Not sure what exercise did it on Wednesday but my glutes were sore.
Really not sure if it was the zerchers or the one legs. Not much changed
with this workout for the heavy stuff. The push press singles continue.
Short rests and more weight. Rest was increased by a tiny bit. Hardly
notice it with the short rests as it is haha. J-hooks still missing so I
did what I could to secure the rack pins so that I could unrack the
weight with vigor. I took some micro weight magnets and attached them to
the back of the rack to keep the pins in better. Not sure if it really
worked but it certainly gave me some peace of mind. Everything felt spot
on for these and almost crushing it right out of the gate. I think the
only time I had an issue was one time I got the bar too close to my
throat and I hesitated briefly as I wasn’t expecting it and the other
was when I got a close grip somehow. No issues with my elbows or wrists.
Incline work followed that up with more weight. I was actually kind of
worried with how these would go as the working weight was just one rep
under my best with a normal grip. Incline has also been temperamental in
the past when I got up in weight. I’ve gotten loads better but it was
still a concern. Especially when I seemed to sandbag the intensity until
the max rep set. No wrist issues this time but it was tough sets. My
quads got very sore after the first work set. Got one more rep than I
was expecting on the rep set so that was good. A new super set was next;
it combined an old exercise with a new exercise. ATWs I haven’t done
since my first training cycle and it had been for a lot more reps.
Wasn’t sure how my shoulders would feel after these haha. The second
part was rear delts. It was supposed to be a rear delt pec dec machine
but I don’t have access to one. I had to make do with what was there and
it ended up being a machine. Certainly hits the rear delts but the
motion isn’t fluid and it is restricted in the ROM. ATWs didn’t feel bad
and the first go through was good. Fatigue built up pretty fast during
the subsequent sets and I ended up having to rest pause the last two
sets on the rear delts. I couldn’t lift my arms above my head after I
was done. I was supposed to do four sets but copied it to my log wrong.
Straight arm pulldowns after that. I was ready for tough stuff here and
surprised myself with how easy the first set went (I had to check the
weights to make sure haha). However, fatigue made each set and rep
tougher and tougher and I had to rest pause the last set. Finally, it
was triceps. Volume cut way down and using cables and ropes to be
gentler on the elbows. Despite that, my arms were pretty cooked and it
was really a struggle to lockout these reps. I wasn’t prepared for that
haha. Stretched a good bit and went home for pot roast.
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.