Tired. Been trying to get to bed early so that I’m well rested for
training. Definitely getting more sleep the past few days but it never
seems to be enough. I guess the heavy stone took a bit out of me haha.
Hamstrings tight as are the hip flexors. Stretching out my hip flexors
on my rest days and adding massage with the car buffer to hamstrings and
calves. Right knee is feeling better but still aches are stuff. Stupid
deadlift miss still bugging me. Keeping the copper infused knee sleeve
on for training at the moment. Had to do a double take when I got to the
gym as they moved stuff, got new stuff and got rid of some old stuff. I
was initially pissed as they got rid of the old power rack that I can
overhead press in standing in needed. It is adjustable so it is fine for
now. The old cable towers are gone so no idea if it is the same
resistance on the new ones. There goes over a decade or PR tracking
there haha. Smith machine also gone. I used it mostly for stretching and
getting my deadlift suit on so not a terrible loss. AMT to warm-up. No
issues doing this on the legs. Heartrate got up to only 153bpm. Maybe it
is lower due to getting more sleep? Calf raise work after that. Good.
No issues here. Box touches with a wide stance after that. Hamstrings
were super tight but these felt good. Box squats felt ok. Legs felt
fine. Knees a little achy but they generally are more so during the week
with mid-week being the worst. Then regular stance box touches.
Hamstrings tight but not as much as the wide stance but more knee ache.
However it was less and less as the set went on. Band rows after that.
Good here. Push-ups were also good. No achy shoulder. Hip airplanes were
good and needed. Continuing to do a slow movement. Biceps stretching
followed that. Had to use a different setup as the Smith machine is
gone. Log again. A week break from the push presses and now back again.
20lbs jumps up to a top single. These sessions I’m always aiming for
more weight. This was one session where not being at my best was ok with
me. At least that’s what my body and mind were telling me. Right knee
was not cooperating early on. Slow on starting the lift off the rack and
no flexibility setting the log back down. I knew that had to be sorted
out or it would get dangerous as the weight moved up and up. Had to play
around with my stance a bit to find what didn’t make my knee act up on
me. Honestly, everything felt heavy. Getting the weight up to press felt
slow and I was surprised I even got 280lbs to go up. I figured after
that effort that 300lbs would be my limit. A little slow and I really
don’t know how I got 320lbs as I was going to give it a shot but wasn’t
expecting it to go. I mean I was focused and treating it a real attempt
but my default was feeling like maybe next time. Definitely went out a
bit on the drive but my lower body drive I was able to get my hips back
under the weight quick and power it up for a solid lockout. Everything
feeling heavy and 15lbs on to my best log push press. So happy with
that. On to the next thing. Pulldowns. Entirely new cable system so I
really have no idea how it compares to what I’ve been doing. I figured
I’d just do my usual and just take bigger jumps. Five sets of 6-8 reps
was the plan. This is the first time that I’ve felt absolutely nothing
in my right biceps on these despite increasing the weight a fair amount
from last time. This setup isn’t the best for me as the seat isn’t
adjustable but the leg pad is. Also putting on additional weight outside
of the set jumps is a little tricky (since they got rid of one of the
magnet weights). Felt good on these today despite the change. Last thing
for the session was bench press. I started lighter than I meant as I
had thought this was close grip style. I realized this as I setup on the
bench with 85lbs so I made the appropriate weight jumps after that.
Goal for the session being a decent triple. Right shoulder was a little
tight and achy with the wider grip but nothing major or debilitating.
295lbs felt ok besides the lockout on the last rep. Had me considering
the next jump being a bit much. But I got it with a little in the tank
so just right. Tying my best triple again but it was much easier this
time. Dropped off a bit of weight for a set of paused singles. Tough but
doable. Home to stretch (a lot) and then eat.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amateur strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Amateur World Championships in Columbus, OH on March 1-3, 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.