Tag Archive: traps


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

17 Dec 2017

Being xmas lazy, slacking on the workouts!

Coooold morning strongman gym, kneedeep in snow. bleh

warmup: spilled my drink, mopped the floor, cleaned the gym, lol

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet)

135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 3
405 x 3
405 x 3
405 x 3

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (sock feet, medium rest)

315 x 3
315 x 4

notes: I normally do block pulls first, but the blocks were being used. Still not using straps for these, and it cost me a bit of work, my grip was the first to go on both sets. I should probably strap up and save my grip for farmers/frame work.

Axle Deadlifts- 5 inch blocks (medium thick axle, medium rests, figure 8s, sock feet)

170 x 1
260 x 1
350 x 1
440 x 2
440 x 1

Frame Carry (medium rests, sock feet)

280 for 55 feet, drop, pick, return 55 feet
370 for 55 feet – SUPERSET – shrugs x 8
370 for 55 feet – SUPERSET – shrugs x 8
470 for 55 feet
470 for 55 feet

notes: thought I would combine my shrugs and frame carries. the iron handles get cold if you leave them alone too long, so a superset is less painful, haha. I didn’t bring the right shoes, so if I was going to do it in my sock feet, I figured a frame has nil chance of getting dropped on my feet… not that a sneaker will save my foot from a 470 pound frame… but I have a little more pushoff to get out of the way if I am wearing a new pair of sneakers.

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.

19 Nov 2016

ARG… my triceps are so sore today! my rear delts aren’t sore, just tired, which is a relief.

Saturday – cold-ass morning with cold iron in my cold hands. Still teamnobelt.

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet)

135 x 5
225 x 5
315 x 5
385 x 5
385 x 4
385 x 4

note: my forearms were already hurting, maybe I worked them harder yesterday than I thought.

Axle 5 inch Block Pulls (long rests, sock feet, extra thick axle, straps)

255 x 3
415 x 3
415 x 3

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (medium rest, sock feet)

275 x 6
275 x 6

Widegrip Pulldowns (medium rests)

180 x 10
180 x 10
180 x 10
180 x 10

notes: cold metal, rough knurling, plus my grip was dying by this point, so these shredded my hands

Frame Shrugs (short rests)

320 x 10
320 x 10
320 x 10

notes: again, cold metal, and failing grip, after every set my hands ached

Frame Static Hold

456 lb frame held for 21 seconds

notes: this was my finisher. it was intense, I took a solid grip in the middle of my palm, and I could feel the handles spinning my hands around as it slid down to my fingers, and then it was gonna end soon.

29 Oct 2016

Back from vacation!

Fighting off an eye infection, but I wanted to go to the gym. If I felt my eye oozing, I would leave, since I don’t want to give it to other people.

Also, it was Halloween themed day at the strongman gym, so I put on my Unicorn mask Bonus: Halloween candy as intraworkout!

warmup: stretched out low back

Unicorn Deadlifts (very short rests, sock feet, mask on)

135 x 2
185 x 2
225 x 2
275 x 2
*rests shortened to alternating doubles with partner, prob 30 seconds or less*
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
335 x 2
*longer rest then another 335 x 1*

notes: cardio! Instead of 30 second rest periods, I just jumped back and forth with another guy. I also did these with the mask on. I pretended it was a high altitude mask because it was hard to breathe! Plus it made me sweat like crazy. After 6 low rest doubles, I did another single so I could get a photo op with my unicorn mask on

My foot is still too swollen to be comfy in a shoe, so I did these in wool socks.

Axle 5 inch Block Pulls (long rest, sock feet, straps, extra thick axle)

360 x 5
360 x 5

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (short rests, sock feet)

205 x 6
205 x 6
225 x 6

notes: everyone was deadlifting today! So I worked in with another person, and just used their weight. Maybe too light but it helped me focus on form.

Chest Supported T-Bar Rows (short rests, alternating grip)

110 x 10 Elbows high
110 x 10 Elbows mid height
110 x 10 Elbows low

notes: I wanted to do pulldowns, but it was taken, so I did these instead.

Unicorn Frame Shrugs (medium rest, mask on)

280 x 10
280 x 10
280 x 10

Unicorn Viking Press (very short rests, mask on)

100 x 15
100 x 17
100 x 14

notes: My foot didn’t feel solid enough to do a moving event like the Farmers Walk. Plus I wasn’t wearing shoes. So I chose to do some burnout OHPs with the Viking Press. Plus mask

At this point, I was done what I came to do, but my workout buddy wasn’t done his workout, so I occupied myself with random crap.

DB Hammer Curls (short rests)

30s x 15
30s x 15
30s x 15

Hyperextensions (short rests)

16, 16, 16

Face Pulls (minimal rest)

15 x 100 reps, as many sets as it took (about 4)

Happy that my eye held up! A fun first session back after travelling.

 

22 Oct 2016

Its been a rough few weeks. Plagued by injuries and mistakes. Went back to the gym today to dabble in all sorts of lower body stuff, see how my foot handles the pressure. My foot is still puffed up, so no shoes workout for me today.

warmup: stretched out low back

Deadlifts (long rests, sock feet)

135 x 2
225 x 2
275 x 2
315 x 2
410 x 2
410 x 1
410 x 1

notes: sad to say my low back still feels tweaked, it hurts when I go for lockout, so I moved from doubles to singles. Foot felt ok though.

Low Bar Squats (medium rests, pause at the bottom, sandals instead of shoes)

135 x 2
225 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2
260 x 2

notes: not bad, nice pauses. basically barefoot. gym not that clean though so I wore sandals

Frame Shrugs (short rest)

280 x 10
280 x 10

notes: frame shrugs often end up with you doing something between a regular shrug and a snatch grip shrug. So it is a nice change. At this point I was jumping on and off equipment while it was free and between other people’s sets though, so I wasn’t doing many sets, just dabbling in different things.

SSB Good Morning

160 x 10

SSB Squats (medium rest, sandals)

250 x 5
300 x 3 PR!

notes: form is getting more confident on SSB Squats, so I am pushing more weight

Prone Leg Curls (short rest)

140 x 15
140 x 15

notes: then I got offered a ride back from the gym and I took it. Kind of a rehab day, nothing too deep, but I think it was promising. I am keen on getting back to the routine for real.

30 Sept 2016

have been super busy lately doing job competitions. But I decided it was time to do some gym.

late night Friday DLs

Deadlifts (speed, short rests, SABOs)

135 x 3
225 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3
310 x 3

notes: the ORIGINAL goal was speed. I immediately found out my back was sore, especially the low back when I went for lockout. So they kinda ended up being normal speed, LOL.

Axle Deadlifts – 5 inch Block Pulls (extra thick axle, straps, long rest)

335 x 5
335 x 5

notes: the straps weren’t long enough, and the axle was too thick. I could barely close my hand around the bar, and the strap was so tight it felt it was yanking my hands off. I needed 15 min in between sets just to get the color back in my hands, seriously. it was not good looking. it kind of fried my grip, ironically

Snatch Grip Deadlifts (short rests)

275 x 4
275 x 8
275 x 6

notes: still experimenting with my foot placement, grip width, and speed of lifts

Widegrip Pulldowns (short rests)

180 x 10
180 x 15
180 x 13
180 x 9

notes: I was fading pretty hard by this point, and my performance was suffering.

DB shrugs (short rests)

110s x 10
110s x 10
110s x 10

Farmers Walk – Static Hold

160 per hand held for 35 seconds

notes: my grip felt fried, so I just wanted a finisher

Inverted Rows (short rests)

10, 10, 10

18 June 2016

Saturday morning! I didn’t sleep at all Friday, so I slid into the strongman gym a few hours late and feeling like crap. I decided to just get my main work done and go light on the assistance, and try to hydrate and detox a bit.

warmup: nada

Deadlifts (chucks, 1 minute 45 sec rests, beltless)

135 x 3
185 x 3
225 x 2
275 x 2
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3
300 x 3

notes: I was so wrecked in the morning I packed the wrong shoes. I mean they were still flat, but they weren’t my SABOs. 105 second rests, stopwatch ready, 10 working sets of 3 at 60%. Made me sweaty.

I was reeeeeally curious what the Rogue SSB was like, so I played around with it a bit today.

SSB Squats (just the bar, short rests)

70 lb bar x 8
70 x 10

Leg Press (steep incline, feet high)

9 plates x 8 @ RPE7
11 plates x 8 @RPE7
11 plates x 8 @RPE7.5

SSB Good Mornings (short rests)

70 x 12
70 x 12
70 x 15

notes: I declare the new Safety Squat Bar… GAF! Will definitely make it part of my assistance work.

Then I headed outside for some light frame carries. Easy cardio.

Frame Carry (short rests)

180 for 80 ft
180 @ 80′
180 @ 80′
180 @ 80′
180 @ 80′ SUPERSET with frame shrugs: 180 x 12
180 @ 80′ / 180 x 12 shrugs
180 @ 80′ / 180 x 12

notes: shrugs felt AMAZING. I might have to superset shrugs into more of my strongman events, lol.

Sun was beating down, I was so sweaty my grey shirt had become unrecognizable, and I was getting hungry, so we all split after this.

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

16 April 2016

Strongman fun today. Had a couple of new people come in and try out the implements, which always keeps things lively.

warmup: I was gonna, but I forgot

Circus Dumbbell

40 x 5 left side, 5 right side, clean once then press
*shortened rest times between sets to 90 seconds, clean each rep*
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3
70 x 3/3

notes: having to clean each rep was fun! no wraps or sleeves. felt like cardio.

Closegrip Incline Bench Press (short rests)

95 x 3
135 x 3
*wrist wraps, elbow sleeves*
170 x 5
190 x 4

I had to kill some time before the Farmers Walk implements were ready, so I did other work while I waited.

Leaning Strict Side Raises (short rests)

22.5 x 10/10
22.5 x 10/10
22.5 x 10/10

Hammer Curls (short rests)

50s x 10
50s x 10

DB Shrugs (short rests)

110s x 10
110s x 10

Farmers Walks

130 per hand for 55 feet
130/hand for 55 ft
180/hand for 55 ft
180/hand for 55 ft
220/hand for 55 ft
220/hand for 55 ft
270/hand for 55 ft PR!!

notes: really happy for this, grip strength is coming along well.

Widegrip Pulldowns

120 x 5
150 x 5
195 x 8
195 x 8
195 x 8
195 x 6