Straight Arm Pulldowns
35 Minutes of Stretching
Yet another session with the log. Increased the weight about but
decreased the reps. Added another warm-up to get adjusted for the
working sets and that one felt unreasonably heavy. Cleans felt good but
the press from the shoulders is something else. If the weight feels
heavy, I really just want to get it off my chest immediately and
generally the first rep feels like that. I get better leg drive if I let
it settle a bit. With the new “pop clean” I’ve been using, if I go
right from there into the press, it becomes more of a strict/push press.
Got to determine the trade-off as I know this won’t be optimal for
heavier weights and it will use more upper body and less lower body. For
the first set, I did that style and let the weight settle more on the
following sets. I wasn’t sure if the speed was noticeable. It appears
that the speed is actually better if I let the weight settle to allow
for more lower body drive by about one second over two reps. The best
rep was the first rep of the third set. I let the log go too far away
from me on the dip of the second rep for that set so there was
hesitation before I went for the lower body drive. At the pace I’m
lifting, six reps appears to be what I could hit in a minute. I still
got plenty of time to adjust before contest. Benching after that.
Shoulders and triceps were feeling it from the log work. Sore but not
out of it. Warming up felt fine though. One the working weight sets, the
first rep felt off on every set and the issue wasn’t present on the
subsequent reps. A big enough increase in weight that I wanted a spotter
for anything above single to be on the safe side. On the last set, I
setup to far down on the bench so that when I was fatigued, I started to
ram the bar into the rack pins on the last two reps. Not that it really
effected the number of reps, just the difficulty haha. I hit about what
I expected from the past weeks’ example. Standing tates followed next.
Increased the reps. Not as easy as two weeks ago but not as hard as
three weeks ago. Fatigue built from set to set but not crazy madness
style like it does on occasion with these higher reps. Sloppy straight
arm pulldowns finished up the day. Better than the last time but still
hard as balls. Only had to stop once on the last set to get all the
reps. Good deal of stretching to finish the day and I got home before it
was night this time haha.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amature strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Beast of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on April 28, 2018. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.