Sunday, 31 August 2014

Control lower: Deloading

This is the start of a week of deloading, following two months of heavy weight work. I'm using approximately 60% of my projected 1RM, based on last Friday's assessment.

Pause back squats
135lb x 4
145lb x 4
150lb x 4, 4, 4, 4

Pause deadlifts
135lb x 4
150lb x 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Standing calf raises
115lb x 10
135lb x 12, 12, 12

Leg raises
12, 12, 12

Cable crunches
40lb x 12, 12, 12

Friday, 29 August 2014


Another trainer is doing a runner! I've only been training with Mitch for two months, and now he's heading off to university, so he won't have the time to workout with me any more. And what a two months it's been. I've made incredible progress due to Mitch teaching me ways to improve all of the big lifts, by using a series of cues for each one. That's done wonders for my confidence, too.

As this was Mitch's last day at ABsolute Fitness, he decided to do the same strength assessment that we did in our first session, to see if I'd improved. All of the following routines were to determine my 3 rep maxes for each movement.

Here's what I did on Monday, June 30:

3RM (projected 1RM)
Back squat; a2g: 215lb x 3 (245lb)
Bench press: 145lb x 3 (165lb)
Deadlift: 275lb x 3 (300lb)

And this is what I managed today:

3RM (projected 1RM)
Back squat; a2g: 225lb x 3 (250lb)
Bench press: 160lb x 3 (180lb)
Deadlift: 315lb x 3 (340lb)

That's solid progress. I'm particularly pleased with the bench press numbers, as I felt like I'd stalled with these. All three lifts are 3 rep PRs. I've squatted 225lb to parallel before, for one rep. Before I started training with Mitch, I'd only ever done a one rep bench press at 145lb, so that's a big improvement. My 1RM for deadlifts was 325lb, but 315lb for three reps is pretty good.

To finish off today's session I did:

Floor presses
3 sets of 115lb x 5

Weighted neutral grip pull-ups
2 sets of 6 x 25lb

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Heavy upper

Bench press
125lb x 6
130lb x 6
135lb x 5 + 1

Neutral pull-ups
25lb plate x 6

Dumbbell shoulder press
35s x 10
42s x 6, 5

Wide cable row
110lb x 6
120lb x 6, 6

Feet elevated push-ups (Swiss ball)
18, 13, 11

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Heavy lower

Not much time today, so just did the main lifts.

Back squat
205lb x 6
210lb x 6
218lb x 6

I did 215lb last week, but didn't want to push my luck. I wanted to get back my confidence after my spectacular fail-and-bail while doing pause squats with Mitch on Monday. A small increase today did just that. Plus it's still a 6-rep PR.

280lb x 6
295lb x 5

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Control upper

Much better than yesterday's PT session, when nothing seemed to click.

Spoto bench press
115lb x 4
120lb x 4
125lb x 4
130lb x 4
135lb x 4
140lb x 4

Bent over barbell row
95lb x 4
115lb x 4
125lb x 4, 4, 4, 4

Shoulder press
70lb x 10

Neutral grip pull-ups
10 reps

Angled dips
10, 10, 8

Tricep cable extensions
50lb x 7
40lb x 10, 8

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Heavy lower

Back squat
200lb x 6
210lb x 6
215lb x 6

275lb x 6
290lb x 6

Hang clean
85lb x 12, 11

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Control upper

Spoto bench press
115lb x 4
120lb x 4
125lb x 4
130lb x 4
135lb x 4
140lb x 3 + 1

Pendlay row
135lb x 4, 4, 4, 4
140lb x 4, 4

Push press
95lb x 3, 3
100lb x 3

Wide grip pull-ups
12 reps

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Control lower

Pause back squats
175lb x 4
185lb x 4
190lb x 4
200lb x 4, 4, 2+1

I failed pretty spectacularly with my last set. I got stuck in the hole attempting the third rep and had to bail, dropping the barbell noisily. Mitch helped me rack the bar, I rested a bit, then tried - successfully - for a third rep. I got stuck again attempting a fourth, but Mitch was spotting me and helped me back up. Ordinarily, I would have been disappointed at my failure, but this was a heavy routine, and a bit more ambitious than the last time I tried the same thing. At least I had the confidence to try, and also to try again after failing a rep.

Pause deadlifts
215lb x 4, 4
225lb x 4

Cable crunches
40lb x 12, 12, 12

I ran out of time because I'd spent so much time warming up and resting between squat sets. I was still tight from last week's heavy leg day with Mitch, so I really did need to warm up well.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Heavy upper

Felt a bit sluggish today, which meant I struggled to hit some of the same numbers as last time. I think it was just because I needed to eat closer to my workout.

Bench press
130lb x 6
133lb x 4 + 1 + 1
135lb x 3 + 1 + 1 + 1

One-arm dumbbell rows; per arm
60lb x 6, 6
65lb x 6

Shoulder press
85lb x 5 + 1

47lb x 4 + 1 + 1

Decline bench press
85lb x 12
95lb x 12, 10

Machine rear delt rows
70lb x 12
80lb x 12
85lb x 12