Monday – Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps

  • Bench Press (195 lbs), 3 sets x 7 reps
  • Incline Bench Press* (160 lbs, 35°), 3 sets x 7 reps
  • Standing Shoulder Press** (145 lbs), 3 sets x 7 reps


* Most of the reps I performed were short of reaching my chest by about 2 inches. My right shoulder is still sore from three months ago when I hit it with a barbell while doing push presses. It has been a long slow road to recovery.

** I had to drop the weight I use in the standing shoulder press since I started doing full range bench presses again. Now that I added incline presses back into my routine the fatigue in my shoulders is even that much greater. I am not concerned as I am sure once my body adapts I will slowly increase the weight again. I just thought I should make a not of this phenomena in my training journal for reference in the future.

Brickhouse Powerlifting Challenge

I just entered my first Powerlifitng tournament (Brickhouse Power Challenge) and here are the results. I definitely didn’t max out on any of my lifts but rather entered to gain experience. I did a 275 lbs Squat, a 226 lbs bench press, and a 352 lbs deadlift at a bodyweight of 153 lbs which is not bad considering this is my first tournament and I am 37 years old.


Thursday – Legs

  • Deadlift (w/o belt, w/o straps)
    • 325 lbs, 3 sets x 3 reps
  • Squats (w/o belt)
    • 205 lbs x 5 reps
    • 225 lbs, 3 sets x 3 reps*


* I failed during the third set on the last rep. I am going to have to perform deadlifts and squats on a different days. After doing deadlifts first I could notice how tired I was while performing squats.