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Another Day at the Bar


#1261

A lot of people from the gym that I went to years ago and that merged into this one remember me for some weird reason. I don’t remember many of them at all. I feel badly about that.


#1262

Think I will add regular flat benching to the routine in place of 1-Arm overhead dumbbell presses. The DB pressing seems like more of trick than an exercise. I like the shoulder stability it provides.

And it makes my dips easier.


#1263

Used to think 1-arm DB stuff was good for stability, core, addressing imbalances etc etc.

Now I dumbbell press seated, use my feet to brace, and my belief is the complete opposite.

My favorite is when I see people do that 2 dumbbell, press each one in alternating fashion thing; all kinds of squirrelly things happening to their bodies as they work their core, stabilize, (or so they think) and do each side with a (slightly) different technique/position.


#1264

That’s exactly what happens. I do the press differently on each side, because of the relative strengths and weaknesses specific to each side. I might just be making those imbalances even worse.


#1265

2019-01-11

Clean and Press
95x5
115x5
135x3
147.5x3,3,6

Pendlay Row
192.5 4x6

High Bar Squat
135x5
185x5
235x3
265x3
285 3x3
245x4 (3-count pause)

Close grip Bench
135x10
187.5x5,4,3,3

That’s it. No extras. Really did not want to train tonight, but I did the essentials.
Squat was no problem. Paused squats were harder than I wanted them to be so i stopped.


#1266

2019-01-13

Incline BP
barx15
135x5
155x3
172.5x3,3,5

Pullups
BWx10
+20x6
+35 3x4
BWx8

Sumo DL.
135x5
225x5
295x3
335x3,3,6
Brought my feet in more so it was more like a squat. An old lifting buddy called these “wombat pulls” for some reason.

Curl Bar Curlzezsszssss
25/sidex5
35/side 3x5
Heavier bar at this gym. 25 or 30lb curl bar. The one at my usual gym is about 15lbs. Quite challenging.

That’s all I had time for. I’ll fake…er…uh…DO…some ab work later.


#1267

Got some ART work done on my right shoulder over the weekend. No, not a tat, but some tissue release. Still a deep pain in the joint, but not from damage - it feels more like the soft tissue is re-adjusting to its natural place.

Shoulder is much freer in certain positions and I seem to be able to tense up my inner triceps and upper lat going into the joint more than previously. I still think there’s a little nerve entrapment in there, but it is much better.


#1268

2019-01-15

Neutral Grip Pullup
BWx6
+25x4
+55x3,3,3
+30x6

Push Press
145x3
165x3
182.5x3,3,2
172.5x6

Front Squat
145x3
175x3
205x3
230x3
220x3,3
195x6

Dips
BW+25x5
+55 3x5

Pushdowns
80x11,11

I accidentally used the deadlift bar for the bar exercises. It weighs 55lbs. I was really disappointed in how heavy everything felt and mad that I had to drop weight until I realized what bar I was using.


#1269

Rogue axle bar is now out on the floor at my new gym, so I’m going to do Z-presses with it on Friday. For those who asked for a video of it being used, I still haven’t found my camera, but I’ll figure something out.


#1270

Odd Haugen is still killing it at age 69.
I’d settle for being a half-size version of him at that age.