Squats & PR’s

For starters, my glute and back are feeling much better — I was able to squat and do my normal cardio workout and lift fairly heavy with no issues, there was tender areas but not BAD, so thank you to all those that wished me well with the injury! 😀

 
 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 140 lb, 5 reps
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 160 lb, 3 reps
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb, 1+ ( I was able to do 3 max reps)

 

  • Barbell front squat: 5 x 6, 100 lb, 110 lb
  • Barbell box squat: 5 x 6, 185 lb ( 6 reps), 225 lb (6 reps), 275 lb (3 reps), 245 lb (6 reps)
  • Linear leg press: 5 x 6, 478 lb
  • DB plie squats: 5 x 6, 40 lb
  • Leg extensions: 5 x 6. 100 lb, 110 lb

Cardio Workout:

Superset:

  • Sprints: 4 x 30 seconds
  • mountain climbers: 4 x 30 seconds
  • jumping jacks: 4 x 30 seconds
 
  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7
 

If you are interested in watching my box squat PR’s —– > Box Squat PR’s

 

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Sumo behind..

I have been off schedule with my posting, all I have is excuses & so I won’t go into detail, but I have been spending my weekends “supposedly” studying 😀 

 

As per usual, my Sumo deadlifts are always a week behind my other core lifts — please excuse any confusion this may cause. 

 
 
  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 150 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 170 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 190 lb

 

The sumo’s went over well, I recover from them faster than I do conventional deadlifts and I am still trying to find my comfort level with sumo’s as far as feet placement goes — how far to stretch so that I am both comfortable and reducing injury. 

 
  • Power clean to push press: 3 x 3, 105 lb
  • Power clean: 3 x 3, 105 lb

The superset of these was hard, but I was doing a horrible job Saturday with both of these lifts. No idea why but it did frustrate me, maybe it was my nerves, anxiety or my low energy levels or maybe I was losing some strength or not taking a long enough break between them. I don’t know, but I plan on going back to them Saturday and hopefully performing better. Wish me Luck!

 
  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 5 x 15, 75 lb
  • DB bicep curls: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 5 x 15, 20 lb

Cardio workout:

  • Treadmill interval running: 20 minutes, walk: 1 min, run: 2.2 (speed at 5.5) 

 

Deadlifts & PR’s

Powerlifting Deadlifts

Below the workout — I will announce two wonderful PR’s 🙂 

 
 
  • Conventional Deadlift : 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 170 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 195 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 220, 8 max reps

 

  • DB romanian deadlift: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • Smith machine rack pulls: 5 x 15, 165 lb
  • kettlebell one legged deadlift: 5 x 15 each leg, 10 kg
  • smith machine calf raises: 5 x 15, 165 lb

Ab Workout:

  • Medicine ball decline sit ups: 4 x 20, 8 lb
  • Plank: 4 x 45 seconds

Cardio Workout:

  • Sprints: 30 seconds, 10 times
  • treadmill interval training: 20 minutes (run: 2 minutes, walk: 1 minute)
  • Stair stepper: 15 minute, level 7

1.) I am able to do 8 max reps for 220 lb, where 5-6 weeks ago, I was only able to do 6 max reps for 215 lb — I have gotten stronger

 

2.) My new deadlift PR is — 295 lb ( used to be 280 lb/ increased by 15 pounds) 

 

My hope is by March, I will have 300 lb PR for my deadlift 😀

 

Leave your conventional deadlift numbers in the comments! 

 
 

 

Monday’s Workout—

Double the Trouble

Today’s workout consisted of two different core lifts because Wednesday I will be out of town for an appointment so would not be able to make it to the gym (but keep in mind I will be doing bench press twice a week now)

 
 
  • Bench press: 3 x 5

 

  • 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 80 lb
  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 90 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 105 lb, 6 max reps ( I did one more rep compared to 6 weeks prior)

 

  • Bench press: 5 x 5, 100 lb (heaviest weight I can do with 5 reps)
 
  • Barbell Shoulder press: 3 x 5
  1. 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 50 lb
  2. 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb
  3. 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb, 8 max reps — I did 8 reps with 65 lb 6 weeks prior so I am getting stronger 😀
  • DB floor chest press: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • DB standing shoulder press: 5 x 15, 30 lb
  • DB shrugs: 5 x 15, 100 lb

So as you can see, I have noted where my increase of strength and endurance has landed me since the previous 6 weeks. I am very proud with today’s session and results. 

 

For a sneak peak at my updated physique & bench press —- Bench press and physique update

 
 

Powerlifting Cycle 2 — Heavy loaded Squats

Week 5/ Day 4

Today’s lift was focused on squats and quad assistance work. I did heavy lifting on my squats, and noticed some improvements — so happy! I also did some ab work and cardio (changed up the cardio). I will leave a like at the bottom to my Instagram page; which will have all the squat videos from today and the lift numbers (I have a total of 5-7 videos from today of my squats) so be sure to check it out and follow me! 

 
 
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 135 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 150 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 170 lb, 5 reps max
  • 1 rep: 175 lb
  • 1 rep: 180 lb
  • 1 rep: 185 lb
  • 1 rep: 200 lb

 

  • Barbell Front Squats: 5 x 12, 75 lb
  • Barbell box squats: 5 x 15, 145 lb
  • Leg press (quad dominant): 5 x 15, 298 lb
  • leg extensions: 5 x 15, 60 lb

Ab workout:

Supersets:

  • Ab rollout: 4 x 20
  • medicine ball toe touches: 4 x 20, 8 lb

Cardio Workout:

Treadmill interval training: 20 minutes

  1. 1 minute walk, 3.5 speed, no incline
  2. 2 minute run, 5.5 speed, no incline

I haven’t done running on a treadmill for a long ass time and actually have ran besides sprints for a long as time, so decided to give it a go see where I was cardiovascular wise. I try to do 15-20 minute of cardio so that it doesn’t interfere with my strength gains and I do HIIT and intervals because it works best for my goals and losing fat while still maintaining my strength. Normally people don’t do cardio the same day as leg day, but I’m a rebel. LOL 

P.S 200 lb  was my 1 rep max 6 weeks ago, today I proved that I can move above that when I noticed I hadn’t struggled as much as I had 6 weeks ago — so happy to see the small improvements. 

 

Instagram videos: Shay-lon FitnessWonderwoman

 

Powerlifting Cycle 2… New beginnings

This week starts a new cycle for my powerlifting program. I have another 4 weeks, BUT this week I add 5 lb to my upper body lifts (1RM) and 10 lb to my lower body lifts (1RM) so, this means the numbers will be slightly higher, compared to last week 🙂 Another thing that is changing is I am doing heavier lifting to start this week off, instead of moderate lifting in the beginning of the week so that I don’t have two weeks next to one another and it allows better recovery for my muscles. The core lifts will be the same types, but just different numbers, so if you want to see the improvements — either track back to my older workouts from the last 4 weeks, or follow me on IG —- > https://www.instagram.com/shaylon_fitnesswonderwoman/?hl=en so that you can better keep up with my progress (I will follow back)

 

Week 5.. Day One. 

 
  • Barbell shoulder press: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of my 90% of 1-RM: 55 lb
  • 80% of my 90% of 1-RM: 65 lb
  • 90% of my 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb, 9 max reps

 

  • DB upright row: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • DB shoulder press: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Face pulls: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • Cable rear delt: 5 x 15, 30 lb

Ab Workout:

  • Seated Russian Twist: 4 x 20, 45 lb plate
  • medicine ball decline sit ups: 4 x 20, 6 lb

Cardio workout:

  • Stair climber: 20 minutes, level 7

So basically, if you go back to previous post to cycle one for week 2, I did 70 lb for 8 reps, today I beat that with 9 reps; that’s some improvement. Hopefully tomorrow will show some good improvements as well for the next core lift. 

 

P.S my new max 1RM would be 90 lb instead of 85 lb, because I added 5 lb to it. 

 

Catching Up On Week Six Workouts..

I have to catch everyone up on the rest of week six. So I will post Thursday & Saturdays workout in this ONE post. 

 

Week Six|Day Four:

Superset:

 
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 10, 75 lb
  • DB shrugs: 3 x 10-12, 70 lb

Superset:

  • Incline DB bench press: 3 x 10, 8, 7, 70 lb
  • DB front raises: 3 x 10-12, 20 lb

Superset:

  • Close grip pull up: 3 x to failure
  • Resistance band rows: 3 x 10-12, red band

Superset:

  • Cable low row: 3 x 10, 130 lb
  • barbell upright row: 3 x 10, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Military press: 3 x 10, 55 lb
  • Resistance band reverse flye: 3 x 10-12, red band
 
  • Floor crunches: 3 x 20
 

Week Six|Day Five – leg day

Superset:

  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 10, 100 lb
  • Stiff leg deadlift: 3 x 10-12, 50 lb

Superset:

  • Linear leg press: 3 x 10, 388 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 3 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 3 x 10, 100 lb
  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 10-12, 80 lb

Superset:

  • Seated DB curl: 3 x 10, 50 lb
  • Weighted Dips: 3 x 10, 15 lb

Superset:

  • Leg extension machine: 3 x 10, 60 lb
  • leg curl machine: 3 x 10, 60 lb

Tri-sets:

  • Lying leg raises: 3 x 20 each leg
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 3 x 10-12, 30 lb
  • Body bar overhead squat: 3 x 10-12, 18 lb