Week 26 – 5/3/1 – Day 93

Cycle #7
Week 1 Day 4

5/3/1 Deadlift:  5×115, 5×135, 3×155 + 5×195, 5×225, 12×255 Rep PR

Unfortunately lost my nice little notepad to jot my workout weights on and wifi wasn’t working in the gym so I couldn’t pull up my numbers from the spreadsheet stored on my Google drive.  Thinking now, I think I would have wanted to get to 15 reps on the 255.  I definitely think I could have, but my form would most likely have been pretty terrible at that point.  Nonetheless, I still managed to get a rep PR.  The last time I lifted 255 was during the 2nd week of the 3rd cycle.  And numbers shows that I only pulled for 4 reps!  Pretty drastic improvement.  This lift is definitely my favorite right now because of pulling for such high volume and the fact that I know I won’t be stalling on it any time soon.

Aside from now incorporating high volume dips to get my shoulder strength and tricep strength up.  I’m also going to be incorporating more mid-section abdominal strengthening.  I found another nice article on overhead presses and specifically how to train the common weakpoints.  Also, the article mentioned performing bar hangs to help decompress the lumbar spine and increase my low back flexibility.  Sitting around for 8+ hours in the office, I think it’ll be beneficial incorporating these into my warm-ups and cooldowns.

http://www.bodybuilding.net/training-articles/improving-the-overhead-press-3112.html

Week 26 – 5/3/1 – Day 92

Cycle #7
Week 1 Day 3

Bench:  3x5xBar, 5×75, 5×95, 3×115 + 5×135, 3×135, 7×160 Rep PR

135s feel fairly light now.  Form was comfortable, no signs of tucking too much on the right side, etc.  Used a powerlifter arch on the top set.  First 5 reps were pretty solid.  6th was a semi grinder.  7th was all grind from halfway point up.  I tweaked my lower right back a bit when I was grinding it out.  Was scared that I may have given myself a hernia.  Need to make sure I drive my feet into the ground to avoid losing arch stability.

Dips:  15/7/6

Haven’t done these in a long, long time.  Decided to start doing them again because of the significant amount of strength carry over to the bench AND the overhead press.  Made sure to look straight ahead when I was dipping.  Kept my body pretty straight instead of bending slightly at the hips.  My goal is to get my strength up to 4 sets of 20 reps.  It’s my hope that once I reach this strength goal that my overhead pressing will have vastly improved from where I am right now.

Incline Bench Press:  5x10x65

Didn’t really know where I was going with my workout.  I was thinking along the lines of following Boring But Big assistances, but I didn’t want to be gassed by the time I got around to doing dips so I did those first.  Afterwards, I indulged a bit more and decided to do some light incline bench presses instead of regular flat bench.

Week 26 – 5/3/1 – Day 90

Cycle #7
Week 1 Day 1

5/3/1 Press:  5×80, 5×95, 4×105

Couldn’t crank out the last 5th rep on the top set.  Bar placement in my hands were pretty perfect.  The bar didn’t roll back so my wrists felt pretty good.

BBB Press:  10/10/6/7/6 x 65

Really felt the fatigue in my lats and my triceps.  Noticed right elbow is flaring out more than left which would probably explain why my right triceps felt much more fatigued.

Chin-ups:  5/4/4/3/2.5

Haven’t done these in a while.  Noticed that I’m sort of using a little bit of hip swing when I pull myself up.  Last set was a bit better when I focused on getting my chest up to the bar. A bit of my skin on my palm near my pinky on the left hand was getting pinched.  Hurt like a mother.

Conditioning:

15 min. treadmill @ 3.0 spd + 5% incline

Week 25 – 5/3/1 – Day 89

Cycle #6
Week 4 Day 4

Been very lackadaisical with posting my workouts.  This will have to change for the next cycle.  I felt invigorated to get stuff done today and wasn’t too happy about passing off doing the deadlifts this past Friday.  I’ve come to grips with the fact that consistency is an ongoing struggle that I’ll probably be butting heads with for a long, long time.  It’s a matter of training myself to get the better of it one day at a time.

5/3/1 Deadlift:  5×120, 5×150, 5×180
BBB Deadlift:  3x10x150
Sit-ups:  40/30/25

Learned a lot of stuff today from some older and significantly wiser men.  Knowledge and theory are wonderful foods for thought, but has no effect on your own or anyone else’s life without it’s appropriate application.  I have a ton of reading to do.

Week 25 – 5/3/1 – Day 87

Cycle #6
Week 4 Day 1

5/3/1 Press:  5×50, 5×65, 5×75

Fairly easy.  Focused on form.  While perusing the net, I found this nifty article by Bill Starr on the overhead press.  http://startingstrength.com/articles/stronger_press_starr.pdf  Surprised me when he mentioned that dips is king when talking about developing overhead pressing strength.  I think…I might switch up the assistance between bench and press day.

BB Assistance:

DB Military Press:  10×30 + 10×35 + 10×40 + 9×45
Barbell Curl:  2x10x30lb + 2x10x40lb
Side Laterals:  2x10x10lb
Rear Laterals:  2x10x10lb
Preacher Curl:  4x10x45lb

Conditioning:

15 min. treadmill @ 3.0 spd

Week 24 – 5/3/1 – Day 86

Cycle #6
Week 3 Day 4

Warm-up:  foam roll, leg swings, box jumps

Box jumps are pretty easy now.  Still am a bit hesitant that I’ll totally wipe out on the first jump.  Worked up a decent sweat doing this warm-up.

Deadlift:  5×120, 5×150, 3×180 + 5×225, 3×250, 10×280 Rep PR

Got a rep PR, but not sure I did it without some not so great form.  The first rep, right off the bat, felt like a straight legged deadlift.  Not sure if I was rounding much.  Used alternating grip on the last set and the 3 rep set; left hand pronated, right hand supinated.  The bar I was using didn’t have a very good grip on the knurling section.

BB Assistance:

6/4/3/2 – Chin-ups: Felt fresh when doing these.  Haven’t done them in a while.
10×30 + 10×35 + 10×35 + 10×40 – DB Rows:  Felt easier than when I did them last.
10×45 + 10×55 + 10×65 + 10×75 – Good Mornings:  Not bad.  Had a significantly wider grip. Made sure the bar didn’t roll into my neck.  Had pretty much a slightly low bar placement to keep locked against my anterior delts.
5/5/5 x Ab Wheel:  Back buckled very easily when getting fatigued and was giving me some lower back pain so I eased back off them.  Think I may need to increase core strength before doing these.

Conditioning:

10min. x Treadmill:  Haven’t ran in a while.  Felt very sluggish.  My cardio stamina diminishes very quickly if I don’t keep at it.