SS – Week 1 – Day3A

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 – 29 deg F, cloudy

Jump Rope
Agile 8
Squats:  3x5x45 + 3×50 + 2×75 + 3x5x125
Bench:  2x5x45 + 5×50 + 3×70 + 2×90 + 3x5x100
Deadlifts: 2x5x50 + 3×75 + 2×105 + 5×125

Squats were solid.  Started with wide grip and progressively narrowed grip.  Made sure bar was sufficiently low and ensured bar didn’t creep up coming out of the hole.  Took 1 second pause at the top and sucked in air before each rep.

Bench wasn’t too bad.  Felt medium heaviness.

Deadlifts were easy.  Nice and light still.  Focused on form.

 

SS – Week 1 – Day1A

Monday, January 18th, 2016 – 28 deg F, little windy, clear skies

Jump Rope
Agile 8
Squats:  3x5x45 + 3×60 + 2×80 + 5×115 + 2x5x105
Bench:  3x5x45 + 3×65 + 2×85 + 3x5x95
Deadlifts: 2x5x65 + 2×95 + 5×115

Starting from scratch.

Jump ropes to get the blood flowing and warm the body up.  I quickly found myself sucking in pretty big gulps of air with just ten to fifteen consecutive jumps.
After the that, I went on to do my agile 8 stretches.  Surprisingly, the stretches didn’t wear me out that much.  Just thinking now, though, I just realized I forgot to do one of the stretches (fire hydrants).

Squats weren’t bad.  The weight had a light heaviness to it, but nothing that got me nervous.  I was able to break a sweat.  Grip width started wider then progressively went narrower as my shoulder got some more stretch.
Bench reps were somewhat difficult.  I’m encountering the same old issue of my right side working harder than my left side.  Managed to crank out all the reps.
Deadlifts were pretty easy, nice and light.

Week2 – Day5A

Weight:  183.4

Squats:  5x5x65
Bench:  5x10x55
Rows:  2x10x75 + 3x5x75

Dips:  6/4/2

Prowler:  4 + 2

Prowlers sucked the life out of me again.  Pushed it with no plates on it this time and did 2 sets of runs.  4 reps back to back then 2 reps back to back.  Did 10 reps on the bench again.  The weight is still relatively light.  Rows got pretty heavy today.  Did 10 reps on the first 2 sets then 5 reps on the last 3 sets.  Dips were surprisingly easy today.  Managed to crank out 6/4/2 reps.

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 2 Press

Press:
5×55 / 5×65 / 5×75

Kept the elbows under the bar instead of too far forward.  Helped dramatically with applying more force on the bar and getting the overhead much easier.  Also less strain on the wrists, trying to keep the bar at the base of the palm

Bench: 5x8x80

Felt unbalanced load on the bench.  Probably arching back too much.

Chinups:  2

Forgot to do the other 4 sets, doh!

Incline Press:  8×85 / 8×85 / 6×85

Pretty hard at 85lbs.  Also felt unbalanced load doing these.

DB Rows:  10×45 / 2x10x50

Pretty easy.  Decided to go up to 50lbs for the 2nd and 3rd sets.  Focusing on eliminating the use of momentum.

Seated DB Press:  3x10x35

Not bad.  Getting the dumbbells up on the last set was a little difficult.

BB Curls:  2x10x40 / 8×40

Supersetted these with the dumbbell press.  Struggled getting through the sets, but finished to failure.

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.