Too much Cardio For One Day!

10.18.18

Today I made into a Two-a-day ( I did my normal powerlifting workout in the early morning after work) and then came in again in the late afternoon to do a bodybuilding workout with a friend (back exercises) in which I did not take note on what exercises we did in which order, so I will only be posting my powerlifting regimen from yesterday. 

Warm:

  • DB box step up: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Hip abduction with band: 4 x 25, red resistance band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 4 x 1-2 (originally I had down 6 sets, but was tired by the fourth set and didn’t want to injure myself) 275 lbs was a good lift
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 1-2 (originally was 6 sets and then tried for 4 sets but legs were crumbling) @200 lbs 
  • Box squats: 8 x 5-6, 200 lbs 

Tri-sets:

  • Linear leg press: 6 x 5-6, 388 lbs
  • kettlebell goblet squat: 6 x 5-6, 16 kg
  • Sprints: 6 x 30 seconds

Tri-sets:

  • Seated single leg kettlebell pistol squats: 6 x 5-6 each leg, 8 kg
  • Double kettlebell front squat: 6 x 5-6, 24 kg
  • Cable pull through: 6 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • Sprints: 6 x 1 minute

HIIT Training: 3 rounds (burpees)

  1. 10 seconds — 20 second rest
  2. 20 seconds — 20 second rest
  3. 10 seconds — 20 second rest
  4. 20 seconds — 60 second rest
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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

& I run..

Warm up:

  • Treadmill: 8 min, speed 2.5 and no incline

Workout:

  • Treadmill: 20 minutes total (interval training)
  • 2 minutes @ 6 speed , no incline
  • 2 minutes at 3.4 speed, 8.0 incline

Nothing but the treadmill

Normally I am not a fan of the treadmill, but due to the stair climber being taken and wanting to add variety, I decided to give it a go. 

Warm up:

  • Treadmill: 10 minutes, no incline, slow speed

Workout:

  • Treadmill: 20 minutes total. I did interval training, 3 minutes running speed at 5.5, no incline then 1 minute walk at 3.0 speed (alternating until I have reached 20 minutes)

Overall. I was kind of nervous my running skills and cardiovascular wouldn’t do very well with today’s workout, but I did really well with the endurance aspect of it, I can’ t say i’d run 5 miles non-stop but I think having ran 3 minutes after every minute was challenging, yet satisfying. 

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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Do More —

I could have very well stopped and been complacent with reps, after progressing but instead I decided, to DO MORE because I CAN. Why be complacent if I want results. 

 

Today’s workout reminded me, I can do it and I will do it. 

 

Warm up:

 
  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Standing DB calf raises: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • DB romanian deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Today’s workout was heavy session with squats & deadlifts 

 

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-3, 205 lbs (90% 1RM) and 3 x 1-2, 225 lbs (100 1RM) BUT I know I am ready to hit a new PR with my max, because 225 felt light. 
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 5 x 2-3, 180 lbs (90% 1RM) I decided to push 3 reps with this weight and it wasn’t easy, but after hitting three, I aimed for 5 reps and CONQUERED 🙂 Like my deadlift, my squat will be ready to hit a new 1RM soon as well, I didn’t max out on squats today though. 

Tri-set:

  • Walking EZ bar lunges: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB step ups: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB plie squats: 6 x 5-8, 50 lbs

cardio…

  • Sprints: 10 times, for 30 seconds each with a 45 second break between. 
  • Stair stepper: 10 minutes, level 5

P.S i used this company’s gel (Sweet Sweat) is the company and it did some good 🙂

 

Watch my squats from today at 180 lbs 3 and 5 rep squats

Making a friend & doing deadlifts

For starters, today was a good workout BUT to add to that, I had a fun conversation with a girl who attends my gym, her fiance does too, but she was working out this morning and had a leg day, it was the day she was starting to use the barbell for squats for the first time in like years .. and she started off with a weight that she felt comfortable with and used a platform to make sure she was hitting the amount of depth she was aiming for and all the while I was watching — I decided she could definitely do more weight, how did I know? because I believed in her and I seen her potential .. I knew she was stronger than she had the confidence to admit and I figured if nothing else, she can give it a go and I would spot her. She decides to take the plunge and up the weight by 20 lb and here I am spotting. She does it, reps it out ONE MORE REP than the second set, I give her a huge high five and let her know I am proud of her. That’s an example of pushing someone to their fullest potential, spotting their opportunity for success & letting them know you believe in them; pushing them to try & having their back win or lose. 

 

Now back to the Deadlifting part:

 
 
  • Conventional deadlifts: 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1RM: 170 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1RM: 200 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1RM: 225 lb, 6 max reps 

 

  • Deficit Deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 160 lb
  • wide stance barbell stiff leg deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 135 lb, 155 lb
  • Kettlebell snatch: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar glute bridges: 5 x 10, 40 lb

Cardio workout:

Superset:

  • jump rope: 30/45/30 seconds
  • Sprints: 30/45/30 seconds
 

Superset:

  • mountain climber: 30/45/30 seconds
  • burpees: 30/45/30 seconds
 
  • Treadmill (interval training): 15 min total (2 minute run, 5.5 speed, and 1 min walk, 3.5 speed)

Overall the deadlifts went over well, for the wide stance stiff leg, I decided to use my versa gripps (normally my grip is fine) but after doing deadlift after deadlift back to back, I wanted to be sure. Nobody loves burpees, especially me, but I got them done, the run on the treadmill was good. Overall a good workout 😀