Yesterday, I made changes to my bench

I decided that this week, I would change up my bench routine. For awhile I have been doing Monday speed training with bench & Wednesday were for heavy lifting with bench but this week  & the weeks going forward (assuming it brings results) I am going to do speed and heavy on the same days Monday & Wednesday. I did this change because in the past I was missing out on a Monday or Wednesday bench & it was hard making up for it due to obligations and travel so now if I miss either day, I can do the workout the next bench day & I think this will provide more results as well in the long run. 

Warm Up:

  • Reverse Triceps cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Biceps machine (isolated) 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 15 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6-8 4 x 80 lbs (65%) & 4 x 90 lbs (70%)
  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3, 2 x 100 lbs (80%), 2 x 105 lbs (85%) & 2 x 110 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 6 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets

  • DB floor press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 6 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB bench press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps overhead extension: 6 x 8-10, 25 lbs

Supersets:

  • DB farmer carries/walks (first time) – 2 x 180 lbs (2 90 lb DBs)
  • DB shrugs: 2 x 8-10, 90 lbs (2 45 lb DBs)

The farmer carries were lethal, extremely challenging and brand new to me, I took a picture of my injury from yesterday — here

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The shenanigans of today

Warm up:

 
  • Straight arm cable pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse flys: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 110 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6 (4 x 75 lbs 60% 1RM) (4 x 80 lbs 65% 1RM)
  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 2-3 (2 x 100 lbs) ( 2 x 105 lbs) (2 x 110 lbs ) (2 x 120 lbs)

Tri-set

  • Hammer curls: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • Cable overhead triceps extension, 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs

Tri-set:

  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • Resistance band push ups: 5 x 5-6, red band

Want to see my PR from today (hitting 2 reps for 120 lbs, 95% my max) check out Bench press

Skipped Monday & regret it

Starting on a Tuesday was about as bad as skipping a whole week at the gym. My performance on Tuesday leg day was less than mediocre and hardly finished (in order to finish up my workout, I had to edit the amount of sets/reps & lower the weight on lifts that don’t normally require it) I just felt like a walking Zombie and no amount of time staying at the gym was making it any easier on me. I suppose it might not only come from missing Monday’s chest day but also from the lack of sleep I had gotten the night before and perhaps the fact that I wasn’t suped up on pre-workout (which I take normally twice a week) but would rather take it like twice a month due to wanting to go back to my natural energy from waking up in the morning. I have decided that yesterday’s workout was a tragedy & while we are human with bad days, I like to think that I could make up for this another day.

 

Now with all the blah blah blah out of the way, we can get to the point. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Leg press 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Leg extensions: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • hip abduction: 4 x 25, 35 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlifts: 8 x 6 ( 4 x 175 lbs (60%1RM) (4 x 190 lbs (65% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squats (low back, wide stance): 8 x 2-3 (2 x 180 lbs 80% 1RM) (2 x 190 lbs 85% 1RM) (2 x 200 lbs 90% 1RM) (2 x 215 lbs 95% 1RM)
  • Power cleans: 5 x 3, 100 lbs & 110 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (Hammies concentrated): 8 x 5-6 478 lbs
  • Linear leg press single leg: 8 x 5-6 each leg, 208 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar overhead squats: 3 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • DB Romanian deadlift: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Hamstring/glute machine: 4 x 5-6, 25 lbs
  • DB goblet squat: 4 x 5-6, 45 lbs

Shay-lon

4 Hour leg session

I swear I don’t make long sessions on purpose. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Kettlebell Romanian deadlift: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Hip abduction machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout Sess:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 2-3, 260 lbs (85% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squat: 8 x 6-8, 145 lbs (65% 1RM)
  • Barbell front squats: 8 x 10-12, 65 lbs
  • Box squats: 8 x 10-12, 155 lbs

Superset:

  • DB bulgarian split squats: 8 x 10-12, 30 lbs
  • Leg curl machine: 8 x 10-12, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Kettlebell snatches: 8 x 10-12, 12 lbs
  • Leg extension machine: 8 x 10-12, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable glute kickbacks: 8 x 10-12, 10 lbs
  • DB box step ups: 8 x 10-12, 30 lbs

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When the Bench Press Needs Work

Ugh! my bench , my bench, my bench needs improvement. Today was a heavier day for bench — what i could consider heavier but not near my max day. I was working in the 3 rep range and did 95 lbs & 110 lb lifts for my bench press. I show both lifts Here. My bench has always been my weakest lift out of the BIG 3  — I am hoping within the next couple of weeks my max will increase by 5 lbs or so, because when competing I have to be strong in all three lifts in order to get the better total. My deadlifts and squats are my strongest lifts but I can’t only rely on them so I HAVE to work on increasing my bench if I want to better myself as a powerlifter. 

 

As of now, my plan is to use weighted push ups & continue to work on my weaker areas that carry over to the bench in order to have a good balance of strength & hopefully seeing increases in my bench press. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band chest press: 4 x 25, green band
  • EZ military press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Lat pulldowns: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 3, 95 lbs (75% 1RM)
  • barbell bench press: 6 x 3. 100 lbs (80% 1RM)

Superset:

  • Seated Arnold press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Cable upright rows: 5 x 6, 80 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs & 70 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 6, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar curls: 5 x 6, 50 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 5 x 6, 50 lbs

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Bench Speed Day

Warm up:

 
  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable Triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable face pulls: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 5-6, 75 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 5 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable triceps reverse grip pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB bentover row: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Bench dips: 5 x 8-10
  • DB reverse flyes: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB incline chest press: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB floor press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • DB seated overhead extensions: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs
 

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