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.

Week 21 – 5/3/1 – Day 74

Cycle #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.

BB Assistance:

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 17 – 5/3/1 – Day 62

Cycle #5

Deadlift:  5×100, 5×140, 3×160 + 5×190, 5×225, 11×250 Rep PR

Crushed the deadlifts today.  Looks like I’m back into the swing of things.  Yesterday’s press day was definitely off- my head wasn’t in the right place.  Alternating grip on the last set.

BBB Deadlift:  5x10x145

Felt relatively light.  I also used the belt on every set here.  I touch and go’ed all the sets.  The latter sets I would do a quick 5-rep, pause, then finish the set.  The one thing I don’t like about doing touch and go is that I end up performing more of a straight legged deadlift as opposed to a regular deadlift.  I tried to quickly drop my butt after each rep so that I was engaging my hamstrings each time and not pulling with a straight leg.

Core:

10 x BW + 10 x 10lb Weighted Sit-ups
25 x 25lb Side Bends
10 x Lying Leg Raises
6 x Kneeling Ab-Wheel Roll Outs

My core was pretty shot from the deadlifting.  I could barely keep my body rigid on the ab wheel roll outs- my back would just buckle in.  Weighted sit-ups don’t feel as terrible anymore compared to the first few times I did them.

Conditioning:

3min. 2.5 spd warm-up @ 10% incline
4 x 1min. 5.0 spd sprints with 1min. rests @ 10% incline
7.0 spd sprint to 1 mile mark @ no incline

Left knee was feeling scarily unstable.  Felt better later.

Week 15 – 5/3/1 – Day 56

Cycle #4

Deadlift:  5×120, 5×150, 3×175 + 5×205, 3×230, 10×260 Rep PR

I don’t know what to say.  It seems almost fantastical that I actually cranked 10 out.  Determination and putting that number in your head really does wonders.

BBB Deadlift:  5x10x135

Messed up.  I wrote down cycle #1 BBB deadlift numbers.  And here I was thinking things were getting easier.  Go brain farts.

Core:

10 x 10lb Weighted Situps
15 x Ab Wheel Rollouts
25 x 25lb Side Bends
5 x10 x Lying Leg Raises

Week 14 – 5/3/1 – Day 52

Cycle #4

I need to eat more.  I’ve been resorting to only 4 eatages a day (eatages? dunno).  Some of which I’m not even finishing.

Deadlift:  5×115, 5×140, 3×170 + 3×200, 3×230, 8×260 Rep PR

I was a bit wary going into the lift.  The back of my head was telling me that I was probably going to do worse than wk1 considering the increase in weight.  NOPE.  I actually matched wk1 rep numbers; I was very happy about that.  I’m pretty psyched that my theoretical calculated 1 rep max is at 322.82.  I’ll be that much more psyched when I actually get to pull that.  I’d eventually like to get that number to 360.  Double bodyweight deadlift is definitely an achievement milestone for me.

BBB Deadlift:  5x10x145

Used the belt on all the sets.  Was much easier than the previous BBB deadlift session.

Core:

10 x 10lb Weighted Situps
15 x Ab Wheel Rollouts
25 x 25lb Side Bends
5×10 x Lying Leg Raises

Week 12 – 5/3/1 – Day 44

Cycle #3

Deadlift:  5×115, 5×140, 5×175

Lifts felt good.  The triple was definitely a struggle.  Didn’t keep the bar close on the first set.  The business socks are helping a bit.  I might look into investing in some thicker ones to protect my shins better.  I’d rather not have to think about my shins when I’m pulling.

Boring But Big

Squat: 10/10/8/6/5/7 x 135

Lower back was bothering me a bit.  May have rushed a bit since the weight was significantly lighter.

Ab Wheel:  10/6/5/4

Squats left me pretty dead at this point.  Core was definitely spent, I couldn’t keep my torso rigid and felt like I was straining my back on the roll out..

Treadmill:

2min. warm-up
3 x 5spd / 2.5 spd @ 10% incline

Week 11 – 5/3/1 – Day 40

Cycle #3

Deadlift:  5×115, 5×140, 3×17 + 5×210, 3×240, 3×270

Lifts felt good.  The triple was definitely a struggle.  Didn’t keep the bar close on the first set.  The business socks are helping a bit.  I might look into investing in some thicker ones to protect my shins better.  I’d rather not have to think about my shins when I’m pulling.

Boring But Big 70%

Squat: 5×135, 3×155 + 10/7/6/4/5 x 195

I wanted to get 10 reps on the first set.  My endurance has definitely improved compared to  my previous BBB squat assistance sessions.  I was pretty gassed by the fourth set.  I rested plenty for the fifth and comfortably cranked 5 out.

Ab Wheel:  10/6/5/4

Squats left me pretty dead at this point.  Core was definitely spent, I couldn’t keep my torso rigid and felt like I was straining my back on the roll out..