Dynamic speed leg day

Oh the thrills of having to start light again and work my way up to heavier weights. I did good speed work on the Sumo deadlift today, but squats were shaking somewhat. Hopefully, that’s just a sign they are getting used to the weights again. Considering it was low weight today,  it somewhat would worry me if I had a hard time lifting today. Still waiting for muscle memory to kick into overload. 

Warm up:

  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • resistance band body weight squats: 4 x 25, red band
  • kneeling hip flexor: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 8, 175 lbs
  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 6, 205 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 8, 135 lbs
  • barbell back squat: 3 x 6, 160 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstring focus): 3 x 10, 298 lbs
  • Kettlebell plie squats: 3 x 10, 12kg

Tri-sets:

  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 10, 115 lbs
  • DB stiff legged deadlift: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • resistance band lateral leg raises: 3 x 10 each leg, green band
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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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Week Nine Day Four —- Thursday

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1RM: 140 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1RM: 160 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1RM: 180 lb. 5 max reps

 

  • Barbell front squats: 5 x 12, 60 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 12, 185 lb
  • Leg press (quad dominant): 5 x 12, 298 lb
  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 12, 75 lb

Ab workout:

Superset:

  • Medicine ball seated twist: 4 x 20
  • plank: 4 x 30 seconds 

 

Squats & legs

  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 5 — Deload week .. 

 

  • 40% of 90% of 1-RM: 75 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1-RM: 95 lb
  • 60% of 90% of 1-RM: 115 lb

 

  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 6, 110 lb, 105 lb
  • Barbell box squat: 5 x 6, 225 lb, 245 lb
  • Linear leg press: 5 x 6, 478 lb
  • smith machine narrow stance squat: 5 x 6, 115 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 6, 100 lb

Cardio workout:

Superset:

  • DB step ups: 30 seconds/45 seconds/1 min, 40 lb
  • Walking EZ bar lunges: 10 reps/10 reps/ 10 reps, 60 lb

I did the cardio workout above 5 times

 

Superset:

  • Lateral band walk: red band
  • jump rope: 30 seconds

I did the cardio workout above 5 times

 
  • Burpees: 10 reps ( I did this 5 times)

Today’s workout was 3.5 hours long including the warm up period. Longer workout, but I pulled through good. 

I did a video of the back squat and front squat today: back squat & Front Squat

 

Saturday Afternoon leg day

Week Five|Day Five

I suppose today I got lucky, because I didn’t lose any strength in these quads and hammies 🙂

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 8, 100 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 3 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstring foot placement): 3 x 8, 388 lb 
  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 10-12, 75 lb

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 3 x 8, 100 lb
  • DB plie squat: 3 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Seated DB curls: 3 x 8, 50 lb
  • Weighted Dips: 3 x 8, 15 lb – this was easy 🙂

Superset:

  • Leg extension: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • Leg curls: 3 x 8, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Lying leg raises: 3 x 20 each leg
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 3 x 10-12, 40 lb

The last set of Front Squats, I was ready to walk away because it was starting to feel heavy! >.< but I made it! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

Saturday … Week three|Day five

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 12, 85 lb, 95 lb
  • Linear leg press: 3 x 12, 270 lb

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 3 x 12, 100 lb
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 3 x 12, 30 lb
 
  • Seated DB curl: 3 x 12, 50 lb
 
  • Weighted Dips: 3 x 12, 15 lb

Superset:

  • Leg curls: 3 x 12, 60 lb
  • leg extension: 3 x 12, 60 lb
 
  • Leg raises: 3 x 12 ea leg

My front squat felt good, but could not reach 12 reps at my normal 100 lb this week, so had to go down to 95 lb and could going to do one set of 12 reps then had to decrease another 10 lb and did my last set 85 lb, I am hoping I can build that front squat strength so I can increase the weight. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon

Linear Leg Press (Exercise How to &YouTube Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdaRhKPRzvA

Most gyms will carry this machine, but I have seen them shaped seemingly different. The above video is of myself demonstrating how to use one (I did 4 x 20 at 180 lb) but of course depending on your goals and fitness level that could be different for everyone. Something I want EVERYONE to keep in mind during this exercise since so many people have gotten hurt utilizing this machine (because they did not use it properly) is DON’T LOCK YOUR KNEES! also, this machine weight DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BARBELL SQUAT IT! so many people assume because they can leg pres 500 lb they can then squat 500 lb — that is not how this works and you will harm yourself assuming otherwise. Please head to my warnings, if you want to see some videos of people who have broken bones during this exercise, let me know.. ha. 

 

So now that I have the warnings out of the way, this exercise is actually a decent workout, now people with knee problems or issues this machine might not be for you (ask your medical doctor first) but I have known people with knee surgery, etc to utilize it afterwards (post their surgery after rehab) so don’t assume you will not ever be able to – anything is possible with a mindset of success. I personally use this machine as a superset and pyramid workout as well, I think it definitely is one that will leave your leg day worthwhile after doing so many reps and sets. 

 

How does one use this machine/do this workout:

 
  1. Sit down at the machine and place legs on the platform in front of you. There are three stances you can use on this machine but I will be talking about the medium (shoulder width) foot stance. 
  2. Lower the safety bars while pushing the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended (without locking your knees)
  3. Inhale and lower the platform until your upper and lower legs make a 90 degree angle
  4. Push using the heels of your foot, and quads.. go back up to starting position.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions and be sure to remember to lock the safety pins again when finished. 

What muscles are being worked?

  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • calves
  • hip and torso for stabilization

Depending on foot placement on the platform you can isolate which muscles you want to work on more directly. I tend to like the variety this machine offers. 

 

I would recommend this machine for beginners as well as intermediate athletes, because like I said it can be used as a superset, pyramid or even just a way to strengthen your leg muscles. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

Do any of you not like using this machine?