Chest Supported Rows (1 second holds)
Circus Dumbbell Clean and Presses
Plate Loaded Dumbbell with Fat Gripz Extreme
(3 stage 2 second pauses)
150x1 L PR+10lbs
150x1 R PR+10lbs
160x8 L (under a minute) PR+2 reps
160x8 R (5 under a minute, 5+[1/1/1])
Still got cold and/or allergy stuff going on. I was fully expecting my
upper back to be all tight and seize up like two weeks ago but nothing
so that is good. Getting used to it as I thought I would. Biceps and
lats tight from Saturday training. Got some bruising on the lower abs
from keg carry. More so on the right side. Guess I still favor that
side. Right side of lower back felt tender (not pain, muscle soreness).
Warmed up as per usual on the AMT. Heart rate got to 156bpm. Easy calf
work and then into box touches and band rows with biceps stretch again.
Shoulders felt good with the stretch. Hip airplanes went alright but I
did lose my balance on a rep or two so kept at it to get good reps.
Incline bench to start off the lifting. As it has been the past few
sessions, working up to a top set and then doing down sets. This time,
the goal being doubles. I took bigger jumps and I wasn’t sure if I
should go for 285lbs or 295lbs. I overestimated my abilities and went
for 295lbs. I got the reps but they weren’t of the quality I was aiming
for this time. Butt came up on the first rep and was really up for the
second rep (couldn’t fail now, in too deep haha). Second set with the
reduced weight was better. No issues on that. I went up more than
suggested with the pause benches as it was easier to just drop things
down to two plates a side. Pretty good, just slowed down on the last rep
to lockout. Chest supported rows with static holds after that. Back was
better this time around and I had to make up for it so I went with the
weight I was supposed to do last time. Got easier as I did the reps. Not
sure why it is with all the holds. You’d think it would get tougher.
Circus dumbbell after that. This exercise is a time vampire haha. Same
as last time working up in singles with the push press pause and hold
method until I got to the working weight to use my competition style.
Goal being to do AMAP in 60 seconds with my stronger side with a set
percent of my 1rm (so far) and then match it with the lagging side with
no time limit. Got up more weight on the paused push press version for a
20lbs increase since I started on both sides. I feel good for more. I
feel these have really helped me. Then came the competition style set.
Burping uncontrollably from being nervous. I was worried that I’d have
issues with breathing due to the cold/allergies. Surprised myself by
doing better this time. Pacing was better and I had no missed reps.
10lbs and an extra rep. Got six reps in 30 seconds and then paced the
other two over remaining time. So very pleased with that. Not so easy on
the lagging side. I had no time limit but it was tough. I got five and
missed a sixth within 60 seconds. Took about two more minutes to get
those remaining two. I notice how much more I have to grip with that
side to control compared to my stronger side. Thumb gets hit hard. I had
two misses to go with the eight reps. Right biceps was definitely tight
and feeling the strain on that set. Just tried to get my breath and
composure and get feeling into my hand as quickly as I could to continue
the effort. That was exhausting haha. Another late night and home to
eat recovery burritos, stretch and sleep.
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.