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 

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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
 

 

Yesterday’s benching & heavies

Chest Day 🙂 

  • Barbell bench press: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% of 1-RM: 50 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1-RM: 60 lb
  • 60% of 90% of 1-RM: 70 lb

 

Superset:

  • DB chest press: 5 x 6, 90 lb
  • Bench dips: 5 x 6

Superset:

  • Incline DB chest press: 5 x 6, 70 lb
  • Triceps kickback: 5 x 6. 20 lb

Superset:

  • Push ups: 5 x 6
  • Incline DB press w/palms facing in: 5 x 6, 60 lb

Ab workout:

Superset: (4 times)

  • Plank: 30 seconds
  • side plank: 30 seconds (each side)

Yesterday’s bench session went over well and so did the ab workout — but I hate doing side planks. Anyone else agree? lol 

 

I have posted a video of my DB chest press & Incline DB chest press with palms in — DB chest press & Incline DB press – palms in

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) 

 

Powerlifting — and beyond

Sumo’s and cleans

Just a reminder: Sumo deadlifts are behind by a week—- so this week was a deload for sumo deadlifts. 

 
 
  • Sumo Deadlifts: 3 x 5

 

  • 40% of 90% of 1-RM: 80 lb
  • 50% of 90% of 1-RM: 100 lb
  • 60$% of 90% of 1-RM: 120 lb

 

  • Power clean: 5 x 1-6, 100 lb (6/6/6/4/3)
  •                       3 x 3, 110 lb
  •                       1 x 1, 135 lb
 
  • Power clean to push press: 5 x 1-6, 105 lb, 110 lb
 
  • DB alternating curls: 4 x 6, 60 lb
  • Bench dips: 4 x 12
 
  • Cable curls: 4 x 6, 80 lb
  • Cable triceps extension: 4 x 6, 80 lb
 
  • Glute bridge: 4 x 12
  • DB goblet squat: 4 x 6, 45 lb

Cardio workout:

  • Stationary bike: 20 minutes, level 20, rpms- 30+ 

Good news, I got new PR’s in both the power clean and

 

 

Push Up Variations

Standard Push ups are fine, but when you want to spice things up:

 
 
  1. Wide grip push up (engages shoulders more)
  2. Close grip push ups (engages triceps more)
  3. Clap push up (works on explosiveness and power) – plyometrics
  4. One leg push up (engages the core more)
  5. Hand release push up (helps those who want to ease the tension in the joints)
  6. Spiderman push up (improves hip mobility and engages the core more)
  7. One arm incline push up (utilizing your chest more in an unbalanced state)
  8. Decline push up (works the upper chest and shoulders)
  9. Incline push up (lower chest and triceps more)
  10. on the knees (modified for those who can’t yet do the standard push up)
  11. Shoulder tap push up (good for improving balance)
  12. slow negative push ups
  13. Pseudo planche (hands pointed toward the feet instead of forward. focuses on shoulders and biceps)
  14. Corkscrew push up
  15. Diamond push up (focuses on the triceps)
  16. medicine ball push ups
  17. renegade push ups
  18. kettlebell push ups

Of course there are more, but I listed a reasonable amount. If there is one you would like to add to the list, leave it in the comment section! do you have a favorite push up variation? leave it in he comment box! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon