Leg dance & dance session

Warm up:

  • EZ bar hip thrusters: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: (heavy day): 6 x 2-3. 2 x 245 lbs (80%), 2 x 260 lbs (85%) 2 x 275 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell back squat [ low bar, wide stance]: 8 x 6-8 (speed work) 4 x 145 lbs, 4 x 155 lbs (belt-less) 
  • Box squats (moderate weight): 6 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • Barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 8-10, 95 lbs
  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 6 x 8-10, 295 lbs

Supersets:

  • seated leg extension machine: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs, 70 lbs, 80 lbs, 90 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 6 x 8-10, 80 lbs, 90 lbs, 100 lbs, 110 lbs

I did a video on my box squats today & did a groovy dance video as well, here

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Yesterday, I made changes to my bench

I decided that this week, I would change up my bench routine. For awhile I have been doing Monday speed training with bench & Wednesday were for heavy lifting with bench but this week  & the weeks going forward (assuming it brings results) I am going to do speed and heavy on the same days Monday & Wednesday. I did this change because in the past I was missing out on a Monday or Wednesday bench & it was hard making up for it due to obligations and travel so now if I miss either day, I can do the workout the next bench day & I think this will provide more results as well in the long run. 

Warm Up:

  • Reverse Triceps cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Biceps machine (isolated) 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 15 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6-8 4 x 80 lbs (65%) & 4 x 90 lbs (70%)
  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3, 2 x 100 lbs (80%), 2 x 105 lbs (85%) & 2 x 110 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 6 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets

  • DB floor press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 6 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB bench press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps overhead extension: 6 x 8-10, 25 lbs

Supersets:

  • DB farmer carries/walks (first time) – 2 x 180 lbs (2 90 lb DBs)
  • DB shrugs: 2 x 8-10, 90 lbs (2 45 lb DBs)

The farmer carries were lethal, extremely challenging and brand new to me, I took a picture of my injury from yesterday — here

First Workout of July

Got my FIRST workout of July finished up, and boy oh boy, would I have loved to have made an excuse to not go today. I was busy from sun up to sun down practically and still busy with having to play catch up on the blog post & make sure my social media is all caught up for the night & it starts all over tomorrow. The only thing that mattered today was being able to start my Monday off with a workout — I was able to workout later this afternoon vs in the morning and many thoughts streamed through my mind to just half ass the workout and go home BUT, I knew I couldn’t do that, because once I am at the gym, I finish the job 100 percent; that’s what it means to talk the walk. While I am somewhat exhausted, I was able to meal prep for the next couple of meals for the week and do a small amount of cleaning. The majority of my problem lies with the fact it is HUMID as all hell & I don’t like it at all. Anyone else dealing with the humidity?

 

Besides all that, I made Monday another chest day. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band front raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6, (60% and 65% 1RM) 4 x 75 lbs, 4 x 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 8 x 5, 95 lbs
  • barbell bench press (close grip): 8 x 5, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 8 x 6, 70 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 8 x 6, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Underhand lat pulldown: 8 x 6, 90 lbs
  • Dips: 8 x 6

Superset:

  • EZ bar military press: 8 x 6, 60 lbs
  • Reverse cable triceps extension: 8 x 6, 70 lbs

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Bench Speed Day

Warm up:

 
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable Triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable face pulls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6, 75 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 5 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable triceps reverse grip pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB bentover row: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Bench dips: 5 x 8-10
  • DB reverse flyes: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB floor press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB seated overhead extensions: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs
 

Bloated but got it done

Warm up:

 
  • Seated leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25 each leg, green band
  • stationary lunges: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 3, 230 lbs (75% RM)
  • Barbell back squat: 8 x 5, 135 lbs (60% RM)
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs 

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstrings): 5 x 8-10, 298 lbs 
  • DB calf raises: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs 

Superset:

  • Cable pull through: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 10 kg

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New leg day strategy

Today, I decided on a new strategy for my powerlifting workouts, due to wanting to switch things up a bit and still challenge myself. The changes will only concern my leg day workouts (Tuesday and Thursday’s) but hopefully I will see good results from the switch up and reduce the soreness. 

I will continue to do deadlifts and squats on the same day along with lower body accessory work BUT instead of doing heavy with both exercises and speed with both exercises. I will do heavy for one and speed for the other, and vice versa on the 2nd day. This was the first day doing this — so not much to say for it yet.

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral walks: 4 x 25, green band
  • seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • body bar back squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift (speed training day): 8 x 5, 185 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (heavy day): 6 x 3, 170 lbs
  • Barbell front squats: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • DB wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar walking lunges: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • DB cleans: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

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Gym Partner Monday

Today was one of those days where I wasn’t in town to attend my regular gym and I still wanted to get a workout in, in order to not skip a Monday. Thankfully, my friend, whom I was staying with over the weekend, agreed to attend the gym with me earlier this morning at her gym. Now, if I had to attend without her, i probably would have, but not have liked it very much because of the fact it was a new environment that I am not yet used to and have only been to once before. With as long as I have been lifting, you would assume I wouldn’t have any issues with the gyms, but I still have my small insecurities when entering a new gym in a new place. Today’s workout was both quick and very simple. In the mix of it all, I was able to show her new exercises and push her past what she would normally feel comfortable doing, I love doing that; boosting someone’s confidence and making them feel good about their abilities. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 3 x 6, 75 lbs, 95 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine bentover row: 3 x 8, 75 lbs
  • smith machine upright row: 3 x 8, 45 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated Db shoulder press: 3 x 8, 40 lbs
  • seated Db lateral raise: 3 x 8, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • Seat low row: 3 x 8, 100 lbs
  • wide grip lat pulldown: 3 x 8, 70 lbs