Tag Archive: SLDL


Oct 10, 2015

Small increases across the board.

warmup: foam roll IT bands, adductors, piriformis; dorsiflexions, TKEs, ham stretch

High Bar Squats (3-5 min rests, Romaleos, SBDs)

135 x 5
185 x 4
225 x 3
*belt on*
255 x 8 @RPE8
255 x 10 @RPE8
255 x 9 @RPE8
245 x 7 @RPE8
245 x 5 @RPE8
245 x 6 @RPE8

notes: I was getting pretty tired by the end.

Stiff-Legged Deadlift (sock feet, 2-3 min rests)

135 x 4
205 x 3
*belt on*
255 x 6 @RPE8
255 x 5 @RPE8
255 x 6 @RPE8
255 x 6 @RPE8

notes: I was still wiped out, and didn’t want to do reps with bad form, so not a lot of reps here.

Stepback Lunge (60 sec rest)

30 lb DBs x 7 per leg @RPE8
30 lb DBs x 7 per leg @RPE8
40 lb DBs x 5 per leg @RPE8
40 lb DBs x 6 per leg @RPE8

notes: my knees were hurting, so not a lot of reps added here as well.

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2 Oct 2015

Have been away from the gym for a few days, and was already feeling the rust. But you need to start somewhere, so today I got the ball rolling again.

warmup: nada

High Bar Squats (Romaleos, SBDs)

135 x 4
185 x 4
225 x 3
*belt on*
250 x 6
250 x 5
240 x 7
240 x 8

Stiff-Legged Deadlift (barefoot)

135 x 4
205 x 3
*belt on*
255 x 7
255 x 4 (bar interference!)
255 x 8

notes: My bar bounced off other equipment, and sent the bar swaying in a different direction, and meh, just stopped the set. Any excuse to be lazy.

Walking DB Lunges

30s x 10 (per leg)
30s x 12
30s x 12

notes: I did these outside, in the crisp Autumn air of the parking lot. I miss summer already. But I love hoodies.

June 24, 2015

Yay, no work! Prioritize rest and gym.

AM Workout: Small gym in an apartment complex. Weird, but I can make it work. Mostly a multigym/cable type set up, with some cardio machines.

warmup: nothing

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (60 sec rests)

8 plates x 15
10 p x 15
12 p x 15
12 p x 15
12 p x 15

Straight Arm Pulldowns (60 sec rests)… really more of a push… well, you know what exercise I mean

3 plates x 15
4 p x 15
5 p x 15

Prone Leg Curls (60 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
4 p x 15

notes: heavy ass plates! made me self-conscious

post: 15 min LISS

PM Workout

warmup: nothing… lol, way to go back on my own word on the importance of warmup. Honestly, I got to the gym and ended up talking to an acquaintance for 10 min. So I warmed up my face.

Deadlifts (up to 2 min rest, sock feet)

160 x 5
200 x 5
240 x 5
*belt on*
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3

notes: I haven’t been using chalk lately, and my calluses are KILLING me! Argh.

Deficit Stiff Legged Deadlifts (up to 2 min rest, belt on)

130 x 8
180 x 8
200 x 8
*belt off*
150 x 8

notes: calluses hurt…. I am dying. I miss you chalk. Come back to me.

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20/20
4 p x 20/20
4 p x 20/20

Ukrainian Deadlifts (60 sec rests)

45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20

Closegrip Cable Rows (60 sec rests)

180 x 8
170 x 10
160 x 12

notes: my poor grip

June 20, 2015

One last piece of misery before enjoying the weekend and the Fathers Day merriment.

Deadlifts (2 min rests during warmups, 90 sec rest during working sets)

160 x 5
200 x 5
*belt on*
240 x 5
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3

notes: during the warmups, I took longer rests, and stretched out and released and warmed up my low back. Then reduced the rests for the working sets to up the intensity.

Deficit Stiff Legged Deadlifts (60-90 sec rests, belt stayed on)

130 x 8
180 x 8
200 x 8
140 x 8

notes: kept my belt on for these to support my low back a bit more. it worked, lol.

Pallof Press (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20 per side
4 plates x 20 per side
4 plates x 20 per side

notes: this had the side benefit of warming up my sore shoulders a bit. and if I squeeze my pecs, I can get some soreness in the inner pec area

Ukrainian Deadlifts (60 sec rests)

45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20

notes: getting better at the MMC on these, contracting the glutes properly makes this exercise so much more intense

Seated Cable Closegrip Row (30 sec rest)

150 x 12
150 x 12
150 x 12

notes: traded sets with a lady who was also using the station

June 10, 2015

My body is attaining memorable levels of soreness these days. Prob because this is my 4th day of exercise in a row, and I am going at it with some intensity.

Deadlifts (2 min rests after the warmups)

160 x 5 hookgrip
200 x 5 hookgrip
240 x 5 double overhand
280 x 3 mixed grip
*belt on*
280 x 3
280 x 3
280 x 3
280 x 3

notes: lots of low rep sets, not wanting to tax the low back for what lay ahead

Deficit Stiff Legged Deadlifts (2 min rests)

130 x 8
160 x 8
190 x 6
140 x 8

notes: stood on a nice thick bumper plate. I wanted to do sets of 8, but my grip got tired on the 3rd set and I crushed a callus a bit, so I had to stop. So I did a backoff set. My grip is getting pounded these days.

Pallof Press (60 sec rests)

3 plates x 20/20
4 plates x 20/20
4 plates x 20/20

notes: gave my grip and my posterior chain a break with this core work.

Ukrainian Deadlifts (90 sec rest)

45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20
45 lb KB x 20

notes: I have seen people do these, but never tried them. They work pretty well as a finisher. My quads even felt the stretch on the negative, and the glutes were firing quite well. Low back started to remind me how sore it was.

Seated Closegrip Cable Rows (90 sec rests)

100 x 12
120 x 12
150 x 12

notes: Did them nice and slow and focused on the peak contraction. Went thumbless to let my grip have a break, and tried to strengthen up my low back.

I was considering doing cardio after, but my low back warned me it wanted to go home and chill out, so I heeded it.

April 29, 2015

Front Squats (2 min rests, romaleos, knee sleeves)

bar x 5
95 x 3
135 x 3
*belt on*
185 x 2
210 x 2
210 x 2
210 x 2
210 x 2
210 x 2

Sumo Deadlifts (sock feet, approx. 2 min rest)

bar x 5
135 x 3
*belt on*
225 x 3
235 x 12
235 x 12
235 x 12

notes: High reps felt good! I was worried it was going to destroy me, but not too bad, all things considered.

Deficit Stiff-Legged Deadlifts (Romaleos, long rests)

95 x 10
95 x 10
95 x 10

notes: I quickly found out my low back was REKT. I could barely get through these 3 sets, even with intense focus on the hams and lots of low back stretches in between sets.

After this, I decided to modify my assistance work and make it pretty much machines for the legs. Take a nap, low back. You earned it.

Leg Press (2-3 min rest, narrow stance, feet high)

8 plates x 15
12 plates x 12
12p x 15
12p x 15

notes: These made my quads pretty tired!

Superset Leg Extensions and Prone Leg Curls (60 sec rest)

100 x 10 / 100 x 10
90 x 10 / 90 x 10
80 x 10 / 80 x 10
80 x 10 / 80 x 10
80 x 10 / 80 x 10

notes: My legs were pretty beat, so I had to work to find a weight that enabled me to get in a good contraction. Once I hit 80, I also threw in some long iso-holds on peak contraction for the quads. As long as I could hold it on the last rep before lowering the weight. Saw chick ‘mirin, so I made sure to pull up the shorts on the extensions so she could see the quads work

I also played around a bit with where my toes pointed from set to set, to hit different parts of the muscle.

post-workout: 15 min LISS on the elliptical

Good workout! I am pretty beat up right now.

Apr 22, 2015

Sumo Deadlifts (2-3 min rests, sockfeet)

bar x 5
135 x 5
*belt on*
225 x 3
270 x 2
270 x 2
270 x 2
270 x 2
270 x 2

notes: getting better with speed off the floor. I think part of the problem on Wednesday was I was dropping my hips too low at the start.

Front Squats (romaleos, knee sleeves, 2-3 min rest)

bar x 5 long pauses at the bottom
135 x 3
*belt on*
185 x 6
185 x 3
135 x 12

notes: not too pleased. mathematically, I was aiming for a set of 12 with 185. But my core was fading fast. I don’t want to practice ****ty reps, so I stopped and did a second set, and it was even worse. So I dropped the weight and repped it out.

My weaknesses seemed clear, hammies and core, so that informs my assistance.

Deficit Stiff-Legged Deadlifts (sock feet, slow negs, 2 min rest)

95 x 10
95 x 10
95 x 10

notes: with the 25 plates on it, I was able to go as deep as I could handle with stiff-legged. So I kept them slow and worked that range.

Hex Bar Deadlifts (sock feet, explosive reps, 1-2 min rest)

200 x 6
200 x 6
200 x 6

notes: repped these out with a little explosiveness, occasionally to hold at the top and throw my shoulders back and squeeze my back. felt good.

Good Mornings (1-2 min rest)

bar x 15
95 x 15
115 x 15

notes: workin ze core

Leg Press (2-3 min rest, narrow stance, feet high)

6 plates x 15
8 plates x 15
10 plates x 15
12 plates x 15

notes: I have gutfat and big thighs, so I am always nervous I didn’t go deep enough, so I bring it down until I feel the thigh shift my floating rib. If I go deeper than that, my butt tends to lift off the platform, which is no bueno.

The workout had taken a while at that point, so I packed it in and came home.

Feb 16, 2015

Bum Day after work.

Glute Bridges (barbell, off the floor, short rest)

165 x 10
165 x 10
165 x 10
165 x 10
165 x 10

notes: trainer is experimenting with where I push off of. not a fan of the floor. easier to get into position though

Stepback Lunge (60 sec rest)

30 lb DBs x 8 per leg
30s x 8
30s x 8
30s x 8

SLDL (60 sec rest)

155 x 10
155 x 10
155 x 10
155 x 10
135 x 10

hyperextensions (30 sec rest)

12, 12, 12

notes: did lots of slow reps

post-workout cardio 2.1 mile LISS on the elliptical

Cut Day 16

The lack of sleep was kicking my butt all day, I was drifting through work like Homer Simpson driving home on a field of pillows. Just felt soft and squishy like a piece of cake all through the workout session, intensity negative 12. But I still did the workout. F it. in the butt.

I don’t care if I’m dying and on fire with radioactive herpes… my excuses can blow me… with a mouthful of birthday cake and a santa claus hat on. I ain’t skipping my workout.

warmup: foam rolled my IT bands, adductors, piriformis, then had a nap on the floor, lol

Circuit 1

DB Walking Lunges to Widegrip Pulldowns to Pulsing Side Planks

35s x 20 / 13 plates x 12 / 12 Pulses each side

ROW 2 min

35s x 20 / 13 plates x 12 / 12 Pulses each side

ROW 2 min

35s x 20 / 13 plates x 12 / 12 Pulses each side

ROW 2 min

Circuit 2

SLDL to Bent Over Row to Ab Rollouts

135 x 12 / 135 x 10 / 12 rollouts

Row 1 min

135 x 12 / 135 x 12 / 12 rollouts

Row 1 min

135 x 12 / 135 x 12 / 12 rollouts

Row 1 min

notes: Changing it up a bit from last week.

Hamstring Curls on Exercise Ball (30-60 sec rest)

20, 20, 20

Weighted Reverse Crunches (lift hips in the air, hold MB between knees, rest 30-60 sec)

12 lbs x 12, 12, 12

post-workout 15 min LISS on elliptical

Cycle 2 Week 2 Legs

Back at the trainer for Leg Day!  It paid off immediately, because even though I didn’t get to do all the exercises I wanted to do, the ones I DID do saw me get pushed farther than I would have pushed myself… sign of a good coach!

 

Squats – (60-120s rest)

105 x 5

130 x 5

155 x 5

180 x 3

210 x 3

235 x 10

notes:  Huge improvement!  Was only gunning for 8 reps on the AMRAP, and Coach pushed me to 10!  Beauty!

 

Prone Leg Curls (45s rest)

90 x 6

90 x 6

90 x 6 DROP 65 x 8 DROP 40 x 30

notes:  Those drop sets were too easy, I need to go heavier.

 

Leg Extensions  (one continuous set)

180 x 8 DROP 150 x 8 DROP 120 x 8 DROP 90 single leg reps x 6/6

notes:  Did this instead of leg press, again could def go heavier!

 Lunges (30s rest)

stepback lunges x 10/10

walking lunges with 30 lb KBs x 10/10

notes:  Running short on time!

DB SLDL (30-45s rest)

75s x 8

75s x 8

75s x 8

no time for calves!  oh well, will do tomorrow.  squeezed hard for time, had to improvise.