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#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.


#1271

Pulled the trigger on the Rogue 100lb and 150lb strongman sandbags. Should be here in about a week. Playsand is surprisingly cheap.


#1272

Where I live it’s free!


#1273

What sort of training will you use the sand bags for ?
I’ve been thinking of sandbags, just not sure how to implement or use them


#1274

Carries, lift to shoulder and over, conditioning, presses, etc. Just another tool and maybe fun. I’ve done stone carries at the beach near my house before. Lots of fun and very tough. Sandbags are cleaner.


#1275

Read Brute’s log. She does a lot of sandbag work.


#1276

2019-01-18

Z Presses (axle)
75x5
95x5
125 3x5

DL Rows
135x5
185x5
235 3x5

Deficit DL(1 plate)
295x3
345x3
380x3
340 2x6

Low Bar Good Mornings
185 3x8

DB hammer curls
50s 3x6

Face pulls
60 3x15

I’ve got quads and upper back for DLs, but hamstrings and lower back aren’t doing their parts. So I did some GMs. I’ll keep these in for a few weeks. I’m switching my sumo day to using a trap bar. That will either build me up or kill my regular DL. We’ll see.

Got vid of the Z-Presses but it’s terribly dark and you can’t really see the bar.


#1277

I like my trap bar, I am putting it back in somewhere too.

Too bad about vid. I have been looking at an axle instead of a new bar :roll_eyes: Ya know, just so I can say I have one :rofl:


#1278

2019-01-20

W/U 5 min

Clean and Press
95x5
115x5
135x3
150x3,3,5

Pendlay Row
195 3x6

High Bar Squat
135x5
185x5
225x3
255x3
285x3,3,5
245x8

Close grip Bench
165x5
185x5,4,4,4,3

Machine laterals(reverse flies)
90x15,15,10

Tried to get through this fast, because I had chores. Squat and press milestones nearly within reach. Finish this cycle and then test.


#1279

2019-01-22

Land Mine rows
2 platesx15
2plates+25 x 10
3 plates x 8
3 plates+25 3x6
3 plates x 10
2 plates+25 x 12
2 plates x 15

Trap Bar deadlift
2 plates/Side x 5
3 plates/side x3
3 plates+25/side x 3
4 plates/side x 2
3 plates+25+5/side x 3, 5

Top set was either 450 or 430. I don’t know if it’s a 70lb ior 90lb trap bar.

Incline Press
135x5
155x5
175x5
180x3,3
165x6

Curl Bar Curls
35+2.5/Side 3x5

Life Fitness Seated Hamstring curl
100x10
115 3x10 (hold at full contraction)

Had to change up the order of exercises as seats became available. Gym very full tonight. I don’t know how much some of the bars weigh, and so - the weird log entries.


#1280

Sandbags arrived today.

I’m gettin’ all itchy.