Long time reader/lurker but finally posting now. Former Fat kid, once upon a time I played semi-pro Rugby (Played for 13 years, semi-pro for 2) and moved into combat sport 5 years ago. Ive stopped competing this year with a 0-1
record in MMA, 2-0 in Muay Thai and 5th place in a Jiu-jitsu tournament. Over the years numerous injuries including meniscus tears in both knees, dislocations and a slipped disk in my neck mean life is taking a direction away from competitive sport.
Now lifting because I just dont want to suck at life and 27 is too young to do fuck all. Gotta have some standards
Keep up with my log, send some abuse my way to motivate me and my dogshit lifts and average physique. Some of you guys are MONSTERS on here with years under the bar and with any luck being in such company should be a constant reminder to keep pushing to my limits when I wanna bitch out and lay on the couch drinking and playing video games or get big headed because I’m a big fish in a small pond at my gym.
Ok so today was cardio day.
I usually do this day without much less caffine than normal. Im a big believer in doing things you hate to do or suck at so on Wednesdays I run. I still hit the bag but my technique isnt near as sharp as it was when I was training Martial Arts X5 days a week…good for cardio and I try to only use strikes I’d use in a real life situation, three or four hard shots, close elbows and back to distance with high guard.
I did 1.5 miles in 11mins 17 seconds, 6 sets of three minutes on the bag, 1 min off, then finished with 50 kicks each leg (hips dont turn over quite like the used to but the power is still there) and 70 unbroken crunches, straight into 30 unbroken full sit ups, rested 2mins and hit 50 laying leg raises in 3 sets (trying to get them unbroken too but my lower abs are weeeak)
Yesterdays session was Pull. A bit all over the place and excitable like a little kid (I pulled the trigger and bought an engament ring for my girlfriend, waiting on it to arrive)
18 wide grip pull ups in 3 sets of 6 and 50 banded pull aparts to warm up and cat/cow stretch.
Trap bar deads
180kg x1 (should have been another triple at 160 but I was hyped up and just pulled 180 for the fuck of it)
140kg x3 speed reps 30 seconds rest and another 3 speed reps
Weighted neutral grip pull ups
4 sets of 5 with 10kg weight
1 set unweighted to failure immediately after last set
4 sets of 5 reps each arm with 50kg dumbbell
Still getting the hang of these and really feeling them in the rear delts did 14kg for 2 sets of 12 and dropped to 12kg to squeeze more for last 2 sets of 12
Single arm lat pulldown (hammer strength machine)
3 sets of 10 with 40kg per side
Bicep curls 14kg 3 sets of 10 to finish.
Training feels fun but aimless. Am writing out the first 4 weeks of 5/3/1 with my training maxes now and starting monday. I need direction.
Lost 1kg this week to sit at 88kg bodyweight 15/9 intermittent fast on the MATTADOR diet as per an article written by (i thinks) Eric Bach on here a bunch of years ago. Looking to get to about 85kg roughly 10% bodyfat before reverse dieting back up
Spent the weekend eating like shit and drinking beer. We were celebrating as my girl said yes and we’re getting married.
Started 5/3/1 today and fucked up already, did 11 reps on my last set as I failed to realise its only the third week that has +reps on it…oh well.
Squats were 1
95 X 5 112.5 x 5 and 125 x 11 because I’m a moron.
Then the accessory work was straight up arse. It was 70kg x 8 reps for 5 sets on hamstring curls,
Standing hamstring curls were 40kg x 10 for 5 again, leg extension was 40.5kg for 10 reps and 5 sets (all reps done with a 4 second pause at the top to sqeeze) 250kg leg press for 10 reps and 5 sets were programmed but missed them out because the beer and KFC was going to come up and both presses were taken. In the end I just smashed out another unbroken 25 reps of extensions and got out of there.
I think the lessons here are ALWAYS read your program properly (Sorry Mr Wendler) and NEVER drink 48hours straight before leg day
5/3/1 Bench session
Its 5’s week. Was a little apprehensive about starting so light but I figured if I knew better than Jim then Id have an elite total so stfu and do the program.
Warmed up with 50 push ups and 20 reps with an empty bar. Then 3 sets of 5 @ 65, 75 and 82.5kg respectively.
3 sets of 12 facepulls @20kg
5 sets of weighted dips bodyweight still around 88kg +15kg for plate tied to a belt. Did 5 sets of 5 and finished with an unweighted set immediately following the last set for a max effort (I got 12 reps)
Wide grip chin ups 5 x 5
Incline dumbell press 28kg dumbbells 5 sets of 10
Low cable row 80kg 5 sets of 10
Little pump finisher of 5 one arm push up, 10 regular, 5 one arm (obviously the opposite arm to the first one worked) for 3 sets with minimal rest.
Switched it up and did my bag rounds before my run. Was close to just doing the bag and calling it but something told me not to bitch out and go run, even if i felt like shit. Ended up with a new 1.5 mile PR (11mins 5 seconds)
30 full sit ups both sets were unbroken with no rest between movments
50 laying leg raises. 20 reps, 15, 15. About 35 seconds rest
Awful session. I stopped OHP with a barbell a few years ago as it fucks my joints something rotten. I thought maybe I could get back to it after the layoff. Wrong. Right shoulder joint feels like 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag now and the weights werent even heavy…thinking Im gonna drop the OHP and work with cables/machines/dumbells and do extra mobility on it on off days. Sticking with 5/3/1 on the other 3 big lifts.
50 banded pull aparts
x20 reps warm up empty bar
52.5kg x5 reps
60kg x5 reps
70kg x5 reps
12kg x 10reps for 5 sets
12kg x 12 reps 5 sets
16kg x 10
16kg x 10
14kg x 10
14kg x 10
Single arm triceps pulldowns
11.5kg x10 reps for 4 sets
Hanging leg raises 12 x 4 sets
Weighted decline sit ups
10kg x 15 reps for 5 sets
2 sets of 25 push ups
10 reps with an empty bar
40kg x 10 reps
70kg x 3 reps
80kg x 3 reps
87.5kg x 3 reps
Bench still feels light but my fucked shoulder is greteful for it.
20kg x 12 reps for 4 sets
15kg x 5 reps for 4 sets
1 unweighted set to failure immediately after the last set (14 reps this week, two more than last week)
5 x 5
Incline dumbell bench
Shoulder felt fine here, Im holding the DB’s at an angle to minimise strain on it. Will try the same thing on Friday for DB clean and press and see if i get less pain than the barbell OHP and if its a viable alternative.
28kg x 10 reps for 5 sets
Low cable row
81.5kg X 10 reps
81.5kg x 10 reps
70kg x 10 reps
70kg x 10 reps
70kg x 10 reps
Lowered the weight on the last 3 reps because my form was going to dogshit and I could feel my biceps doing the work over my back. Way better connection last 3 sets.
Went with something different today, needed a change mentally. After reading an article by Pavel Tsatsoline and Andy Bolton about KB swings I decided to bust out the ones that have been sat in my wardrobe at home since we moved in last August.
Every minuet on the minuet for 10mins
40kg X10 reps
Weight sit ups
24kg X10 reps
6 sets of sprints for 40m
Yoga flow 25 mins flow
This kinda kicked my arse. I’ve got 5/3/1 deadlifts tomorrow. Jim recommends two days conditioning and I know he loves his prowler but I dont have one. The muscles worked with a prowler are also worked by KB swings (with the exception of grip) I dont think it will fuck with the 5/3/1 programming right?
Kettlebells, hill sprints, weighted vests walks (for the steady stuff)… I don’t think you can go too far wrong with the approach you have. Unless the program explicitly calls for a prowler, I wouldn’t sweat it.
OHP murdered my shoulders last week even with the baby weights, not in the good way so I dropped it from the program. Having had two dislocations and a broken collarbone previously its not worth keeping it in for ego’s sake.
Shoulder press machine (varied my grips, neutral seems to cause less aggro by far so will stick to that from next week on)
50kg 10 reps x 5 sets
12kg 10 x 5
12kg 12 x 5
Smith machine seated press
Kept the weights really light and used a narrow grip for a shit load of reps.
40kg for 8 reps, drop set immediately to 30kg for 10reps, drop set again immediately to 20kg for 12 reps. Rest 1-2 mins and repeated 3 times