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
 
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Batman and Benching

Warm up:

 
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Triceps machine: 4 x 25, 25 lbs

Workout:

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

Superset:

  • Barbell bentover row: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 5-8, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable rope face pull: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • Cable straight arm pull down: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable upright row: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • Plate front raises: 6 x 5-8, 25 lbs
 

Bench day (heavy)

Warm Up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • bicep machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 4 x 25. 5 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (80% 1RM) 95 lbs
  • wide grip barbell bench press: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • close grip barbell bench press: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Seated lateral raise: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs
 
 

Bench and circuits

Today I worked on speed/explosive training with my core lifts — the bench press. 

 

Warm Up:

 
  • Lat pulldown (wide): 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups (wide): 4 x 25, 150 lbs
  • Assisted dips: 4 x 25, 150 lbs 

Workout

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, (70% 1RM) 60 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide hand placement): 6 x 3-6, 85 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 6 x 3-6, 85 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 8-12, 60 lbs
  • One arm DB overhead triceps extension: 6 x 8-12, 15 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse fly: 6 x 8-12, 40 lbs

Circuit: 5 rounds

  1. Push ups: 15 reps
  2. DB front raises: 15 reps, 10 lbs
  3. plate overhead raises: 15 reps, 10 lbs
  4. Seated russian twist: 15 reps, 45 lb plate
 

Friday’s workout make up day

No excuses

Friday was my make up day since I had missed Wednesday’s bench session. It was heavier lifting day, so close to my max day with my core lifting. Accessory work I made a strength (heavier load) as well to match it. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Cable straight arm pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable rope face pulls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (90% 1RM), 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB alternating bicep curls: 6 x 5-8, 60 lbs total
  • Triceps extension machine: 6 x 5-8, 60 lbs
  • Rear delt machine: 6 x 5-8, 60 lbs

Cardio:

  • Stair climber: 10 minutes, level 5

so recently I have noticed my bench has went down in weight — my 1RM was 135 lbs at one point , close to 140 and now, it is about 120 (if I were to guess) and while that might not seem like an extreme loss, it feels like it, so I am trying to bring my numbers back up & it has been tough. My bench is the weakest link in the BIG 3 lifts, always has been but since stopping a program and focusing on weaknesses, it has went down in weight — right now, I am creating my workouts with trial and error and hoping in 6-8 weeks  I will see the numbers climb back up. 

 

Anyone else have a hard time with their bench numbers? 

 
 

Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • DB bench press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Band reverse fly: 4 x 25, green band
  • band pull apart:  4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 70 lbs (60% 1RM)

        — Barbell bench press (wide): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs

        — barbell bench press (narrow): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Incline Db bench press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 100 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated Arnold DB press: 6 x 12-15, 40lbs, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse grip bentover row: 6 x 12-15, 70 lbs
  • assisted dips: 6 x 12-15, 130 lbs

Wednesday May 9th — bench press (heavy load)

Warm up:

  • EZ bar bentover rows: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • One handed overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 5 lbs 
  • chin ups (assisted): 4 x 25, 150 lbs 

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%), 5 x 95 lbs, 5 x 100 lbs, 5 x 110 lbs

        — Barbell bench press: 3 x 1-2 (95%+), 3 x 115 lbs, 3 x 120 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • V-bar pulldown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 2 x 60 lbs, 4 x 50 lbs 
  • Bench dips: 6 x 12-15 
  • Plate front raises: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs