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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Gym Partner Monday

Today was one of those days where I wasn’t in town to attend my regular gym and I still wanted to get a workout in, in order to not skip a Monday. Thankfully, my friend, whom I was staying with over the weekend, agreed to attend the gym with me earlier this morning at her gym. Now, if I had to attend without her, i probably would have, but not have liked it very much because of the fact it was a new environment that I am not yet used to and have only been to once before. With as long as I have been lifting, you would assume I wouldn’t have any issues with the gyms, but I still have my small insecurities when entering a new gym in a new place. Today’s workout was both quick and very simple. In the mix of it all, I was able to show her new exercises and push her past what she would normally feel comfortable doing, I love doing that; boosting someone’s confidence and making them feel good about their abilities. 

 

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 3 x 6, 75 lbs, 95 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine bentover row: 3 x 8, 75 lbs
  • smith machine upright row: 3 x 8, 45 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated Db shoulder press: 3 x 8, 40 lbs
  • seated Db lateral raise: 3 x 8, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • Seat low row: 3 x 8, 100 lbs
  • wide grip lat pulldown: 3 x 8, 70 lbs
 

Sumo Deadlift PR’s yesterday

Firstly, I would like to say that yesterday I managed to hit 3 PR’s in my sumo deadlift. Last week I left off at a 25 lb increase to 250 and this week I was able to add 40 lbs more to it, Videos showing my lifts: Sumo PR’s each video is showing different weights starting from 260 — all the way up to 290 🙂 I am to progress & while 290 isn’t all that high compared to more elite powerlifters, it shows I am doing something right in my workouts!

 

Warm up:

 
  • DB plie squat: 4 x 25, 15 lbs
  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift MAX: 50% 1RM: 110 lbs (6 reps), 80% 1RM 180 lbs (3 reps), 200 lbs (1 rep), 225 lbs (1 rep), 245 lbs (1 rep), 260 lbs (1 rep), 280 lbs (1 rep), 290 lbs (1 rep)
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 6 x 5-8, 135 lbs
  • power cleans: 6 x 5, 100 lbs
  • barbell front squat: 6 x 5-8, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine narrow stance squats: 6 x 5-8, 95 lbs
  • smith machine calf raises: 6 x 5-8, 95 lbs

Superset:

  • EZ bar goodmorning: 6 x 5-8, 50 lbs
  • DB deficit romanian deadlifts: 6 x 5-8, 60 lbs
 

New gym experience & gym partner

Workout:

 
  • Smith machine bench press: 5 x 3, 115 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar bicep curls: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • DB triceps kickback: 6 x 12-15, 15 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 40 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable chest press: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • Db front raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated triceps overhead extension: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs

I worked out at the Planet Fitness in a new town with my friend 🙂 so I had to change some things up to my original workout. Haven’t used a smith machine for bench press in years, >.< but it worked out decently. It was nice to workout with a friend and show her the ropes with lifting. Overall good ex

Last day of May workout

Warm up:

 
  • Smith machine calf raises: 4 x 25, 25 lbs
  • Glute kickback: 4 x 25 ea. leg
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4 kg

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 1-2 (90% 1RM, 200 lbs)/ 4 x 1-2 (100% 1RM, 225 lbs) 
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 1-2 (90% 1RM, 180 lbs)/ 4 x 1-2 (100% 1RM, 200 lbs) 

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • EZ bar stationary lunges: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs
  • body bar overhead squat: 5 x 8-10, 15 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell goblet squat: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg
  • EZ bar push press: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs
  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 8-10, 8 kg

I hit a new PR in the sumo deadlift, 250 lbs

May 15th Sumos & Squats

Speed and explosiveness

 

Warm Up:

 
  • Linear leg press: 4 x 25, 118 lbs (platform only)
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • front box jumps: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 9 x 3-6, 125 lbs (55% 1RM)
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 9 x 3-6, 110 lbs (55% 1RM)
  • Barbell front squat: 6 x 12-15, 55 lbs
  • barbell back squat (high bar, narrow stance) 5 x 3-6, 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • smith machine sissy squats: 6 x 12-15, 50 lbs
  • smith machine lunges: 6 x 12-15 each leg, 50 lbs
  • front leg raises: 6 x 12-15

Tri-set:

  • smith machine stiff legged deadlifts: 6 x 12-15, 95 lbs
  • DB goblet squat: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 6 x 12-15, 10 kg
 

Monday May 7th — Bench day (speed training)

Warm up:

 
  • Straight arm pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • DB upright row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 80 lbs off the floor (60%1RM)

           — Barbell bench press: 5 x 3-6 (wide) 80 lbs

           — Barbell bench press (close grip): 5 x 3-6, 80 lbs 

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine one arm upright rows: 5 x 10-15, 55 lbs 
  • Incline close grip push up: 5 x 10-15
  • Smith machine bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 55 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Reverse grip lat pulldown: 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated overhead triceps extension: 5 x 10-15, 15 lbs, 20 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 25 lbs, 30 lbs, 35 lbs, 40 lbs, 45 lbs