Dead Floor Presses
I felt ok before the workout today but as soon as I left work my back
got all tense. Not sure what that was about. Didn’t seem to be an issue
while I was at the gym though. Warm up on the AMT. Felt good and easy.
Heart rate at 155bpm. Calf work after that. The dual leg style is pretty
easy compared to the one leg style. My “strong leg” seems to be having a
harder time with these compared to the “weak leg”. Box touches with
wide stance after that. Little achy but felt alright. A new exercise
after that was hip airplanes. Pretty much attempting to work the hip
mobility to see if perhaps something is still not firing correctly. Not
satisfied with how I am being the new normal. I watched several videos
to try and get the form down. Balance is tough on the lower legs
(especially the “weak side”) so these were done with me holding the
power rack for support. Will just have to see how these go. Regular box
touches and then more hip airplanes after that. Then on to the weights.
Viper pressing again on the agenda. Same warm-up with the dumbbells.
Attempted to adjust the form from last time to be less of a hip hinge
and more like how the actual lift with the log is. No spine jolt on
these like last time haha. I had to slow things down a little on the set
with 30lbs as there was just the one not in use and I had to put
magnets on a 25lbs one to have a set to use. The first set with the log
wasn’t the best. It was light but the drive form the hips was getting me
off balance on the first two reps. I got it corrected by the last rep
though. Then on to the working sets. Increased the weight with the aim
for five singles done EMOM style. Aim for smooth reps, no excessive
force. Definitely not as easy as last time but the weight had been
increased. Since there were no issues, the next thing was to go for two
heavier singles. The first one, I felt like I had the log too far away
in the lap. Looked fast on video though. Don’t want the log to get out
in front of me as that wouldn’t be good for the back. The next one, I
made sure it was close but I think I hesitated on the hip drive so it
was a bit slower of a lift. Still somewhat comfortable a lift.
Technically the most I’ve done on this variation of log lift but this is
also only the fourth time I’ve done it and the previous two sessions
from years ago I was doing it wrong. From there, on to chest supported
rows. Same as last time I went heavy; light warm-up and then five sets
of five up to a smooth set of five. Aim being 10lbs more than last time.
First work set told me that I would crush it as long as I kept my form
tight. As I went up in weight, I made sure I was bracing the midsection.
I was feeling a little ache from the two heavier viper presses. Feel
good for more on these rows. Dead floor presses to finish off the
session. Five sets of three with weights based off of percentages of the
1rm from last cycle. The way it worked out was going for the 3rm from
last cycle as well. All the sets were pretty easy. No psyche up needed. I
was briefly entertaining not using wrist wraps for the last set to make
it more challenging but I figured I’d use them and just crush the
weight. I feel like I could have made that a set of five or six if
needed. Home to stretch and eat.
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.