Deadlifts — Tuesday– Cycle 2

Road To powerlifting

  • Conventional Deadlifts: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 210 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 235 lb, 5 max reps

 

  • Goodmorning: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • Stiff legged DB deadlifts: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • One arm kettlebell swing: 5 x 15, 12kg
  • Front Box jumps: 5 x 15

I had to had to add 10 lb to my 1RM total and then figure out the new 90% of it, so if you are comparing last week with this week (week two of last week) then you will notice a difference int the numbers, obviously with the increase, I am lifting higher weights. For those of you who are interested in seeing me lift these weights from today, check out my IG —— > FitnessWonderWoman

 

 

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My Sumo Deadlifts are BEHIND

For those of you who may not know or haven’t figured it out – my Sumo deadlifts are a week BEHIND the rest of my core lifts because I started sumo deadlifts a week later, so technically Saturday would have been the last heavy load for the week BUT for sumo deadlifts it wasn’t the last day, I have this week for heavy loads for sumo and then next week will be deload day for sumo deadlifts (so technically I might be 2 weeks behind on sumo deadlifts) — it’s fine though. 

 
 
  • Sumo Deadlift: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 140 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 160 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 182 lb

 

  • Power clean: 3 x 5, 100 lb
  • hammer curls: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • DB curls: 3 x 8, 60 lb 

Cardio:

  • Upright stationary bike: 20 minute (interval)
  1. 2 min, level 15
  2. 1 minute, level 8
 

 

Week Two|Day Two|Powerlifting

Road To Powerlifting

  • Romanian Deadlift: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% 1-RM: 176.4 lb
  • 80% 1-RM: 201.6 lb
  • 90% 1-RM: 226.8 lb, for 3 max reps

 

  • Sumo Deadlift: 3 x 5
  1. 65% 1-RM: 131.6 lb
  2. 75% 1-RM: 151.8 lb
  3. 85% 1-RM: 172.1 lb, 5 max reps
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Single leg kettlebell deadlifts: 5 x 12, each leg, 10 kg
  • Leg curls: 5 x 12, 60 lb

Last minute cardio session:

  • Manmakers: 4 rounds, 15 reps, 12.5 lb dumbbells
  • jump rope: 4 rounds, 45 seconds
 
 

 

Smith Machine Vs The Barbell

Hello fellow bloggers,

Today’s fun topic of discussion for all my fit crazed people is: smith machine vs barbell. Now for many of you; you have a preference and some of you choose to only one use or the other depending on your fitness level. 

If you are not aware of what a “smith machine” is, here is a link: Smith machine article , the particular article highlights why they enjoy using the smith machine. If you aren’t aware of what a barbell is, look at the image above. 

 

I’ll begin by expressing that I have used both the smith machine and the barbell and I have a  preference depending on the exercise I am doing at the time. I believe both can be useful for different reasons and depending on the person; so I am going to do a separate list of both with the pros and cons of each 🙂 

 

Smith Machine:

 
  • Good for de-conditioned persons
  • don’t have to use a spotter
  • light weight
  • typically found at commercial gyms
  • wide variety of exercises can be done
  • not recommended for deadlifts & Squats
  • plane of motion is fixed
  • not recommended for olympic lifts 
  • harder to develop stabilizer muscles
  • not functional – meaning because of the movement being “fixed” you aren’t using the same ROM you normally would have to during everyday activities
  • Good for safety
  • good for hypertrophy training
  • good for when someone has an injury
 

The Barbell:

  • Found in a lot of powerlifting, athletic and some commercial gyms
  • goes through full ROM
  • heavier bar
  • advanced athletes and intermediate athletes
  • need a spotter for the heavier weights
  • used for olympic weights, squats, deadlifts, etc
  • functional
  • non fixed plane of motion
  • strength,hyperstrophy and endurance training
  • allows you to use your stabilizer muscles
  • beginners should use with caution 
  • variety of exercises can be done using the barbell
  • can give you calluses on your hands 

Basically both list have their pros and cons. I find that the smith machine does well with my vertical leg presses — whereas I wouldn’t use the barbell for it because it wouldn’t be able to go through the plane of motion without hurting myself. The barbell is awesome for olympic lifts and deadlifts, whereas it is MUCH MUCH harder to perform these exercises on a smith machine because of the fixed motion. Now, there is another HUGE important factor to consider when utilizing the smith machine – Your strength from the smith machine does not transfer over to the barbell. This basically means those of you who are lifting 300 lb squats on the smith machine, most likely will end up lifting lighter on the barbell because the smith machine is lighter and offers less resistance than the barbell. Many times athletes will use the smith machine for a while and then when they decide to hop on the barbell, they realize they aren’t as strong as they originally thought. Keep this in mind while training. Otherwise, choose what works best for you, I think it is a good idea to implement both into a workout or to have a least one that is a preference but to know how to use the other as back up. 

 

Let me know which you prefer . 

 

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Week Seven|Saturday|Workout

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 12, 75 lb
  • Stiff leg deadlift: 3 x 15-20, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Linear leg press: 3 x 12, 388 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 3 x 15-20, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 3 x 12, 100 lb
  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 15-20, 80 lb

Superset:

  • DB curl: 3 x 12, 50 lb
  • Weighted Dips: 3 x 12, 15 lb

Superset:

  • Leg extensions: 3 x 12, 60 lb
  • Leg curls: 3 x 12, 60 lb

Tri-sets:

  • Lying leg raises: 3 x 20 each leg
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 3 x 15-20, 20 lb
  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 3 x 15-20, 295 lb, 345 lb

Week 6|Day Two

Yesterday night, I was up to no good smashing pizza and drinking alcohol with peers, and so I figured today’s workout wouldn’t be as efficient because of my choices. I did however, found a way to work around the lack of sleep I had in order to do the load amount and meet my rep requirement and that was to take everything slow. While deadlifts and squats are meant to powerful, I had to really use a slower eccentric movement because going at my normal pace wasn’t going to happen with having alcohol in my body the previous night and not getting much sleep. While I don’t regret making my poor decisions the previous night, I knew I had to deal with the consequences and make the most of my workout no matter what it took because when you make decisions; good or bad, you learn to deal with whatever comes your way the best that you can – that’s what I did. I left the gym later than I normally would but I did the reps and met the load. 

 

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 10, 140 lb
  • Goodmorning: 3 x 10-12, 9 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 10, 190 lb (1 set with the belt)
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 10, 120 lb
 
  • DB lunge: 3 x 10, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 10, 55 lb
  • Lying triceps extension: 3 x 10, 30 lb
 
  • Hanging leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio Workout: (4X)

  1. Body bar squats: 20/30/45 seconds
  2. kettlebell swings: 20/30/45 seconds, 10 kg
 

Week Four|Day Two

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 8, 140 lb
  • DB lunge: 3 x 8, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell romanian deadlift: 3 x 8, 190 lb
  • Standing calf raise: 3 x 8, 120 lb

Superset:

  • Barbell curl: 3 x 8, 55 lb
  • lyring triceps extension: 3 x 8, 30 lb
 
  • handing leg raises: 3 x 20

Cardio:

  1. Bodybar squats: 20 seconds
  2. kettlebell swings: 20 seconds
  3. bodybar squats: 30 seconds
  4. kettlebell swings: 30 seconds
  5. bodybar squats: 45 seconds
  6. kettlebell swings: 45 seconds

I used a 18 lb bodybar and used a 10 kg kettlebell. Did this whole cardio workout 3 times.