2018-10-19 training log

A good day.

Work up was to a top set of 190, where I got 4 reps – Rep PR. Then I went for a Joker set of a single at 200. Got that.

What was great about this to me is 2 weeks ago I did 190 for a Joker and it was a grinder, and then today I get it for 4. And 3 weeks ago I worked up to 200 on a very light work-up trying to conserve energy for that top set. But then here I’m putting all out and get 200 in a fatigued state. So that’s some nice progress.

Face pulls continue to be a little nicer for my elbow, and a nice change of pace. I also opted to try swapping out barbell rows for some medium-width neutral grip cable rows instead — and the neutral grip feels better on my elbow, and also felt a lot more in my lats! So I’ll probably stick with the cable rows for a bit.

All in all, a pretty good day.

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Press. 200×1 top set. Great session. . Bar x 10, 80×5, 100×5, 120×3, 150×5, 170×3, 190×4, 200×1, 135×10, 135×10, 135×8. . 1+ week. Superset face pulls during warmup. Medium width neutral grip cable rows during work sets. Finish with wide grip lat pulldowns, hex DB holds, 10 min stationary bike. . Too much fun. Rep PR with 190×4, then a Joker single of 200×1. Work up went well and it wasn’t too long ago 195 was my 1RM. I hit 200 3 weeks ago on a light work up, and 190 on a Joker 2 weeks ago was tough. So to hit 190 for 4 then 200 for 1 today in a fatigued state? Yeah, that’s progress. . Swapped neutral grip cable rows for BB rows; wanted to see if the grip change would be nicer on my elbow. So far so good. . . . #gym #press #militarypress #pr #ignitefitnez #liftlocal #wendler531 #531 #🤘 #itsgottabethehair

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This weekend I’ll determine exactly what I want to do going forward.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Joker Sets)

  • Press
    • bar x 10
    • 80 x 5
    • 100 x 5
    • 120 x 3
    • 150 x 5
    • 170 x 3
    • 190 x 4 (rep PR)
    • 200 x 1 (Joker)
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 8
  • Face Pulls (superset with press warm-up sets)
    • 80 x 15
    • 80 x 15
    • 80 x 15
    • 80 x 15
  • Medium-width neutral grip cable rows (superset with press work sets)
    • 135 x 10
    • 150 x 10
    • 165 x 10
    • 165 x 10
  • Wide-grip Pulldowns
    • 90 x 10
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 9
    • 145 x 8

2018-10-18 training log

Top set of 480×1 – PR. Decent day.

Everything felt heavy, but of course it should. Top work set of 450×5 was OK. I didn’t feel that great about it, and I should have been able to get a 6th rep, but wasn’t in me. I could have ground it out, but why?

But then hitting 480 for a single was cool. That’s a true personal best, and doing it in a fatigued state is even cooler. I’m pretty sure I have 500 in me.

RDLs continue to slay me. I dig finally finding a groove for them: heavier, sets of 8.

I opted to drop the reverse hypers. While I would LIKE to do them, the amount of posterior fatigue after the deadlifts and RDLs is real. I’m getting better in my sleep issues, but still tried and burning out from day job work. No point in continuing to dig myself deeper, especially if without them I’m still making progress everywhere.

That said, I am thinking about “what next”. I’m hitting decent rep PRs, so I see no reason to stop. Technically this is cycle 6 and I should do a deload next week. Debating if I should do that (7th week protocol style) or just kick into another cycle. Point is, I don’t expect I have many cycles left before I MUST reset. So, just keep milking it kinda free-form (vs. the strict 2-leader 1-anchor style approach). I’ll try to sort it out this weekend. Basically, milk the strength training as much as I can, and let’s see if I can hit a 300# bench and 500# deadlift (I’ve already done a 200# press; and squat – just try to keep getting better) before the end of the year.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Jokers)

  • Deadlift (superset with band pullaparts)
    • 190 x 5
    • 240 x 5
    • 285 x 3
    • 355 x 5
    • 405 x 3
    • 450 x 5 (rep PR)
    • 480 x 1 (lifetime PR)
  • RDLs
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 8
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-16 training log

Decent day. Set a personal best of 285×1 bench press.

The top set of 265×5 was OK – didn’t like how the bar moved. My shoulders and arms just felt off and unhappy; hard to see in the video, but it’s there. So I figured I could take the Joker @ 285 and that went ok. I had been thinking about attempting 300, if things felt good — and they didn’t feel good enough to bother. Soon tho… 

Things overall feel a little sluggish. Hard to tell if it’s me or just because it’s 6th cycle and weights are getting heavier and I’m getting more beat up. Been many weeks.

Everything else is what it is. Just assistance work.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+PR, Joker)

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 110 x 5
    • 140 x 5
    • 170 x 3
    • 210 x 5
    • 240 x 3
    • 265 x 5
    • 285 x 1 (Joker, PR)
    • 170 x 10
    • 170 x 10
    • 170 x 8
  • Face Pulls (superset with bench warm-up sets)
    • 70 x 15
    • 70 x 15
    • 70 x 15
    • 70 x 15
  • DB Rows (superset with bench work sets)
    • 100 x 10e
    • 100 x 10e
    • 100 x 10e
  • Narrow-Grip Pulldowns
    • 90 x 10
    • 125 x 12
    • 125 x 12
    • 125 x 8
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-15 training log

Not bad, not bad.

Worked up to a top set of 330×1. I’d say RPE… 8.5 or so. I reckon I could have either done another 1-2 reps, or a little more weight. But it’s up there.

Watching the video:

I saw a lean towards the right. It’s a long-standing thing due to compensating for my left knee issues. I struggle with it a bunch. Today, wasn’t on my mind — I was more thinking about being tight, especially in the upper body and torso (360º push into the belt); about (hip) DRIVING out of the hole; hitting depth; not rushing anything (take time to set up, unrack and take a moment to settle, step back and settle, just take your time – and strive to NOT lose tightness, tho since that will happen be sure to tighten back up after each phase), and just nailing the damn squat. I did alright.

Biggest thing is that I feel my confidence is returning. I opted to change my squat approach because I was having confidence issues, cutting depth, etc.. I’m not cutting depth; in fact, often going deeper. I think this is working out well for me because it’s not highly fatiguing (esp. to my knees), I get more warm-up/work-up, which translates into a little more opportunity to get technique dialed in before doing heavier sets, and then some heavier singles because that’s where I need the confidence return.

Yeah, things kinda messed with my head a bit because I’m hitting that tipping point, but nailing it well today was confirmation I need to just keep going. 🙂

Pause squats I think are a big help here: gotta be tight, gotta hit depth, gotta hold.

Leg presses I think are also helping since I’m taking a stance closer to my squat. Plus, I try to make every rep deeper than the prior one – get a stretch, going rather deep. I also think this is helping.

6th cycle, fixing my squat; modeled after Strong-15

  • Squat (superset with band pullaparts)
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 8
    • 175 x 5
    • 205 x 4
    • 240 x 3
    • 265 x 2
    • 315 x 1
    • 320 x 1
    • 330 x 1
  • Pause Squats
    • 265 x 3
  • Leg Press (feet high and wide)
    • 90 x 10
    • 270 x 15
    • 360 x 15
    • 450 x 8
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min.

Sunday Metal – Primal Fear

I admit to not being too familiar with Primal Fear, but a co-worker mentioned them to me and they’re pretty cool.

This is “The Ritual”

2018-10-12 training log

Today was fine for what it was to be.

Pressing went OK.

Accessory lifts need to change. I’m tired of the bent-over lat raises. Main reason? Since I had to cut back on what I did due to my elbow issues, I feel I need to change up exercises that get me more bang for my buck. It’s the reason compounds tend to be favored over isolation movements – isolation have their place, but all things considered right now? I think I’ll get more out of Face Pulls and generally serve the same purpose.

BB Rows too – they’re stressing my elbow a bit. Not in a bad way, just in a way that I don’t think is necessarily helping with healing. So, I’m thinking about changing to cable rows and playing around with different attachments to provide different grips (e.g. might use a neutral grip) and see how that affects things.

Anyways, stuff for later.

Right now, I just need to manage myself well so I can have a productive 1+ heavy week next week.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Joker Sets)

  • Press
    • bar x 10
    • 80 x 5
    • 100 x 5
    • 120 x 3
    • 130 x 5
    • 150 x 5
    • 170 x 5
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 6
  • Face Pulls (superset with press warm-up sets)
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
  • Barbell Rows (superset with press work sets)
    • 185 x 9
    • 185 x 9
    • 185 x 9
  • Wide-grip Pulldowns
    • 105 x 10
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 9
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-11 training log

Everything felt heavy, despite it being a light week.

Need more carbs, more sleep; especially since next week is the heavy 1+ week.

Deadlifting was OK tho. RDLs feel like a good choice – I finally feel like I’m getting something out of them.

Skipped reverse hypers because fatigue, not from the session, but overall. I’d rather try to continue to let this be a semi-recovery week heading into next week.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Jokers)

  • Deadlift (superset with band pullaparts)
    • 190 x 5
    • 240 x 5
    • 285 x 3
    • 315 x 5
    • 355 x 5
    • 405 x 5
  • RDLs
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 6
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-09 training log

Today was a -10% day.

Slept like shit. Very miserable. Everything felt heavy. Decided to make it a “jack shit” day. Just did my main lift and went home.

Yes, I’m trying to figure out my sleep problems. I know it’s mostly driven by the unrelenting project at the day job, of which there’s no end in sight. It’s not a bad project, it’s just unrelenting and seeps into everything.

But hey, it’s a light 5 week anyways, with no PRs or anything. So the off is fine.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+PR, Joker)

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 110 x 5
    • 140 x 5
    • 170 x 3
    • 180 x 5
    • 210 x 5
    • 240 x 5

2018-10-08 training log

Today was OK.

I’m exhausted. Day job project continues to wear me out. It’s having an effect. Weights felt heavy all day. I’m struggling to find a soluton to the problem… just when things are so unrelenting, it’s challenging.

Still, it was generally a good day. I continue to be happy about depth. So now it’s about keeping that upper back and torso tight. Was a little better today, but still much room to improve. Of course, focus on one thing often leads to forgetting other things – like breaking first at the hips, pushing back, then hip drive out of the hole. I did start to remember that on the pause squats tho… sigh.

Leg press. This is interesting because in the past leg press did something but not much for me. But now, feet higher and wider on the platform, higher reps (up to 15 per set), pyramid up in weight, and man… I am feeling it. I hope this will pay off.

Anyways, generally alright day. This week is mostly a 5’s light week for everything else, but as I’m doing squats along strong-15, I just kept that going and didn’t switch it up. Rest of the week I hope will be good for recovery.

6th cycle, fixing my squat; modeled after Strong-15

  • Squat (superset with band pullaparts)
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 8
    • 175 x 5
    • 205 x 4
    • 240 x 3
    • 265 x 2
    • 285 x 1
    • 315 x 1
    • 320 x 1
  • Pause Squats
    • 250 x 5
  • Leg Press (feet high and wide)
    • 90 x 10
    • 270 x 15
    • 360 x 15
    • 450 x 12
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

Sunday Metal – Power Trip

Power Trip – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”

Reminds me a bit of Nasty Savage. Hell of a groove.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOWf8uqGf8A]