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Another Amazing workout. On such a great roll lately. 

Squats

5 warm up Sets

290 lbs - 4x, 4x, 4x, 4x - All easy

330 lbs - Easy single

230 lbs - 20x. Super happy about this cause I did them all smooth and slow. 

Right Hand MMS Grippers

Several Warm ups

194.5 lb Super Elite + CPW bumper @1.5 lbs - 3 straight singles and slight miss on the 4th. Nice

174 lb RB 280 - 4 doubles

165 lb Elite - 4 triples

- The best part of this gripper workout is my set felt the strongest its been since before the wrist injury. The left wrist injury really set my set strength back but today it felt powerful so I am rounding the corner with this injury finally. Have to keep rehabbing though so I am off to ice it to get it back to 100%.  

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Quick accessory session tonight 

Lat Pulldowns 

2 warm ups

190 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x

One Arm Chest Supported Machine Rows

87.5 lbs - 8x each arm

100 lbs - 8x each arm

112.5 lbs - 8x, 8x each arm

Machine Rear Laterals 

110 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

Hyperextensions 

BW - 8x, 8x, 8x, 8x

Standing alternating Dumbbell Hammer Curls

30 lb Dbs - 12x each arm

35 lb DBs - 12x each arm

45 lb DBs - 12x each arm

50 lb DBs - 12x each arm

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Last night training. Quick session:

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises 

1 warm up

300 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

Prone Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

Leg Raises 

4 sets of 10x

Right Hand RBA Gripper Negatives 

8-8 - 5 negs with 5 second holds 

7-7 - 5 negs with 5 second holds 

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Last chest session before I test my max next week and it went great:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 8x, 8x, 8x, 8x. Just really happy I completed all these reps since I missed the last one last week and the best part is I felt I had a couple more in the tank last set but decided to save it for the rest of the workout 

335 lbs - 10 second negative on smith machine. Really tried to make it burn

250 lbs - 6x and 7th rep with a spot. At this point my triceps are feeling it 

Barbell Floor Press 

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 1x. Felt smooth

Incline Barbell Press

225 lbs - 2x

250 lbs - 2x

275 lbs - 2x but spotter lightly put finger tips on second rep. Triceps are so shot right now 

Machine Pec Deck Flys (palms down)

250 lbs (whole stack) - 12x, 12x 12x, 12x

 

note - feeling very strong. Ready to max next week and set a new bench press PR!

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On 11/11/2020 at 10:16 PM, Chez said:

Last chest session before I test my max next week and it went great:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups

250 lbs - 8x, 8x, 8x, 8x. Just really happy I completed all these reps since I missed the last one last week and the best part is I felt I had a couple more in the tank last set but decided to save it for the rest of the workout 

335 lbs - 10 second negative on smith machine. Really tried to make it burn

250 lbs - 6x and 7th rep with a spot. At this point my triceps are feeling it 

Barbell Floor Press 

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 2x

295 lbs - 1x. Felt smooth

Incline Barbell Press

225 lbs - 2x

250 lbs - 2x

275 lbs - 2x but spotter lightly put finger tips on second rep. Triceps are so shot right now 

Machine Pec Deck Flys (palms down)

250 lbs (whole stack) - 12x, 12x 12x, 12x

 

note - feeling very strong. Ready to max next week and set a new bench press PR!

Good luck for that max bench!!

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Last overhead press session of the cycle today And I felt strong. I plan to test my max on it next week along with bench press 

Standing Overhead Barbell Press 

4 warm ups 

180 lbs - 8x, 8x, 8x, 8x

245 lbs Seated 10 second negative on smith machine 

185 lbs - 8x

JM Press

1 warm up

135 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

175 lbs - 8x

185 lbs - 8x

Little Big Horn

worked up to a single with 166. Got a partial with 171 which isn’t bad since I haven’t touched this thing in years and 170 is my all time best. This has never been a good event for me. I need to work on my technique the next couple weeks

156 lbs - 3 singles 

146 lbs - 3 doubles

136 lbs - 3 triples 

126 lbs - 3 lifts with 10 second holds 

Farmers Walks (35-40 foot course)

120 lbs per hand - down and back

170 lbs per hand - down and back

195 lbs per hand - down and back

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Another great workout today. I’m exhausted:

Deadlifts

5 warm ups 

365 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 4x

415 lbs - easy single 

305 lbs - 15x AMRAP pausing every rep to dead stop

Lat Pulldowns 

2 warm ups

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

120 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 20x

One Arm Chest Supported Machine Rows

62.5 lbs - 10x each arm

75 lbs - 10x each arm

87.5 lbs - 10x each arm 

100 lbs - 10x each arm

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Quick session last night.

leg extensions

200 lbs - 8x

215 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 8x

245 lbs - 8x

Machine Rear Laterals 

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

2” one hand NN

first touching this. 

Right Hand

203 lbs - single 

198 lbs - 2 singles 

188 lbs - 3 doubles 

178 lbs - 3 triples 

178 lbs - 3 lifts with 10 second holds

left hand 

188 lbs - 3 singles 

178 lbs - 3 doubles 

168 lbs - 3 triples 

168 lbs - 3 lifts with 10 second holds 

Bunch of wrist work - leveling to the front, back, supination/pronation, plate wrist curls and barbell reverse wrist curls 

extensors

red + green IM bands - 5 sets of 50x each hand 

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Real quick session. Just two exercises I didn’t get to finish before the gym closed last night:

Prone Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises 

1 warm up

320 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

 

going to get to bed early cause tomorrow I test my max bench press. I’m thinking I’m somewhere in the 335-350 lb range. We shall see. I will start the new cycle based on the new number right after I test 

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So im super late in updating the log. Max week for bench and overhead press didn’t go well. My cns wasn’t right and I under preformed so I went right into the next cycle and I’m actually already done with week 2 for both with week 3 coming up. I spent time thinking about what went wrong and decided to make some tweaks this time around so hopefully this cycle goes better. I plan on replacing the negative work with overload sling shot work. Let’s not dwell on the past and just get back on track by logging today’s back workout:

Deadlifts:

5 warm ups

365 lbs - 4 sets of 5 reps

420 lbs - easy single. My friend even said it looked super easy

310 lbs - 12 paused reps AMRAP. My energy was a little low today. We celebrated my moms birthday at their new lake house yesterday so I spent a lot of time on the road yesterday and it showed for This AMRAP. These were more controlled reps though and that was also more taxing 

Lat pull downs 

2 warm ups 

190 lbs - 8x

200 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

220 lbs - 8x strongest I have felt on lat pull downs in a while 

One Arm Chest Supported Machine Rows 

87.5 lbs - 8x each arm

100 lbs - 8x each arm 

112.5 lbs - 8x each arm

125 lbs - 8x each arm

Machine Rear Laterals 

120 lbs - 8x

130 lbs - 8x

140 lbs -8x

150 lbs - 8x

 

the only important things to mention from the workouts I didn’t post was PRing on the 2 hand pinch flask at 206 lbs (My super slick flask) and PR on the one hand 2” NN at 208. Video of the flask pull below. I didn’t get video the NN pull.
 

 

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Real quick session tonight. Accessory work

Leg extensions

1 warm up

200 lbs - 10x

215 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

245 lbs (stack) - 10x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises

1 warm up

300 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

Preacher Curls

70 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

120 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 20x

biceps def getting stronger 

Lying Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

Machine Crunches

125 lbs - 4 sets of 20x 

 

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Great chest session tonight:

Flat Barbell Bench Press 

4 warm ups

260 lbs - 4 sets of 4x. All super easy

295 lbs - Super easy single 

210 lbs - AMRAP. 16 reps and just couldn’t lock the 17th out at the very top. 

Close Grip Floor Press - Every rep paused 

235 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 5x

265 lbs - 4x

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 10x

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Competed in Gripmas 2020 held in Shelton CT. Great contest, lots of fun with great people. I still trained today even though I am super tired. I will give a write up about the contest when I have more energy.

Today's training

Standing Overhead Barbell Press 

4 warm ups

190 lbs - 4 sets of 4x. Ya, I am tired. All of these felt way harder than they should

215 lbs - single. again, this weight should be easy for me but I had to actually try today

155 lbs - 18x AMRAP. I told the people near by I was probably going to phone the set in cause of how tired I was but my buddy challenge me to man up. 

Flat Barbell JM Presses

2 warm ups

145 lbs- 10x

155  lbs - 10x

165 lbs - 10x

175 lbs - 10x

Standing Alternating Dumbbell Hammer Curls

35 lb DBs - 12x each arm

40 lb DBs - 12x each arm

45 lb DBs - 12x each arm

50 lb DBs - 10x each arm

 

And I have to squat tomorrow.............

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I pushed squats another day cause I’m still beat up and I want to make sure I have the energy for them so just some light accessories tonight:

Lat Pulldowns

170 lbs - 10x

180 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

Machine Rear Laterals

110 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

One Arm Machine Rows

75 lbs - 10x each arm 

87.5 lbs - 10x each arm 

100 lbs - 10x each arm

112.5 lbs - 10x each arm 

Machine Crunches 

125 lbs - 4 sets of 20x

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Worked late last night (actually early this morning if you know what I mean) after the gym. Took a nap after work, ate real quick and hit a quick leg session. Another late night working tonight is coming up

Barbell Squats 

5 warm ups 

290 lbs - 4 sets of 5x. All smooth 

340 lbs - Super easy single 

240 lbs - 15x AMRAP. If I really wanted I could have gotten 20 again but I’m tired and decided not to go all out with bench tomorrow 

Lying Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 8x

155 lbs - 8x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises 

1 warm up 

320 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

 

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Great chest and bicep work tonight:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups 

260 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 4x. All smooth and easy 

300 lbs - super easy single 

220 lbs - 15x AMRAP

Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused 

240 lbs - 3x

260 lbs - 3x

280 lbs - 3x

Incline Barbell Bench Press 

230 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 3x

270 lbs - 3x

Machine Pec Deck Flys (Palms Down)

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 10x

Preacher Curls 

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 20x

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Great AM session today 

Standing Overhead Press 

4 warm ups 

190 lbs - 4x, 5x, 5x, 4x

220 lbs - easy single 

160 lbs - 15x AMRAP left a couple reps in the tank 

JM Press 

2 warm ups 

150 lbs - 10x

160 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 8x

180 lbs - 8x

Machine One Arm Bicep Curls 

2 warm ups

155 lbs - 8x, 8x, 8x, 8x each arm 

110 lbs - 20x each arm 

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It was raining all day here. We were suppose to switch to sled work today. Because of the rain, we went to the gym and used their sled on their Astro turf track. We spent time experimenting with weight since this is a different sled on smooth flat surface while we are use to doing it outside on rough ground.

did it two times down and back 3 different ways (holding a bar behind our back, holding a bar in front pulling backwards and a new way of pushing since this sled has those long posts for pushing). 
 

we plan on using this sled in the gym during the winter when it gets too cold and snows. Great workout 

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Great session today:

Deadlifts 

5 warm ups

365 lbs - 5x, 6x, 6x, 5x

430 lbs - 1x.

315 lbs - 12x 

Slick 2.5” crusher 

several warm ups

140 lbs - 3 singles each hand

130 lbs - 3 doubles each hand

120 lbs - 3 triples each hand 

120 lbs - 2 singles with 10 second holds each hand 

Lat pull downs with 2” grips 

160 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 8x

180 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

Close Grip Pulley Rows with 2” grip 

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x 

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

 

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Time to catch up in the log

Tuesday 12/15/20

Leg Extensions

2 warm ups

200 lbs - 10x

215 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

245 lbs (stack) - 10x

Lying Leg Curls

95 lbs - 10 x

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

Machine Rear Laterals

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

Leg Press Machine Calf Raises

1 warm up

300 lbs - 4 sets of 30x

Front Levers

fitness bar with 5 lbs on end and hand at start of knurling - 10x, 10x, 8x each hand

Rear Levers

fitness bar with 5 lbs on end and hand at start of knurling - 8x, 8x, 8x each hand

Pronation/Supination 

Fitness bar with 4 clips on one end - 3 sets of 8x each hand

Flask Wrist Curls

2.5 plate added to loading pin - 3 sets of 10x each hand

Reverse Barbell Wrist Curls

40 lb Barbell - 3 sets of 15x

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Great Chest Session Tonight:

Barbell Flat Bench Press

4 warm ups

260 lbs - 4 sets of 5x

305 lbs - easy single

225 lbs - 12x and a spotted 13th rep AMRAP

Close Grip Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused

245 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 2x

Incline Barbell Bench Press

225 lbs - 3x

250 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x. real happy with that

Machine Pec Deck Flys (Palms Down)

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 12x

One Arm Machine Bicep Curls

2 warm ups

170 lbs (stack) - 10x, 10x, 8x, 8x - strongest I have ever been on this machine

120 lbs - 20x each arm 

- measured my biceps for the first time in a long time Monday. I ordered one of those loop retractable measuring tapes. Previous biggest was 18.5" but I measured 19.25" cold so my arms are officially the biggest they ever have been. Really happy about that. I have been adding extra arm work and I want to hit 20" because it would be pretty cool to hit that.

Also measured my forearms. Measured 16" cold and 16.25" after the wrist work Tuesday. Again the biggest I have ever measured. Training is going great right now. Below is a bicep picture after the wrist work with a pump  

 

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Strong Incline after prior volume! How do you like the close grip floor press? 2 weeks ago I got pinned and had to play the air guitar -with pretty good amount of weight- to escape.

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21 minutes ago, Kluv#0 said:

Strong Incline after prior volume! How do you like the close grip floor press? 2 weeks ago I got pinned and had to play the air guitar -with pretty good amount of weight- to escape.

So far really liking it. I do it with my friend at his house so he can always spot me if I get pinned. We also set up an extra lower pin position that we can use if we cant lock the weight out to reach the higher pin position 

in a couple weeks I’m going to throw in some sling shot overload work after my normal bench press work. Really trying to strengthen my lock out 

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Work has been killing me but I have been training. Here is a very quick run down

saturday 
 

we started with sled work in the gym. 2 times down and back each of 4 ways for a total of 8 times down and back

Barbell standing overhead press

warm ups

190 lbs - 4 sets of 5x

225 lbs - insanely easy single. I was shocked how fast that moved. May be the easiest I have ever pressed 225

165 lbs - 15x. Real happy with that. I felt a couple in the tank also

one hand flask pinch- going up to singles with 81 lbs each hand. Just restarting the cycle 
 

JM Presses - 4 sets pyramiding you with a top set of 185 for 8x

One arm bicep curls - top set stacking the machine 

Monday 

squats 

warm ups 

290 lbs - 5x, 6x, 6x, 5x

350 lbs - crazy easy single. Legs are getting stronger 

245 lbs - 12x. Left a couple in the tank

Right Hand MMS grippers

up to super elite + cannon bumper one turn for singles 

tuesday

lats pulldowns, one hand machine rows. Machine rear laterals. Hamstring curls, calf raises, machine bicep curls 

and the log is current. In the middle of my chest workout right now 

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Awesome chest workout tonight. I’m in a great groove:

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups 

260 lbs - 5x, 6x, 6x, 5x

310 lbs - smooth single 

230 lbs - 13x AMRAP. Real happy with that. 

next week I will Start addIng overload work with mark bells Sling shot
 

Close Grip Barbell Floor Press - every rep paused

230 lbs - 3x

260 lbs - 2x

290 lbs - 2x

Barbell Incline Bench Press

230 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 2x

280 lbs - 2x. Felt great. Think I had another rep if I wanted but I’ll add more weight next week

Machine Pec Deck Flys

250 lbs (stack) - 4 sets of 12x

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