5/3/1 Cycle 1 Week 2 Bench, Squat, Deadlift

Bench:
10×65 / 5×95
3×115 / 3×125 / 3×140

Bench was pretty heavy.  Thumbless grip.  Trying to figure out why the load is more concentrated on the right arm.  Frustrating.

Squat:
5xBar / 3×95 / 3×115
3×140 / 3×160 / 3×180

Warm-up set was pretty painful for the right shoulder.  Will need to do mobility exercises prior to get the shoulders prepped for low bar position.  Interestingly…I decided to narrow my grip width by a lot and it actually lessened impingement on the shoulder.  Usually, it’s the other way around due to lack of shoulder flexibility.  This also allowed me to have a more upright position and avoid doing a good morning on the positive.  Lowered lower back engagement so no sore back.

Deadlift:
3×135
3×155 / 3×175 / 3×205

Pretty solid on these.  Was very happy to do these again.  Deadlifts are by far my favorite of the compound lifts.

Seated DB Press:  10×35 / 8×35 / 6×35

Somehow did worse on these than previous db pressing.

Chinups:  3 / 2.5 / 2.5 / 2 / 1.5 / 1.5

Actually did the other 4 sets.  These felt very strong.  No doubt getting some help from the curls.

Incline Bench:  8×85 / 6×85 / 4×85

Struggled with these a lot.  Again, same issue with regular benching, right lats, triceps and upper chest were getting more strained than left side.

Preacher Curls:  3x10x40

Pretty easy, struggled from fatigue on the last set, but I think I can get up to 50 for next time.

DB Bench:  3x10x35

Pretty easy as well.  Not sure of the dumb bell path, was using a pretty narrow path.  May go a bit wider to get more of the pecs involved.

DB Rows:  3x10x45

Pretty fatigued by the end of the session, but managed to complete all sets.  Was jerking a bit on the last few reps of the last set

5/3/1 Cycle 1 Week 1 Bench

Bench:
5×65 / 5×80 / 3×95
5×100 / 5×120 / 5×135

Felt very confident on the bench press today.  Didn’t feel any load imbalances.  Slow negative to ensure I’m engaging everything equally and then explode upward on the positive.  Used a thumbless grip as well.

Barbell Rows: 5x10x95

Not bad for doing 5 sets of 10.  May switch to performing dumbbell rows instead.  I find that the lower bar position due to smaller plates is causing me to involve my lower back and hamstrings more as if doing a deadlift.

Barbell Curls:  10×40 / 6×40 / 8×40

Supersetted the barbell curls with the barbell rows.  Bad idea.  Both exercises target the biceps and so I quickly suffered from the fatigue when doing the barbell curls on the 2nd and 3rd sets.  Rested a bit longer before doing the last set.

Seated Tricep Extensions:  10×45 / 10×50 / 10×50

Love doing these.  Ever since discovering them while on the Madcow5x5 routine, I’ve always incorporated them in any routine needed some tricep isolation work.

Bent Lateral Raises:  10×15 / 10×10 / 10×10

Not a fan of doing these.  I’ll stick with them for a bit more to see if my shoulder strength improves from it.

5/3/1 – C4W1 – Bench

Weight:  184lbs

Bench:  5×65 + 5×75+ 3×95 + 5×100 + 5×115 + 13×130 (195.08 1RM)
BBB Press 50%:  3x10x55

Dips:  5xBW + 5xBW+5 + 5xBW+15
DB Bench:  3x8x35lb
DB Fly:  10×10 + 10×15 + 10×20
Pushups:  11/8/8/6

Cycling:  2.0 miles

Switching things up ever so slightly.  Still 5/3/1 and also still BBB 3-month challenge.  But, switching out some of the accessories for more bodybuilding style lifting.  I still get my BBB in, but I’m tweaking the additional accessories to tailor more of a bodybuilding template.

The tweaked additional accessories were pulled from the bodybuilding template here:  http://www.jimwendler.com/2012/09/531-and-bodybuilding/

5/3/1 – C3W3 – Bench

Bench:  5×60 + 5×75 + 3×90 + 5×115+ 3×125 + 9×140 (180.06 1RM)
BBB Press 70%:  3x10x55 + 8×55 + 7×55

Dips:  5
Chinups:  3/3/2

Treadmill:  6 min. @ 3.2 speed

Practiced some hang cleans.  Definitely not doing them right.  Need to watch some videos.  I’d like to get into olympic lifting after I’m done with this cycle.

5/3/1 – C3W2 – Bench

Bench:  5×60 + 5×75 + 5×90 + 3×105+ 3×115 + 11×130 (180.06 1RM)
BBB Press 70%:  5x10x50

Seated DB Shoulder Press:  3x10x30
Lat Pull-down:  3x8x42.5
Dips:  5/5/4

Treadmill:  3.0 spd with 8lb kettlebell overhead

Pretty light day.  Dips were rough on the rotator cuffs.  A little shoulder impingement (hyperextension?) on the left cuff when I pressed up very quickly during bbb presses.  Did more shoulder work and did 3 sets of db shoulder presses.

5/3/1 – C2W3 – Bench + Deadlift

Bench:  5×55 + 5×70 + 3×85 + 5×105 + 3×120 + 11×135 (186.98 1RM)
BBB Press 60%:  5x10x40

Deadlift:  5×105 + 5×135 + 3×160 + 5×195 + 3×225 + 3×250 (264.72 1RM)
BBB Squat 60%:  5×105 + 3×135 + 10×160

DB Rows:  5x10x40
BB Curls:  3x10x40
Dips:  3×6
Face Pulls:  3x10x30

Today was a pretty awesome workout again.  Bench strength was crazy today, I was able to bang out 11 reps on the top set.  1RM jumped from 135 2 weeks to 185 today.  I keep thinking I messed the weight of the plates up.