Week Four For Bench Press Program

1.07.19

Warm up:

  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Chest press machine: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • DB reverse fly: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 3 x 75%, 95 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 5, 90 lbs
  • Seated lateral raises: 5 x 5, 30 lbs
  • plate front raises: 5 x 5, 35 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar close grip chest press: 5 x 5, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar curls: 5 x 5, 50 lbs
  • Pull ups: 5 x 5
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Thursday, December 27th

Upper body workout

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Pec dec machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • reverse grip triceps pressdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 8 x 65%, 80 lbs 
  • Barbell bench press (narrow grip): 5 x 8, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Lat pulldown (underhand): 5 x 8, 60 lbs, 70 lbs, 80 lbs, 90 lbs
  • body weight dips: 5 x 8

Superset:

  • DB alternating hammer curls: 5 x 8, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse grip bentover row: 5 x 8, 60 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated DB alternating curls: 5 x 8, 40 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 5 x 8, 40 lbs

My Top 6 Triceps Exercises

Triceps & Strength

Many people fail to notice that no matter how big of biceps you have, your strength will dwindle if you have weak triceps muscles. Everyone usually focuses on making a stronger bicep & bigger biceps but when it comes to triceps, it goes to the waist-side. It’s true, that if your triceps are strong & defined, then your overall arm strength will increase as well, not to say to ignore bicep workouts, but it’s to say that focusing only on building a bicep muscle is not going to make your bench press that much higher than it is now & your pull up game will fall short due to weaker triceps as well. Now with all things considered both of the mentioned exercises have other body parts that need strengthening to make the world go round, but for now, I want to focus on the triceps & help speed ya up to par with this body part, so you can be well-rounded and strong. Below are a list of 5 triceps exercises you should implement in your workouts for mass and strength & don’t be afraid to use different variations/ equipment — “The world is your oyster”

  1. Weighted Bench dips / Weighted Dips (if you can’t do weighted just yet, try just body weight)
  2. DB Triceps kickback (sometimes people’s form sucks because they use more shoulder, really focus in on the triceps) or use another form of equipment that won’t hinder your triceps from being used
  3. Skullcrushers 
  4. DB overhead triceps extension/ single arm overhead triceps extension
  5. Barbell close grip bench press
  6. Diamond Pushups 

Hopefully with this tid bit of exercises, it can get you started on building some bigger, stronger muscles! 

You have to find time & get it done

I started Monday’s workout on a different side of the bed. I say this because normally Monday is my dynamic effort bench day but this Monday, I started with a Heavy bench day. Quite frankly it felt good & turned out well, but the only reason that provoked me to do this was when I missed Wednesday’s heavy bench day because I decided I need sleep (working two jobs can be tough) and rescheduled it for Friday but then decided I wasn’t feeling it and instead did some cardio, so I made Monday the day and got it done. I just knew it had to get done, and with that attitude, I made it priority. 

Warm Up:

  • Cable face pull: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar narrow grip chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar row (reverse grip): 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Plate press out: 5 x 12-15, 10 lbs
  • DB chest press (neutral grip): 5 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB incline fly: 5 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline chest press: 5 x 5-6, 115 lbs and then back down to 105 lbs
  • Close grip DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated smith machine shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs
  • Cable front raises: 5 x 5-6, 20 lbs each arm
  • Overhead cable triceps extension: 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill: 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.8 speed
  • Stair climber: 5 minutes, level 7

Current Weight: 155.8 lbs

Body fat %: 22.5

BMI: 23.6

Tuesday May 8th — Squats & Conventional deadlifts (speed)

Warm up:

 
  • EZ-Bar goodmorning 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • lying leg curl: 4 x 25
  • EZ Bar hip thruster: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 9 x 3-6, 180 lbs (60% 1RM)

         — Deficit deadlift: 5 x 3-6, 180 lbs

  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 9 x 3-6, 120 lbs

        — Barbell back squat (high bar narrow stance): 5 x 3-6, 120 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar jump squats: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs 
  • kettlebell snatch: 5 x 10-15, 8 kg
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 5 x 10-15, red band

Tri-set:

  • DB cleans: 5 x 10-15, 30 lbs
  • Cable kickback: 5 x 10-15, 10 lbs each leg
  • Lateral lying leg raises: 5 x 10-15 

Also be sure to check out my video of me demonstrating jump squats: EZ Bar jump squats

 

Circuit Training Workouts

In a world where being creative is a must if you want to prevent boredom, this is where I come in and enlighten your day and workout. I strive to help people find their wings in the gym, to find exercises and training modules that work best for them individually — because everyone is an individual. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of trying to find a workout that gives you results, keeps you entertained, challenges you & at the very best teaches you something new about your body and your limits. Many people do the same thing in and out, don’t see results and don’t feel challenged because they are afraid to push themselves (coming from experience, this is due to many things) but once you hop over that obstacle, you find that there is so many options and not all of them are alike, which intrigues you enough to want to give it a go.  Well, if you are ready to hop over that obstacle today, I have something that might intrigue you enough to give it a go. 

 

Circuit training is a fancy term for doing an abundance of exercises (typically 2 or more that are high intensity) that require you doing them in a timed situation OR a high intensity exercise that is done (typically 2 or more)  without a break between for a certain amount of reps .. for example:

 

Example One:

 
  1. Burpees: 10 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks: 10 reps
  3. Push ups: 10 reps

Having to do these all without a break between, one after the other for a certain amount of rounds

 

OR

 

Example Two:

  1. Burpees: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping Jacks: 1 minute
  3. Push ups: 30 seconds

You are having to do these exercises within a certain amount of time — and recording your results, again this would require no break in between exercises. Another option would be.. 

 

Example Three:

Do 4 of these exercises within 20 minutes of time:

  1. Pull ups: 100
  2. push ups: 50
  3. burpees: 100
  4. Kettlebell swings: 150

Basically a lot of Crossfit athletes do these and have another term for it, but it is a form of circuit– the difference being you have 20 minutes total to finish the 4 of these exercises with the amount of reps– during my CrossFit class, we didn’t have a break between .. it was ongoing, sure I could stop and catch my breathe but I was trying to beat the timer, so I didn’t want to take long breaks if I wanted to succeed in the workout. Time was of the essence. 

 

Circuit training can come in all forms: cardio, strength exercises and a combination of both. You can also choose to use machines if you aren’t comfortable using free weights OR you can use body weight exercises (which means you can do them at home). Depending on your fitness level and the equipment available to you, it could be a fun workout to take on and you can change it up however you like to meet your needs. 

 

Pros of Circuit training:

  • Increases endurance
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • strength building 
  • can utilize weight machines, free weights or body weight
  • can be done at home or the gym
  • challenges you
  • lose fat while maintaining strength
  • Beginners, intermediate or advanced athletes
  • cardio, strength or a combination of both— depending on your goals

In my opinion, it is a great option for those of you who might need to turn up the fun factor in your workouts, need a challenge, want something new, great for partner workouts — where you both train together, and if you are new to exercise, it can help get you started in the right direction. I use circuit training more often than not, especially when I am doing CrossFit based workouts, or want to add some high intensity volume training. Definitely worthy of giving a go! 

 

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Whats your favorite circuit training workout? 

 
 

Long Leg Day

I would just like to mention that today’s leg day was written down a lot harder than what I got finished within 3 hours. I know it seems like a long day, but that includes the breaks, because this week is all heavy lifting, which means longer rest periods. I don’t ever plan on being at a gym for more than 1 hour, but since training for powerlifting, I have been inside a gym no less than 2 hours .. which probably is normal depending on your fitness level and your workouts. I know many days I have a cardio and lift that (so take that into consideration) most lifters don’t like doing their cardio on the same days as lifting. I am an odd ball and so far have been able to handle it. I will also mention that some days I have a gym partner (now); I guess that is what happens when you make new friends at the gym, they then decide it would be cool to lift with you and thank goodness she lifts just as much or heavier than me.. so it hasn’t been bad at all, considering I am usually a lone wolf when I workout and I liked it. Many times my workout sets or reps get cut because she wants to shorten the gym period but very rarely will I be doing that because we have different goals in mind and I need to focus on my overall goal  to put it lightly. Regardless, it has been nice to have a gym partner every once in a while to keep me motivated and help spot me. 

 
 
  • barbell back squat: 

 

  • 75% of 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 5, 135 lb
  • 85% of 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 3, 155 lb
  • 95% of my 90% of my 1-RM: 3 x 1, 170 lb
  • 95% of my true 1-RM (singles): 3 x 1, 190 lb

 

  • Jump squats: 2 x 25-30 seconds
  • leg press: 5 x 20, 208 lb
  • DB goblet squats: 3 x 15, 25 lb
  • Barbell front squats: 3 x 10, 6, 12, 95 lb, 55 lb

P.S I also implemented foam rolling and stretching along with my warm up in the beginning of my workout — yay 🙂