Max Effort Bench, 4/1/15

Pretty good day.  I’ve adjusted my attitude a little, and the idea that I need to earn my way back to the platform seems to resonate.  Of course, it’s only been one day.

Revers Band Bench Press (light bands hanging from pegs)

2×15 @ 45

135×3

185×3

225×3

245×3

265×3

275×3

295×3

315×3

335×1

355×1

360×1

Incline DB Press

2×15 @ 60

Pulldown

4×8 @ 150

Face Pull

4×10 @ 150

Pressdown

2×15, 1×10 @ 120


Squats, 3/31/15

Tried on my Metal IPF V-Type to do some squatting today.  It’s tough to get the legs on, but I can do it.  I can’t get both straps up, and didn’t have any help, so squatted with the straps down.  Worked up to a pretty easy 405 single after not squatting for about a month, so that’s OK.

Struggled to hit depth in the suit, and it’s pitching me forward a bit.  When I used a box, I was falling on to the box.  That’s a signal that my hamstrings and glutes are a weak link.  My lower back is also fried.

After that, called it a day.

I’m re-evaluating the meet.  I’m a month away, and I’m not really prepared.  I don’t know my gear, and my raw lifts aren’t where they need to be after having such an inconsistent training cycle.  Frankly, I don’t feel like I’ve earned the right to be there and take up a spot.  Maybe my attitude will change after a few good training sessions.  I’ll decide by the end of the week, most likely.

Assuming I stay healthy, I am still planning on the USAPL MD State Championships in late November, assuming they set a date soon enough for me to plan for it (often the MD USAPL meets are announced 8 weeks in advance or less.)


Deadlifting, 3/23/14

First time in my deadlift suit.  It’s too lose, but since I’m tall for my weight class, it has to be so I can get the straps up (which I couldn’t do – I got one up, but need help to get the second one.)

Deadlift

Sumo, suit bottoms

2×3 @ 135

2×3 @ 185

2×1 @ 225

275×1

315×1

335×1

365×1

405 x miss

Conventional

405 x 1

415 x miss

The suit I have is designed for conventional deadlifting.  I prefer sumo, but I need to pull the way I’m strongest.  I felt like I was fighting the suit pulling sumo when the weights got heavier, when I switched to conventional, it felt like 50 pounds came off the bar.  I’m certainly good for more, but had worn myself out.

Reverse Hypers

3×10

incline situps

3×10


Dynamic Effort Bench, 3/4/15

Got to the gym tired and hungry, but got there.  Not my best day, but we’ll take it.

Warmup

Shoulder complex, stretching, GHR situps

Bench press

2×15 @ 45

95×3

135×3

135+1chain x 3

8×3 @ 185+1chain.  three grips, less than a minute between each of the 8 sets.  Speed was OK, but not awesome.

Football Bar press

45+1chain x 5

135+1chain x 5

3×3 @ 185+1chain.  This is going backwards.  Not sure why.

T-Bar rows

45×8

100×8

115×8

125×8

135×8

Land Mine presses

2×15 @ 35

band pressdowns (light band) superset with hammer curls (45’s)

2×12


Dynamic Effort Squat/Dead 3/2/14

Good day today.

Warmup

Modified Agile 8, finding collars

Box Squat

2×6 @ 45

95×2

135×2

185×2

225×2

225+2chain x 2

245+2chain x 2

8×2 @ 265+2chain.  Really felt good today.  Fast. about a minute between sets.

275+2chain x 1

315+2chain x 1

335+2chain x 1

Deadlift

135×3

225×1

6×1 @ 295 about 30 seconds between sets

45 degree hypers

2×15

Side Bends

2×10 @ 45

Reverse hypers

2×8 @ 140


Max Effort Bench 2/28/15

Another early session.  I thought I would rather sleep in, but then I started crushing PRs.

Warmup

Shoulder complex, band stretching

2 Board Bench Press

45×15

95×3

135×3

185×3

225×3

245×3

275×3

285×1

295×3 (PR)

305×1

315×1

325×1 (PR)

Beat my last triple by 10 pounds, and the single by 5, and had some in the tank.

Fat Bar Bench Press

135×5

3×5 @ 235

Pullup

7×4

Band Face Pull

2×15 w/ light band

superset with band pull aparts

2×15 w/ mini band

DB Extensions

2×10 @ 30

Pullover machine

2×15 @ 70


Max Effort Squat/Dead 2/27/15

Not my best day, but I’m not sure what to do to fix my pulling.

Warmup

Modified agile 8

Deadlift off 4″ blocks (conventional)

135×5

185×3

225×3

275×3

315×3

335×3

355×1

365×1

385×1

405xmiss

405×1

I should be able to pull more than this.

RDL

45×5

135×5

225×5

235×5

245×5

Leg press

2pps x 15

3pps x 15

3×15 @ 3pps+10

Pull thru superset with pull down abs

2×10 @150, 2×12 @ 150


Dynamic Effort Bench, 2/25/15

I really hate getting up at 4:30.  Alas, I’m home by 9 with three meals eaten, and I’ve got a full day ahead of me.  (Coffee will be my friend today).

Felt great again this morning.  Also saw one of the most stupid things, ever.  Some fitness/bodybuilding girl (I could tell by her Flag nor Fail hoodie) had the reverse hyper loaded with 180 pounds – I thought that was odd, given that’s a ton of weight for a little person.  Then she proceeded to double a strong band around the swing arm from the front of the machine, step into the band and put it around her hips, and then did what I guess was a good morning, but the net resistance was the band against her hips, which maybe moved two inches. I considered asking her what she thought she was doing (I get asked why I’m using chains), but I was afraid I might laugh or make a face, so I used the 45 degree hyper instead.

Warmup

Incline situps and 45 degree hypers

Shoulder complex

Stretching

Bench Press

2×15 @ 45

95×3

135×3

135+1chain x 3

3×8 @ 185+1chain.  3 grips, less than a minute between sets. Fast and strong.

225+1ch x 1

255+1ch x 1

280+1ch x 1  This is getting pretty close to max effort work, but I wanted to best the 275+chain from last week.

Football Bar Press

45×5

135×5

135+1ch x 5

3×4 @ 190+1ch

Barbell t-bar row

5×8 @ 95

Land Mine shoulder press

2×15 @ 30

Band Pressdown superset with hammer curls

2×15 (light band, 40’s)


Dynamic Effort Squat/Dead, 2/24/15

Had to get this one in early, as we both have busy days today.  I normally don’t feel great for early AM sessions, but today I did, even on 6 hours of sleep and 5 degree temps.

Warm Up

Stretching, mobility, putting on my shoes

Box Squat

2×5 @ 45

95×3

135×2

185×2

225×2

245+1chain x 2

8×2 @ 255+2chain.  One minute between sets, felt fast and strong.  Didn’t work up, because I was pressed for time.

Deadlift

135×3

225×1

8×1 @ 285.  About 30 seconds rest between singles, again felt fast and strong, again didn’t work up.

45 degree hypers

2×10

Side Bends

2×10

Had to quit there.  Not the best day to have to get out in under an hour, but I guess it’s not bad to leave with quite a bit in the tank. I’ve had two lower body days in a row cut short, though, can’t make that a habit.


Max Effort Bench, 2/19/15

Moved this up a day, because I actually do have to work sometimes, and tomorrow is one of those times.

Warmup

Shoulder complex, shoulder stretching, setting up the rack, looking for collars.

Incline Close Grip Press

2×5 @ 45

95×3

135×3

155×3

175×3

195×3 (PR)

205×3 (PR)

225×1

235×1

240×1 (PR)

The 235 was a grind, but since the goal is to break a record, I added more weight, and got it.  The weight flies off my chest, it’s the lockout where I stall.

Fat Bar Bench Press

135×5

3×6 @ 230

Pullups

7 sets of 4

Band face pull

2×15 with a light band

Band pull aparts

2×10 with a mini band

DB Extensions

2×8 @ 30

Pullover Machine

2×12 @ 70


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