Yesterday, I made changes to my bench

I decided that this week, I would change up my bench routine. For awhile I have been doing Monday speed training with bench & Wednesday were for heavy lifting with bench but this week  & the weeks going forward (assuming it brings results) I am going to do speed and heavy on the same days Monday & Wednesday. I did this change because in the past I was missing out on a Monday or Wednesday bench & it was hard making up for it due to obligations and travel so now if I miss either day, I can do the workout the next bench day & I think this will provide more results as well in the long run. 

Warm Up:

  • Reverse Triceps cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Biceps machine (isolated) 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 4 x 25, 15 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 8 x 6-8 4 x 80 lbs (65%) & 4 x 90 lbs (70%)
  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3, 2 x 100 lbs (80%), 2 x 105 lbs (85%) & 2 x 110 lbs (90%)
  • Barbell bench press (wide grip): 6 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Tri-sets

  • DB floor press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB incline press: 6 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB front raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • DB bench press: 6 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 8-10, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps overhead extension: 6 x 8-10, 25 lbs

Supersets:

  • DB farmer carries/walks (first time) – 2 x 180 lbs (2 90 lb DBs)
  • DB shrugs: 2 x 8-10, 90 lbs (2 45 lb DBs)

The farmer carries were lethal, extremely challenging and brand new to me, I took a picture of my injury from yesterday — here

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Resistance band exercises (upper body)

Utilizing resistance bands for exercise are a great way to recover from injury, warm up before starting your workout, and adding some form of variety to your programs. Not to mention you can add them to your main exercises to add some form of extra resistance. 

 

Today’s post will go over some upper body exercises using the resistance band. Feel free to add your own resistance band exercises in the comment section if it isn’t already mentioned on the list. 

 
 
  1. Standing chest press- chest 
  2. shoulder press- shoulders 
  3. overhead triceps extension- triceps 
  4. seated row- back 
  5. standing row- shoulders 
  6. front raise- delts 
  7. lateral raises- delts 
  8. resistance band push ups- full body
  9. Bentover row – back 
  10. bicep curls – biceps 

Shay-lon 

 

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Bench day (heavy)

Warm Up:

  • Rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • bicep machine: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 4 x 25. 5 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-3 (80% 1RM) 95 lbs
  • wide grip barbell bench press: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • close grip barbell bench press: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Seated lateral raise: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs
 
 

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press (How To)

 

I find that this one of my favorite exercises for the shoulders, mostly due because of how simple the movement is and because I enjoy working shoulders — the more dominant area of my body. This movement can be done seated or standing but for the sake of this particular post, I will be talking about the seated version of it. For those of you who want to get more mass and strength in your shoulders and still work on the stabilizer muscles, this is the movement for you. 

 

How to perform the movement?

 
  1. Choose a pair of dumbbells that fit your fitness level, sit on a bench that has back support (because you will want your back against the seat), place the dumbbells upright on top of your thighs to begin with.
  2. Then, raise the dumbbells to shoulder height one at a time, using your thighs to help propel them to the position
  3. Palm of your hands should be facing forward (starting position)
  4. While exhaling, push the dumbbells upward until your arms are fully extended above you
  5. Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position while inhaling 
  6. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

What muscles are being worked?

  • Lateral delts
  • Triceps
  • chest muscles
  • Middle and lower traps
  • shoulders 

With a few other muscles that I have not mentioned. 

 

What is especially important when performing this exercise is, that one does not make ballistic movements, and to not go lower than ear level to reduce your likeliness of injury. 

 

Before starting this exercise, please consider seeing a medical professional if you have any conditions or injuries. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman, 

Shay-lon Moss

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 

 

Monday Bench press session

Bench with speed and power

So today was definitely a reboot day considering I haven’t been to the gym since Friday — because I used Saturday and Sunday as my rest days; so coming back today, I created my own workout plan utilizing the information I learned from Matt Wenning, I made today a dynamic power workout — with bench press as the core lift. I focused on form and using my back more and chest and shoulders less. It is still something to get used to , but it went over well overall, I also need to implement some forearm exercises to make my wrist stronger (they have a tendency to bend when bench pressing higher weights) and I want to rid of the habit before I end up hurting myself — so if anyone has any wrist strengthening exercises they recommend that helps them, please leave them in the comment section. 

 

Considering today is my first workout with a core lift, I went all out and made sure to really focus on the key factors to make my bench stronger. The key factors Matt told me about — my weaknesses and making them into strengths. All of the accessory work was for Triceps, lats and rear delts. I am definitely sore up top, but it was worth it, because I had to really put forth the effort. 

 

Warm up: 12-15 min (done as a circuit)

 
  1. DB press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  2. Cable one arm tricep extension 4 x 25 each arm, no weight
  3. Pec dec/rear delt machine: 4 x 25, 20 lb

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press (dynamic/speed and power): 9 x 3-6, 80 lbs – I did 3 sets of medium, 3 sets narrow and 3 sets wide grip and focused on speed and power output & used 60% of my 1RM.

Tri-sets:

  • Close grip lat pulldown: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs
  • Kneeling cable tricep extension: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs
  • Cable face pull: 5 x 10-15, 70 lbs

Tri-Sets:

  • Rope straight arm pull down: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs
  • Cable triceps overhead extension (rope): 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs
  • Bentover DB reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 30 lbs

Tri-Sets:

  • Seated elevated cable rows: 5 x 10-15, 90 lbs
  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 5 x 10-15, 50 lbs
 

Now I wanted to do bench press with bands as well but my gym didn’t offer thin enough bands for me to do it and I thought I could manage the thicker bands, but with the help of a spotter I couldn’t even manage to lift the bar off me with the thicker bands, #lifelesson so maybe when I get some bands then I can implement those for dynamic speed day as well. 

 

Shay-lon 

New Way of Doing Things

Time for me to finally hop off the Jim Wendler program and re-focus my attention on the things that Matt was telling me Tuesday so that when I schedule to see him in May, he can see I have developed in some form or fashion or at least have started implementing my programs around my weaknesses. Today was the first day back at the gym since meeting him Tuesday, so with it being Wednesday, and realizing I need at least 4 days a week — I decided I would start the core lifts with accessory work Monday. For the time being, Today, tomorrow and Friday I will be doing all accessory work using the warm up format he gave me, and only working on the muscles that he listed were my weaknesses. 

 

Today I focused on upper body accessory work & also added in some isolated core exercises as well. 

 

Warm up: 12-15 min

 
  1. DB chest press (because it will help with keeping my wrist straight) 4 x 25, 40 lbs & 30 lbs last set
  2. DB triceps overhead extension: 4 x 25, 15 lbs. 10 lbs, and 5 lbs
  3. Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

I meant to keep the weight light while doing this warm up circuit but my ego got the best of me and I started with moderate weight thinking that I would be fine, but as you can see, I had reduce the load. 

 

Workout (Lats, triceps, rear delts) in that order

Superset:

  • Assisted pull ups (wide grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Assisted pull ups (narrow grip) 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
 

Superset:

  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB Tate press: 5 x 8-10, 30 lbs

Superset:

  • Cable face pulls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Seated bentover rear delt raise: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • One arm lat pulldown: 5 x 8-10 each arm, 20 lbs, 30 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10 ea arm, 15 lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Core Workout:

Tri set:

  • Decline medicine ball sit ups: 3 x 20, 8 lbs
  • Body weight decline sit ups: 3 x 20
  • Med ball slams: 3 x 20, 10 lbs

First day went alright, the warm up was grueling but definitely got me worked up and warm for the rest of the workout. Day two is tomorrow. 

 

Shay-lon

 

Wednesday Bench Deload

If I haven’t already mentioned in previous post from this week; this whole week is a deload week for me, besides the accessory workouts; those will be heavy weights — my core lifts will be low weight t help with recovery and of course, I will add some cardio here and there during the week as well. 

 
 
  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% 1RM: 50 lbs
  • 50% of 90% 1RM: 65 lbs
  • 60% of 90% 1RM: 75 lbs

 

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 6, 90 lbs
  • DB alternating curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs

Superset:

  • Push ups, 5 x 6
  • bench dips: 5 x 6

Superset:

  • DB hammer curls: 5 x 6, 60 lbs
  • lat pulldown (wide grip): 5 x 6, 100 lbs

Superset:

  • DB flyes: 5 x 6, 40 lbs
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 5 x 6, 30 lbs