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27 Jan 2017

afternoon office workout. to switch it up a bit, I didn’t bring out the sleeves and wraps, and kept it totally raw

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Closegrip Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x some
135 x 5
185 x 3
225 x 5
225 x 5
225 x 4
225 x 3
185 x 8

notes: the elbow sleeves help a lot apparently lol. so I dropped the weight and did a backoff set

Flat DB Bench (medium rests, hammer grip)

40s x 10
60s x 5
85s x 10
85s x 10
85s x 8

Smith Machine Seated OHP (short rests)

warmup with bar
bar+90 x 10
+90 x 9
+90 x 6
+70 x 10
+70 x 10

notes: kept the rests short so the shoulders would stay burning the whole time. another backoff set. I felt kinda weak today overall, so I decided to keep the assistance light and high rep

Free Cable Widegrip Pulldowns (very short rests)

7 plates x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15

Seated DB Hammer Curls (medium rests)

45s x 10
45s x 9
45s x 8
45s x 7

notes: never do these seated. felt much harder. had to stop each set when I started involuntarily shrugging them. I guess that was the fatigue point lol

5 Dec 2016

Snowstorm today. I ended up doing my workout at the office instead of at the strongman gym, just to cut down on my time on the road. Saved my sanity a bit.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

OH WAIT!! NVM saving my sanity, the nice quiet peaceful empty office gym was filled with fools this afternoon! Someone plugged in their ipod and cranked up the Top 40. Its like listening to the radio… except you paid for all this garbage music YYYEEAAAHHHHHH!!! Then people hopped on the cardio machines and did it at 40%, never once being out of breath so that they could carry on a full conversation with their neighbour cardiofool the entire time! As I sat there looking at this, one guy ran over to the pullup bar, tried to do a kipping pullup (he wasn’t exhausted and forced to kip, he just wanted to look pro)… instantly kicked a bunch of equipment off a nearby rack YYEEEAAHHHHH!!!

Just screaming ninnys. Remember the scene in Stripes when they ran through the obstacle course??

So… I focused on my own stuff.

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x a few
135 x 2
185 x 2
225 x 1
*elbow sleeves on*
245 x 2
250 x 1
255 x 1
215 x 11

notes: forgot my wrist wraps! bah. oh well, it went ok even with my limp wrists.

Dual Cable Wide Pulldowns (90 sec rests)

10 plates x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
12p x 15

Seated Smith OHP (medium rests)

bar+90 x 12
bar+90 x 12
bar+90 x 12
bar+90 x 10

notes: I know you all love my Smith Machine 😛

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises and Full DB Front Raises and Band Pullaparts (medium rests)

15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 15 pullaparts
15s x 10 / 15s x 10 / 10 pullaparts
15s x 10 / 15s x 8 / 15 pullaparts

notes: shoulders were dying after this

29 Nov 2016

I did a mid-afternoon office workout, so I improvised exercises as necessary.

I also kinda felt like volume, like that would be fun. Technically, I am at the point in my Cube run where I should be peaking and cutting down on number of exercises, but meh, at this point if I think extra assistance will be fun… I’m gonna do extra assistance

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (90 sec rests)

150 x 8
175 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
205 x 3
*increase rest to 2 mins*
175 x 17
175 x 13

Closegrip Bench (2 min rests, wraps, sleeves)

205 x 5
205 x 7
205 x 5

notes: closegrip felt a bit off today. I got worried my shoulder was not in the right groove, so I moved to the Smith for a bit

Smith Machine Incline Press (2 min rests, no wraps, no sleeves, shallow incline)

bar+90 x 12
bar+110 x 10
bar+140 x 8
bar+160 x 4

Smith Machine Seated OHP (2 min rests)

bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10
bar+90 x 10

DB Flat Fly (30 sec rests, pronated grip, slow negs, pause at bottom)

20s x 10
20s x 10
20s x 10
20s x 10

notes: I just wanted lots of stretch, slow reps, pauses, short rests. It feels more comfortable holding them with the pronated grip, it makes it easier to do them with arms almost straight, so higher quality strict reps.

Smith Machine JM Press (60 sec rests)

bar x 12
bar+60 x 12
bar+70 x 10
bar+80 x 8
bar+90 x 6
bar+100 x 5

Dual Cable Widegrip Pulldowns (60 sec rests)

7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25
7 plates x 25

notes: I just pumped the reps out. I knew my back was so sore from yesterday that I don’t need to worry about hard contractions, just crank out the reps and the soreness will kick in lol. The pump was strong!

25 Nov 2016

Still feel a bit off this week. Back is a little sore, so I am still cutting the extra back work out, and saving up for Deadlift day. I also feel like I have tender muscles right under the bottom of my ribs. So I went for a light bench day today just to stay active.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (2 min rests)

bar x many
135 x 8
160 x 6
190 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
215 x 3
190 x 13
190 x 10

notes: I definitely felt off. Maybe it was too soon to bench again.

Flat DB Press (sleeves, no wraps, 2 min rests, hammergrip)

90s x 9
90s x 8
95s x 5
95s x 4

notes: I also wasn’t sipping on intra carbs, so my energy was fading a bit lol

Incline DB Press (45 degree incline, sleeves, no wraps, 2 min rests)

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

Smith Machine Seated OHP (no wraps, no sleeves, 2 min rests)

bar x 10
90+bar x 2
140+bar x 2
160+bar x 2

JM Press (smith machine, 60 sec rests)

bar x 15
50+bar x 15
50+bar x 15
50+bar x 15
50+bar x 15

4 Nov 2016

Noontime office workout. I had to modify some workouts to make sure I could keep things flowing and not have to wait for a piece of equipment.

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, shrugs

Bench Press (long rests)

bar x many
135 x 8
160 x 8
190 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
215 x 3
230 x 2
245 x 1

notes: peaking for a 1RM session

Closegrip Bench (long rest, wraps, sleeves)

205 x 10
205 x 9

Smith Machine Incline Bench (medium rests, no wraps, no sleeves, shallow incline)

bar +90 x 12
+110 x 10
+140 x 8
+150 x 6
+160 x 5

Smith Machine Bent Over Rows (2 min rests)

bar +90 x 10
+180 x 7
+180 x 8
+180 x 8
+180 x 7

notes: these actually felt really good, everything was squeezing in my position/stance: hams, hips, back. I focused on driving the elbows up.

Smith Machine JM Press (less than 60 seconds rest)

bar x 15
bar +50 x 15
+60 x 10
+70 x 8
+80 x 6
+90 x 5

Flat DB Flys (alternating speed on sets, pronated grip, short rests)

25s x 10
25s x 10
25s x 10
25s x 10

notes: pronated feels better on my shoulders. I alternated speeds: Sets 1 and 3 I tried to pump them out and get the chest squeeze in, and on sets 2 and 4 I lowered them very slowly, and let them stretch me at the bottom. Good to stretch out my chest tendons at the end of the workout.

18 Oct 2016

Did nada Sunday, took Monday off work and did nada. Was dying of boredom, so I went back to work on Tuesday, and did an office workout since I am already right there. I can kind of limp along without pain. I cant bend my toe down right now, but I can extend it up. Still healing. But dammit, I can bench.

warmup: forgot lol

Bench Press (medium rests)

bar x lots
135 x 8
160 x 6
190 x 5
*wraps, sleeves*
215 x 3
245 x 1
245 x 1
245 x 1
215 x 11
215 x 8

notes: whew! tiring

Flat DB Press (hammergrip, medium rests, sleeves on, no wraps)

80s x 10
90s x 8
100s x 6
100s x 5

notes: this gym doesn’t go higher than 100 DBs. boo

Smith Machine Incline Bench (short rests, shallow incline, no wraps, no sleeves)

bar x bunch
bar+90 x 5
bar+160 x 3
bar+160 x 3
bar+160 x 3

JM Press (smith machine, 30 sec rests)

bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15
bar+50 x 15

notes: triceps burning

Seated Smith Machine OHP (30 sec rests)

bar+50 x 12
bar+50 x 14
bar+50 x 12
bar+50 x 13

notes: not a lot of high weight, but a nice high rep finisher. I went til it burned.

Inverted Row (30 sec rests)

6, 8, 6

notes: I was sucking wind on this one. not sure why. I skipped the intra carbs this session, maybe that’s why? I ran out of gas? meh

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

29 Aug 2016

Worked out with an office coworker. He was doing similar things, but otherwise we had our own space and our own weights.

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

Bench Press (traded sets back and forth)

bar x lots
95 x 3
135 x 3
185 x 2
*wrist wraps on*
200 x 3
200 x 3
200 x 3
200 x 3
200 x 3
200 x 3
*wraps and sleeves*
200 x 12 Rep PR!!

notes: big PR for me! I will happily take it. Bench is clicking nicely lately. Coworker was benching with DBs.

Slingshot Bench (blue sling, traded sets back and forth)

220 x 4
230 x 4
240 x 4
250 x 4

notes: finished off with some strong slingsharts. coworker was doing more DB bench.

DB Rows (facedown on incline bench, trade sets back and forth)

50s x 12
50s x 12
50s x 12
50s x 12

Superset: Strict DB Side Raises & Smith Machine JM Press & DB Curls (trade sets back and forth)

20s x 15 / bar+50 x 15 / 35s x 15
20s x 15 / bar+50 x 15 / 35s x 15
10s x 15 (slow) / bar+50 x 15 / 30s x 15

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 May 2016

I got bored and decided to do a “fun” session today. It won’t translate to any of the strongman events, but keeps me active and keeps the blood flowing and makes me happy. So… bench! lol

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

Flat DB Press (elbow sleeves, 2 min rests)

40s x 25
50s x 21
60s x 21
70s x 15
80s x 12
90s x 8
100s x 5
90s x 7
80s x 8
70s x 11
60s x 17
50s x 23

notes: run the rack until your chest pops. crossing my fingers for some chest DOMS tomorrow. Those are my favorite!

Also, I never used to think of 2 min rests as too short, but since doing strongman, 2 min now feels too short, lol. I am getting so lazy.

Seated Smith Machine OHP (2 min rests)

bar + 50 x 8
+70 x 8
+90 x 7

notes: oh man… my shoulders were more tired than I thought! Running the rack wore me out, I could not do ohp for chit today, so I scrapped it and moved on.

Superset: Cable Side Raises & Hammer Curls & DB Shrugs

15 x 12 / 40s x 12 / 100s x 12
15 x 12 / 40s x 12 / 100s x 12

coodlown: glute bridges, static hip stretches, band pullaparts