 x 8
140 x 8 DROP 105 x 8 DROP 70 x 8 DROP 35 x 10

This workout took a while!  Forget the one hour guideline, just go until its done.  Volume wasn’t all that high, so whatevs.  I was nervous about the squats, but luckily I did not have any major digestive issues   I felt like such a dummy though, on the last set I added quarter plates and noticed hey my left shoulder is sagging a bit, but I thought nothing of it.  Only as I cleaned the plates up did I realize I put a 35 plate on the left side and a 25 plate on the right one.  Good jorb dummy!

When I say ATG, ass to grass seems hardly appropriate as my hamstrings are WAY too thick for that.  But my hams did touch my calves, or the pigs kissed the cows, if you will   In this case, let’s say ATG means Ankles to Glutes!  That might be almost accurate, I suppose.

For the leg extensions I tried out a unilateral leg extension machine I had never bothered with before.  I tried it this time because it was right beside the leg press (and how often do I think about supersetting press with extensions?  Not often, haha).
I left all the plates on the leg press like an jerk, but it was more of an experiment.  Sure enough, when I came back quite some time later to do calf raises, all the plates were still there.  I was too lazy to do drop sets with 5 wheels for calf raises, so I just did as many as I could before failure on the last set.  Gotta love how no one wants to do legs on a Saturday morning.  That Friday night must have been too harsh, methinks.

 

And that was my workout!  It was a doozy.

It hurts more if you stop!

I decided I wanted to sleep in Wednesday morning, so I thought it might be fun to try the gym at work again.  It was shoulders day, hooray!  (sarcasm)

Noontime Shoulders (no time for cardio or twists, just time for iron) (45-60 sec rest)

A.  Superset DB side Raises and Front Plate Raises:  triple drop set of side raises then front raise with optional “bus driver”

warmup;

25s x 8 DROP 15s x 6 DROP 10s x 10 then 45 plate x 12

25s x 9 DROP 20s x 8 DROP 15s x 10 DROP 10s x 12 then 45 plate x 12

25s x 5 DROP 20s x 5 DROP 15s x 10 DROP 10s x 12 then 45 plate x 12

notes:  this was HARD!  I normally avoid side raises with DBs, I find it easier to keep good form with the machine, with the DBs my forearms keep drifting above my elbows.  Nothing wrong with going light as long as its challenging I guess, but when I use the machine I can focus on just the muscle, when I use DBs I spend most of my energy keeping my form disciplined.  More holistic that way I guess, meh.

Remember with DB side raises!  Keep your elbow higher than your forearm!  The straighter your arm gets the harder it gets! Try not to swing, either your arms, or swing your butt in and out!  I see people violate these guidelines in the gym ALL THE TIME.  I used to do it wrong all the time too, then Leslie kicked my butt 🙂

The downshot of it is that I am forced to go light on db side raises.  Even worse, drop sets meant that form got harder and harder to maintain, so my reps on that exercise are hella low (I stopped when I could not correct my form), and the weights are so low that I cant reduce them without losing the ability to do a triple drop set.  Oh my, did it burn!  It burned even worse if I rested my arms by my sides.  Lesson learned:  it hurts more if you stop!

For the front plate raises, you take a 45 pound plate, grip it at 9 and 3, and front raise it.  It works your shoulders and your grip too, since it is more irregular to hold onto than a dumbbell.  The “bus driver”?  That’s when you twist the plate back and forth like a steering wheel at the top of the front raise.  Try it!  I admit, I was so tired by that point I only got in a few bus drivers at all, I had to give up on that add-on.

 

B.  Superset Seated Smith Machine Military Press and Reverse Pec Deck:  double drop sets of presses and then a straight set of pec deck

warmup;

130 + bar x 10 DROP 100 x 8 DROP 50 x 10 then 90 x 8

130 + bar x 10 DROP 100 x 7 DROP 50 x 10 then 75 x 12

130 + bar x 10 DROP 100 x 5 DROP 50 x 10 then 75 x 12

notes:  I decided Smith since they didn’t have a good setup in this gym for seated military.  Plus my low back was still sore as HECK from a few days ago!

I originally wanted to do triple drop sets, but I was running out of time before I had to go back to work, and the weight combos made it awkward to do a triple drop, so I set it up in a way that I could strip the weight faster.  In the end I gave every drop of sweat I had for that first weight, then had nothing left for the first drop, then the second drop was light enough I could just rep those out easy.  I lowered the weight on the reverse pec deck though, it was too heavy by that point.

 

C.  DB Shrugs:  190 x 20, 20, 20

notes:  this gyms dumbbells only went up to 95!?  What kind of crap is that?  LOL, in the end it was still heavy.  I also ended up crushing my thumb in between the 2 dumbbells when I reracked them, so its been throbbing all day and the nail now has a bit of discoloration!  Ouch!

 

D.  Superset Seated Calf Raise and Standing Calf Raises:  triple drop sets of seated then bodyweight calf raises as many as possible (AMAP, bouncing)

140 x 12 DROP 105 x 12 DROP 70 x 12 DROP 35 x 12 then BW x 80 bouncing

140 x 12 DROP 105 x 12 DROP 70 x 12 DROP 35 x 12 then BW x 80 bouncing

notes:  this was surprisingly easy!  I set up 35 plates on the seated machine so I could strip the drops easily, then for the bodyweight raises I allowed myself to ignore slow controlled form and just bounce as many as I wanted.  In the end I chose 80 because I was getting bored and it was time to go back to work!  I guess my calves can take more of a beating than that!  After 2 supersets I was late, so I split.

 

And that was my workout for the day! Sore low back, smashed thumb, burning shoulders, what a day.