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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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
 
 
 
 

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! 

 
 

Did a Friday Workout Instead of Saturday

Normally I do my workout on Saturday’s and leave Friday & Sunday as a rest day, but because a co-worker decided to take my shift due to them needing more hours, I decided to make Friday my workout day and made Saturday and Sunday my rest day. The gym was very empty on Friday, which I enjoy. Saturday, I spent it at the movies with a friend; we went to see “Red Sparrow” and then had pizza at a nearby location, it was very good! I ordered two cheesy appetizers that we shared and ended the night on a good note. Sunday I caught up on the “Walking Dead” and got some studying in. 

 
 
  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% of 1RM: 85 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1RM: 105 lb
  • 60% of 90% of 1RM: 125 lb

 

  • Power clean: 3 x 5. 100 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 5 x 6, 45 lb
  • plie squats (kettlebell): 5 x 6, 20 kg
  • smith machine pistol squats: 5 x 6 each leg, 45 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 6, 110 lb

Cardio workout

  • stationary bike: 20 minutes, level 5, rpm 80+

My pistol squats weren’t great on my left leg — and weren’t my best on my right either but better than the left leg. I haven’t implemented pistol squats in a workout in a while, back in 2017, so probably 6 or more months back and so it is like starting over from scratch again with them — which frustrated me a lot, because I was able to do them smoothly and very well at one point and now I was running out of breath and slacking. I think I might implement them more because I want to get better at them again. My power clean for 100 lb went well, not too bad for 5 reps.

 

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 

 

Saturday Sumo deads

  • Sumo deadlifts: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of my 1-RM: 160 lb
  • 85% of 90% of my 1-RM: 180 lb
  • 95% of 90% of my 1-RM: 200 lb, 8 max reps

 

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5, 105 lb

Superset:

  • DB curls: 5 x 6, 60 lb
  • EZ bar bentover reverse rows: 5 x 6, 70 lb

Superset:

  • EZ bar curls: 5 x 6, 50 lb
  • Cable pulls: 5 x 6, 70 lb each arm
 
 

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