Week 1 Day 3
Bench: 3x5xBar + 5×65, 3×80, 1×100 + 5×120, 5×135, 7×155
Forgot to tell my spotter to not help until I ask for it so he ended up carrying the bar slightly on the 7th and 8th rep.
DB Fly – 2x10x15lb
Tricep Pushdown – 2x10x35lb
DB Bench Press: 10x30lb + 10x35lb
Dips – 8/4
3 x 30-30-30 Heavy Bag Drill – Basically doing 30 seconds of normal heavy bag practice followed by 30 seconds of high knees with non-stop speed punching and then 30 seconds of all knock punches. I initially did just 10-10-10 to test it out and wasn’t bad except for the last segment when I was going all out- I got out of breath fairly quickly. Afterwards, I did 3 sets of the 30-30-30. My legs went out very quickly, doesn’t seem like I have much endurance when I punched and actively moved around the bag. I’ll try to keep this up and work my way up on the number of sets- a set of 2 equates to a single round lasting 3:00 min. I’d like to get comfortable up to 3 rounds of 3:00 minutes which should be 6 sets.
Week 1 Day 2
Warm-up: foam roll, leg swings, box jumps
Foam rolled the legs, did leg swings for the first time in a long time and man were my legs tight. After 3 sets of leg swings, I did 3 sets of 5 reps of box jumps. I’m going to incorporate some light plyo, speed/power work before my workouts to get my CNS activated. I can’t say if the box jumps helped me with my deadlifts, but I did feel much looser going into the lift.
Deadlift: 5×105, 3×135, 1×165 + 5×195, 5×225, 13×250 Rep PR
Top set was just awesomely beastly. I cranked out the early reps like it was a warm-up. Chalked up the hands a bit- the bar was slippery and of course I had my lever belt on. I took an extra breath or two in the final reps. Extremely happy about these, no lower back strain, wasn’t completely spent after them either, but I was definitely sucking in some air.
6/3/2 – Chin-ups: All of these were grinders. My body felt heavy and my arms shut down quick.
3x15x35 – DB Rows: Increased rep and weight made all the difference. It was no top set PR squat attempt, but still pretty hard. Gotta try me some kroc rows one of these days.
4×25 – Sit-ups: Burned my abs pretty sufficiently.
2x3min. – Heavy Bag: 3 minutes seemed like such a short amount of time to hit the bags. Boy was hilariously wrong.
Week 1 Day 1
5/3/1 Press: 5×45, 3×55, 1×70 + 5×80, 5×90, 5×105
Used a false grip and managed to crank out at least 5 reps on the top set. I didn’t think of it at the time, but I completely forgot to go all out on the top set. Also, the bar was rolling back into the top of my hand a bit too much causing a lot of strain on my wrists, mainly my right. The descent of the bar needs to a bit more controlled because I can see myself seriously injuring my wrists if I just drop the weight down and the bar rolls back. Even if I only managed to get 5 reps, it’s a vast improvement from the previous cycle’s 105 attempt at only 2 reps achieved so I’m definitely happy.
DB Military Press: 12x15lb + 3x12x20lb
Barbell Curl: 3x12x30lb
Side Laterals: 2x12x10lb
Rear Laterals: 2x12x10lb
Preacher Curl: 10×35 + 10×40 + 2x10x45
I went through these pretty quickly so my arms became jelly pretty quickly. Didn’t realize I was supposed to do the DB military presses seated or at least that’s how the majority of people do it. I lowered the weight on the side and rear laterals to 10lbs- 15lbs was way too heavy for me. The BB curl weight remained static and I ramped the preacher curl weight until the 3rd set.
0.5 mile walk
Week 4 Day 4
Squat: 5×115, 5×145, 5×175
Relatively easy, but definitely felt my legs “wake up” after missing my previous squat days. Pretty quick workout- I didn’t do assistance work or any conditioning because I was pressed for time.
Week 4 Day 3
Bench: 3x5xBar + 5×70, 5×95, 5×105
Very light. Locked in a good arch and spread my feet wide to tighten the glutes when pressing through the ground. Grip was sufficient to get a semi-tuck of the elbows, but I flared them out a tiny bit because completely tucking caused me to lose perpendicular position between my forearm and the ground.
DB Fly – 4x10x15lb
Tricep Pushdown – 4x10x35lb
DB Bench Press: 2x10x30lb + 2x10x35lb
Dips – 10/10/5/5
Week 4 Day 2
Deadlift: 5×115, 5×145, 5×175
Pretty easy. Going to do empty bar warm-ups before these next deload to get warmed up.
10×45 + 10×55 + 10×65 + 10×75 – Good Mornings: Pretty easy, the bar slips up sometimes when going down and hurts a bit when it gets to behind my neck.
4x10x70lb – Lat Pull-downs: Would give this weight about 7/10 difficulty.
4x10x30 – DB Rows: Felt pretty light. I might go for 35 or 40 next time.
10/8/6 – Ab Wheel Roll Out: My low back buckles once my core fails. These…suck a lot, haha. Need a stronger core- stronger core translates to improvements in every other lift especially the squat.
Week 4 Day 1
It’s deload week so workouts are quick and light. Always enjoy deload week as I get to hone lift form and technique and do some reflection on the last month- kind of like grading myself. I was also, however, contemplating about skipping the deload. Sometimes, the monthly progression gets to me, “This is too damn slow, I want to be faster, stronger, bigger…now.” And it can be difficult sometimes to dial myself back and to really appreciate that the “slow”, hard work I’m putting in now will be realized months and years from now and not tomorrow. This is a daily constant reminder, not just in lifting, but in other aspects of everyday life.
5/3/1 Press: 5×45, 5×60, 5×70
Used a false grip. Pretty easy- I played around with my grip width, pinky vs ring finger on the finger guide.
DB Military Press: 12x20lb + 12x15lb + 2x12x10lb
Barbell Curl: 12x40lb + 3x12x30lb
Side Laterals: 2x10x10lb
Rear Laterals: 2x10x10lb
Preacher Curl: 10x45lb + 3x10x25lb
3 min. 3.0 spd 10% incline
3 min. 2.5 spd 5% incline
Calves were still a bit sore from the past weekend’s hiking so I didn’t get to doing any sprints- probably should have to get the blood flowing.