8-13-18 Workout

Warm up:

  • Bicep curl machine: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, green band
  • Cable reverse triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs (70% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • smith machine one arm upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs 
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Tri-set:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • kettlebell alternating shoulder press: 5 x 8-10. 16 kg
  • jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Superset:

  • Cable rope overhead triceps extension: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Jump rope: 5 x 30 seconds

Shay-lon Moss 

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Bosu Exercises

Upper, lower, cardio & Abs 

Upper body:

  1. Bosu Walkovers: 

2. Bosu Triceps walkup: 

3: Bosu Dome push up: 

Lower body:

1. Bosu lunge: 

2. Bosu Squat: 

3. Bosu hamstring curls: 

Abs:

1. Bosu ball sit ups: 

2. Bosu ball ab twist: 

3. Single leg glute bridge: 

Cardio:

1. Bosu burpees: 

2. Bosu mountain climbers: 

3. Bosu toe taps: 

 

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May 22nd workout

Going back in time to Tuesday, where I left off. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25, green band
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 9 x 3-6, 150 lbs (50% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 9 x 3-6, 100 lbs (50% 1RM)
  • Barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 8-12, 100 lbs
  • Barbell front squats: 6 x 4-8, 100 lbs 

Tri-sets:

  • One arm kettlebell swings: 6 x 8-12, 10 kg
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 6 x 8-12, 40 lbs
  • Body bar overhead squat: 6 x 8-12, 9 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill intervals: 2 min, 5.5 speed, no incline THEN, 1 minute, 3.5 speed, no incline — did this for a total of 10 minutes 
 

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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? 

 
 

Do More —

I could have very well stopped and been complacent with reps, after progressing but instead I decided, to DO MORE because I CAN. Why be complacent if I want results. 

 

Today’s workout reminded me, I can do it and I will do it. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Standing DB calf raises: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • DB romanian deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Today’s workout was heavy session with squats & deadlifts 

 

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-3, 205 lbs (90% 1RM) and 3 x 1-2, 225 lbs (100 1RM) BUT I know I am ready to hit a new PR with my max, because 225 felt light. 
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 5 x 2-3, 180 lbs (90% 1RM) I decided to push 3 reps with this weight and it wasn’t easy, but after hitting three, I aimed for 5 reps and CONQUERED 🙂 Like my deadlift, my squat will be ready to hit a new 1RM soon as well, I didn’t max out on squats today though. 

Tri-set:

  • Walking EZ bar lunges: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB step ups: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB plie squats: 6 x 5-8, 50 lbs

cardio…

  • Sprints: 10 times, for 30 seconds each with a 45 second break between. 
  • Stair stepper: 10 minutes, level 5

P.S i used this company’s gel (Sweet Sweat) is the company and it did some good 🙂

 

Watch my squats from today at 180 lbs 3 and 5 rep squats

Meeting Matt Wenning — Powerlifting Legend

I was nearly shitting myself at the thought of finally meeting Matt Wenning yesterday. I started the drive early in the morning and brought a friend along for moral support and help with my nerves & anxiety. I am pretty sure, the whole drive was nothing but seemingly loud music, frequent pee breaks, and eating food, oh and minor chit chat — that helped to raise my confidence… (mostly singing though, car karaoke, I love it). The drive only took about a hour and half – maybe hour and 40 min, Columbus isn’t too far from where I reside. 

My friend was FIRST to spot his gym, there were no signs; only reason someone would even know the building was a gym is if they had a GPS, and noticed the small wording on the door (which I had not noticed) — otherwise they would be driving up and down the road looking for it like I almost did. The outside appearance was that of an old building, nothing stylish, just an old building with street parking (minimal) and parking behind the building as well (minimal) but thankfully we were able to find parking. Not to mention, I don’t think his gym gets crowds like a Planet Fitness gym would — it is more of a gym for the experienced and invited and possibly for those who honestly get into contact with the dude; so if you are lucky, you probably would have had this opportunity. 

 

Before walking inside, I said a small prayer and took a deep breath, then took a photo — yes always taking photos so I can capture memories of my travels. Walked in, small room and no one present, but I could hear people in the next room, not many but some, I decided to stay in the empty room for a while to get a feel of the place, to change shoes, to mix aminos in with my water, to look around at some of the posters, and trophies, apparel, etc. I also took that time to talk out my nerves with my friend, and say a mini prayer once more. I literally took another 10 min, just farting around doing nothing productive, debating on when to walk into the other side of the gym and greet everyone. I found the right time when I looked at the clock and it read 10:45 am ( I was scheduled for 11am) guess this is it, all or nothing. I learn something today and hopefully give it my all. 

 

Walked to the other side of the gym through a new entrance and observed about 4 people talking and using some dumbbells. 2 females and 2 males. I don’t any of these people but NONE of them were Matt, I knew that for sure. I just found the area where everyone put their belongings and settled in, I didn’t do much nor speak with anyone outside of my friend, I just paced myself in a small area of the gym waiting for the dude of the hour to show up — he shows up 7 min later and I realize he is definitely in an amazing shape, big dude and smiled as he greeted me. I felt comfortable right then and there because I felt a good ora around him, no longer was I as scared as I was walking in, I was calm. He ask me the BIG question of the day: “what did you want help with?” ; if I am being honest, I I was quite sure how to go about answering it, but my reply “I want help in powerlifting, I am planning on competing this summer or late fall and I want help getting there, I want help with my lifts, I want help with being a powerlifter, and I willing to take whatever I learn today and utilize it”. Matt was smooth when he replies with “okay, let me introduce you to Brooke (a woman at the gym whom I assumed worked there) and she and myself will both watch you and we will start with the basics — I want to see your warm up in full, everything you do to warm up before lifting,I want to see”. I wasn’t prepared for this moment, me having to warm up in front of  a legend and someone I didn’t quite know; I knew my warm up methods weren’t horrible but that doesn’t mean they were good either or good enough. I did my whole warm up (the gym had maybe one treadmill or two, 4-5 racks maybe 6, and maybe two machines, resistance bands, benches, and plates. possibly DB’s but I didn’t observe well enough to see how many or the amount of weight. At the end of my warm up, we went straight into squats (back squats)

 

He had me do squats the way I normally do them, not to change anything, just do them (he also asked me my one RM) I did my high bar shoulder width apart squats (10 rep bar warm up), 10 lbs 10 reps warm up set and then TA DA .. started in on the heavier lifting. I was told to do 3 reps after adding weight so they can watch my form and movements — find my weaknesses and strengths. 

My weaknesses: hips, glutes and hamstrings (all in that order) hips being the most weak area. My strengths: back and quads  — during my squats. He said my quads are strong, real built but they carry all my weight and the rest of my lower body suffers because they are weaker and so when it comes to lifting heavier weights — my quads are doing all the work and in the long run that will cause injury or prevent me from lifting heavier. He started me on LOW bar. WIDE stance squats, because I will focus on hip, glute and hammie development, it will force me to use all my muscles together and make the drop to the ground shorter and refrain me from using only my quads. The goal for my squat is to use all the lower body muscles to develop that movement. My warm up for squats will include 12-15 min worth of 3 exercises done in a circuit with 4 x 25 each  (the exercises will be hip, glute and hamstring development since those are weak areas)

 

Low bar wider stance squats are something for me to get to used to, it was harder because I don’t do them and because I have weak areas and so used to just pushing through with my quads and back and ignoring my hips, glutes and hammies. I learned if I want to move weight and perform better, I will need to use this stance — and really strengthen my weaknesses. High bar shoulder width stance IS NOT BAD, is NOT WRONG , but it will make lifting heavier squat weight harder because I will have to go a lot further down (I am tall) so we want to make the lift shorter and easier for my height. He would understand this, because he is a tall dude himself. Deadlifts were next …

During this training, we did Sumo deadlifts — but he wants me to continue implementing both conventional and sumo. He wanted my lift during the pull — it wasn’t bad, I just had to note that I need to remember to “pull my shoulders back” before lifting, so that I am lifting straight up with the bar. Another noted thing is, I am going to have to start training deadlift and squat on the same days instead of separate like I have been (obviously one deadlift type with the squat, and another deadlift type with squat on another day) — the female trainer said “they believe in hard leg days”, so guess what? I am going to have to start having hard leg day sessions. LOL This isn’t a bummer, but just means more time at the gym.. I should be used to this; I practically live there. The warm up routine he has me doing for squats, I need to focus on the same weaknesses for my deadlift. Yay! easy enough. Moving on once more…

Bench press — MY WORST LIFT in my opinion, because it is not only my weakest lift but also the lift that hits plateaus the most, the lift that I have issues with most of the time and the lift that I have been screwing up on. I practically warned them that this would be something for the books because I already knew I had issues with this lift — but they both agreed to still watch me perform. I found out that my issues with the bench are: weak lats, weak triceps, and weak rear delts; BUT .. both my pecs and shoulders out power the rest of those other weaker muscles which makes my lifting harder for the bench. Again, being able to strengthen the weaker muscles so they can be utilized is important. Also, I need to get used to having my shoulders against the bench and not following the pull, my wrist need to be straight and not bend back (out of habit) and I need to use my legs with the heavier weights to help with my lifting as well with bench press. My warm up expectation is the same routine: 4 x 25, 12-15 min warm up, a circuit with three different exercises that hit each of my 3 weaknesses separately. Oh what fun!

I was told to stay away from isolated quad exercises and isolated anterior delt exercises — because I am strong in those areas in my body ( this will only be for the time being, we shall work on these areas of the body again at later date) so this means I will be focusing only on the weaker muscles and core lifting. I should be working out 4 x a week now, but if I want to implement a 5th day (like I have been), then I can make it an accessory day to work on weaker muscles and get a good pump. He didn’t recommend any specific days to do cardio, basically make my circuit warm up my cardio. 

By the time the session was finished up, he basically explained to me what he would like to see from me, what we will set up in the future with workouts (he gets back into town in May) so I won’t see him until then, how to go about warming up, what exercises to implement (examples), and encouraged me in way that let me know I can do this, I can be a good powerlifter, I have the potential. He even took pictures with me and we video taped everything 🙂 Overall it was a fun experience, one I am looking forward to in the future! Check out some of the pictures & video footage we took while at the gym: Meeting Matt Wenning

Thanks for reading and sorry for the long novel, I wanted to give everyone a glimpse into my world on Tuesday when I met this dude, because it is a once in a lifetime situation and we never know if we will have the same opportunity twice.

Shay-lon

Monday’s 3 month 1RM check (shoulder press)

First and for most I want to apologize for the delay in post this week, Tuesday I was very sickly & bed ridden all day due to muscle fatigue, sore throat and nausea, and didn’t have the energy to blog; let alone make it to the gym, so I made Tuesday my rest day. Today I am feeling somewhat better, but now have runny nose and no sore throat, so I will be attending the gym but careful to not overdue anything if it progresses. This whole week will be my 3 month check in for my 1RM’s to make sure I am hitting my mark in each of my lifts. Monday, I started wit the barbell shoulder press — and very happy with the results.

 

Keep in mind, the last time I checked my 1RM was Jan.1st of 2018.

 
 
  • Barbell shoulder press: 90 lb 1-RM (this is 5 lb more than my RM from Jan)
 
  • Push press: 3 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 8-10, 40lbs
  • Seated DB curl: 3 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine upright rows: 3 x 8-10. 75 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover rows: 3 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB front to lateral raises: 3 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • Barbell shrugs: 3 x 8-10, 205 lbs

Cardio workout:

  • Upright stationary bike: 15 min, level 8, rpms 75+

I kept the accessory work moderate weight after doing the core lift