A Friday Wednesday Workout

I remember mentioning that I had skipped Wednesday’s bench workout because I was way to tired and needed to get sleep because I would be working both jobs, so I would make it up on Friday. In which I did 🙂

Warm up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs & then back down to 20 lbs
  • Resistance band triceps kickback: 4 x 25, red band
  • Resistance band rows: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (80%) + 5 lbs, 100 lbs & 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (85%) + 5 lbs, 110 lbs, 115 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 195 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs then 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Low row: 5 x 5-6, 80 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 5-6, 90 lbs
  • reverse curls: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • EZ bar skullcrushers: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar chest press (narrow): 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 5 x 5-6, 50 lbs

Cardio HiiT Seshh:

  • Jump rope: 2 minutes
  • Jumping jacks: 1 minute
  • Burpees: 2 minutes
  • Sprint: 1 minute
  • Spin bike: 14 minutes, gear 6
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Today’s long leg sesshh

Warm up:

  • kettebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • Front box step ups: 4 x 25
  • DB Romanian deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout Seshh:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 5-6 was the goal (but did 6 x 4-5) at 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 5-6, 155 lbs

Supersets:

  • Front squats: 6 x 6-8 ( I did 5 reps) 120 lbs
  • Resistance band lateral leg raises: 6 x 6-8 each leg, red band

Supersets:

  • Barbell wide stance stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 6-8, 100 lbs
  • box step ups w/ DB: 6 x 6-8, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Smith machine alternating lunges: 6 x 6-8, 95 lbs
  • DB squats: 6 x 6-8, 50 lbs
  • DB plie squats: 6 x 6-8, 55 lbs

Supersets:

  • Seated leg extension: 6 x 6-8, 60 lbs
  • Seated one legged leg extension: 6 x 6-8 each leg, 20 lbs

Cardio Seshhh:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes total. 
  • 5 minutes, resistance 1, rpms 80+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 10, rpms 60+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 1, rpms 80+
  • 5 minutes, resistance 10, rpms 60+

Wednesday gains

Warm up:

  • Incline reverse flys 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Straight arm cable lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Cable triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press 3 x 2-3, 105 lbs
  • Barbell bench press 3 x 2-3, 110 lbs
  • barbell bench press (narrow grip) 4 x 5-6, 80 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lat pulldown: 4 x 5-6, 80 lbs
  • Assisted Dips: 4 x 5-6
  • Seated DB Shoulder press: 4 x 5-6, 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Assisted pull ups: 4 x 5-6, 100 lbs
  • Seated arnold press: 4 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 4 x 5-6, 25 lbs

Cardio Session:

  • Spin bike: 20 minutes, gear 4

Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (70%) 85 lbs
  • Barbell bench press: 4 x 6-8 (75%) 95 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs

Supersets:

  • Barbell shoulder shrugs: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • EZ bar curls: 4 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Cable overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 4 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 4 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Cardio session:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes, resistance 15 and rpms staying between 40-50 

 

Current Weight: 155.6 lbs

body fat %: 22.0

BMI: 23.6

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+

PR’s are cool, but..

Personal records are cool and all, but don’t allow them to define your worth. Of course, for professional athletes in weightlifting & powerlifting, we use those PR’s to determine where we are at within our goals and wanting to increase weights, but sometimes we need to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation and look at the bigger picture; which happens to be our consistency and dedication. I love a good ego boost when hitting heavier weights, but sometimes it can be a huge hit to the ego when I don’t hit a new PR each week, its almost like we get rejected after putting in so much work. I’ve known people to rely on their PR’s and when they don’t hit one, they give up or get angry with the process. Not always is a PR a good thing, not when you are pushing your body beyond its means in order to gain it (unhealthy manner), not when you are sacrificing attitude and dedication to achieve it. I figure it like this, if you hit a PR — AWESOME! but if you don’t, and sometimes you won’t, then take it with a grain of salt, because we are human and we aren’t perfect 100 percent of the time. 

The point of working out, regardless if you are an athlete or not, is to stay healthy, to discipline yourself & to gain insight on your strengths and weaknesses (while working on the weaknesses to make into strengths) and of course to enjoy the process no matter how hard it gets, because in time, it will pay off. If you forget those steps & focus on hitting new PR’s each week, it will get old fast & it will weigh you down when it comes time you fail. I want PR’s to be a bonus to your workouts, a goal that is achievable & as a means of an ego boost to your confidence; all the while pinpointing your weaknesses before a competition so that you can use it to excel. Your gym worth is based on how you feel when you leave the gym, how you feel about yourself when you see small bouts of progress or obstacles that seemed rather hard but you hurdled; nothing compares to the process. It’s like watching yourself evolve. PR’s shouldn’t hold you down, or make you feel weak, they should give you a reason to keep pushing, prevent you from wanting to give up and make working out a fun journey. Even so, being an athlete, it’s hard not wanting to PR frequently in our sport and as a powerlifter, you learn that PR’s can come from various forms (not just lifting heavier) — and while that is the overall goal, you hope to see yourself transform into a stronger person in other ways as well. 

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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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