Archive | February, 2014

Training Session: Week #2, Day #4

16 Feb

Bench training from the other day. Was slightly higher volume today with some of the assistance exercises.

As for my incline presses…I’m actually supposed to do decline but I am a huge pussy, and have never been confident enough to do them ever, much less without a spotter. Working on it.

 

Bench:

bar x bunch

65 x 3 x 3

85 x 2

105 x 1

115 x 1

125 x 7

130 x 6

135 x 6 (PR)

DB Incline Press

25’s x 10

30’s x 8

35’s x 8

40’s x 6

45’s x 6

DB Front Raises:

12.5’s x 12 (x3)

Chins (palms in)

3×6

Cable Tricep Pressdowns

65 x 12

75 x 12

85 x 12

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Training: Week #2, Day #3

13 Feb

WARM-UP

3 min. stair master, fast pace

Walking lunges (50 ft. x2)

X-band walks (monster mini; 20 steps per side)

Foam roll (low back, calves, hamstrings)

Full cleans (bar x 3 x 3)

Drop snatch (15 lb. bar x 8)

1.5″ Block Pulls:

135 x 5

175 x 1

205 x 1

235 x 1

255 x 1

275×5

285×5

Chins (neutral)

3×6

Med. Grip Pulldowns

70 x 12

80 x 12

90 x 10

Close Grip Cable Rows

80 x 12

90 x 12

100 x 10

Plate PullsĀ 

50 ft. x five rounds (back and forth)

Training: Week #2, Day #2

12 Feb

Missed the logging for Monday’s workout just because my work day was INSANE. Ended up training from 9:30am to 10:00pm, with a short break for my workout in between, and when I wasn’t training I was in meetings. Just silly busy.

But here’s yesterday’s bench training…fortunately I suck at math at the appropriate times, and made some accidental PR’s.

WARM-UP:

Band pull-apart’s (bunch)

Push-ups (x15)

Chin-ups (x5)

Ext/Int Rotations (5 lb. x15)

Bench

bar x bunch

65 x 3

85 x 1

105 x 1

115 x 1

135 x 1 (2 board)

160 x 3 (2 board)

165 x 2 x 2 (2 board)

NOTE: It was supposed to be 150×3 and 155×3. But because of some wrong plate loading, it was heavier. Means I am still on track!

Incline DB Press

(Note: was supposed to be decline but I am a pussy. This will be addressed at another time.)

25’s x 10

30’s x 12

35’s x 8

40’s x 8

DB Front Raises:

12.5’s x 3 x 12

Incline Tricep Extensions

(Note: elbows started hurting pretty fucking bad with these, so I kept them super light)

15’s x 2 x 10

Neutral-grip Chins

2×6

The Minimalist Method – Day #4, Week #1

9 Feb

Another long break from blogging. Life has thrown me all sorts of curve balls lately. On a good note, I started a new job, officially, as a personal trainer. I’m starting from scratch but things are already starting to pick up for me so I am looking forward to what the next couple of months are going to look like!
I have finally begun my training with the legendary Brian Schwab, as a sort of guinea pig for his new training program, “The Minimalist Method”.

Coming soon!! (Photo by yours truly)

Coming soon!! (Photo by yours truly)

This book is all about getting the most bang for your training buck, without over-training. It focuses on the fewest exercises and sets needed to produce great strength gains, while maximizing recovery and MINIMIZING injury!

So far I have been loving it. I just completed my first week and already hit a new bench PR. I am really excited to see how I progress over the next little while. I will be logging my workouts on here again consistently to help me stay on track.

Here’s my bench session from the other day:

WARM-UP:

Band pull-aparts (monster mini x 20)

Shoulder rotations (2×10)

Internal/External rotations

Push-ups (x15)

BENCH:

bar x bunch

65×3

80×2

95×1

110×1

120×8

125×7

130×7 (PR)

LOCK-OUTS (2.5″):

155×3

185×3

205×5 (x2)

CHIN-UPS (palms in):

2×5

CABLE LATERALS:

10 lb. x12

15 lb. x15

CABLE PRESS-DOWNS:

60 lb. x12

70 lb. x12

80 lb. x10