Bench and circuits

Today I worked on speed/explosive training with my core lifts — the bench press. 

 

Warm Up:

 
  • Lat pulldown (wide): 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups (wide): 4 x 25, 150 lbs
  • Assisted dips: 4 x 25, 150 lbs 

Workout

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, (70% 1RM) 60 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (wide hand placement): 6 x 3-6, 85 lbs
  • Barbell bench press (close grip): 6 x 3-6, 85 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 8-12, 60 lbs
  • One arm DB overhead triceps extension: 6 x 8-12, 15 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse fly: 6 x 8-12, 40 lbs

Circuit: 5 rounds

  1. Push ups: 15 reps
  2. DB front raises: 15 reps, 10 lbs
  3. plate overhead raises: 15 reps, 10 lbs
  4. Seated russian twist: 15 reps, 45 lb plate
 
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Yesterday’s workout

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 90 lb, 5 reps
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 105 lb, 3 reps
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 115 lb, 1+  (I did 3 max reps)

 

 
  • Wide Grip pull ups (assistance machine): 5 x 6, 100 lb
  • DB floor press: 5 x 6, 80 lb
  • DB incline press: 5 x 6, 70 lb
  • Lat pulldown (wide grip): 5 x 6, 100 lb

I used the pull up assistance machine because I am not good at wide grip pull ups. I can do one set of 4-5 usually without assistance. 

 

Ab workout:

Superset:

  • medicine ball decline sit ups: 4 x 20, 8 lb
  • plank: 4 x 45 seconds

Cardio workout: 

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7
 

 

Week Four|Day One

Monday, November 27th 

 

Workout:

 
  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 8, 75 lb
  • DB bench press: 3 x 8, 80 lb
  • Wide grip pull up: 3 x failure
  • bentover barbell row: 3 x 8, 75 lb
  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • DB side lateral raise: 3 x 8, 40 lb
  • Sit ups: 3 x 20

Cardio:

  1. Sprints: 30 seconds
  2. Sprints: 45 seconds
  3. sprints: 1 minute 

I did them 2 times each

I Pulled Through Monday (Week Three|Day One)

I didn’t skip chest day!

Workout:

 
  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 12, 70 lb
  • DB bench press: 3 x 12, 60 lb
  • Wide grip pull up: 3 x to failure

Superset:

  • Bentover barbell row: 3 x 12, 70 lb
  • Bentover DB row: 3 x 10, 40 lb

Superset:

  • Seated DB shoulder press: 3 x 12, 50 lb
  • Seated Arnold DB press: 3 x 8, 20 lb
 

DB side lateral raise: 3 x 12, 30 lb and 40 lb

 

Superset:

  • Sit ups: 3 x 30
  • Crunches: 3 x 30

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

 

8 Week Program

So today starts a new program I will be giving a go for 8 weeks, I found it on Muscle & Strength website. Now typically I don’t use these programs because for one, they aren’t 100 percent and secondly I like creating my own workouts. However, when I do choose to do one, I like it because it allows me to stay in maintenance with my physique usually, it might add some workouts, or variations that are new to me, it allows me to focus on other aspects of my life so I am not stressing out over having to create my workouts, & they come handy for when I want to prep for something but need time to make plans and come up with goals, etc. This particular program is seemingly basic for intermediate athletes/lifters to build some muscle. After this program is finished, I will then go back to creating my own workouts for another month or so, then I have plans in hopefully training in a strict powerlifting style so I can do a competition in the late spring or summer – so I will continue to share the workouts with all of you throughout this program and will share the link to the program I am doing as well, so if anyone else becomes interested, then you can do your own research. 

Workout:

Superset:

  • Incline barbell bench press: 3 x 8, 70 lb ( I did a warm up of 2 sets of 12 reps)
  • DB bench press: 3 x 8, 60 lb and 70 lb

Superset:

  • Wide grip pull ups: 3 x failure ( I did a warm up of 1 set of 12 reps)
  • Bentover barbell row: 3 x 8, 70 lb

Superset: 

  • Seated DB press: 3 x 8, 50 lb (I did a warm up of 1 set of 12 reps)
  • DB side lateral raise: 3 x 8, 40 lb
 
  • Sit ups: 3 x 20

HIIT: (5 rounds) This was NOT part of the program

  1. High knees: 20 seconds
  2. Jumping jacks: 20 seconds

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon xo

Thursday, Oct. 12th Workout

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Reverse grip bentover rows: 4 x 10, 65 lb
  • Barbell shrugs: 4 x 10, 135 lb
  • pull ups: 3 x 8-10

Superset:

  • Seated cable rows: 4 x 10, 100 lb
  • chin up: 3 x 8-10
  • Standing DB upright row: 3 x 10, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Rack pulls: 4 x 10, 135 lb
  • Kettlebell sumo high pull: 4 x 10, 12 kg
  • V-bar pull up: 3 x 8-10

Superset:

  • superman: 4 x 10 seconds
  • DB shrugs: 4 x 10, 80 lb
  • Overhead slam: 3 x 10, 15 lb

Cardio: (5 rounds)

  1. DB step ups: 1 minute, 30 lb
  2. side to side shuffle: 1 minute
  3. kettlebell swings: 1 minute, 10 kg

Today’s workout was very good, especially the cardio, by round 3 I was already fatigue and running on low energy but still managed to push through. I did my supersets with minimum recovery besides the pull ups and chin ups, for whatever reason, those have me struggling to do them unless I do a 30 second break – The Vbar pull ups were a new exercise for me to try and I liked it, it was harder no doubt but I did fairly well in my opinion. Tomorrow will most likely be a rest day, so hopefully Saturday we start back up again with some strength training. 

Many of these exercises you can do at home with small equipment, for example if you want to be able to do pull ups at home, click below: 

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Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo

Wednesday, Oct. 4th Workout

Back, Abs & Glutes

Workout:

Superset:

 
  • Hyperextension (back extension): 4 x 8-10, 25 lb & 45 lb plates
  • Glutes bridge: 3 x 8-10
  • Ankle touches: 4 x 20

Superset:

  • Kneeling barbell squat: 4 x 8-10, 115 lb
  • one arm DB row: 3 x 8-10, 35 lb
  • Toe touches: 4 x 20

Superset:

  • One legged cable kickback: 3 x 8-10, 30 lb
  • Plate row: 4 x 8-10, 35 lb
  • plank: 4 x 30 seconds
 
  • Wide grip pull up: 4 x 8

HIIT Training (5 rounds)

  1. Jump rope: 30 seconds
  2. Jumping jacks: 30 seconds

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xo