Weight: 178.0 lbs
Changing up the posting format…again! The wall of text doesn’t look very appealing to me when I flip back through my posts, so I’m going to break it up by exercises.
Duration: 11:03 – 12:07
Squats: 3x5xBar + 5×55 + 3×75 + 2×95 + 5x5x115
Squats were great today. My shoulder cooperated a little bit better. I made it a point to bang through the empty bar and warm-up ramp sets. The warm-up sets should be done fairly quickly and the time between sets should only be time to increase weights and add/remove plates. I think the shoulder was feeling much better since I moved the bar up a bit, pretty much high bar and resting on the traps. Kept the elbows up to lock the bar in place, but it didn’t feel great with the bar riding up towards the back of my neck. I’ll have to do some more shoulder mobility work, I need to get my low bar grip back!
Seated Plate Raises: 3x10x25
Seated Lateral Raise: 3x8x12
Seated DB Shrug + Clean + Half Press: 3x8x12
Shoulder shockers were definitely exhausting. I managed to find 12lb dumbbells! I used those to increase resistance a bit on the shoulder shockers, they were getting a bit easy. Because of the nature of these exercises isolating smaller muscles and they’re not really compound movements, I definitely understand getting fatigued a lot sooner. I might try some empty bar overhead presses as warm-up next time.
Deadlift: 5x115 + 3×135 + 1×145 + 5×165
Man, do I love me deadlifts. The pulls still felt pretty light. Time to video record some of these pulls to ensure my form is on point! Not looking for any herniated disks or sore lower backs. I was trying to keep the bar on my shins as much as possible. I leaned back a bit when pulling as if I was going to hurl the bar backwards over my head. I feel like this helps me engage the hamstrings more and to avoid transferring the entire load onto my low back aka back rounding.
Preacher BB Curls 10×40
Preacher EZ Bar Curls 10×40
Seated DB Curls 10×25
Tricep Rope Pulldown 15×30
Tricep Extensions 15×35
DB Fly 10×15
Doing preacher curls using a regular straight barbell was definitely different. Good different, in that it felt like it worked the biceps a bit more than using the EZ Bar. Dumbbell flies were bothering my right anterior delts on the positive. I’m going to lay off these or drop the weight on it. Other than that, the arm isolations were good.