Monday’s workout

Chest Dynamic Effort

Warm up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Pec Dec: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs
Workout:
  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 6-8 (70%) + 5 lbs, 3 x 90 lbs, 3 x 95 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 1 x 1, 125 lbs 
 
  • Cable Triceps pressdown: 4 x 8-10, 1 x 60 lbs, 3 x 70 lbs
  • Cable face pull: 4 x 8-10, 1 x 60 lbs, 3 x 70 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
 
  • DB shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 90 lbs 
  • Smith machine incline push up: 4 x 8-10
  • Smith machine inverted row: 4 x 8-10
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 66

11.07.18

What are you passionate about?

  1. My career as a personal trainer
  2. Writing; blogging
  3. physical and mental health — the importance of it, stigmas, health care, etc
  4. Traveling 
  5. Motivational & inspirational speaking — I want to pursue a career doing so on the side
  6. LGBTQ issues 

What are your passions? 

Success quickly became failure

To start things off, today’s deadlifts I thought were going to go my way, but ends up being I did worse off than I had imagined. I lifted a good lift at 290 & with 305 being my max, I figured lifting 295 afterwards wouldn’t be hard, but boy, I failed that lift 3 times. Not sure why I didn’t get the lift, but it only reached thigh level and the rest of the way, I was weak. I thought to myself, there is no way this is happening — almost like a smack in the face failing like this when your max was 305, and now you are questioning all your training protocols. Maybe it’s the extra cardio I have been doing now 4-5 days a week for about 20-25 minutes, or it could be I haven’t been eating the 5-6 smalls meals like I was or the lack of sleep I have been getting. Worse case scenario, it could be a sign I lost some form of strength — although heavy squats went over well today & that’s what had me most confused, but I will take it as a loss and start back up next week with a clean slate. 

Warm up:

  • Body bar squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs
  • Resistance band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 1 x 290 lbs, Failed attempt at 295 lbs
  • Barbell back squats: 1 x 215 lbs, 1 x 220 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine rack pulls: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • Kettlebell stationary lunges: 4 x 8-10, 10 kg

Superset:

  • DB Romanian deadlift: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Wide stance leg press: 4 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs

Heavy Bench press PR

Making positive moves

Warm up:

  • Pec dec machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Resistance band reverse fly: 4 x 25, green band
  • resistance band triceps kickback: 4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 120 lbs, 3 x 125 lbs ( I did 2 reps at 120 lbs for a new PR)

Superset:

  • DB farmer carries: 4 x whole track and back, 110 lbs
  • Plate hyperextension: 4 x 8-10, 35 lbs

Superset:

  • DB upright row: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Cardio:

  • Spin bike: 20 minutes, gear 6, rpms 70+

Tuesday’s Dynamic Effort

10.30.18

Warm up:

  • Hip flexor stretch: 4 x 30 seconds each leg
  • Kettlebell plie squat: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 1 x 180 lbs, 2 x 185 lbs, 1 x 200 lbs, 2 x 205 lbs (60-65%)
  • Barbell back squat: 1 x 135 lbs, 2 x 140 lbs, 1 x 145 lbs, 2 x 150 lb (60-65%)
  • Box squats: 4 x 8-10, 180 lbs
  • Barbell box front squats: 4 x 8-10, 105 lbs

Superset:

  • Single leg leg press: 4 x 8-10 each leg, 208 lbs
  • Narrow stance linear leg press: 4 x 8-10, 208 lbs
  • Kettlebell single leg deadlifts: 4 x 8-10 each leg, 10 kg

Cardio:

  • Stair climber: 15 minutes, level 6
  • Treadmill: incline 3.0, speed, 3.5, 5 minutes

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Monday Chest

Warm up:

  • Resistance band chest fly: 4 x 25, green
  • Triceps rope attachment extension: 4 x 25, 20 lbs each arm
  • Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell floor press: 1 x 95 lbs, 2 x 100 lbs, 1 x 100 lbs, 2 x 105 lbs (60-65%)

Superset

  • One arm DB row: 4 x 8-10 each arm, 30 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups: 4 x 8-10, 100 lbs

Superset:

  • Reverse grip lat puldown: 4 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Wide grip seated low row: 4 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • Incline DB row: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Skullcrushers: 4 x 8-10, 30 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!