Friday, November 24, 2017

32 kg One Arm Swings 10x10/10, 295 Deadlift

This was harder than expected on one day early and yesterdays ruck. Started off with the texas power bar and it was way too much knurling. Wasn't setting  my grip enough and hips came up too fast
Switched to the  york bar and really set my grip and it was easy

135 x 3
225 x 2
225 x 1
275 x 1
295 x 1

32 kg One arm swings

16 kg x 5/5 x 2
20 kg x 5/5
24 kg x 5/5
32 kg x 10/10 x 10

BW 167.8
BF 11.0
W 57.6 !!

post thanksgiving too! Just ate one meal yesterday  true intermittent fast!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving day Ruck

It was a close call but I got it in
Nothing special but it was solid and strong, if not a bit too warm. What the hell is it doing at 78 degrees in Nov?

50 lbs ruck
6 laps
52 min
PRE 5.5

BW 168.6
BF 12.7
W 56.7

Swings and  pulls tomorrow , day early but all carbed up :)


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

24 kg speed swings 18 min, walking lunges, parallel pushups, side delts

Just a wee but fatigued today, as expected. Dialed it down accordingly. Did all my 18 min but didn't worry about maxing power output. It went well. No  muscle issues at all. wind was fine and groove was solid

Mentally strong as well, 18 min was NO problem that way

24 kg speed swings
8 rpa
18 min
288 reps
15,264 lbs
RPE 5.5

Walking lunges
4 laps of 40 ft

not hard but didn't push here either

parallel bar pushups
3 sets of 30

don't think I'm messing with bench press for a few months, at least not in the workout. perhaps at No Ex for play

side delts
3 sets of 12 with 15

good groove shoulders feel good

BW 169.4
BF 12.6
W 56.6

Pre workout
BW 168 ??

ok we'll see what happens tomorrow. perhaps a ruck perhaps not. Anniversary weekend so I'll swing and deadlift Friday AM


Monday, November 20, 2017

160 lb Military press 8 sets of 3 PR and Goal wt.,Barbell back squat! 135 x 5, cb arm cast, rear delts

Was really knackered today from all the work this weekend and was worried I would not make all eight sets. Nothing hurt at all but I just felt flat and tired. Not particularly strong at work
Plus I knew I was going to attempt barbell squats and that had me worried too. Had no real idea I could hold the bar on my back, with my shoulders so tight

It all worked out well in the end but it took forever ( all warmups + 4 work sets!!) to feel strong and into it!

that's crazy
Military press
stick x 5
45 x 5
65 x 5
85 x 3
105 x 3
120 x 2
140 x 1
150 x 1
160 x 3 x 8 sets!!! PR

once my left biceps tendon stopped talking to me it helped a lot :)
1) REALLY squeeze glutes on unracking/take off of bar. SO important. Bascially unrack the bar with the glutes
2) get the third step wide. this is crucial for fighting through the sticking point with balance
3) I HAVE TO LAYBACK THEN LAYBACK AGAIN AS I SHOVE! I can't forget this. If I just press from the initial position the bar goes up then forward. Once I layback I have to layback and drive at the same time, JUST like my bench press
4) flex the quads HARD right as I lay back. provides SO much more speed

Barbell Back squats ( first time since TKR with bar and first time since 2002 or so :)

Did some bar only warmups this AM at work and realized I could get the bar on my back, almost, but didn't know how it would feel with any weight. Actually it was not bad at all and I can tell this will really help my shoulder flexibility.

So ironic that this is exactly how I should have squatted when I competed. High bar  medium to narrow stance and with a weightlifters shoe. THIS is my position of leverage. I made the huge mistake, which I will never make again, of ignoring what my body and strength told me what was right, biomechanically , to try to use a technique not suited to my body at all.
Live and learn but this one had a very high price on my body

CB arm casts
25 lbs x 8/8 x 3

tired now. no crawls

Rear delts
3 x 10 with 20

strong but I'm done

BW 167.6
BF 13.0
W 56

ok needed day off tomorrow and much needed bodymaintenance!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

52 and 68 kg One Arm Swings, barbell deadlift ( 275#), Weighted pushups (78 #) side delts

So it looks like I will be going through the StrongFirst lifter course as a student, a new requirement for all the Master Instructors ( StrongFirst bodyweight will be after that) and although I can opt out of actually testing the lifts due to my competitive  and injury history I am interested to see exactly what I can do that doesn't hurt me.

I still plan on keeping this current training schedule going as is, just substituting some of the barbell lifts in. AND the 200 lbs Military press goal for March still takes precedence. The military press is one of the tested lifts

The heaviest requirement is a double bodyweight deadlift, which should be no more than 340 for me so I decided to DL today so see how things felt. Could not have gone better

But first ,the swings

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 5/5
40 kg x 5/5
44 kg x 5/5
48 kg x 5/5 ( weighed this and weighs out at 49.54 kg! 109 lbs)
52 kg x 5/5 x 5 ( weighs out at 54 kg! 119 lbs)
68 kg x 5/5 x 5 ( this weighed out perfectly)

this was HARD especially since it was a  crisp 40 deg in the gym!! so hard to get actually warmed up for these heavy weights but they were stronger than ever. Realized I REALLY have to set the grip DEEP in the hand especially for the left, really helps


started off easy
135 x 3
185 x 2
225 x 2
255 x 2
275 x 1
 strong and fast! double overgrip( hook) which is how I want to pull and no belt. I think it will be safer without a belt for my back. we will see. I have no doubt I can pull 315 right now as fast as the 275. Plan is to do just what I did today. work up to a semi heavy single and back off. Let the swings do the job. Next workout do 275 then 285.

Weighted Pushups
bw x 12
53 x 10
78 x 8 x 3 sets

no problem

side delts
3 sets of 12 with 15's

the interesting part of this will be getting UNDER a squat bar ( more than the squat itself) and if I can barbell bench with a thumbed grip ( thumbless is not allowed) but if not I will opt out of that lift

BW 168.6
BF 11.5 ( post bath)
W 57.1

time to ruck. was raining too hard on thursday


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

24 kg speed swings 16 min, walking lunges, arm casts, rear delts

This was a strong one. I can really settle into a rhythm now right away and the power stays high the whole time. Cardio is no issue at all and I can't remember when I had to double breath in a set

24 kg speed swings
15:15 8 RPA
16 min
256 reps
13,568 lbs

nice tonnage
RPE = 6

Walking lunges
 4 sets of 40 steps

easy here too not bad at all

25lb CB arm casts

3 sets of 8/8

just wanted to get the feel for monday with the 35

rear delts
3 sets of 12 with 20

this is the right weight, 15 is too ligh

BW 169
BF 11.7
W 57.1

ruck up tomorrow


Monday, November 13, 2017

160 lb Military press 5x3, 3x 2, 40 kg belt squats, floor pushups, crawls, side delts

This was a very nice surprise. Honestly I would have been happy with one or two sets of three. Five was spectacular and the extra three sets of two ( which I could have done one more) was perfect. I finally warmed up

I also realized on set four that my stance was too narrow and that widening my left foot and inch or so more made my base much more stable and my arch easier to maintain. Just another piece of the puzzle.

Again, it's maintaining tightness and strength in the support position that is the most challenging and that gives out first.

I was still pushing the bar a bit forwards occasionally even with the false grip; not enough arch.

Military press
stick x 5
bar x 4
65 x 3
85 x 3
105 x 2
120 x 2
135 x 2
150 x 1 ( hard!)
160 x 3 x 5 sets
       x 2 x 3 sets

not bad!!

40 kg Belt squats
12, 14, 16, 18 reps


Floor pushups
3 sets of 35

going to switch these to wednesday and add in two hand cb arm casts as an assistance for the arch in the press
twice a week pushups will be plenty. I'll alternate parallel and horiz weighted on Saturday

3 sets of 70 ft

side delts
3 sets of 15
strong again

BW 168.2
BF 12.2
W 56.8

I'll take it, now to keep it

Oh, some new and VERY cool VIKN chalk! love this