Paused Front Squats (2 second pauses)
Circuits (no rest between exercises)
Shrugs/T-Bar Prison Rows/Neutral Grip Pull-ups/Ab Wheel/Glute Ham Raises
34 Minutes of Stretching
Unseasonably warm for this time of year both yesterday and today. Upper
back pretty sore from the weird upper back stuff I did. Weighed in
light at 274lbs. Didn’t need to even wear my warm-ups to get ready for
the day. Started off with the usual front squats with pauses. Felt light
on my clavicle but it definitely felt substantial in my legs and core.
First set was very good and almost easy. Each set got tougher and I was
definitely out of breath by the end. Deadlift was next. Work up to a big
single and then speed sets. I knew the top weight goal for the day was
too much for double overhand. I had planned on doing these last few
weeks with straps anyways. My form changes with straps so even though I
didn’t need them, I used them for the lighter pulls to get ready. 315lbs
went up much the same as it did two weeks ago so I thought that was a
good sign. Strapped in sets felt slower than I would have liked.
Definitely slower than I would have liked. Last one felt pretty darn
heavy. Now, I know I got more in me so it definitely wasn’t a max
effort. It is still the most weight I’ve pulled in training this year
and after reviewing my older videos from the past three cycles, it
wasn’t that bad. Straps off for speed work. Weight increased but reps
and sets decreased. Felt heavy, not much to say there. But again, this
was more than the top set weight at the start of this cycle. Then on to
the circuit work as per the norm at this point. Everything was increased
in weight besides ab wheel. Shrugs had the biggest jump in weight.
Definitely at the point where these are getting tough. Not sure if it
just the bar rolling in my hands or if the weight has gotten heavy haha.
Much like last time, rows felt heavy the first set. Got better each set
though. Good power on the pull-ups. Was definitely having to push
myself by the last set. Ab wheel was easy stuff. Catching my breath
really. First rep of ghrs was a wake-up call. Pretty big jump in weight
really. These were tough even with the low reps. Was breathing pretty
hard after each go through of the circuits. Stretched and called it a
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.