Tag Archive: upright rows


Nov 17, 2015

warmup: slow neg side raises, Cuban presses, one arm shrugs; foam rolled upper back, armpits

Swiss Bar Overhead Press (2-3 min rests, not strict)

82 x 5
102 x 5
124 x 12 @RPE9
124 x 11 @RPE9
124 x 11 @RPE9
124 x 10 @RPE9
124 x 9 @RPE9
124 x 9 @RPE9

Superset: Skullcrushers & Barbell Curls (2 min rests)

75 x 12 / 65 x 11
75 x 11 / 65 x 10
75 x 9 / 65 x 9
75 x 9 / 65 x 11
75 x 11 / 65 x 11

notes: triceps feeling burnt by the end. They are the sticking point in my OHP as well, so I know they need the work.

Superset: pushups & DB Curls (2 min rests)

10 / 35s x 12
8 / 35s x 11
9 / 35s x 12
9 / 35s x 13
8 / 35s x 11

Superset: DB Upright Rows & Cable Face Pulls (2 min rests)

30s x 16 / 65 x 12
30s x 15 / 65 x 12
30s x 17 / 65 x 11
30s x 15 / 65 x 12
30s x 14 / 65 x 12

It was almost 10 pm by this point, so I scrapped the cardio and came home.

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Nov 10, 2015

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

Log Press (2 min rests, elbow sleeves, not strict)

80 x 5
120 x 12 @RPE8
120 x 11 @RPE8
120 x 11 @RPE8
120 x 11 @RPE8
120 x 10 @RPE8

notes: was having some tendinitis in my elbow, so the sleeves helped keep things tight

Superset: Skullcrushers & Barbell Curls (2 min rests)

70 x 14 / 60 x 12
70 x 14 / 60 x 12
70 x 12 / 60 x 12
70 x 15 / 60 x 9

Superset: V Bar Pushdowns & DB Curls (2 min rests)

90 x 8 / 30s x 12
90 x 11 / 30s x 11
90 x 10 / 30s x 11
90 x 9 / 30s x 11

Superset: DB Upright Rows & Cable Face Pulls (2 min rests)

22.5s x 20 / 60 x 9
22.5s x 17 / 60 x 12
22.5s x 16 / 60 x 13
22.5s x 17 / 60 x 11

notes: these two definitely compete with each other. when I did less reps on the upright rows, the face pulls went up, and vice versa

Nov 6, 2015

everything still aches from yesterday, but the GMs made my hammies more sore. After today, my forearms would be sore and cramping too. Total planetwide devastation. ELE, all over my ass.

I decided for this workout to do my shoulder work on the Smith machine. I can still go heavy, and if my shoulder tweaks I can dump it without risk.

Seated Smith OHP (2 min rests)

bar x 8
bar + 50 x 8
+70 x 8
+90 x 10 @RPE7
+90 x 12 @RPE7
+90 x 11 @RPE7
+90 x 12 @RPE7

Superset: Skullcrushers & Barbell Curls (2 min rests, skulls to top of head)

65 x 11 / 55 x 13
65 x 15 / 55 x 12
65 x 14 / 55 x 12

notes: it always looks silly in the mirror when I curl this long-ass bar with dinky 5 lb plates on each side. but then my biceps look awesome in the mirror, and it all becomes worth it

Superset: V-Bar Pushdowns & DB Curls (2 min rests)

13 plates x 9 / 25s x 12
13 plates x 11 / 25s x 12
13 plates x 9 / 25s x 11

Superset: DB Upright Rows & Cable Face Pulls (2 min rests)

20s x 22 / 5 plates x 20
20s x 20 / 5 plates x 20
20s x 18 / 5 plates x 14

notes: these were both working my traps, so they were exhausted by the end

I did this workout in the afternoon at the office. I worked another hour, finished my shift, came home. Collapsed on the couch for an hour. Could not move. Exhausted and sore. Not sure I will be able to pull my chit together for a Saturday morning workout.

Sept 8, 2015

enjoyed the long weekend, now back at it. I wanted a quiet gym with no one in it, just clear my head. so I went to the office gym after hours. they don’t have an incline bench setup, so I had to use the smith machine.

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

Smith Machine Incline Press (30 degree incline, 1-2 min rests)

bar x 5
bar + 95 x 5
+110 x 5
+120 x 10
+120 x 10
+120 x 10

Horizontal Rows (30 sec rests)

12, 9, 10, 8, 7

Smith Machine Shoulder Press (90 sec rests)

bar x 6
bar + 70 x 6
+90 x 6
+100 x 6
+110 x 6
+120 x 6
+130 x 6
+140 x 2

notes: failed once I put 140 on the bar

Superset: Hammer Curls & Cable Upright Rows & Band Pushdowns (2 min rests)

35s x 12 / 8 plates x 12 / 15 pushdowns
35s x 12 / 8 plates x 12 / 15 pushdowns
35s x 12 / 8 plates x 12 / 15 pushdowns

notes: the band was not thick, so I twisted my hands at the bottom of the pushdown so I could squeeze the triceps harder

July 30, 2015

Took a timely day off on Wednesday. Back at it!

AM Workout

warmup: foam rolled upper back, lats, armpits, pecs

Incline DB Pullovers (roughly 30 degree incline, 30 sec rests)

50 lb DB x 15
50 x 15
50 x 15

notes: I find with the incline I can load up my lats a bit better.

Decline DB Fly (30 sec rests)

20s x 12
20s x 12
20s x 12

notes: by keeping my palms down, I don’t tweak my shoulder as bad doing these. Slowed it down at the bottom of the ROM, really enjoyed the stretch.

Upright Rows (30 sec rests)

45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15
45 x 15

notes: light weight, going for that pump.

post: 15 min LISS

PM workout Strongman stuff

Yoke and Carry Medley: carry yoke 10 metres, turn around carry it back 10 metres, carry keg 10 metres do a 180 and carry it back

375 lb Yoke and a 130 lb Keg

5 sets, 3 min rests

I failed the Keg on the last 2 sets. My upper back was tired as chit, and I couldn’t keep the keg tight to my chest. That silly wussy upright row workout wore me out! I felt foolish.

Atlas Stones: max reps with 170 stone to a height of 56 inches. 5 min rests

4 reps, failed 5th
4 reps
4 reps

notes: I thought I would get more reps, but either my conditioning sux, or whatever. I didn’t want to go to failure, because I didn’t want to drop a 170 stone almost 5 feet, and either crack the stone or dent the ground, so maybe I was a but gunshy. I also managed to build up a nice giant bruise on my bicep

July 21, 2015

AM Workout

Straight Arm Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

1 plate x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 12

Pec Deck (30 sec rests)

1p x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15

Upright Rows (30 sec rests)

1p x 15
2p x 15
3p x 15
4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 12

PM Workout

Strongman

Yoke/Carry Medley: 350 lb Yoke for 10 ft, turn around, 350 lb Yoke back for 10 ft; 120 lb circus dumbbell for 20 ft

5 sets of that, 3 min rests in between sets

notes: on Set 5, ended up pinching my gut skin in between the carry object and my belt – that hurt, lol!

Atlas Stones

150 lb stone to a 56″ platform; 170 lb to a 52″; 210 lb to a 52″

3 sets of that, 60 sec rest in between

notes: I actually tried to do 4 stones, the 4th was the 240 lb stone to a 48″ platform. But I failed the 240 the first time, ended up dropping the 210 lb stone on my toe the 2nd time so I stopped early, and then I actually failed the 210 lb stone on the 3rd set. So I was dying.

Decline DB Fly (30 sec rests)

12s x 12
12s x 12
12s x 12

Widegrip T Bar Rows (60 sec rests)

45 x 5
145 x 4
145 x 6
145 x 7

May 11, 2015

Runnin outta gas, need a day off. I think my back is tired as fukk, and its zapping my energy in general.

One more kick at the can, then I take tomorrow off.

Push Press (elbow sleeves, wrist wraps, oly shoes, short rests)

bar x 5 strict
135 x 3
175 x 6
175 x 6
175 x FAIL
155 x 8

notes: those 175 sets were hard-fought. On the 3rd set I ran outta gas, so I did a backoff set right away. Found a good working weight for a while I think.

Superset Cable Face Pulls and YT Flys with the TRX

60 x 15 / 10Y10T
60 x 15 / 10Y10T
60 x 15 / 10Y10T

Superset Hybrid Rear Delt Upright Cable Row & “Agony Press”

I call it an Agony Press because that’s what CT Fletcher called it, lol. Its a front OHP followed by a BTN OHP. Works my weak points quite well.

60 x 15 / 30 x 20
60 x 15 / 40 x 20
60 x 15 / 40 x 36

notes: 36 was the max # of agony presses I could do, lol

Short and sweet, F it, go eat some scrambled eggs and salsa and a brown tortilla and call it a day.

March 22, 2015

can’t get enough of that shoulder work!

you may scoff at all of my shoulder days, but shoulders are my weak point, so it was a conscious choice. Starting to see more cuts than usual in my shoulders when I train now, and when I tested out DB flat press last week, it had gone up… which tells me that my road to a bigger bench lies through beefed-up shoulders So 2 shoulder days a week and only one chest movement a week seems to be ok for now.

Strict OHP (2 min rest)

45 x 5
75 x 5
(elbow sleeves on)
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10

notes: Progress! I could tell this was going to be a good day.

Cable Upright Rows (rope attach, 60 sec rest)

100 x 10
100 x 10
100 x 10
110 x 10
120 x 10

notes: Again, feeling good!

One Arm DB OHP (2 min rest)

25 x 10/10
40 x 5/5
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8
60 x 8/8
60 x 7/7
60 x 6/6

notes: Some minor progress from last time! Although yes, I did up the rest. But still. Progress!

post-workout: LISS cardio

Mar 17, 2015

Back from being sick!!

 

fasted cardio this am – about 30 min

just before noon, hit some shoulders

they have no rack in this gym, and my shoulders are still being weird when it comes to cleans, so I decided to be a puss and use the smith machine for now, lol

seated Smith Machine shoulder press (90 sec rest)

bar x 10
bar + 50 x 5
bar+100 x 10
+100 x 10
+100 x 8
+100 x 7
+100 x 5 DROP +50 x 7

notes: Ended the last set off with a quick drop set.

Cable Upright Rows (rope attach, 60 sec rest)

42.5 x 10
42.5 x 10
47.5 x 10
52.5 x 10
57.5 x 10

notes: This gym has heavy set of cables, so this was a good weight for me.

One Arm DB OHP (90 sec rest)

25 x 10/10
40 x 3/3
60 x 8/8
60 x 7/7
60 x 5/5
60 x 6/6
60 x 6/6

notes: Really went for this one. Increased the weight and decreased the rest from last week. Felt good!

Mar 11, 2015

 

Yup, Disco during fasted cardio. Gotta keep it upbeat and peppy.

Did some fasted cardio in the morning at the office gym. Worked all day, then went to a different office gym for some shoulders. Decided to up the rest and see if I can crank out more reps.

OHP (2 min rest)

45 x 5
75 x 5
(elbow sleeves on)
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 8

notes: So close to 5 full good sets! Then a young African lady was hovering nearby, and wanted to use the rack I was in, so no probs. Off I went to something else.

Right as I was setting up for Upright Rows, this guy in the Squat Rack royally fukks up. He was squatting 265, not horrible depth, but I think his stance was too wide. Just my opinion. So he is unloading the plates, and decides to do one side ONLY. So now there is 110 lbs on one side of the bar and nothing on the other, so the bar flips end over end and hits the ground barely a foot away from a lady on the stairmaster… he could have very nearly clobbered some cardio chick with a flying barbell. What a dumbass!!!

I and another guy come over to help. Squatter says he is fine and braces his foot on the plate (the collar is still on) as he tried to yank the pole out through the collar and through the plates like he is jerking off Iron Man. I gently remind him “the bar is only 45 pounds, you know”. I hope he is later struck by the lightbulb thought-bubble of physics and math.

Cable Upright Rows (rope attach, 60 sec rest)

80 x 10
90 x 10
100 x 10
(decreased rest to 40 sec)
110 x 10
120 x 10

notes: This gym has a different cable setup so I had to explore the weights to find the sweet spot. This gym also had a good rope attach, so I was using that. Then ANOTHER lady wanted to use my rope attach – this one was a 50 yr old lady with GIANT fake bombs and sun-damaged skin, like a Masters figure competitor or something. I see her in the gym all the time, she is really good at working out, its just every other choice she has made that causes me to facepalm. I offered to trade sets with her but she was very gracious and offered to wait, so I lowered the rests a bit so I could get through all 5 sets.

One Arm DB OHP (2 min rest)

20 x 10/10
35 x 5/5
55 x 8/8
55 x 8/8
55 x 8/8
55 x 8/8
55 x 7/7

notes: The 50s were being used, so I grabbed the 55s and upped the rest. Soooooo close!!! I cursed when I failed that 8th rep on the 5th set.

Because I had gotten my cardio out of the way in the morning, I just went home after that.