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! 

 
 
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Tuesday Double —

Can never be prepared for what’s to come.

 

First time having to do squats and deadlifts on the same day, I survived. For now. I did another dynamic workout today with the two core lifts; speed, power and explosiveness. Check out the progress with my low bar — wide stance squats and sumo deadlifts; both done at 60% of 1RM: Squats and sumos

I pretty much decided that I would work on sumo deads this week and conventional next week– switching it every week so I hit both but not at the same time. I am still working on getting used to the low bar wide stance squats — they have been weird, but I know they will be helpful and worth my while.

Warm up:

  1. Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  2. EZ bar hip thrust: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  3. Front box jumps: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Barbell sumo deadlifts: 9 x 3-6, 135 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 9 x 3-6, 120 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Hip abductor machine: 5 x 10-15, 100 lbs
  • Butt lift with band: 5 x 10-15, red band
  • one arm kettlebell clean: 5 x 10-15, 12 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Hip adductor machine: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs
  • Glute kickbacks: 5 x 10-15
  • Stiff legged DB deadlift: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lateral band walks: 5 x 10-15, green band
  • smith machine kneeling squat: 5 x 10-15, 75 lbs
  • kettlebell romanian deadlift: 5 x 10-15, 10 kg

Shay-lon

Monday Bench press session

Bench with speed and power

So today was definitely a reboot day considering I haven’t been to the gym since Friday — because I used Saturday and Sunday as my rest days; so coming back today, I created my own workout plan utilizing the information I learned from Matt Wenning, I made today a dynamic power workout — with bench press as the core lift. I focused on form and using my back more and chest and shoulders less. It is still something to get used to , but it went over well overall, I also need to implement some forearm exercises to make my wrist stronger (they have a tendency to bend when bench pressing higher weights) and I want to rid of the habit before I end up hurting myself — so if anyone has any wrist strengthening exercises they recommend that helps them, please leave them in the comment section. 

 

Considering today is my first workout with a core lift, I went all out and made sure to really focus on the key factors to make my bench stronger. The key factors Matt told me about — my weaknesses and making them into strengths. All of the accessory work was for Triceps, lats and rear delts. I am definitely sore up top, but it was worth it, because I had to really put forth the effort. 

 

Warm up: 12-15 min (done as a circuit)

 
  1. DB press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  2. Cable one arm tricep extension 4 x 25 each arm, no weight
  3. Pec dec/rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lb

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press (dynamic/speed and power): 9 x 3-6, 80 lbs – I did 3 sets of medium, 3 sets narrow and 3 sets wide grip and focused on speed and power output & used 60% of my 1RM.

Tri-sets:

  • Close grip lat pulldown: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs
  • Kneeling cable tricep extension: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs
  • Cable face pull: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs

Tri-Sets:

  • Rope straight arm pull down: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs
  • Cable triceps overhead extension (rope): 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 30 lbs

Tri-Sets:

  • Seated elevated cable rows: 5 x 10-15, 90 lbs
  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs
 

Now I wanted to do bench press with bands as well but my gym didn’t offer thin enough bands for me to do it and I thought I could manage the thicker bands, but with the help of a spotter I couldn’t even manage to lift the bar off me with the thicker bands, #lifelesson so maybe when I get some bands then I can implement those for dynamic speed day as well. 

 

Shay-lon 

New Way of Doing Things

Time for me to finally hop off the Jim Wendler program and re-focus my attention on the things that Matt was telling me Tuesday so that when I schedule to see him in May, he can see I have developed in some form or fashion or at least have started implementing my programs around my weaknesses. Today was the first day back at the gym since meeting him Tuesday, so with it being Wednesday, and realizing I need at least 4 days a week — I decided I would start the core lifts with accessory work Monday. For the time being, Today, tomorrow and Friday I will be doing all accessory work using the warm up format he gave me, and only working on the muscles that he listed were my weaknesses. 

 

Today I focused on upper body accessory work & also added in some isolated core exercises as well. 

 

Warm up: 12-15 min

 
  1. DB chest press (because it will help with keeping my wrist straight) 4 x 25, 40 lbs & 30 lbs last set
  2. DB triceps overhead extension: 4 x 25, 15 lbs. 10 lbs, and 5 lbs
  3. Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

I meant to keep the weight light while doing this warm up circuit but my ego got the best of me and I started with moderate weight thinking that I would be fine, but as you can see, I had reduce the load. 

 

Workout (Lats, triceps, rear delts) in that order

Superset:

  • Assisted pull ups (wide grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups (narrow grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
 

Superset:

  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB Tate press: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Seated bentover rear delt raise: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • One arm lat pulldown: 5 x 8-10 each arm, 20 lbs, 30 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10 ea arm, 15 lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Core Workout:

Tri set:

  • Decline medicine ball sit ups: 3 x 20, 8 lbs
  • Body weight decline sit ups: 3 x 20
  • Med ball slams: 3 x 20, 10 lbs

First day went alright, the warm up was grueling but definitely got me worked up and warm for the rest of the workout. Day two is tomorrow. 

 

Shay-lon

 

Tomorrow’s opportunity

Hello readers, and bloggers; I apologize I haven’t been around for the past 3-4 days. I thought I was feeling better — but come to find out Thursday my body wasn’t having it and I quit my whole workout to go home and rest up .. it was hard, because I was quite frustrated and very pissed off (I wasn’t able to hit my new 1 Rep max squat Thursday) so I didn’t go home on a good note. Since then, my sore throat has gone, but now I have runny nose, nasal congestion, chest congestion, and every so often a cough. I have been spitting up nasty gooey stuff (mucus) — it’s gross looking but it has helped clear my throat & seems to slowly help with my chest congestion by spitting it up often. I have been paying much attention to the color and texture because obviously if it should progress or turn into blood or something; I will then make an appointment to see my medical doctor. For now liquids, rest and taking things slow at the gym. 

 

In other news,  tomorrow is a HUGE day for me because I will be going out of town to train with Matt Wenning (world record holder powerlifter,owns his own gym, has a Masters and bachelors degree, tactical trainer, etc.) and I don’t know what all to expect and especially with this cold I have — but I am excited and scared all at once. I know I will need a good night’s rest, eat something that will help fuel me, stay humble, hopefully soak in everything he shows/teaches me and work hard at whatever he has me doing tomorrow. Outside of those main things, I have no way of preparing for this moment. I plan on keeping all of you abreast on the session — because this is an awesome opportunity I have and I want to take full advantage of it and also, have something to share with all of you from it. 

 

If you aren’t sure who Matt Wenning is, you should find him on #instagram at @realmattwenning and do some google searches as well, you will be impressed. 

 

I have some Monday photos showing of my progress since being sick — gym progress

 

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Shay-lon 

Wednesday Bench Deload

If I haven’t already mentioned in previous post from this week; this whole week is a deload week for me, besides the accessory workouts; those will be heavy weights — my core lifts will be low weight t help with recovery and of course, I will add some cardio here and there during the week as well. 

 
 
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% 1RM: 50 lbs
  • 50% of 90% 1RM: 65 lbs
  • 60% of 90% 1RM: 75 lbs

 

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 6, 90 lbs
  • DB alternating curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs

Superset:

  • Push ups, 5 x 6
  • bench dips: 5 x 6

Superset:

  • DB hammer curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs
  • lat pulldown (wide grip): 5 x 6, 100 lbs

Superset:

  • DB flyes: 5 x 6, 40 lbs
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 5 x 6, 30 lbs
 

 

Tuesday Doubles

Since I missed Monday’s workout, I made up for it today with two core lifts. This week started the deload week for my core lifts 

 
 
  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% 1RM: 105 lb
  • 50% of 90% 1RM: 130 lb
  • 60% of 90% 1RM: 160 lb

 

  • wide stance barbell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 6, 160 lb
  • one legged kettlebell deadlifts: 5 x 6 each leg, 16 kg
  • rack pulls: 5 x 6, 185 lb
 
  • Barbell shoulder press: 3 x 5
  1. 40% of 90% 1RM: 35 lb
  2. 50% of 90% 1RM: 40 lb
  3. 60% of 90% 1RM: 50 lb
  • standing DB shoulder press: 5 x 6, 50 lb
  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • DB front to lateral raises: 5 x 6, 30 lb

Cardio workout:

  • Upright stationary bike: 20 min, level 8, rpm: 75+

I did a video of my wide stance stiff legged deadlifts —- deads

 

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