Monday, February 1st, 2016 – 57 deg F, cloudy
Squats: 3x5x45 + 3×50 + 2×75 + 3x5x125
Deadlifts: 2x5x65 + 5×95 + 3×115 + 5×135
Incline DB Press: 10@25 + 10@30 + 10@35
Seated DB Overhead Triceps Press: 10@35 + 10@40 + 10@45
Welcome February! What in the world happened to Wednesday and Friday last week? I’m only in the second week trying to get back into the rhythm of things and already I’m suffering from I-have-a-bs-excuse-not-to-go-to-the-gym syndrome. Anyway…I’m back into it starting today. Benches were being used so I resorted to doing some db presses, incline and overhead extensions.
Squats and deadlifts were a little bit more taxing than usual today. I’m still going up in increments of 10lbs session to session. I think I’m going to definitely feel the heaviness of the quick ramp up in weights very very soon. And soon as in probably within the next week or week and a half.
DB Incline Bench: 5×50 + 4x10x50
Rows: 5×70 + 4x10x70
Prowler: 10lbs * 4 reps
Everything was pretty peachy today. That’s until I decided to push the prowler. I was aiming for 5 reps, thinking to myself, “This ought to be pretty easy!” Man was I utterly wrong. My legs were completely obliterated in a matter of 3 minutes flat. I was experiencing all the symptoms of complete exhaustion: head in a daze, jello legs, sucking in air like it was my job.
Other lifts were light. Less soreness overall. Performed high reps on the bench and rows since they were so light.
I’m pretty happy that there’s a prowler at the gym now. The new space below the gym is rarely occupied, so it’s a great place to warm up and push the prowler around.
DB Incline Bench: 3x10x30
Pretty packed gym today. 3 squat racks were all being used. Kindly asked a couple who were squatting if I could work in using an empty bar. Got some confused and/or upset gestures. Seems like the question did not compute properly. Decided to clean the bar off the ground, press overhead and drop the bar behind the neck instead. My right shoulder held up, but I don’t believe any behind the neck pressing movements are the best for them. Nonetheless, I managed to get my core lifts in. The two bench stations were also being used and so I was not able to use them. Instead, I performed incline dumbbell presses.
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
Felt unbalanced load on the bench. Probably arching back too much.
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.
Weight: 191.4 lbs
Three gentlemen were using the squat rack doing quarter squats. So, I went ahead and started doing my shoulder movements. Finished, but they still weren’t. What to do, what to do? I went ahead and did some incline dumbbell presses and high rep dumbbell rows.
Seated Plate Raises: 3x10x25
Seated Lateral Raise: 3x8x15
Seated DB Shrug + Clean + Half Press: 3x8x15
Incline DB Press: 3x8x45
DB Rows: 2x15x40
Squats: 3x5xBar + 5×135 + 3×155 + 2×175 + 1×200 + 1×225 + 5×240
These were absolutely brutal. I was spent after the 4th rep on the top set, but I really didn’t want to stall again so I grinded out the last rep.
Deadlift: 5×135 + 3×165 + 2×185 + 1×205 + 1×25 + 5×250
These were pretty difficult today. My ramp percentages jumped a bit more than usual. I felt like I was expending too much energy doing the warm-ups.
Sticking with dips and chin-ups for the accessories. I get the most bang for the buck regarding many body parts being worked with these. The only thing missing here is some more ab and lower body accessories. I think I can get away with forgoing lower body accessories with the heavy squatting and deadlifting. More ab work would definitely help though.
Treadmill: 10 minutes – alternating 30 sec. @ 3.2 spd / 30 sec. @ 5.5spd
Decided to start doing a little conditioning post everything. I took this one from Jim Wendler’s 52-question Q&A in his 5/3/1 program. Treadmill isn’t really my cup of tea, but I have yet to find a decent hill around me (and near work). I adapted this one and extended the “sprint” intervals from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. The same goes for the rest periods- 10 to 30 seconds. It’s a bit of a hassle to constantly raise and lower the treadmill speed every 8 second or so. Calves got sore pretty quickly.
Weight: 190.1 lbs
Feeling very groggy and tired post workout session. One observation to keep note of is that I stayed up until 2:00 am last night. I did, however, manage to wake up feeling pretty fresh this morning, despite sleeping late. My legs had been suffering a little DOMs from the Wednesday workout and so I foam rolled them during the warm-up. On a recent post, I briefly mentioned my past personal experience with enduring through the phase of lifting significantly high percentages of my training max on a regular basis. I believe I’m encountering this stage again.
Squats: 3x5xBar + 5×125+ 4×145 + 3×165 + 2×185 + 1×200 + 1×225 + 3×240 (1st stall) + 5×135
Succeeded in legitimately stalling on the squat for the first time since I started lifting this past October.
Bench: 3x10xBar + 5×65 + 3×85 + 2×105 + 1×125 + 5x5x145
Used a powerlifter arch to ensure that I kept a strong stable upperback while benching. The first set was a little nerve wracking. The placement of the bar was not at the base of my palm and so my wrists were buckling against the weight of the bar. I narrowed my grip a little, placed my ring finger on the knurling and placed the bar at the base of my palms to avoid loading my wrists. A narrower grip helped alleviate stress on my shoulders.
Rows: 5×85 + 3×105 + 1×135 + 3x5x150
Last set felt the best, minimized the upward jerk. I will stick with 3 sets on the rows.
DB Incline: 10×50 + 8×50 + 6×50
Wide Lat Pulldown: 10×70 + 10×85 + 10×100
DB Bench: 3x10x40
Elbow planks: 45 sec.
The whole body was shaking a lot from the get go.
Weight: 190.0 lbs
I’ve never been this heavy before. 190lbs is certainly a sight to see on the scale. Good? Bad? I’m not sure yet.
Squats: 3x5xBar + 5×135 + 4×155 + 3×175 + 2×195 + 1×215 + 5×235 + 5×115
Had some bit of forward lean on the last 2 reps of the top set. I was trying not to look straight ahead as it would have put my neck in an awkward position relative to my body. Instead, I tried to focus lower on the wall in front of me. Most squatters tend to look up to keep their chest up- I used to do this as well. However, this put my neck in a bad position. With this in mind, keeping my neck in line with my spine proved to have been difficult in trying to maintain my chest and torso upright. More core is definitely engaged when I position my neck this way.
Seated Plate Raises: 3x10x25
Seated Lateral Raise: 3x6x15
Seated DB Shrug + Clean + Half Press: 3x6x15
15 pounders were pretty grueling. Took about 1 to 1.5 min. rests after the 2nd set. Paused briefly between the lateral raises and shrug-clean-half presses to give myself a brief momentto get over some of the fatigue build up.
Deadlift: 5×135 + 3×165 + 2×185 + 1×205 + 1×25 + 5×250
Used the belt on the top set. Alternating grip. All the sets felt much better than before. Definitely didn’t feel as though I was rounding as much. No significant lower back pain after the reps, so that’s good news. One thing I’m not too happy about is banging my knees up on the ascent and descent. I’m trying to keep the bar close to my body, but at the same trying not to slide the bar down my leg. I used a stance an inch narrower on each side and moved my arms closer in to keep them perpendicular to the floor. I think this certainly helped so I will make sure to remember this cue when deadlifting next B session.
Incline Bench: 3x5xBar + 3x8x85
DB Rows: 3x8x50
Incline DB: 3x8x45
Did similar push and pull accessories for today. I think I may swap a few of these for some more shoulder accessories and perhaps some low back strengthening.
Elbow plank: 1min. 10 sec.
Tough doing these today, whole body was a shaking.