Tag Archive: yoke


10 Dec 2016

The goal today was a short and sweet workout with perhaps a PR! Intensity high, volume low, see how the weights feel.

warmup: light leg extensions, light leg curls, TKEs, calf rises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (long rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves, no belt)

135 x 2
225 x 2
315 x 1
335 x 2
345 x 1
355 x 1
300 x 6

notes: weights felt good! I might give squats a run for the title next week, but for now I moved on.

Yoke Walk (medium rests, street shoes)

340 for 25 feet
340 for 25 feet
430 for 25 feet
520 for 25 feet
605 for 25 feet
705 for 25 feet PR!!

notes: yessss…. I haven’t made an attempt at a Yoke PR since June. We have a rattly/jiggly yoke, and it gets worse as you add weight. I find that if you curse and swear while you walk with it, then it stays stable LOL

I can expect to see 700 lb yokes at the avg comp next summer, so I am ahead of the game on yoke. This was heavy but moved well, so I can work now on going heavier in practice so that comps will feel extra light. I mean, the rest of my events are sheeeeeeiiittttt, but at least I got yoke in a good place

I was going to do some assistance at this point, but my ride to the strongman gym had thrown up from PR’ing Deadlifts, and wanted to go home, so…. no loss for calling it at that point. Super short session!

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1 Dec 2016

I am not the only lifter feeling demotivated in my gym. I am gonna try upping my Vitamin D.

Late-night legs. I wanted to bury all my squats deep tonight and see how my knee felt. Still Team NoBelt.

warm-up: light quad extensions, ham curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squat (long rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves, no belt)

135 x 3
225 x 3
315 x 4
315 x 3
315 x 4

SSB Squat (long rests, Romaleos, sleeves)

70 x 2
160 x 2
250 x 2
305 x 2
305 x 2

notes: generally successful on squats, went deep, paused at the bottom a bit, exploded back up. knee felt good.

SSB Good Mornings (long rests)

160 x 5
160 x 5

notes: gym was crowded, so I only took a long rest so that I would avoid smacking bars with someone in the neighboring rack

Yoke Walk (sock feet, no rest)

340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft, 340 for 25 ft

notes: I forgot to bring indoor sneakers, so I had to do it my socks. I didn’t like it, I prefer farmers and yoke in sneakers, but my only sneakers were wet and muddy from the snow. I went back and forth, bring it the distance of our track, drop, turn around, pick, head back, repeat.

Prone Leg Curls (medium rests)

150 x 15
150 x 15
150 x 15

At this point I considered doing hyperextensions, but at that point a large sweaty man was draped over the hyperextension machine trying to make the lactic acid in his shoulders go away, and it was late so I said F it and came home!

21 Nov 2016

Had to work a bit late, so my workout started late. First real snowstorm in my city today. When I got to the gym, it was deserted. I hoped more people would show up, it was a little too quiet (normally I enjoy an empty gym)

warmup: light quad extensions, ham curls, TKEs, calf raises, dorsiflexions

Low Bar Squats (explosive reps, 60 sec rests, Romaleos, knee sleeves)

135 x 2
225 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2
280 x 2

notes: kept the rest short and the reps explosive

SSB Squats (atg, 2 min rests, shoes, sleeves)

bar x 3
160 x 3
250 x 1
270 x 3
270 x 3
270 x 3

notes: without my shoulders torqued up, I find it easier to go atg.

before I did the GMs, I took the time to assemble the yoke out of all of its parts. Took 10 min, and involved me doubled over a lot of the time, which made me feel it in my back a bit.

SSB Good Mornings (30 sec rest, sock feet)

70 lb bar x 15
70 x 12

notes: I think my low back is still sore from Saturdays deadlifts workout. By set 2 of just the bar, my low back was so pumped I had to stop.

At this point, it was getting late, wanted to go home, gym was too quiet, it was a blizzard outside, my back was almost done… so, I struck a bargain with myself: if I could static hold a loaded yoke for over 60 seconds, I would scrap the rest of the workout LOL

Static Yoke Hold (sock feet)

516 lbs held for 65 seconds!

Hooray! I guess getting the F out of there was great motivation LOL. For those of you who know yokes, I will say that our gym has this amazingly awkward, wobbly, shaky, rattling, swaying yoke. Whenever we host a competition, outside competitors always curse our yoke haha. So holding it up for 65 seconds DOES in fact involve core work, because it starts swaying and swinging almost right away.

At any rate, after that I spent another 10 min taking the yoke BACK apart, then packed up and went home.

I still feel guilty I skipped some of the assistance work, so if I am not wrecked tomorrow, I might hit up log and bench.

7 May 2016

Saturday morning Strongman fun.

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

Circus Dumbbell

40 x 5 per side *clean once*
60 x 2/2 *clean once*
*wrist wraps on*
85 x 1/1
85 x 1/1
85 x 1/1
100 x FAIL

notes: went for a PR, unsuccessful

Closegrip Incline Bench Press

95 x 3
135 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
195 x 1
205 x 1

notes: ran out of time, had to do other strongman stuff

Front Carry

220 lb wheel x 25 feet, do a 180, back 25 feet
220 lb wheel x 55 feet

notes: I had not tried walking with the big blue metal Train wheel yet. Felt good!

Frame Carry

225 x 80 feet
225 x 80′
405 x 80′
405 x 80′

notes: big jump in weight, but we had to get ready for yoke

Yoke Carry

340 x 80′
340 x 80′
428 x 80′
516 x 80′
604 x 80′ Beltless PR!!
516 x 80′

notes: 600 pounds felt good! It gets so heavy by that point that I start swearing to myself just to focus. Cursing and swearing. The backoff set at 516 was super hard! I didn’t know how much the top set took out of me until I tried to lift it. I needed 10 seconds just to steady the weight, as soon as I picked it up it was swaying all over the place.

cooldown: prone spinal twists, hip stretches, 100 reps of glute bridges

23 April 2016

As things are getting more serious, I am going to have to seriously consider when I can squat. Even after that deadlifting session, my knee hurt. I will have to play it by ear, maybe take some time off squats, and leg day might need to look a lot different for a while.

Saturday morning strongman gym time.

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

Circus Dumbbell (short rests)

40 x 5 per side *clean once*

*switch to clean and press each rep*
65 x 3/3
65 x 3/3
65 x 3/3

*wrist wraps and elbow sleeves on*
85 x 1/1

Closegrip Incline Bench (short rests)

95 x 3
135 x 3
*wraps, sleeves*
150 x 4
160 x 4

Widegrip Pulldowns (short rests)

150 x 8
195 x 10
195 x 10

Frame Carry

270 lb frame for 55 feet, drop, pick back up, return 55 feet
360 for 55′, 360 for 55′
450 for 55′
500 for 55′

notes: my knee got a little wobbly walking with 500, and I didn’t bring my knee sleeves with me, so I stopped there.

Rolling Thunder

110 lb plate 3 per side
160 X FAIL both sides
135 x 1/1

notes: very first time f’ing with this. hard! I like it though. not too taxing a lift.

Yoke Carry

340 for 25′, drop it, pick it back up, bring it back 25′
430 for 25′, 430 for 25′
520 for 25′, 520 for 25′
520 for 25′, 520 for 25′

I liked this session! I might replace my squats with more moving events, as needed.

Sept 5, 2015

Strongman Saturday.

Atlas Stones AMRAP in 60 seconds

170 lb stone to a 48″ platform: 6 reps
170 to 48″ – 8 reps
170 to 52″ – 6 reps

notes: intensity hadn’t kicked in yet, this felt more like a warmup

Axle Overhead Press press from rack

20 lb axle x 3
70 x 3
110 x 3
130 x 3 (switched to push press)
150 x 3
160 x 3
170 x 2

Farmers Walks going for speed

130 per hand for 60 ft in 10 seconds
180/hand, 60 ft, 12.2 seconds
180/hand, 60 ft, 11.48 seconds

Log Press clean it once, then press mult times

90 lb log x 5
100 x 5
110 x 10
110 x 10
110 x 10

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns

135 x 12

notes: People were putting the yoke together, so I scrapped lat pulls and went back outside into the hot sun.

Yoke Carry Going for a heavy set, until I can’t go 50 ft without dropping it

340 lbs for 60 ft
440, 60 ft
340, 75 ft
440, 75 ft
530, 75 ft
620, 50 ft… then took it another 10 ft, then took it another 15 ft

notes: no one wanted to take the yoke back the extra 25 ft to the starting line, so I had to keep doing it, lol. I was spent. The 50 ft I carried 620, I was cursing and swearing like I was possessed. Just to make it move.

I was rekt after this, so I came home.

Aug 29, 2015

Strongman

Busy gym! I had to go with the flow and mostly work in with and around other people.

Atlas Stones: work up to a heavy single (3-5 min rests)

170 stone to 48″ platform
210 to 48″
240 to 48″
270 to 48″

a little hitch on the 270, but otherwise good. 300 feels close.

Farmers Walks: go as far as possible before dropping it

130 per hand for 120 ft, then did a 180, made it 10 feet and had to set it down. the turn took too much out of me
180 per hand for 120 ft
220 per hand for 60 ft
220 per hand for 90 ft

notes: much happier with the 4th set. The pick was awkward on the 3rd set, and it cost me some grip strength, and ultimately distance.

Yoke Carry

340 for 60ish ft, put it down, pick it back up, take it back 60 ft
520 for 60 ft, put down, pick back up, back for 60 ft

notes: I had the 2nd lap of the 520 timed, and it was 17 seconds. I just wasn’t able to bring it with the speed, so I called it there.

Aug 14, 15, 2015

Aug 14 AM Workout

warmup: foam roll upper back, lats, armpits; static lat stretch

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 12

Prone Leg Curls (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 20
5p x 20
6p x 20

post: 15 min LISS cardio

I was going to do a workout in the evening, but life got in the way. Eye exams, groceries, whatever. Such is life.

Aug 15 AM Workout Strongman stuff

warmup: foam rolled IT bands, adductors, piriformis; prone spinal twists; shoulder capsule stretches

Farmers Walks

45 per hand for 40 metres
95 per hand for 20 m, 180 degree turn, 20 m back
130 per hand for 20 m, set it down, pick it back up, back for 20m
220 per hand for 20m

notes: the more experienced dudes went up to 270 per hand, then 330 per hand. I didn’t even try… because I am aware I REALLY need to build up my deadlift. I am a huge pussy, LOL. I am actually quite happy with 220 per hand, considering my thumb is not all-there yet. That is pretty good for me.

Yoke Walk

290 for 20 m, set down, back for 20m
290 for 20m, set down, back for 20m

notes: I could have done more yoke, but it was humid as a rainforest outside and everyone was retreating inside, and I didn’t want to have to disassemble the yoke by myself, so F it

Atlas Stones (5 min rests)

270 for 48″
270 for 48″
270 FAIL

notes: I was alone now so I could time my rests, and not take turns with other people. First time with the 270, not bad, all things considered. Gym PR!

PM Workout

Don’t know why, but I felt like doing back AGAIN. Just felt like it. Apartment gym was so humid that my breath was fogging up the mirrors when I did cardio. I was sweating like a pig. Splashing cold water on my face. It was awesome.

Widegrip Lat Pulldowns (30 sec rests)

4 plates x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
13p x 10

Machine Bench Press (30 sec rests)

4p x 15
5p x 15
6p x 15
7p x 15
8p x 15
9p x 15
10p x 15
11p x 15
12p x 15
13p x 15
14p x 15
15p x 15
16p x 12

post: 15 min LISS cardio

August 1, 2015

Strongman stuff at 8 AM in the morning. Got there, only me and one other guy, dead gym!

warmup: dorsiflexions; TKEs; straight leg heel raises
High Box Front Squats (Romaleos, SBDs, up to 2 min rests)
bar x 4
135 x 4
185 x 4
*belt on*
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
240 x 4
275 x 4

notes: tap and go. I kind of wanted to do more and go heavier, but I did quick math, and didn’t think I had time.

Axle Power Cleans (clean from floor, started with 4 min rests)
35 lb axle x 4
80 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4
*dropped rests to 2 min*
125 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4
125 x 4

notes: Grabbed a nice fat axle, fatter than last week. Ppl with small hands, beware. On the first set at 125 I ended up jamming my thumb like an idiot. I was using bumper plates, and I didn’t want the axle to bounce up 3 feet when it hit the ground, so I tried to control the drop, and the axle bounced up and jammed my thumb. It hurt, MFer. So after that, I just let it drop like a bomb every time (I was using padded mats). Since I was using an axle and collars don’t fit, I had to keep the bumper plates on with vice grips, so each time it bounced off the floor I had to reset the axle on the mats and readjust the vice grips that bounced loose, so each set was an ordeal. Oh, how I suffer for my art

I also dropped the rests to 2 minutes, since I didn’t know how much time I had before the other guy was going to leave and lock up the gym behind him.

Yoke and Farmers Walk Medley (3 min rests)
400 lb Yoke and 2×130 lb Farmers Walk implements – carry the yoke 10 metres, set it down, pick it back up and carry it back. then pick up the farmers, carry 10 metres, set them down, pick them back up and carry them back.

4 sets of that.

notes: my thumb was stiffening up, so the first set I pussied out and didn’t do the farmers. Mentally I kicked myself in the ass, and starting with Set 2, I did everything. Still, I did the Farmers Walk with a thumbless grip.

Even as I type this, my thumb has no strength, so I am going to skip the evening workout and let my grip rest. I WANT to do Deadlifts tomorrow, and I am really hoping this heals up quick

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