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Another Cube Method Training log

Just got in on Lilly’s next training groupd and he’s gonna help me peak for a meet on 3/23/13. SO, either today is Christmas Eve, or it’s W1 D1 DL Rep day.

W1 D1: DL Reps

DL: 275x8 @7

  • 70%, went fairly easily

4" block pull: 295x3(x2) @7.5

  • 75%

Oly Squats: 185x8(x3) @8

  • good pump in my quads. felt like cardio, cause I’m in terrible shape.

GHR: 3x6

  • couldn’t do 4x10 lol

Cable rows (50 reps): 90x25, 110x15, 110x10

  • opted out of back extensions cause lower back wasn’t having it.

Great workout. Not used to this amount of reps and exercises. Good thing he programs it light for the first few weeks cause I need time to get used to it. Oh yea current lifts are around 385/275/425. Best lifts are 405/305/450. So I need to start bustin ass.

12-26-12

W1 D2: Bench

Floor Press: 215x2(x5) @9

  • 80%

Bench: 155x15(x2) @10

  • 60%. I don’t know how hard these were supposed to be, but they were pretty tough.

DB shrugs: 3x12 with 45s

Lat pulldowns: 90x12, 100x12, 90x12
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band pushdowns: 100 reps split into 5 sets

OHP: 65x12(x3)

  • triceps were fried by this point. Not used to these high reps

12-28-12

W1 D3: Speed Skwats

Squat: 225x3(x8) @7-8

  • was fairly tired just after this. so the rest was a grind

Reverse band: 275x2, 295x1

  • Got confused and thought I was only supposed to do 1, but it was 2 reps

Oly Squat: 185x5(x5) @8

  • started off easy and got rough by the last set

Front Squat(sub for leg press): 135x15, 135x12, 135x12, 115x12 @9-10

  • Tried for 15 every set, just all skwated out.

RDL(sub for reverse hyper): 135x12, 175x12(x2)

This was it for me. I was gonna quit on my second set of RDL and my brother made me push out another one. I was supposed to do KB Swings to end the session, but after the RDLs my glutes were just not firing anymore. My other brother laid in the floor for 10 min. after this session. I don’t think I’ve ever squatted so much in my life. Workout took close to an hour and a half, but my brother kept being lazy and slowing things down. Oh yea, my 16 y/o brother has decided to do his first PL meet and is training with me to get ready. I’ll try to keep his numbers updated on this too. So far his maxes are 285/205/335 @205 bw. Yea he’s a lot bigger than me, but then again so is the rest of my family.

12-31-12

W2 D1: Speed DL

DL: 255x3(x8) @7

  • 65%, went real quick off the floor. started to slow down by set 6.

4" block pull (snatch grip): 195x15(x3)

  • Can’t really attach an RPE, but after the 3rd set I about fell over.

SSB Squat: 175x8(x2) @8-9, 155x8 @9

  • Here is where I about lost it, but pushed through.

Barbell shrugs: 185x12(x3)

Lat pulldown: 70x15(x4)
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Back raises: 50 reps

Pretty damn tough workout here. Felt like puking afterword and couldn’t really move for about 15 min. after. I used to use speed days as a type of deload, and so far the speed days have been the hardest. To be honest though I feel stronger already, and I’m not sore near as long as I normally am. Don’t know why yet though.

1-02-13

W2 D2: Bench reps

Incline BP: 155x8 @9, 165x7 @10

  • didn’t go for an 8th rep cause I didn’t think I would get it.

Incline DB bench: 45x20 @9, 30x20 @9

  • these were tough, I thought 30s would be too light but after the 45s they were just right

Close-grip BP: 135x12(x2) @9, 135x15(w/ reactive slingshot)

  • used the slingshot on the last set because I was almost fried

Band Flys: 3x15 w/ mini’s
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Supinated cable rows: 90x12(x3)

Band push-downs: 100 (in 3 sets)
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Pronated cable rows: 3x12

I don’t think I’ve ever done a workout where the reps never went below 5, much less 8. I had an enormous “pump” at the end of this. The rows weren’t part of the workout, but I wanted some extra back work and wasn’t exhausted, so I added them in. Awesome workout overall, nice change of pace.

1-04-13

W2 D3: Squat ME, 5x2 @80%

Squat: 295x2(x5) @8

  • 1st set completely raw, 2nd belt added, 3-5 belt and knee sleeves

GM (squat stance): 165x8(x3) @8-9

Front squat: 95x20(x3) @9-10

  • damn…

Lunges: 3x12 bodyweight

  • by the 3rd set my quads were burning so bad I could barely walk

Back extentions: 2x25, 1x10

295 felt heavy on my back but moved with good speed and even the last set was around an 8 RPE. I’m really interested to see how all this squatting is going to affect my squat and DL. And I’m finally getting used to these high reps squats because I felt like doing more after this session.

1-07-13

W3 D1: DL ME 5x2 @80%

4" block pull: 325x2(x5) @8

  • miss calculated, supposed to be 315, but felt easy enough

Snatch-grip 4" DL: 255x8(x3) @8

  • pretty heavy by the 3rd set

DB rows: 80x10(x3)

  • felt awesome. Lats all swoled up

BB shrugs: 155x20(x2)
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Up, down planks: 1x25, 1x15, 1x10 (50 reps total)

Back extensions: 2x20

Completely fucked up the up down planks. I thought they were 5-10 sec. holds then down and back up like McGill talks about. Anyway they’re some kind of push-up plank deal. The exetensions weren’t part of the workout but I really wanted to finish with them for some odd reason (I used to HATE them).

1-09-13

W3 D2: Speed Bench. 8x3 @60%

Floor Press: 155x3(x2), 175x3, 165x3(x3), 175x3(x2)

  • missload @155 so bumped it up to 175 and back to 165, which was too light so finished with 175

Incline DB press: 45x15(with minis) @10, 45x14(minis on first 6, then straight weight), 30x15

  • 45s are the biggest DBs I have so the bands made it harder. right at a 10 RPE too.

DB OHP: 45x10(x3)
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Band push-downs: 3x35

  • mini band

Band Fly: 3x15

Decline sit-ups: 2x25

So workouts are getting easier. Feeling stronger. Next week we’ll get to see if I actually have gotten stronger because that’s when the real ME starts. 2bd press to a new 3rm next week.

1-11-13

W3 D3: Squat RE x8 @70%

Squat: 245x8 (too easy), 265x7 (miscounted)

  • even though I miss counted it was still too easy and 265 was more than 70%, anxious to see what a max reps set would look like.

Wide-stance GM: 135x8, 155x8(x2)

Lunges: 50x15, 2x15 w/ bodyweight

Oly squat: 95x50

  • Yea. 50 non-stop reps with 95, not a lot of weight but life sucked after this. Want to do 135 eventually.

Decline sit-ups: 3x12 (w/ 25lb DB)

1-14-13

W4 D1: DL reps

DL: 315x3(x2) @8

2" block pull snatch-grip: 225x10(x3)

  • ROUGH

Oly Squat: 185x10(x2), 155x10(x2)

GHRs: 4x8

  • last time I could only get 6

Reverse hyper (no weight): 2x25


1-16-13

W4 D2: Bench ME 2-board

2-board BP: 225x3 @8, 245x3 @8.5, 255x3 @9.5

  • I was expecting a little more, but not today.

BP 3-board: 185x10(x3) @10

Lat-pulldowns: 70x15(x3)

Cable pushdowns: 4x15 @10RPE

DB OHP: 3x10 w/ 30s

BB shrugs: 4x15 w/ 175

ABZ


1-18-13

W4 D3: Speed Squat 6x2 @65%

Squat: 235x2(x6) @6-7

  • pretty fast

Rev. Band (dbl minis): 315x2 @too easy, 345x2 @7-8

Oly Squat: 185x5(x5)

  • a little too light

Zercher squat: 135x12(x4)

  • these were fucking rough, a sub for leg press

Rev. Hyper: 3x12 w/ doubled mini

KB Swings: 2x15, 1x8 w/ 70lb

  • glutes quit on 8th rep

1-21-13

W5 D1: Speed DL

DL: 275x2(x6) @7-8

2" block pull snatch-grip: 175x20

  • glutes were on fire

Oly squat: 185x6(x4), 225x10

  • 185 felt too light by set 4 so I jumped to 225 and felt like busting out a few more

Lat-pulldowns: 90x15(x2), 70x15(x2)
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BB shrugs: 155x15(x3)

Back Raises: 3x20

So a big update. Been pretty busy with work and school. The workouts are going good. My squat feels unstopable. DL feels solid. Bench is still stuck, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I’m only hitting any type of pressing 1/week. Really wish I had the extra time for a BB day. Maybe I could add in small workouts throughout the week. We’ll see. I not really worried about the Bench as much as the other two though.

1-23-13

W5 D2: Bench Reps

Bench: 185x8, 205x6, 225x2 @8

Bench: 135x12 3ct paused reps

OHP: 85x10(x3)

Band pulldowns: 4x15

Tricep push-downs: 4x25

Lateral raises: 5lb for 100 non-stop reps

  • HELL

1-24-13

W5 D3: Squat MAX

Squat: 305x2(x3) @7-8

  • 325x1 @7

  • 345x1 @8

Reverse band added (minis)

  • 365x1 @7

  • 385x1 @8

Oly Squat: 185x10, 205x10(x2), 185x10

So this session was awesome. Made the weight look easy and everything was fast. Wasn’t supposed to go anywhere near 385, but everything looked to fast and felt too easy. I still have some ways to go, but I’m building momentum and 425 will go in April.

1-29-13

W6 D1: DL ME off 2" blocks

DL off 2" blocks: 335x2(x3) @8

  • 375x1 @8.5

  • 405x1 @10 PR

Sumo DL: 285x2(x8)

DB Rows: 80x20(x2)

BB shrugs: 3x15

Lunges: 3x12

Up and Down Planks: 3x10


1-30-13

W6 D2: BP speed Floor press

Floor Press: 175x2(x2), 185x2(x4)

Incline DB Press: 3x15 w/ 45s (w/ minis

DB OHP: 45x6(x3)

Band push-downs: 4xfail w/ monster minis

Band Fly: 3x15 w/ minis

Lat pulldowns: 5x12-15