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

 

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2 Responses to “The Minimalist Method – Day #4, Week #1”

  1. Jo @ JAGs Fitness Blog February 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Lovely to have you back blogging! I look forward to following your training 🙂

  2. Heather February 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    How exciting! I have been hoping that you were doing well since you hadn’t updated in so long. You had mentioned an unhappy hip when switching to sumo deadlift – have you found a solution for that, and if you have, can you share? I am having that issue right now and it is slowing my progress and making me sad.

    Thank you for your posts!

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