Success quickly became failure

To start things off, today’s deadlifts I thought were going to go my way, but ends up being I did worse off than I had imagined. I lifted a good lift at 290 & with 305 being my max, I figured lifting 295 afterwards wouldn’t be hard, but boy, I failed that lift 3 times. Not sure why I didn’t get the lift, but it only reached thigh level and the rest of the way, I was weak. I thought to myself, there is no way this is happening — almost like a smack in the face failing like this when your max was 305, and now you are questioning all your training protocols. Maybe it’s the extra cardio I have been doing now 4-5 days a week for about 20-25 minutes, or it could be I haven’t been eating the 5-6 smalls meals like I was or the lack of sleep I have been getting. Worse case scenario, it could be a sign I lost some form of strength — although heavy squats went over well today & that’s what had me most confused, but I will take it as a loss and start back up next week with a clean slate. 

Warm up:

  • Body bar squats: 4 x 25, 3 lbs
  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs
  • Resistance band butt lifts: 4 x 25, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 1 x 290 lbs, Failed attempt at 295 lbs
  • Barbell back squats: 1 x 215 lbs, 1 x 220 lbs

Superset:

  • smith machine rack pulls: 4 x 8-10, 185 lbs
  • Kettlebell stationary lunges: 4 x 8-10, 10 kg

Superset:

  • DB Romanian deadlift: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 70 lbs

Superset:

  • Wide stance leg press: 4 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 8-10, 60 lbs
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Feeling a little strong today

10.25.18 workout

Warm Up:

  • seated hip abduction machine: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • standing hip abduction: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • body bar goodmorning: 4 x 25, 3 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo Deadlift: 6 x 6-8 (75%) 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 6-8 (75%) 170 lbs
  • Power cleans: 6 x 3, 80 lbs

Superset:

  • Barbell front squats: 5 x 8-10, 100 lbs
  • Body bar overhead squats: 5 x 8-10, 19 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Smith machine sissy squats: 5 x 8-10, 115 lbs
  • Kettlebell snatch: 5 x 8-10, 10 kg
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs

Cardio: HIIT/ 5 rounds

  1. Kettlebell swings 45 seconds, 10 kg
  2. Box jumps: 30 seconds 

You have to find time & get it done

I started Monday’s workout on a different side of the bed. I say this because normally Monday is my dynamic effort bench day but this Monday, I started with a Heavy bench day. Quite frankly it felt good & turned out well, but the only reason that provoked me to do this was when I missed Wednesday’s heavy bench day because I decided I need sleep (working two jobs can be tough) and rescheduled it for Friday but then decided I wasn’t feeling it and instead did some cardio, so I made Monday the day and got it done. I just knew it had to get done, and with that attitude, I made it priority. 

Warm Up:

  • Cable face pull: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar narrow grip chest press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • EZ bar row (reverse grip): 4 x 25, 20 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 110 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Plate press out: 5 x 12-15, 10 lbs
  • DB chest press (neutral grip): 5 x 12-15, 40 lbs
  • DB incline fly: 5 x 12-15, 20 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Smith machine incline chest press: 5 x 5-6, 115 lbs and then back down to 105 lbs
  • Close grip DB chest press: 5 x 5-6, 60 lbs
  • DB front raises: 5 x 5-6, 30 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Seated smith machine shoulder press: 5 x 5-6, 95 lbs
  • Cable front raises: 5 x 5-6, 20 lbs each arm
  • Overhead cable triceps extension: 5 x 5-6, 70 lbs

Cardio:

  • Treadmill: 15 minutes, 3.0 incline, 3.8 speed
  • Stair climber: 5 minutes, level 7

Current Weight: 155.8 lbs

Body fat %: 22.5

BMI: 23.6

Too much Cardio For One Day!

10.18.18

Today I made into a Two-a-day ( I did my normal powerlifting workout in the early morning after work) and then came in again in the late afternoon to do a bodybuilding workout with a friend (back exercises) in which I did not take note on what exercises we did in which order, so I will only be posting my powerlifting regimen from yesterday. 

Warm:

  • DB box step up: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • Hip abduction with band: 4 x 25, red resistance band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 4 x 1-2 (originally I had down 6 sets, but was tired by the fourth set and didn’t want to injure myself) 275 lbs was a good lift
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 1-2 (originally was 6 sets and then tried for 4 sets but legs were crumbling) @200 lbs 
  • Box squats: 8 x 5-6, 200 lbs 

Tri-sets:

  • Linear leg press: 6 x 5-6, 388 lbs
  • kettlebell goblet squat: 6 x 5-6, 16 kg
  • Sprints: 6 x 30 seconds

Tri-sets:

  • Seated single leg kettlebell pistol squats: 6 x 5-6 each leg, 8 kg
  • Double kettlebell front squat: 6 x 5-6, 24 kg
  • Cable pull through: 6 x 5-6, 50 lbs
  • Sprints: 6 x 1 minute

HIIT Training: 3 rounds (burpees)

  1. 10 seconds — 20 second rest
  2. 20 seconds — 20 second rest
  3. 10 seconds — 20 second rest
  4. 20 seconds — 60 second rest

Leg day 10.16 18

Warm up:

  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Clamshell with band: 4 x 25 each leg, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 200 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 145 lbs
  • Front Squats: 5 x 8-10, 105 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • seated leg curl: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell plie squats: 5 x 8-10, 12 kg
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar overhead lunges: 5 x 8-10 (first time doing this exercise) 30 lbs but probably could have went higher.
  • Seated leg extension: Dropset
  • 80 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 70 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 60 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 50 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 40 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 30 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 20 lbs, 8-10 reps

No rest during this dropset. 

Chest 10.15.18

Warm up:

  • Lat pulldown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • assisted dips: 4 x 25, 100 lbs
  • Cable triceps pressdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs

Workout:

  • Barbell bench press: 6 x 8-10 @ 65% 1RM — 80 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lat pulldown (narrow grip) 5 x 8-10, 80 lbs
  • Cable curls: 5 x 8-10, 60 lbs
  • Cable chest press: 5 x 8-10., 60 lbs

Tri-sets:

  • Lying cable upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Standing cable upright rows: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • DB triceps kickback: 5 x 8-10, 20 lbs each arm

Tri-sets:

  • Weighted bench dips: 5 x 8-10, 35 lbs
  • DB overhead triceps extension: 5 x 8-10, 25 lbs
  • Push ups: 5 x 8-10

CARDIO SESHHH

  • Stair stepper: 20 minutes, level 5

Working out 7 days a week & no results

The thing I have realized about the fitness industry while working in it, is people have this ongoing thought in their mind that the more they workout the more results, the better the physique, the stronger they are and the less at risk of health issues they will be. 

BUT.. 

It never ceases to amaze me how many of those people won’t see any results, their physique won’t change and their health issues still arise or have yet to go away & if being strong is lifting 225 for the first year and then never seeing an increase the next year, then strong needs to be re-evaluated as well. The concept of working out everyday sounds like the one way of ticket of gains and being more in shape & seeing more results but if you want some honesty  — you aren’t going to see neither working out 7 days a week without any type of change or routine that gets you there. I work at a gym where I see the same people doing the same routine day in and day out, they do it and do it, and do it until they complain about hitting plateaus, or not seeing the results they like or perhaps they do it and boost themselves up with this mindset that they have grown a whole 2 lbs in their squat after staying on the same routine for 12 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, there are 4 week, 6 week and 12 week programs out there but they are made to keep you focused and give you results in hopes you either do the same routine again (lets go another round) or to help give you a guide in order to keep you on the right path. They work, most do anyways, depending on your goals and how serious you are about the program & your nutrition matches your gym time. Putting those programs aside, its the mundane coming to the gym with no plan, doing a 10 minute cardio session warm up, lifting the same weights with the same 4-6 exercises you have done since starting the gym and leaving without even a single sweat or any sign of fatigue or soreness. Perhaps this is why you aren’t seeing the results, because you are lost and workout to workout but have no sense of direction — you say you want to lose weight but are avoiding cardio like the plague, you want to gain mass but lift 50 percent your max and you say you want a squat pr, but skip leg day BUT because you come into the gym everyday for 7 days a week for a hour at a time, you should reap all the benefits without doing the right kind of work. 

If this person is you, you aren’t alone. I am not making light of your journey, but I am putting you in the spotlight so you can see where you might be going wrong and what might need to change if you want all your effort to amount to something. I’ve worked at this gym for over a year and have had people ask me if I see any results from them, because they didn’t see any and I have had to say “no” many times because it’s true, I seen nothing. I don’t bash them, but I do ask them what their goals are and what they do to work towards them & each of them will tell me, “I workout everyday, I don’t understand”, it’s almost like I should applaud their efforts but why, when I know working out everyday won’t gain them the results they need if they don’t do the right kind of work to achieve it. The problem isn’t your frequency that you attend the gym, the problem is you have no plan and no genuine knowledge that will help you excel because you have made this habit into your excuse and use it to justify your reasoning for no results & if someone like myself were to give you some tips or advice or even try to offer my services, you think you are above it or question my knowledge because you have been told this one thing by someone else who has big muscles on a video and takes pre-workout and you believed it or took one thing from it and never really got the whole picture. For this, all I can say is working out 7 days a week won’t grant you result if you don’t take the right steps. Only doing half the work, will give you little to no results or keep you at a plateau if you don’t change your technique. If this is you and don’t know where to start, ask a professional (personal trainer) at your gym with credentials and have them give you some advice or take up a class and talk with an instructor or find valuable information online — to help guide you in the right direction. Regardless of your goals, everyone has a journey and your journey is important and if you want your journey to be successful, you have to be willing to challenge yourself, change routines, research information, be cautious of your eating habits, and take yourself seriously enough to want to see results and have this better self image. 

The only thing worse than a lazy person, is someone who prides themselves of being lazy” – Shay-lon (do the work, and the process will bring joy)