5/3/1 – C3W4 – Press

Press:  3x5x45
Hang Cleans:  5x10xBar
BBB Bench 70%:  10×45 + 10×65 + 8×85 + 3x8x105

Dips:  5xBW + 3xBW+5 + 3xBW+10
Chinups:  6
DB Bench Press:  3x10x25
Tricep Extensions:  10×45 + 10×50 + 10×55

Hillsprints:  5x40yards

Rest week.  Doing some additional accessories for the shoulders and chest.  Also played around with hang cleans.  I’m currently practicing it with an empty bar and following this video step-by-step.

The db bench press was bothersome for my right rotator cuff.  Found a dipping belt at the gym!  Did 5/3/3 on the dips and reps on the chinups.  Felt pretty strong on the reps, went down slow and controlled to avoid aggravating the shoulder joint.  Also went deep enough to have my arm hit 90 degrees to get good ROM on the exercise.  Drove back to apartment after and did some hill sprints.  The 2 sprints were pretty easy going.  Turned it up for the next 3 and was pretty spent afterwards.  I’ll have to see if I can find a grassy hill.  The concrete isn’t too friendly on the impact, running up the hill.

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5/3/1 – C1W3 – Press + Squat

Press:  5×20 + 5×30 + 3×40 + 3×45 + 3×55 + 7×60 (72 1RM)
BBB Bench:  5x10x70
BB Curls:  3x10x40
DB Rows:  3x10x35
Lat Pulldowns:  1x10x35

Squat:  5xBar + 5×105 + 5×135 + 3×155 + 5×195 + 3×220 + 2×245 (252.01 1RM)
BBB Deadlift:  5x10x135

Memorial Day Monday, missed my Press workout so I decided to combine my Monday and Tuesday (Press and Squat) sessions into one today.  Surprisingly enough, the workout flew by pretty quickly.  The presses were still pretty easy.  I hang cleaned the bar up to the racked position for pressing on each set.  I usually go thumbless on the Pressing so, it was a bit awkward going from with thumb to no thumb.  The bench is still not balanced, my right chest/arm is working harder than the left.  Tried varying the grip width by going wider, but still had the problem.

Quickly afterwards, I did a few accessories for the pressing as someone was in the squat rack.  After that, I went straight into the squats.  A quick 5 reps of empty bar and then 5×40%, 5×50% and 3×60% of my 90% of 1RM for warm-up.  Managed to crank out 2 reps on the top set even though I’m supposed to stop at 1.  No belt!  The deadlifts were definitely lighter than when I last did the BBB last week.  In addition, less fatigue, I was able to crank out all 5 sets of 10 at 135.

I’m starting to eat big again.  With all this volume, it’s no surprise that I’m much more inclined to eat everything in sight.

5/3/1 – C1W2 – Press

Press:  5×20 + 5×30 + 3×40 + 3×45 + 3×55 + 3×60
BBB Bench:  5x10x70
BB Curls:  3x10x40
Face Pulls:  3x10x25
Tricep Pushdown:  3x10x30

Relatively easy session.  Presses are still pretty light.  Attempted to perform some empty bar hang cleans while waiting for a bench to free up.  Forgot to do chin-ups / lat pulldowns.

5/3/1 – C1W1 – Press

Press:  5×45 + 5×50+ 10×55
DB Rows:  3x10x50
Shrugs:  3x10x95

Short and sweet.  Work took over my life for the last 2.5 weeks so I missed many days since.  Training ADHD motivated me to move early onto Wendler’s 5/3/1.  I was really satisfied with this program when I did it 2 years ago.  The weight progression is certainly slower on the lifts, but I was able to consistently break PRs and my strength shot through the roof.  At one point was able to do 15 straight reps of 275 Deadlifts.  Currently, I can struggle to maybe perform 5 reps at that weight.  I had coupled the program using the 3-month challenge variation on the “Boring But Big” assistance work.  It was very bland, but it certainly got my strength gains up.  As of now, I haven’t concretely decided what assistance work regimen I will follow.  I’m more concerned with simply getting my core lift numbers up and maintaining a consistent training regimen.

My 1RM goals within the foreseeable future are:

315 Squat
375 Deadlift
185 Bench
135 Press/Clean
185 Row

The 315 Squat has been staring me dead in the eyes for the last 3 years and I’ve yet to conquer it.  My Bench has also been stubborn over the last couple of years.  With these 2 in mind, I think I’m going to gear my assistance towards trying to strengthen the weak points in each of the lifts.