Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"...nothing works forever" Military press, back squats,floor pushups, rear delts



Felt really good today; rhomboid issue all cleared up, GREAT night's sleep and a solid mindset. Yet my press went nowhere.

Well, it did go somewhere; out in front. I used the same technique as late, high chest on the setup, step out, plant, layback and lockin then lay back again and press.
everything was out in front! 170 wasn't heavy at all but moved totally into the wrong groove!

Dropped back to 135 and just did a very basic setup with NO secondary layback and bar path was perfect!

I think my increased shoulder mobility and ROM now requires a different groove. This is so much more simple. We'll see when it gets heavier

Military press
stick x 5
bar x 5
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 3
120 x 2
135 x 1
150 x 1 ( better)
160 x miss ( way out in front )
170 x miss ( the same!)
135 x 5 x 5 pretty much all the same as  above video

If this holds it will greatly simplify my press. Time will tell

Back squat
bar x 5
95 x 5
115 x 5
135 x 5
145 x 5



that strange pop at the end was my tailbone moving :) freaked me out a bit but the aftermath was fine. If it had been a bad pop I'd probably be in the hospital now. Things have been out of balance a bit lately and I'm pretty sure it's the deadlift addition.
My body just doesn't like this movement. It never has. Squats feel great but there is some shifting, some asymmetrical something that happens even when I pull "symmetrically". I can't feel it happening but my hips and back just never like them
Same with pistols

Perhaps have really messed up hips and gait from 44 years of a weird knee affected things strangely,perhaps? :)

I will just plan on DLing a month out from the cert. Double bodyweight will be no problem with just a few actual dl form sessions. My swings will keep me strong enough for that. And won't mess with my back

No more pushing things I know I shouldn't do for anything or anyone
Barbell hack squats worked great for a long time. Proven to be trustworthy for this body . Even the double kb front squats were fine.

Floor pushups
35
30
25

felt ok but endurance was off a bit from lack of total volume the last two weeks. No problem, it'll be back soon

rear delts
3 sets of 15 with 15 lbs

these are crucial and I probably need to do more sets

BW 167.4
BF 13.4
W 55.9 !  weird

ruck up tomorrow

datsit
dfq

Monday, December 11, 2017

160 Military Press, then I go inside

I can't remember the last time I stopped in the middle of a workout. I'm not even sure if I ever have. Usually once I warm up I'm good to go, no matter how poorly I feel going in; but not today

Woke up last night at 1 am with some serious rhomboid pain, probably from working on my training partners mess up lat and shoulder with hands on techniques and a bo stick and I think I just really overworked my lat

got up in the middle of the night to try to roll it out but no joy

About 3 hours of total sleep and lots of pain.
It didn't lessen during the day

Then Glenn called in sick. And i'm supposed to take 190 today

But, rule number one is " don't be greedy" so I accepted it all and told myself I would start and if it didn't go well I would walk

It didn't so I did.

Just NO energy. I didn't want to lift I wanted to nap.

And the shitty thing was is that my groove felt great. I thought perhaps the press motion would help reverse the rolling tightness and it seemed to. But I didn't have any more fuel to spare without adrenaline and there was no way I was going there


Military press
stick x 5
45 x 5
65 x 3
85 x3
105 x 1
120 x 1
135 x 1 ( not that easy but good groove)
150 x 1 pretty solid but bar speed slow
160 x 1 pretty stinking hard.

Done.
Pec minor is very tight as is teres. Haven't felt, or moved like this in 4+ years, prior to my TKR and it brought me back there way quick

A place I do not want to be. Nothing is worth that

But I feel better now, some alleve a nap, food and some lacrosse ball work see how I feel on wednesday whether I press  again or speed swing

BW 168.6
BF 12.7
W 56.7

day off tomorrow!

datsit
dfq ( but sometimes you have to just go home til tomrrow)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Getting back Ruck

 Not a bad one, despite still having pant fit problems. Plus new boots. Legs felt strong, and I could feel my back ( not spine) from yesterday's 315 deadlift but it was a strong steady ruck til the last 3 laps when I got tired.. And the gear started to bug
Boots are great fit but definitely need some break in time, for the right toe box.
Cold and crisp though and that always makes things easier

48 lb Ruck ( misload)
12 laps
11 iso squats
1:50 min ( pretty fast after all)
RPE 6.5


BW 168
BF 11.8
W 57

ok tomorrow I put 190 on the bar and give it a push! Rest up and focus

datsit
DFQ

Saturday, December 09, 2017

44 kg One arm swings 10 x8/8, Deadlift 315 x 1, wt pushups,side delts



This was a cold one,a balmy 36 degrees when we started. Felt good, took a great hot bath and stretched out well before. No real aches or pains when we got going. The bath is magic warmup medicine. I literally couldn't do it without it.
Well I could but it would be nowhere near as strong.

One arm Swings
16 kg x 5/5 x 2
20 kg x 5/5
24 kg x 5/5
28 kg x 5/5
32 kg x 5/5
36 kg x 4/4
40 kg x 3/3
44 kg x 8/8 x 10 sets
160 reps
15, 520 lbs
RPE 6

Felt like I had good position, power output, balance and acceleration. To be honest, looking at the video I thought the bell height would be better but it's fine

Deadlift


135 x 3
225 x 2
275 x 1
300 x 1
315 x 1!!

Did the first three sets in my Oly shoes, then took them off and went barefoot and it was much better. About the same off the floor but an easier lockout
Key things:
1) crush the hell out of the bar
2) REALLY lock the lats in tighter than I think I need to DON'T RUSH)
3) pull the bar back and in first, don't try to start with the legs/hips

I think I really need to alternated coan barbell rows every other week with deads. I think they will be key

Wt Pushups
bw  x 10
53 x 10 x 3

switched to the thumbless grip here to emulate the press. No issues and VERY strong here Slow and controlled reps

Side delts
3 sets of 15 with 15 lbs
easy and strict

BW 168.2
BF 11.1 ( post bath)
W 57.8

lets see how the feet and the boots hold up for tomorrows ruck

datsit
DFQ


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tanicus Ruck



New boots came in last night and they fit like a glove right out of the box. Perfect day to take them out for a test ride, just an hour ruck.
Pretty much as perfect a fit I could ask for but they are still new boots and need some time and heat to mold to my foot.
Today''s hour was good but not perfect. they are a little stiff, and the toe box is part of this. But no hot spots and no ankle creep. Just have to make sure I get the laces right and the lace system is very easy and fast on both tightening and the release
And damn it's a good looking boot.


47 lb ruck
6 laps
57 min ( a bit slow, lets were heavy a bit but energy was good. A bit hard to turn the legs over fast but had the energy to do it
1 iso squat ( to stretch out tight legs ,lol )

BW 169.2
BF 12.7

ok much needed rest day

datsit
dfq

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

24 kg speed swings 14 min, walking lunges, floor pushups , side delts



Very solid workout. Nice now that 14 min seems like the easy day it's supposed to be. Cold now all the time in Stones gym but I warm up fast with this session. BUT it is the first speed swing workout I've left my shirt on for for the whole time since last winter, lol

24 kg speed swings
15:15
8 RPA
14 min
224 reps
11,872 lb

PRE 6
 good power throughout

walking lunges
4 laps unbroken, really working on going slower and working the stretch on each rep

Floor pushups
40
40
35

Interesting to do these on this new day. Not sure it's any easy than warming up with presses

side delts
3 sets of 15 with 15 lb

slow and strict

BW 169
BF 12.2
W ?

168 before workout

Hope new boots arrive before ruck tomorrow :)

Monday, December 04, 2017

170 lb Military Press 5 x 2 PR



Another weight/volume goal done!! I almost can't believe it; 10 reps with just over bodyweight!  This has just been an incredible ride so happy.

I also realized that in order to keep the bar from going forward mid way I have to LEAN BACK AND THEN PUSH,  Not lean back and push simultaneously. that worked well for the bench as I could just keep pressing in a straight line. If I do this here it ends up forward. I have to lean back and then shove the bar up. And, if I'm doing reps, I have to stay back on the descent.

Then my biceps tendon is fine and the load is distributed. Next week we go for 190

150 x 1
160 x 1
170 x 1
180 x 1
190 x 1

Military press
stick x 5
bar x 5
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 2
120 x 2
135 x 2
150 x 1
160 x 1
170 x 2 x 5 sets!

Back squats


Can't set  up too wide, really just two steps. everytime I take three it's too wide

this was 155


really perfect bar path though. straight up and down every rep

Arm Casts
25 lbs x 8/8
           x 9/9
           x 10/10
locked the knees this time and simulated back arch in press. perfect, glutes tight too.

crawls
3 laps of 60 ft
easiest in awhile

rear delts
3 sets of 12 with 20

need this for shoulder balance that's for sure

4 am
BW 169
BF 12.3
W 56.7

pre workout post bath 1 pm

BW 168.2
BF 10.9
W 57.8

SO freakin' pumped!!

datsit
dfq

Hard and slow ruck

This was a beat down. Legs felt heavy from the first steps and even though I took it very slow it was a grinder. Nothing felt right. New pants dragged on my knees, boots didn't feel right, everything was off. then it got worse.
Right glute and hammy ended up doing too much work ( probably from the deadlifts - dominant side overworking) and I could tell things weren't right.
Just cruised it in and did my bodywork

Woke up tight but ok today ( monday) LOTS of stretching and rolling and I was feeling decent by press time

BW 167.6 !
BF 12.3
W 56.7

datsit
dfq ( and get new pants)