New leg day strategy

Today, I decided on a new strategy for my powerlifting workouts, due to wanting to switch things up a bit and still challenge myself. The changes will only concern my leg day workouts (Tuesday and Thursday’s) but hopefully I will see good results from the switch up and reduce the soreness. 

I will continue to do deadlifts and squats on the same day along with lower body accessory work BUT instead of doing heavy with both exercises and speed with both exercises. I will do heavy for one and speed for the other, and vice versa on the 2nd day. This was the first day doing this — so not much to say for it yet.

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral walks: 4 x 25, green band
  • seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • body bar back squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift (speed training day): 8 x 5, 185 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (heavy day): 6 x 3, 170 lbs
  • Barbell front squats: 5 x 8-10, 65 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • DB wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar walking lunges: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • DB cleans: 5 x 8-10, 30 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 1RM

Bench press testing

Today I did my bench press 1RM to see where I was at with my dynamic strength. It was higher than I assumed, but not as high as I would have liked considering my bench press isn’t the weakest of the 3 big lifts. For some reason, I always find myself plateauing when it comes to my bench press, and I don’t know if it is my lack of programming for it correctly or if I haven’t worked/strengthened the right muscles to lift more. I am 10 lbs away from my goal (which doesn’t seem like much, but it is a lot when lifting). In the meantime, I probably will tweak some workouts and see where I am again in another 6 weeks with my bench press. Anyone else have a weak area in bench pressing? What have you done to perform higher weights? leave answers in the comment section. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Incline DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25 ea. arm, 15 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 125 lbs – MAX WEIGHT

Superset:

  • DB floor press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Bentover DB row: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB flyes: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB chest press: 6 x 12-15 ea. arm, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Resistance band pull apart: 6 x 12-15, red band
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs
 

1RM squat test

Warm up:

 
  • DB romanian deadlift: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • resistance band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red band
  • hip abduction 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell back squat: 225 lbs = 1RM PR

Superset:

  • Linear leg press: 6 x 12-15, 298 lbs
  • Kettlebell goblet squats: 6 x 12-15, 10 kg

Superset:

  • Medicine ball slams: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs, 10 lbs
  • Kettlebell swings: 6 x 12-15, 10 kg

Superset:

  • Leg extension machine: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • DB calf raises: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs

Watch the video of me performing the 225 lb squat today: Shaylon_fitnessWonderWoman

New gym experience & gym partner

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 5 x 3, 115 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB triceps kickback: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable chest press: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Db front raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated triceps overhead extension: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs

I worked out at the Planet Fitness in a new town with my friend 🙂 so I had to change some things up to my original workout. Haven’t used a smith machine for bench press in years, >.< but it worked out decently. It was nice to workout with a friend and show her the ropes with lifting. Overall good ex

Last day of May workout

Warm up:

 
  • Smith machine calf raises: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • Glute kickback: 4 x 25 ea. leg
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 1-2 (90% 1RM, 200 lbs)/ 4 x 1-2 (100% 1RM, 225 lbs) 
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 1-2 (90% 1RM, 180 lbs)/ 4 x 1-2 (100% 1RM, 200 lbs) 

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar stationary lunges: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • body bar overhead squat: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell goblet squat: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar push press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg

I hit a new PR in the sumo deadlift, 250 lbs

Tuesday’s workout

Warm up:

 
  • plie squats: 4 x 25, 15 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • lateral band walks: 4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 9 x 3-6 (55% 1RM) 125 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (55% 1RM) 110 lbs
  • Front squats: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs

Tri-set:

  • bodyweight walking lunge: 5 x 8-10
  • Calf raises: 5 x 8-10
  • DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs