Today was the most fun I have had in the gym in a very long time!
Bartronx7 and I met up with perhaps the world's largest vegan. Our friend, Big Bald Mike weighs over 500 pounds, though he's working to drop weight and was only 501 today so he'll likely be under 500 pounds when he wakes up tomorrow. He was doing one-arm bicep curls with a 95 pound dumbbell as a warm-up, for example, and deadlifts over 900 pounds. He's a big dude.
We trained in Mike's garage gym nicknamed Bone Breaker Gym. It it was totally epic. Today we trained back for a solid 2.5 hours and I had record lifts in every exercise I did (records since 2003 when I hurt my back doing deadlifts and never surpassed those weights, though I got close today). Bart also also broke all his personal best lifts.
Today's workout was all about intensity. We had metal music playing, had chalk for our hands and engaged in a whole lot of screaming as we used exclusively barbells for nearly 3 hours of hardcore lifting.
I can't wait to go back there! Mike lives about 45 minutes away from me and about an hour from Bart's house, but we plan to make a trip out there every weekend we're in town for our super hardcore workout of the week on a Saturday or Sunday, a few times a month.
My workout looked like this:
6 minute jog around the neighborhood to warm up. Lots of stretching and then we jumped right into it!
133lbs x 20
183lbs x 11
219lbs x 5
268.5lbs x 2
278.5lbs x 1
289.5lbs x 1 (heaviest I've deadlifted since 2003. I know it isn't real heavy, but for me it is and it felt great to move it. I would later break that mark, surpassing 300lbs)
133lbs x 10
177lbs x 7
187lbs x 5
197lbs x 5
219lbs x 3 (heaviest I have rowed in years)
187lbs x 5
Barbell Shurgs - picking the bar off the floor in a deadlift movement to a standing position to shrug
185lbs x 12
207lbs x 10
251lbs x 12
303lbs x 12
313lbs x 12 (since I did a deadlift to pick it up, this is my new recent Deadlift PR. My all-time personal best is 337lbs for 3 reps).
I was really pleased with today's workout. I hit personal best lifts in every exercise I did (at least recent personal bests since 2003 when I injured my back and stopped doing deadlifts).
I'll be in NYC next weekend so I won't be able to catch a weekend workout with Big Mike and then in Chicago two weekends later, but that one weekend I am home over the next three weekends, I'll be at Bone Breaker Gym looking to set new personal best lifts.
Since I'm doing doing free weight exercises and almost exclusively compound movements (except for some bicep curls and maybe one other isolated movement for arms or shoulders) I might stick to back workouts at Mike's. I could do a shoulder or leg workout too, which would be cool, but for now I want to bring the deadlift and row numbers up. I could always toss in overhead press in place of shrugs or in addition to them if I cut back to 3-4 sets per exercise vs. 5-6 like today.
After the epic workout we ate like champs and then I headed to a vegan restaurant pre-opening party and ate like a champ again
Gotta rest now. My voice is a little horse from screaming during my sets. I'm not real big or strong these days so those weights were really heavy for me. This kind of training should get be back in pretty good shape soon!