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Thanks, Cellar Yeti!

 

Too wiped out to train last night, too much stress took a toll on me, but got in today instead for overhead work and deadlifts.

 

Stric log press in the rack, roll log out and back into position on pins each rep -

1x10 @ empty log (turns out it is actually 75 lbs. and not 70, so I've been short-chaning my weights ever since I got that thing about 7 years back!)

1x5 @ 125 lbs.

1x3 @ 175

5x3 @ 185, short 60 seconds rest between sets

2x15 @ 135, each set got 13, had to catch a few breaths, 2 more to finish

 

Deadlifts -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 225

1x3 @ 315

1x2 @ 365

5x2 @ 415, felt good, thinking I've got to be closer to 450 now for a max, but not going to test until sometime in late November once this doubles cycle and a few weeks @ 5x5 are over with.

1x16 @ 315, figure I'll add 1 rep each week until I get to 20, then we'll see what sounds fun to toss in at that point.

 

Lean-away DB lateral raises holding on to support pillar -

1x15 @ 40 lb. DB each arm

1x20 @ 30 lb. DB each arm

 

Safety Squat bar good mornings -

1x20 @ 145

1x20 @ 155

1x20 @ 165, all done to about 75 degree forward angle, hips and ass pushed way back, explosive up for max speed each rep

 

Done after that, keeping it simple for things for now, will do some upper back work on Monday night!

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Hey, Mini Forklift!

 

I find that if I squat and deadlift heavy in the same week where I'm having to battle out my sets with everything I've got, my CNS gets fried fast and I lose strength and feel terrible. That's why I cut the deadlift doubles from 10x2 to 5x2 with one high-rep moderate set afterward, it's a lot easier on my recovery but still pushes me hard enough to keep moving forward. If I weren't getting myself to keep on top of squatting again, I'd do more deadlifting, but it's better now for me to keep it shorter and simpler for the time being, definitely easier on recovery and doesn't hinder my progress. But, if I feel bad on a particular day, I'll modify to work around it vs. forcing myself to fail at heavy sets, I've always trained intuitively vs. forcing myself into a program that requires me to adhere to specifics week after week, just the way that's always felt best on my body.

 

Hope the training is going well!

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Schedule still a bit off with being reall busy, but getting in to lift any chance I can to stay on track! Upper back and chest work tonight:

 

Weighted pull-ups -

1x5 @ bodyweight (229 clothed tonight)

[email protected] 25 lbs added

1x3 @ 45 lbs added

3x3 @ 95 lbs added, done as singles with 5-10 seconds between reps, all were decent quality, definitely showing improvement

 

Flat barbell bench press -

1x5 @ 135 lbs

1x5 @ 185

1x3 @ 225

4x3 @ 275, done as singles with 30 seconds between each rep, would rack, rest and go after time was up

 

Barbell rows -

1x5 @ 225 lbs

3x5 @ 285

 

Barbell bench from pins at weak point about 6" off chest -

3x3 @ 275 lbs to focus on my transition from chest to triceps where I need improvement

 

Wide grip pull ups -

2x12 @ bodyweight

 

Flat barbell bench with doubled yellow mini bands -

2x10 @ 135 lbs plus bands (about 150 lbs bottom tension, about 200 at lockout)

 

Seated V handle row with blue monster band (about 150 lbs tension at start, about 200 lbs at finish) -

2x20

 

Wrapped up with 3 circuits of the following, 30 seconds rest between circuits -

Barbell shrugs - 25 reps @ 335 lbs.

Face down on incline bench front raises - 20 reps @ 20 lb dumbbells

Two handled cable rear delt flyes - 25 reps

 

Wiped out afterward, but planning on leg day tomorrow!

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Shoulders and lower back work today -

 

Overhead 10" diameter log press in the rack, rolling log out and back into position each rep -

1x5 @ 75 lb. empty log

1x5 @ 125 lbs.

5x5 @ 175 lbs.

1x15 @ 125 lbs.

 

Deadlifts -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 225

1x3 @ 315

1x2 @ 365

1x1 @ 405

5x2 @ 425

No high rep set, strained my QL a bit somewhere in there, didn't feel much like deadlifting more after that (should be fine in a day or two, just minorly sore)

 

Seated overhead strict press, wide grip -

2x12 @ 135 lbs.

 

Safety squat bar good mornings -

3x25 @ 135 lbs.

 

1-arm band standing band press, red band looped under foot and over hand, pressing overhead -

1x25 each arm

 

That was it, short and simple, upper back and chest on Sunday!

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Schedule off again this past few days due to a sick kitty who required a few trips to the vet, but things are getting better and got in for some chest and leg training tonight -

 

Flat barbell bench press -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 185

1x3 @ 225

10x5 @ 235, much stronger than past sessions with higher volume on these

 

Squats to just below parallel -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 185

1x3 @ 225, done as rock-bottom pause each rep

1x3 @ 275, done as rock-bottom pause each rep

5x5 @ 315, all sets easy, going to start upping 10 lbs./session now on these and alternate weeks doing 5s with doubles (next week starting doubles for 10x2 @ 335)

 

Barbell incline press, wide grip -

1x20 @ 135 lbs.

 

Safety Squat bar squats to 14" box, pause on box each rep and explode up -

3x10 @ 225 lbs.

 

Horizontal bench w/ green and white Elite FTS bands -

1x20 w/ both bands, took off white band, did 20 more half reps to finish

 

Lying leg curl -

3x25 @ 100 lbs.

 

Might get in for upper back work tomorrow if all goes well, otherwise it'll be deadlifts and overhead work on Friday as usual!

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Quick session last night, not much time and was pretty worn out, skipped deadlifts but did some overhead pressing and lower back assistance work -

 

Overhead log press in the power rack -

1x10 @ empty log (75 lbs.)

1x5 @ 125 lbs.

1x3 @ 150

1x2 @ 175

3x5 @ 185, last set got 3, then had to hit singles with a few seconds in between. Really fried on the heavier reps with these, front delts get killed fast and using zero leg drive definitely adds to the challenge

2x10 @ 150 lbs.

 

Good Mornings in the rack to about 75 degree forward lean, butt pushed way back -

1x10 @ 135 lbs.

1x10 @ 185

1x10 @ 225

1x10 @ 235

1x10 @ 245

Just a quick run of sets through a 10 minute time frame and that was it.

 

Legs and upper back work tomorrow, chest and other assistance work on Tuesday!

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Light chest day with leg training tonight, got to squeeze it in now as I have another eye surgery on Wednesday, which means no lifting for 3 days afterward.

 

Flat barbell bench -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 185

1x3 @ 225

1x2 @ 255

1x2 @ 280, wasn't feeling it for going heavier, made it my light day instead

10x2 @ 205 for speed doubles, did two sets between each squat set noted below

 

Squats, parallel or just a hair below -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x3 @ 225

1x3 @ 275

1x2 @ 315

1x2 @ 345

1x2 @ 350

1x2 @ 355

1x2 @ 360

1x2 @ 365

Felt good with some doubles that made me work a little bit, none were too tough, not going for broke for a while but need to slowly rebuild feeling confident with weight on my back again

 

Incline barbell bench -

1x2 @ 155

1x2 @ 175

1x2 @ 185

1x2 @ 195

1x2 @ 205

Front delts getting worn out (still a bit worn out from the overhead pressing on Friday), cut them at that

 

Front squats -

1x2 @ 135 lbs.

1x2 @ 155

1x2 @ 175

1x2 @ 185

1x2 @ 205

1x5 @ 175

 

DB Spoon presses -

2x15 @ 70 lb. DBs

 

Lying leg curls -

2x15 @ 150

 

Push-ups with Slingshot -

1x50, just barely made it, triceps totally fried afteward

 

Felt good with it, will be doing upper back and maybe some stone lifting on Tuesday after the election day madness is over, can't wait to no longer hear about political crap for another few years once this is over!

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How long do these workouts usually take you?

 

Usually 80-90 minutes total including warm-up times. My warm-up is always fast (usually 5-10 minutes before I'm into my working sets), and if I'm doing 2 body parts in one session, I almost always alternate between the two with little rest time. So, as in the case of the last workout, I'd bench, then throw on a belt about 45-60 seconds later, squat, take my belt off, and head back to the bench again soon afterward. I find that if I alternate what I'm working between two parts, I don't require much rest and can get done in decent time, the only day that I don't normally do that is on Fridays with overhead work and deadlifts - I do my first lifts separately, then all follow-up secondary lifts will be alternating between the two.

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Workout from election night for upper back -

 

Weighted pull-ups -

1x5 @ bodyweight (228 clothed)

1x3 @ 45 lbs. added on

3x5 @ 82.5 lbs. added on, done as singles with 2 seconds deload with toes on floor between each rep

 

Started doing shrugs in between pull-up sets -

1x10 @ 225 lbs.

1x10 @ 315

1x10 @ 405

1x10 @ 455

1x10 @ 465

1x10 @ 475

1x25 @ 405

All the deadlifting again must be helping my shrug work, haven't been that strong on them in quite some time

 

Barbell rows -

1x5 @ 225 lbs.

3x12 @ 255 lbs.

 

Barbell overhead shrugs in the rack, press about 4" to lockout before shrug -

1x25 @ 225 lbs.

1x25 @ 250

1x25 @ 275

MUCH easier to keep these stable with a barbell vs. using the axle as I have in the past.

 

45 degree pulldowns using blue EliteFTS monster band with v-handle attached, tension about 150 lbs. at start, a bit over 200 lbs at finish -

2x15

 

Seated V handle row using same band setup on a support pillar instead of slung over the power rack, set at navel height for a straight pull-in on the rows -

2x20, roughly same band tension

 

Called it a night, eventually I had to go home and see which of the poor offering of candidates we were given was elected to run the country. Watched the remainder of the election, felt despair about the outcome for many reasons, and called it a night.

 

Got the latest eye injection yesterday, so no training until Saturday, but I'll be back on it once I can get in the gym again!

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Had to take off for 4 days post-surgery as usual (last thing I want is an eye infection from getting chalk in my eye while it's vulnerable, or something of that sort!), got in tonight for some overhead pressing and lower back work -

 

Log press in the power rack -

1x8 @ empty log (75 lbs.)

1x5 @ 125 lbs.

1x3 @ 150

1x2 @ 175

1x2 @ 185

1x2 @ 195

1x2 @ 200

1x2 @ 205

1x2 @ 210, I think that was the best I've strict pressed a log in a LONG time from memory

1x5 @ 195

1x10 @ 175, done as 8, rest 10 seconds, 2 reps to complete the set

 

Deadlifts -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 225

1x3 @ 275

1x2 @ 315

1x2 @ 365

1x2 @ 405

5x1 @ 435, just didn't have much in me for deadlifts tonight, stuck with singles, will be changing the program up early next week and dropping to doing 5x5s with 395, adding 10 lbs. weekly and hoping to get comfortable with it @ 435 in December for good sets

 

Overhead press lockouts in the power rack (press off safety pins for about 6" ROM to lockout) -

1x5 @ 225 lbs.

1x3 @ 250

1x2 @ 275

1x2 @ 295

1x2 @ 305

1x2 @ 315

1x1 @ 335, too 3 setup attempts to get it moving, dropped weight down

2x10 @ 275, fellt like nothing after being in the 300s

 

Safety Squat bar good mornings to parallel -

3x15 @ 185 lbs.

 

Seated Barbell overhead press, wide grip -

1x5 @ 155 lbs.

1x5 @ 165, barely made it, shoulders done for

 

Fat rope pull-throughs with medium size Elite FTS black band tied around support beam -

2x20, no idea on tension, just done fast and with quick hip/glute drive

 

Great overhead day, not so great for deadlifts, but that just means it's time to change up. Was a stressful week and I didn't eat as much as normal (only about 2500-2700 cal./day instead of the usual 3000+), so that may have kept me from feeling my best, but we'll see how the next month or two goes for deadlifts with the upcoming changes!

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MIA most of last week due to long days at work, got in to lift last night for chest/upper back -

 

Barbell rows -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 185

1x5 @ 225

1x6 @ 280

1x6 @ 285

1x6 @ 290

1x12 @ 225

 

Flat barbell bench -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 185

1x3 @ 225

1x2 @ 255

1x1 @ 275

9x5 @ 240, last set took everything, skipped 10th and final set afterward

 

Weighted pull-ups -

1x10 @ 45 lbs. added on

1x9 " "

1x8 " "

1x15 wide grip, no weight added

 

Horizontal banded bench machine setup, one green Monster band, one medium black band -

5x20, changing grips each set, tension around 120 lbs. at start of reps and around 170 lbs. for first 3 sets, final 2 were around 90/140 and tricep-focused

 

Vertical row to navel w/ V-handle and black Elite FTS monster band for resistance -

3x20, weight about 120 lbs. at start, about 170 lbs. tension at finish of each row

 

Circuit of trapezius and rear delt work, 4 sets as follows, 30 seconds rest between circuits -

Snatch grip shrugs - 4x25 @ 330 lbs.

Band pull-aparts, 4x25 w/ red mini band

Face down on incline bench DB front raises, 40 degree incline - 3x15 @ 25 lb. DBs, 1x25 @ 10 lb. DBs on final set

 

That was it, in and out in just over 90 minutes total, leg day tomorrow!

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Thanks, mrbear666!

 

Lots of long workdays coming up in the next month with holiday madness starting now, going to try to at least get into the gym twice weekly until things get back to normal in January. Not like last year where I believe I trained all of 5 times total in November and December, can't let work get the best of me this time around and screw with my training progress.

 

Leg training tonight, plenty of squatting -

 

Barbell squats to just under parallel -

1x10 @ empty bar

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x3 @ 225 lbs.

1x2 @ 275, paused 5 seconds rock bottom each rep

1x1 @ 315, paused 3 seconds rock bottom position

1x1 @ 355 to parallel

5x5 @ 325 to parallel

 

In between regular squats, I did front squats -

1x2 @ 135 lbs.

1x2 @ 155

1x2 @ 175

1x1 @ 195

1x1 @ 215

1x1 @ 235

1x1 @ 250

3x8 @ 175

Just planning on working those front squats again where I can get them for some added core stability work. While my abs still have great supporting strength, they lack endurance and tend to cave in a bit on squats more than they used to, so time to get them stronger again.

 

Lying leg curls -

3x12 @ 200 lbs.

1x20 @ 120 lbs.

 

Ab wheel, part of the "fix those damned abs" work I need to do -

2x10 from knees, full extenstion where chest is just an inch off the floor

 

Walking lunges w/ safety squat bar -

1x150 feet

 

That was it, nice quick session with nothing that was too tough, just doing as I have with deadlifts where I need to slowly rebuild for a few months to get to where I need to be. Feeling good with squats again, 400 or so to parallel should be possible on any given day again, but it won't be right until I'm back to 500. Hopefully by next summer I can be back there, but for now, time to take it slow and steady and make staying injury-free top priority!

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Thanks, MiniForklift!

 

Squats were my biggest love in lifting for quite a long time, and nothing gets me more excited than the prospect of being able to knock out a good heavy squat again down the line as my strength comes back. No slacking on the squats now, time to keep moving forward!

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Lost most of last week due to holiday shipping madness at our warehouse, but getting back on routine this week again. Started things out with chest/upper back work -

 

Flat barbell bench press -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x3 @ 185

1x2 @ 225

1x2 @ 255

1x1 @ 275

Put on Slingshot

5x5 @ 275

Took off Slingshot

5x1 @ 275

Reduced weight, added doubled yellow mini bands on bar loaded with 135 lbs. (about 135 on chest and about 200-210 lbs. tension at lockout)

3x10

 

Worked all my upper back stuff in between the chest sets -

Pull-ups -

1x5 @ bodyweight (229 lbs. clothed last night)

1x3 @ 45 lbs. added on

1x1 @ 75 lbs. added on

5x1 @ 105 lbs. added on, pushing myself to get comfortable with triple digit weight for singles now. First single went really easily, 2nd was good, 3rd and 4th were just barely legit, last single was questionable, but still getting ahead!

3x10 @ 45 lbs. added on, done as singles with a breath or two between each

 

Dumbbell rows -

2x15 @ 150 lb. dumbbell each arm

 

Band rows done with Elite FTS black monster band looped over top of power rack, V handle attached to one end, rowing into abdomen with body nearly flat on floor -

2x25, tension about 120 lbs. at start, about 180 lbs. at finish

 

Had to edit to note that I forgot to list my circuit of rear delt work, just 3 sets alternating between rear delt band pull-aparts (3x20 with red band) and face down on incline bench DB front raises (3x15 @ 30 lb. DBs with a little English thrown in on the last few reps to get 'em moving), and that was it.

 

Was going to do some trapezius work but was feeling a bit queasy at the end, decided to postpone it for when I do leg day tonight or tomorrow instead.

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Another crazy week, but sticking with plans to still make sure I get in at least twice weekly until things calm down in late December.

 

Overhead pressing and deadlifts yesterday for a quick session -

 

Log press in the power rack -

1x10 @ empty 75 lb. log

1x5 @ 125 lbs.

1x3 @ 175

1x2 @ 190

15x1 @ 200, would press a rep, walk about 30 feet out from the power rack, turn back and press again, repeat until all 15 singles were done.

 

Deadlifts -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 225

1x3 @ 315

4x5 @ 395

1x8 @ 395 (added a few more reps on with the last set)

As noted, I dropped the weight back down and am just doing 5x5 for a bit, hoping to get things a bit stronger since 435 was feeling not-so-easy a few weeks back when I was pulling it for singles. Next week, I add 10 lbs., we'll see how December goes for this one.

 

Overhead log press half-presses, done from collar to just over top of head then back down again to work on my weak point -

3x10 @ 165 lbs.

 

1/3 ROM standing partial overhead presses in the rack, bar has about 6" ROM to lockout -

1x5 @ 225 lbs.

1x5 @ 275

1x5 @ 315

1x25 @ 225, did 20, rested 10 seconds, 5 reps to finish

 

That was it for the day, nothing too complex, should be doing some upper back work again on Sunday!

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It would always be a pleasure, Giacomo! A shame we are so far apart, but of course, I'm always open to train if you happen to pass through again some time!

 

Did legs and chest tonight, a good session for sure.

 

Squats to parallel -

1x10 @ empty bar

1x8 @ 135 lbs.

1x5 @ 225

1x3 @ 275

1x2 @ 315

5x5 @ 335

 

Barbell flat bench press -

1x10 @ empty bar

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x3 @ 185

1x2 @ 225

1x1 @ 255

1x1 @ 275

Put on Slingshot

1x1 @ 310

1x1 @ 315

1x1 @ 320

1x1 @ 325

1x1 @ 330

3x3 @ 295

Took off Slingshot

2x8 @ 225

1x20 @ 135

 

Front squats -

1x2 @ 135

1x2 @ 165

1x2 @ 185

1x2 @ 205

3x2 @ 225

 

Safety Squat bar squats to below parallel -

1x2 @ 225

1x2 @ 245

1x2 @ 275

 

Lying leg curl machine -

3x20 @ 120 lbs.

 

Panora press downs for 3x12 @ 150 lbs to finish.

 

Planning on upper back work Tuesday!

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Hey, Mini Forklift!

 

Log pressing is different, since you're going to have to keep your hands palms-inward toward each other and space them exactly where the handles are (which could be advantageous, or, might put you in an awkward position, depending on your normal grip for barbell overhead pressing). It's a bit more brutal on the front delts and triceps since the log is in front of you a few inches further than a normal barbell would be for pressing overhead, and usually I've found that my log press max is about 20-30 lbs. behind what I can do with a bar. I've hit 295 for a barbell push press but never more than 270 on a log, and that was a really small 8" diameter one (only hit 260 with a 12" log), the larger the log, the harder the press for me (only advantage to a large 12" standard competition log is that the press will actually start about 4"-5" off the top of the chest due to the handles being in the center of the log).

 

Definitely a good thing to throw in and mix it up with, I'm finding that working with the log is definitely keeping my bench from sliding and is helping my lockout strength a bit, too!

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Most of the week off due to 12+ hour work days, got in for overhead/lower back work tonight, but was pretty gassed from being up too late this week and not eating enough.

 

Axle press in the rack -

1x10 @ 55 lb. empty axle

1x5 @ 105 lbs.

1x3 @ 145

1x2 @ 195

1x1 @ 205

1x1 @ 215

1x1 @ 225, felt pretty easy but didn't want to jump up much today after not doing axle pressing for a while, dropped weight and did more reps -

3x8 @ 185 lbs.

 

Deadlifts -

1x5 @ 135 lbs.

1x3 @ 225

1x3 @ 275

1x3 @ 315

1x2 @ 365, not feeling great already

1x1 @ 405, was seeing stars on the first rep, a bad sign for heavy pulling today, cut the weight and did speed doubles instead -

10x2 @ 285 lbs., 1 minute rest between sets

 

Axle overhead half presses in the power rack, bar started about 1/2" over top of head for press -

1x5 @ 200 lbs.

1x3 @ 235

1x2 @ 250

1x3 @ 235

3x10 @ 200

 

Dimmel deadlifts (somewhat like RDLs, butt pushed back, lower bar just past knees, hip/glute explode back to standing straight), first time doing, went light as they suggest -

3x25 @ 135 lbs.

Didn't feel like much while I was doing them, but after the 2nd set, my glutes were on fire, definitely does the trick when you do them ballistically as is recommended.

 

Called it a day after that, just didn't have much more left in me, should be doing some upper back work this weekend then squats again on Monday!

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