Heavier bench but not the heaviest load

Had to push myself to get these heavier bench press lifts, not going to lie, it was harder pushing these weights than it was in the past, but I managed, I didn’t press my max, because still working on gradual increase so I don’t hurt myself in the process. 

Warm up:

  • Pec dec machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar bentover row: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 50 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 3, 100 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 3, 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 3 x 10, 75 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (narrow grip): 3 x 10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable crossover: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • Lat pulldown: 3 x 10, 60 lbs
  • DB hammer curls: 3 x 10, 40 lbs

Tri-set:

  • DB chest press: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 3 x 10, 40 lbs
  • Cable triceps kickback: 3 x 10 each arm, 20 lbs
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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? 

 
 

May 10th workout Heavy leg day gains

Warm up:

  • DB goblet squats: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • EZ Bar wide stance deadlifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar butt lifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs 

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 4 x 2-4, 4 x 240 lbs, 4 x 255 lbs, 4 x 270 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 3 x 2-4, 3 x 160 , 3 x 170, 3 x 180

           — barbell back squat: 2 x 1-2, 2 x 190, 2 x 200 

Tri-set:

  • Body bar overhead squat: 6 x 12-15, 9 lbs
  • DB wide stance stiff-legged deadlift: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Fire hydrants: 6 x 12-15

Tri-set:

  • Leg extension machine: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • leg curl machine: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
 
 
 
 

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

Workout catch ups

To keep things simple, I will post all the workouts up to this point in this post, and separate them by dates, we stopped off at 4/19, so this will begin at 4/24 (which was the next time I hit up the gym). 

 

4/24

Warm up:

 
  • Hip thrusters: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • EZ- bar goodmorning: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout: (dynamic workout with squats/deadlifts)

  • Conventional deadlift: 9 x 3-6, 180 lbs (60% 1RM)
  • knee pulls: 9 x 3-6, 190 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (low bar/ wide stance): 9 x 3-6, 120 lbs (60% 1RM)
  • barbell jump squats: 9 x 3-6, 100 lbs

Tri- set:

  • Barbell hip thrusters: 5 x 10-15, 100 lbs
  • One arm kettlebell swings: 5 x 10-15, 8 kg
  • DB stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs

Tri-set

 
  • Straight leg raises: 5 x 10-15
  • one legged kettlebell deadlift: 5 x 10-15 ea leg, 12 kg
  • Quadruped hip extension with band: 5 x 10-15 each leg, red band

Tri-set:

  • Bulgarian DB split squat: 5 x 10-15 ea leg, 30 lbs
  • lateral squat: 5 x 10-15
  • clamshell: 5 x 10 ea leg, red band
 

4/25

Warm up:

  • One arm DB row: 4 x 25, 5 lbs
  • Dip assisted machine: 4 x 25, 120 lbs
  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout: (heavy day/ bench press)

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-4, 110 lbs, 115 lbs, 120 lbs (80%-90% 1RM)

Tri-set:

  • Lat pulldown: 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs
  • bench dips: 5 x 10-15
  • cable face pulls: 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated DB reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB row: 5 x 10-15 each arm, 25 lbs
  • Close handed push ups: 5 x 10-15
 

4/27

Warm up:

  • Lateral band walk: 4 x 25, green
  • lateral band leg raises: 4 x 25, green
  • EZ bar wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:(heavy day/squats&Deadlifts)

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 2-4, 240 lbs, 255 lbs, 270 lbs (80%-90%)
  • Barbell back squat( low bar, wide stance): 3 x 2-4, 160 lbs, 170 lbs, 180 lbs (80%-90% 1RM)

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

 
 

No Wednesday Workout — But Thursday Gains

Heavy load leg day

Today was good workout, it was a heavy day workout with all leg work. It was tough but I did very well, no videos or pictures, but a great overall workout. I prepared the plan with what I think would be helpful to me and get me started with lifting heavier weights. Keep in mind next week, I will be doing conventional deadlifts with squats and this week was sumo deadlifts. 


Warm Up:

  • Leg curls: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • resisted butt lifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • kettlebell bench stiff – legged goodmornings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs

Workout:

Sumo deadlift: 

  • 5 x 2-4 (80%-90% of 1RM) 5 x 180 lbs, 5 x 190 lbs, 5 x 200 lbs
  • 2 x 1 (95%+) 1 x 210 lbs, 1 x 225 lbs

Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance):

  •  5 x 2-4 (80%-90% of 1RM) 5 x 160 lbs, 5 x 170 lbs, 5 x 180 lbs
  • 2 x 1 (95%+) 1 x 190 lbs, 1 x 200 lbs, 1 x 205 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Wide stance barbell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 10-15, 95 lbs
  • resistance band fire hydrants: 5 x 10-15, red band
  • weighted walking lunges: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs

Shay-lon

 

P.S 

I will not be available on the blog this weekend, I will be out of town all weekend. I apologize for any inconvenience it may cause but will be back Monday!