Category Archives: Workouts

Sunday – Push Workout

  • Bench Press (paused)
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps
    • 155 lbs x 7 reps
    • 185 lbs x 7 reps
    • 205 lbs x 3 reps
    • 225 lbs x 1 rep
    • 230 lbs x 1 rep
  • High Bar Box Squat (14″ box, w/ pause)
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps
    • 185 lbs x 7 reps
    • 205 lbs x 5 reps
    • 225 lbs x 3 reps

Comments:

* I decided to try something different in the box squat. Up until this point in time I have always performed this exercises touch-n-go using the box as a high reference for the most part. This time around I am going to deliberately pause at the bottom of each rep to ensure the entire load of the wright reaches a dead stop. This makes the exercise much harder and I will have to reduce the weight I lift but in time it will cause more muscle fibers to contract in unison on the concentric part of the movement.

Monday – Weightlifting

Comments:

* I have previously gone up to 150 lbs for 3 sets of 3 reps in the hang power snatch using straps with a body weight of 105-160 lbs. I am starting out light as this is the first time doing this exercise without straps and because of a past should injury which was the initial cause of me having to stop performing most overhead exercises for over half a year.

Saturday – Pull Workout

  • Power Clean (w/o straps)
    • 135 lbs x 3 reps
    • 195 lbs, 3 sets x 3 reps
    • 195 lbs, 2 sets x 2 reps*

Comments:

* I couldn’t complete all 3 reps on two of these sets. My goal was to complete 5 sets of 3 reps but I just didn’t have the energy today. If I fail on a set I usually allow myself to rest as much as possible and make make as many attempts as I need to in order to finish all five sets.

Thursday – Push Workout

  • Bench Press
    • 185 lbs x 3 reps
    • 205 lbs x 3 reps
    • 250 lbs x Failed*
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps (paused)
    • 155 lbs x 7 reps (paused)
    • 185 lbs x 3 reps (paused)
    • 205 lbs x 1 rep (paused)
  • Standing Shoulder Press
    • 30 lbs x 20 reps
    • 35 lbs x 15 reps
    • 40 lbs x 15 reps
    • 50 lbs x 10 reps
    • 60 lbs x 5 reps
  • Weighted Push-ups
    • 25 lbs x 22 reps
  • Overhead Dumbbell Triceps Extension
    • 20 lbs x 20 reps

Comments:

* I failed on the 250 lbs bench press attempt and am getting really frustrated. I am not sure what is going on here. I was recently doing 5 sets of 3 reps using 240 lbs and then I just lost all the strength I have i this exercise after suffering from a small amount of chronic soreness in the front delts that lasted 2 weeks. In that time my bench press greatly diminished. I thought this soreness and plateau in strength might be from using bad technique so I decided to drop way down in weight and practice a competition style of bench pressing in which I paused at the bottom of each rep.

Monday – Push Workout

  • Bench Press
    • 185 lbs x 3 reps
    • 205 lbs x 3 reps
    • 225 lbs x 1 rep
    • 245 lbs x 1 rep
    • 135 lbs x 15 reps
  • Seated Dumbbell Press
    • 30 lbs x 15 reps

Comments:

* My strength level was down today. I am not sure if it was the raining day or if I over trained a little and it will take some time to recover. I am frustrated that I keep adding weight to my pulling exercises but am having great difficulty increasing my bench press. I often wonder if I am too skinny and should continue with partial reps until I gain much weight. Most heavy bench pressers have a high weight to height ratio.

I also think that the soreness felt in my right shoulder that hasn’t subsided complete from the previous week is a result of over stretching the shoulder joint when I bench press. For awhile I was adding much weight to my bench press again and then I completely plateaued. One day I went to work out and my shoulders particularly the front delt region was very sore and it hurt as I lowered the bar to my chest.

The last time I benched heavy I was 225 lbs body weight and now am only 190 lbs. In fact I have never been able to reach the same weight I used to lift in the bench press since this time however, I have surpassed my strength level in the every pulling exercise as well as the shoulder press, skull crusher, and front squat. So not only am I lighter but I do believe the weight is distributed differently. I still look relatively skinny at 190 lbs, 5’8″ tall.

I have a friend who is a heavy bench presser. His whole routine is centralized around this exercise although he won’t admit it. He can out bench me at the same body weight of 190 lbs but he is only 5’6″. For me to be the same height to weight ratio I would have to be  220 lbs and indeed when I was that heavy I could bench press just as much as he could. In practice 1 inch below 6′ can make a difference of 15 lbs body weight and one inch above 6′ a difference of about 10 lbs. This is not an accurate algorithm but it does reflect how much extra weight is required to have the same height to weight ratio.

Monday – Leg Workout

  • High Bar Box Squat (w/o belt, 14″ box)
    • 135 lbs x 7 reps
    • 205 lbs x 5 reps
    • 245 lbs x 3 reps
    • 285 lbs x 3 reps*

Comments:

* I hurt my lower back on the left side on the second rep. I believe I had the box farther back than I normally do and it caused me to lean forward a bit. It is hard to adjust the placement of the box as I have to walk the weight out from the rack.