Heavy core leg lifts “learning to push through”

Feeling bloated and cramping sucks. I wasn’t sure by the way my body was acting if I would be able to go through with this heavy lifting day, especially since it was deadlifts AND squats, and I knew I wouldn’t hae time to make up for it this week — because of it being Memorial Day weekend & I would be out of town most of the weekend. All I knew is, I had to try it and see what would come of it. Thankfully, it wasn’t my very best lifting day but it didn’t go poorly — it went better than I had expected & I am happy for that. I guess, this is what happens when you “push through” and “try”, sometimes it works out. 

I kept my accessory work fairly light but not super light. My main lifts were heavy and so I thought I would do high reps with accessory but not push a heavy load —

Warm up:

  • Body bar overhead squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • leg curl machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 1-2, 285 lbs (95% 1RM) I failed the 5th set because i lost some gas in my lift. Regardless, for the first few sets were easy. 
  • Barbell back squat (low bar/wide stance): 5 x 2-3, 190 lbs (95% 1RM) — easy lift, i was able to do 2 reps easy, probably could have went for 4 reps. 

Tri-set:

  • DB goblet squat: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • DB plie squat: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band butt lifts: 6 x 12-15, red band

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 6 x 12-15 each leg, 8 kg
  • linear leg press: 6 x 12-15, 388 lbs
  • Body bar squats: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs

I did some video footage of my squat and deadlift from today – & also happen to get a follow from the legend Matt Wenning (professional Powerlifter) so that was fun and he also liked my video 🙂 

I know when I test my new max for squats, it will be well over 200 now.. I am hoping maybe 215-225 lbs. My deadlifts I am hoping it meets 310-315 lbs soon, but that will depend on the day and how well I lift with the correct form. My sumo deadlift probably will hit 275 lbs soon, so hoping for the best. I will probably test max’s in a couple more weeks — possibly the 1st or 2nd week of June is the goal. 

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Today’s workout —

Warm up:

 
  • Cable overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flyes: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3, 115 lbs (95% 1RM) 

Tri-set:

  • DB floor press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB upright row: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB palms in bentover row: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • Cable reverse grip triceps extension: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • DB curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • Cable upright row: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs
  • Triceps Dips: 6 x 12-15
 

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

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

 

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (How To)

 

I find that this one of my favorite exercises for the shoulders, mostly due because of how simple the movement is and because I enjoy working shoulders — the more dominant area of my body. This movement can be done seated or standing but for the sake of this particular post, I will be talking about the seated version of it. For those of you who want to get more mass and strength in your shoulders and still work on the stabilizer muscles, this is the movement for you. 

 

How to perform the movement?

 
  1. Choose a pair of dumbbells that fit your fitness level, sit on a bench that has back support (because you will want your back against the seat), place the dumbbells upright on top of your thighs to begin with.
  2. Then, raise the dumbbells to shoulder height one at a time, using your thighs to help propel them to the position
  3. Palm of your hands should be facing forward (starting position)
  4. While exhaling, push the dumbbells upward until your arms are fully extended above you
  5. Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position while inhaling 
  6. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

What muscles are being worked?

  • Lateral delts
  • Triceps
  • chest muscles
  • Middle and lower traps
  • shoulders 

With a few other muscles that I have not mentioned. 

 

What is especially important when performing this exercise is, that one does not make ballistic movements, and to not go lower than ear level to reduce your likeliness of injury. 

 

Before starting this exercise, please consider seeing a medical professional if you have any conditions or injuries. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman, 

Shay-lon Moss

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 

 

Heavy squats & deadlifts

Today’s workout consisted of heavy load today with both squats and sumo deadlifts, I used low bar wide stance squats because I am working on hip mobility along with the sumo deadlift. I have noticed that what I thought was my max effort, I could have probably went up in weight on my heavier lifts — so possibly next week I will check my 1RM’s for my lifts. Normally I would have some Tri-set exercises after the core lifts but decided to end my workout with some HIIT Training.

 

Warm Up:

 
  1. Side lunges: 4 x 25
  2. EZ Bar butt-lifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  3. Bench kettlebell stiff-legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%) 5 x 180 lbs, 5 x 190 lbs, 5 x 200 lbs

       – sumo deadlift off blocks: 5 x 2-4 (80% 1RM), 180 lbs

       – Sumo deadlift: 2 x 1 (95%+) 215 lbs, 225 lbs 

  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90% 1RM) 5 x 160 lbs, 5 x 170 lbs, 5 x 180 lbs

        – Barbell back squat: 2 x 1 (95%+ 1RM) 190 lbs, 200 lbs

 

HIIT Training: 5 rounds circuit

  1. High knees: 20 seconds
  2. squats: 20 seconds, 12 lbs body bar
  3. burpees: 20 seconds

Check out my workout: Core lifts

Bench Day

I plan on writing more post that don’t always revolve around my workouts, but I have to get back on a schedule for blogging again, so bare with me until I get myself organized. Today’s workout consisted of the bench press, overall a good workout. 

Warm Up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20lbs
  • Assisted wide grip pull ups: 4 x 25, 150lbs
  • Reverse grip cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 80lbs (60% 1RM)

       —- Barbell bench press (wide): 5 x 3-6, 80lbs 

       —-Barbell bench press (narrow): 5 x 3-6, 80 lbs

 

Tri-set:

  • DB overhead extension: 5 x 10-15, 20lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs
  • Assisted chin ups: 5 x 10-15, 130 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Barbell reverse bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 65 lbs
  • Incline DB reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 20 lbs
  • Triceps cable kickback: 5 x 10-15, 10 lbs