Deload Week 8 Day Two

  • Conventional deadlift: 3 x 5

 

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

 

  • Deficit Deadlifts: 5 x 6, 160 lb
  • Deadlift off blocks: 5 x 6, 225 lb, 185 lb
  • DB stiff legged deadlift: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • Hyperextenstions: 5 x 6, 45 lb weight plate

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 5 x 6, 100 lb
  • smith machine calf raise: 5 x 6, 205 lb

Cardio workout:

Tri-set:

  • Box jumps: 30/45/30 seconds
  • lunge pass through: 10/10/10 reps, 12 kg kettlebell
  • one handed kettlebell swings: 30/45/30 seconds, 12 kg
 
  • Stair climber: 10 minutes, level 7

I did post some videos of the deadlift, deficit deadlift and the deadlift off blocks: Deadlift videos

 

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Saturday’s workout

A Quickie,

 

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 5
  1. 65% of 90% of 1-RM: 135 lb
  2. 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 160 lb
  3. 85% of 90% of the 1-RM: 180 lb, 8 rep max 
  • Bench press: 5 x 5, 100 lb
 

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

 

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
 

 

Good & bad news

  • Barbell shoulder press: 3 x 5, 3, 1

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb, 3 x 5
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb, 3 x 3
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 75 lb, 5 rep max , 3 x 1+

 

This went over well, I believe about 4 or 5 weeks ago, I was hitting 70 lb for like 1 rep max and now I am able to do 75 lb for 5 rep max, very happy about this progress.

 
  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 5, 105 lb, 100 lb

My bench did not go over well at all today. I was able to hit 105 lb for 5 reps but only the first set, after that set, I was only hitting 3-4 reps, so I went down to 100 lb and was hitting my 5 reps until the last set and was only able to do 3 reps. Bench has never been my stronger suit in lifting but I want to improve it because I plateau in bench pressing more than I do in other lifts and it agitates me. I have found some ideas but it will be trial and error. Anyone else feel like their bench is slow to progress? 

 

My 1 rep max should be 135, but at this rate, I don’t know. GRR. 

 
  • DB seated shoulder press: 5 x 6, 60 lb
  • Smith machine upright row: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • Side laterals to front raise: 5 x 6, 30 lb
  • DB rear delt row: 5 x 6, 80 lb

The assistance work today wasn’t too bad besides the last one (hard one). I am doing heavier assistance work this week and next week and lighter core lifts next week (deload week) so today’s core lifting was fairly heavy work. 

 
 

 

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