Heavy never felt so good

Warm Up:

  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Kettlebell lateral lunges: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Single leg butt lifts: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 260 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 200 lbs

This was all I had done today because I had to get home in time to have a nap, meal prep and get around for an online Webinar (which I ended up waking up late for – only got a glimpse of 30 minutes of it) so hopefully it still counts towards my CEC’s lol. 

P.S I did a two a day today and came in to lift with a friend  — working on triceps 

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Leg day 10.16 18

Warm up:

  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Clamshell with band: 4 x 25 each leg, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 200 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 145 lbs
  • Front Squats: 5 x 8-10, 105 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • seated leg curl: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell plie squats: 5 x 8-10, 12 kg
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar overhead lunges: 5 x 8-10 (first time doing this exercise) 30 lbs but probably could have went higher.
  • Seated leg extension: Dropset
  • 80 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 70 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 60 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 50 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 40 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 30 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 20 lbs, 8-10 reps

No rest during this dropset. 

Thursday Strength

Well, I skipped yesterday’s workout due to the fact I was beyond exhausted and had to work both jobs on very little sleep, so decided instead of pushing iron, I’d get some much needed sleep (my body was thanking me) and I will do my Wednesday on Friday instead. Today I was going heavy with some leg day exercises and really making up with the lack of workout yesterday by doing some good amount of work today & added in some much needed cardio at the end of the workout. 

Warm up:

  • seated leg curls: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Squat to box: 4 x 25
  • EZ bar butt lifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 2-3. 2 x 245 lbs, 1 x 250 lbs, 1 x 260 lbs, 1 x 265 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 2-3. 2 x 180 lbs, 1 x 185 lbs, 1 x 190 lbs, 1 x 195 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell OHS: 5 x 5-6, 65 lbs, 70 lbs, 75 lbs 
  • Kettlebell overhead lunge: 5 x 5-6, 12 kg
  • Box squats: 5 x 5-6, 205 lbs and 210 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine sissy squats: 5 x 5-6, 165 lbs
  • DB cleans: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated one legged leg curls: 5 x 5-6 each leg, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs

Cardio seshhh:

  • Spin bike: 20 minutes, gear 6

Working on speed for lifts

Warm up:

  • Lying resistance  band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red
  • body bar goodmorning: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • Hip adduction: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 2 x 4 reps (was aiming for 5-6) 215 lbs
  • Conventional deadlift: 2 x 3 (was aiming for 5-6) 230 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 5-6, 155 lbs
  • barbell back squat: 4 x 5-6, 170 lbs
  • Barbell front squat: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • Box squat: 4 x 8-10, 155 lbs

Cardio Session

  • Spin bike: gear 3, rpms 90+ for 20 minutes 

Heavy and max deadlifts and squats

Once again today I decided to test the waters and make sure I was still capable of lifting my max in squats and sumo deadlifts. 

Warm up:

  • Kettlebell plie squat: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • DB romanian deadlift: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 1-2, 275 lbs (95%)
  • Sumo deadlift: 1 x 1, 290 lbs (max load)
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 1-2, 215 lbs 
  • Barbell back squat: 1  x 2 reps 225 lbs (max load)
  • Box squats: 3 x 5-6, 205 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press: 3 x 5-6, 478 lbs 
  • EZ bar stationary lunges: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar stiff legged deadlift: 3 x 5-6, 70 lbs 
  • Kettlebell goblet squat: 3 x 5-6, 16 kg
  • Cable kickbacks: 3 x 5-6, 30 lbs each leg

Cardio Session:

  • Stair climber: 10 minutes, level 7 speed
  • Stationary bike: 10 minutes, resistance 12, rpms 50+

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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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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