Tuesday – Shoulders & Arms

Shoulders

  • Seated Half Press
    • 155 lbs x 12 reps
    • 175 lbs x 7 reps
    • 215 lbs x 5 reps
  • Pre-exhaustion: Around The World & Seated Half Press
    • 25 lbs & 135 lbs, 7 sets x 7 reps
  • Around The World Lateral Raises
    • 30 lbs, 5 sets x 7 reps

Arms

  • Barbell Cheat Curl*
    • 155 lbs x 3 reps
    • 205 lbs x Failed
    • 170 lbs x 5 reps (w/o straps)
    • 170 lbs x 7 reps (w/ straps)
  • Dumbbell Concentration Curl
    • 30 lbs, 5 sets x 7 reps

Comments:

* Once again I attempted a 205 lbs barbell cheat curl and failed. I lost 5 lbs this past week and believe bodyweight plays a major role in this type of movement. I went on to attempt 170 lbs for 7 reps this workout but found my grip slipping at the bottom of the exercise between each rep. As a result, I made a second attempt using straps and to my surprise it was really effective. This is the first time I have tried using straps for the barbell cheat curl but have seen it done by other bodybuilders.

Arnold Schwarzenegger could do reps using 275 lbs at a bodyweight of 235 lbs which equates to a ratio of 1.17. My best attempt for reps is 190 lbs for 3 reps at a bodyweight of 170 lbs which equates to a ratio of 1.12. I am finding I am pound for pound just as strong as Arnold in some exercises. I am not trying to compare myself to the best bodybuilder of all time. However, Arnold paved a pathway for many to follow in his foot steps. I may not be able to accomplish the things he did but I am having the time of my life trying.

Very few people can cheat curl their bodyweight and I have never heard of anyone doing a strict biceps curl using their own bodyweight. I used to arm wrestle and believe this might be where some of the strength comes from. All I know is that I feel powerful and the fact that I have never used steroids perhaps places me in a category of my own above most strength athletes.