The preacher curl

The preacher curl, an exercise I don’t do often but one that I should do because it is a great bicep exercise workout, especially if you are really looking to isolate the muscle. My gym offers a space to do the curl like in the video above ( I assume most gyms do) but if not, there are ways to get it done with a little bit of creativity. I tend to biceps on my upper body day as an accessory workout with my bench press & used as a form of supersets (which this exercise would be good for). Typically when doing the preacher curl you want to be sure to be slow and contracted. Watch the above video for a demonstration. 

How to (step by step)

  1. You will need an EZ bar — Like the above bar in the video. You will have your hand placement on the close inner bar handle (best to have someone hand it to you, but if not, use the front bar rest attached to the preacher bench) Palms forward and slightly tilted inwards
  2. chest against the preacher bench, and arms pressed against the preacher bench– hold the EZ curl bar at shoulder length. 
  3. While breathing in, slowly lower the bar until biceps are fully stretched 
  4. While exhaling, use your biceps to curl the weight until biceps are fully contracted. 

The preacher curl is what helps to build the ‘peak’ in your biceps, it works the shorter head of the bicep muscle. Again a great exercise if executed properly and with slow contracted movements; making sure to squeeze on your way up & fully stretch on the way down & pay attention to make sure you are breathing. 

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First Workout of July

Got my FIRST workout of July finished up, and boy oh boy, would I have loved to have made an excuse to not go today. I was busy from sun up to sun down practically and still busy with having to play catch up on the blog post & make sure my social media is all caught up for the night & it starts all over tomorrow. The only thing that mattered today was being able to start my Monday off with a workout — I was able to workout later this afternoon vs in the morning and many thoughts streamed through my mind to just half ass the workout and go home BUT, I knew I couldn’t do that, because once I am at the gym, I finish the job 100 percent; that’s what it means to talk the walk. While I am somewhat exhausted, I was able to meal prep for the next couple of meals for the week and do a small amount of cleaning. The majority of my problem lies with the fact it is HUMID as all hell & I don’t like it at all. Anyone else dealing with the humidity?

 

Besides all that, I made Monday another chest day. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Resistance band lateral raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band front raises: 4 x 25, red band
  • resistance band pull apart: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6, (60% and 65% 1RM) 4 x 75 lbs, 4 x 80 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 8 x 5, 95 lbs
  • barbell bench press (close grip): 8 x 5, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 8 x 6, 70 lbs
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 8 x 6, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Underhand lat pulldown: 8 x 6, 90 lbs
  • Dips: 8 x 6

Superset:

  • EZ bar military press: 8 x 6, 60 lbs
  • Reverse cable triceps extension: 8 x 6, 70 lbs

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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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Bench 1RM

Bench press testing

Today I did my bench press 1RM to see where I was at with my dynamic strength. It was higher than I assumed, but not as high as I would have liked considering my bench press isn’t the weakest of the 3 big lifts. For some reason, I always find myself plateauing when it comes to my bench press, and I don’t know if it is my lack of programming for it correctly or if I haven’t worked/strengthened the right muscles to lift more. I am 10 lbs away from my goal (which doesn’t seem like much, but it is a lot when lifting). In the meantime, I probably will tweak some workouts and see where I am again in another 6 weeks with my bench press. Anyone else have a weak area in bench pressing? What have you done to perform higher weights? leave answers in the comment section. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Incline DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm bentover DB row: 4 x 25 ea. arm, 15 lbs
  • DB bentover reverse fly: 4 x 25, 10 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 125 lbs – MAX WEIGHT

Superset:

  • DB floor press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Bentover DB row: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB flyes: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB chest press: 6 x 12-15 ea. arm, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Resistance band pull apart: 6 x 12-15, red band
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs