Do More —

I could have very well stopped and been complacent with reps, after progressing but instead I decided, to DO MORE because I CAN. Why be complacent if I want results. 


Today’s workout reminded me, I can do it and I will do it. 


Warm up:

  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Standing DB calf raises: 4 x 25, 40 lbs
  • DB romanian deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs

Today’s workout was heavy session with squats & deadlifts 



  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-3, 205 lbs (90% 1RM) and 3 x 1-2, 225 lbs (100 1RM) BUT I know I am ready to hit a new PR with my max, because 225 felt light. 
  • Barbell back squat (low bar, wide stance): 5 x 2-3, 180 lbs (90% 1RM) I decided to push 3 reps with this weight and it wasn’t easy, but after hitting three, I aimed for 5 reps and CONQUERED 🙂 Like my deadlift, my squat will be ready to hit a new 1RM soon as well, I didn’t max out on squats today though. 


  • Walking EZ bar lunges: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB step ups: 6 x 5-8, 70 lbs
  • DB plie squats: 6 x 5-8, 50 lbs


  • Sprints: 10 times, for 30 seconds each with a 45 second break between. 
  • Stair stepper: 10 minutes, level 5

P.S i used this company’s gel (Sweet Sweat) is the company and it did some good 🙂


Watch my squats from today at 180 lbs 3 and 5 rep squats


Chest day gains

Warm up:

  • DB bench press: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Band reverse fly: 4 x 25, green band
  • band pull apart:  4 x 25, green band


  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 70 lbs (60% 1RM)

        — Barbell bench press (wide): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs

        — barbell bench press (narrow): 5 x 3-6, 70 lbs


  • Incline Db bench press: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • EZ bar military press: 6 x 12-15, 30 lbs
  • DB shrugs: 6 x 12-15, 100 lbs


  • Seated Arnold DB press: 6 x 12-15, 40lbs, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar reverse grip bentover row: 6 x 12-15, 70 lbs
  • assisted dips: 6 x 12-15, 130 lbs

Wednesday May 9th — bench press (heavy load)

Warm up:

  • EZ bar bentover rows: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • One handed overhead triceps extension: 4 x 25, 5 lbs 
  • chin ups (assisted): 4 x 25, 150 lbs 


  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%), 5 x 95 lbs, 5 x 100 lbs, 5 x 110 lbs

        — Barbell bench press: 3 x 1-2 (95%+), 3 x 115 lbs, 3 x 120 lbs


  • Reverse grip triceps pushdown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • V-bar pulldown: 6 x 12-15, 60 lbs
  • DB lateral raises: 6 x 12-15, 20 lbs


  • DB chest press: 6 x 12-15, 2 x 60 lbs, 4 x 50 lbs 
  • Bench dips: 6 x 12-15 
  • Plate front raises: 6 x 12-15, 10 lbs

Monday May 7th — Bench day (speed training)

Warm up:

  • Straight arm pulldown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • DB upright row: 4 x 25, 10 lbs
  • Triceps pushdown: 4 x 25, 30 lbs


  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 80 lbs off the floor (60%1RM)

           — Barbell bench press: 5 x 3-6 (wide) 80 lbs

           — Barbell bench press (close grip): 5 x 3-6, 80 lbs 


  • Smith machine one arm upright rows: 5 x 10-15, 55 lbs 
  • Incline close grip push up: 5 x 10-15
  • Smith machine bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 55 lbs


  • Reverse grip lat pulldown: 5 x 10-15, 60 lbs
  • Seated overhead triceps extension: 5 x 10-15, 15 lbs, 20 lbs
  • One arm DB bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 25 lbs, 30 lbs, 35 lbs, 40 lbs, 45 lbs 

Heavy squats & deadlifts

Today’s workout consisted of heavy load today with both squats and sumo deadlifts, I used low bar wide stance squats because I am working on hip mobility along with the sumo deadlift. I have noticed that what I thought was my max effort, I could have probably went up in weight on my heavier lifts — so possibly next week I will check my 1RM’s for my lifts. Normally I would have some Tri-set exercises after the core lifts but decided to end my workout with some HIIT Training.


Warm Up:

  1. Side lunges: 4 x 25
  2. EZ Bar butt-lifts: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  3. Bench kettlebell stiff-legged deadlifts: 4 x 25, 4 kg


  • Sumo deadlift: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90%) 5 x 180 lbs, 5 x 190 lbs, 5 x 200 lbs

       – sumo deadlift off blocks: 5 x 2-4 (80% 1RM), 180 lbs

       – Sumo deadlift: 2 x 1 (95%+) 215 lbs, 225 lbs 

  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 2-4 (80%-90% 1RM) 5 x 160 lbs, 5 x 170 lbs, 5 x 180 lbs

        – Barbell back squat: 2 x 1 (95%+ 1RM) 190 lbs, 200 lbs


HIIT Training: 5 rounds circuit

  1. High knees: 20 seconds
  2. squats: 20 seconds, 12 lbs body bar
  3. burpees: 20 seconds

Check out my workout: Core lifts

BEGREATGUYS, Inc post #3

Reward your hard work. 




Don’t depend use your reward against you.


In a world where sometimes we need a little motivation and a great deal of discipline to accomplish our goals, we have to find the time to reward our hard work. Yes, I said “hard work” because no matter how long it took you to accomplish something — you still have to put in some form of effort to finish it. I once had someone tell me “I walked a mile today, it isn’t much but it felt good” & my reply to this person was, “walking a mile is a lot because you could have stopped half way, but you continued until you finished”. So no matter what you think is a lot or a little, if you finished it — then you achieved something great. 


Rewarding yourself doesn’t have to be something ‘out of this world expensive’ unless you want it to be and doesn’t have to be daily, you can make it a monthly thing or a yearly big event, or something small each week. Rewarding your hard work doesn’t have to be done alone either, share your good news with friends and family and allow them to be apart of your big day! How you choose to reward yourself can be a broad range of things: new running shoes, something new for the bike, weekend vacation with the family, spa day, new fitness clothes from your favorite store, new gym bag, upgraded gym equipment for the garage, etc. The reward is for you to choose and something that will make you happy for accomplishing what you accomplished and keep you motivated to continue doing well for yourself. 


On the other side of things, rewarding yourself can be a positive thing gone negative if you aren’t cautious of how you reward your results. Some people may find their reward system may diminish their results/prevent them from further progress. These types of rewards are only benefiting you at the time, but in the long run they ruin what you worked hard for and set you back a couple of notches if you aren’t careful. The type of rewards I am speaking on are: eating a cookie for every mile you accomplish in the day, going to Mcdonalds for dinner on the weekends for eating healthier options during the week, buying clothes that are a size or two smaller to work towards, buying a motorized scooter instead of taking your bike to work, etc. These things are all good rewards in the beginning but these same rewards will work against you in the long term if you aren’t careful. 

For example maybe you decide since you are making so much progress, you will start to buy clothes a size or two smaller so that you have something to work towards each week or month, and while this type of motivation & reward doesn’t sound like such a bad idea upfront, in the long term it can turn into a bad decision because you become obsessed with wanting to fit the clothes and when you don’t feel as though you are making fast enough progress or it becomes a game of “I have had these same pair of jeans for 5 years hoping I would be able to fit them again”; it can start to weigh down on you mentally. Same with wanting to reward yourself with food, in the beginning it might sound like a good idea because you have chosen to cut them out of your life otherwise, but in the long term it can turn into a habit that becomes the delay of your progress. I believe if you want to eat something, do it but paying mind to the amount of it and how it may or may not effect your results is important because you don’t want to work hard for something and then end up losing it all due to your reward system because that same reward system is what is keeping you going in the first place — what sense would it be to have made an accomplishment then throw it all away at the same time.


Along side a good reward system would be to have a purpose/ A “Why” so that when the reward system fails you, you can use your purpose to keep you going again — a good purpose/good why, is one that drives you, keeps you grounded and doesn’t leave you with doubt. Sometimes our why’s can take the place of our rewards because our why is the reward.


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Bench Day

I plan on writing more post that don’t always revolve around my workouts, but I have to get back on a schedule for blogging again, so bare with me until I get myself organized. Today’s workout consisted of the bench press, overall a good workout. 

Warm Up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 20lbs
  • Assisted wide grip pull ups: 4 x 25, 150lbs
  • Reverse grip cable pushdown: 4 x 25, 40 lbs


  • Barbell bench press: 9 x 3-6, 80lbs (60% 1RM)

       —- Barbell bench press (wide): 5 x 3-6, 80lbs 

       —-Barbell bench press (narrow): 5 x 3-6, 80 lbs



  • DB overhead extension: 5 x 10-15, 20lbs
  • Standing cable reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 40 lbs
  • Assisted chin ups: 5 x 10-15, 130 lbs


  • Barbell reverse bentover row: 5 x 10-15, 65 lbs
  • Incline DB reverse fly: 5 x 10-15, 20 lbs
  • Triceps cable kickback: 5 x 10-15, 10 lbs