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Archive for February, 2013

Thursday 28th February 2013

Press 57.5kg x5, 65kg x3, 72.5kg x8+0+1 RP – Gone back to standing press to keep the progress going.

Deadlift 170kg x3 – Still not happy with technique when watching it back, going to keep plugging away at it!

Speed Deadlift 140kg x3x3x3x3x3x3

3 Circuits of Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 100kg, Bent Over Row 80kg, Reverse Grip Pulldown (10) and Good Mornings 50kg – 8 reps of each with 90 seconds/60secs/30secs (less each round) rest between exercises and 2 minutes rest after each circuit.

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The Burpee Challenge – Johnny Pain’s Villain Challenge #1

As I’ve referred to this a couple of times and will be bringing it back into my training again, I thought it would be useful to have the man himself describe it:

Extract below from Johnny’s blog

Villain Challenge #1

We will be issuing a series of “Villain Challenges” these are intended to promote specific physical adaptations and create a well balanced, capable, villainous athlete. The challenges will all be simple in design, and will be trainable for anyone without special equipment. There is literally no excuse for a person who is not injured or disabled to not take on these challenges.

Challenge #1 is an old Greyskull standard, and here it is.

100 Burpees in 5 minutes.

We all know the burpee. It is a terrible calisthenic movement that elicits a very shitty systemic feeling when performed quickly and for high reps. Accomplishing 100 of these nasty SOB’s in 5 minutes means holding a 1 Burpee every 3 second pace or better for 5 minutes.

An overweight and or out of shape individual could begin by doing 3 or 4 sets of 5, with the goal being to accomplish the sets in less than 15 seconds per. Once they can do that, they would add a few reps, trying for sets of 7 or 10. Each time the time goals are made across the board, they would add repetitions per set.

A more in shape individual might begin with sets of 20 to be done in 1 minute, or even (as I would advise) sprint sets of 10 to be accomplished in 30 seconds or less.

The simple goal formula is: #of Burpees x 3= Target in seconds

The idea here is consistency, working towards a goal over time. This is something that can be trained daily, as in 7 days per week. How much do you honestly think your strength training will be affected by 3 sets of 10 burpees? I would have you do this after your weight training on training days, and on all of the other days in between with the understanding that missing a day here or there certainly isn’t the end of the world. After all it is what we do most of the time that matters, not what we do some of the time.

Ask yourself, what do you think the cumulative effect of the work necessary day in, day out, to knock this goal off of the list will be on your cardiovascular health/fitness/conditioning? What about your body composition? Do you think that your body will look exactly the same as it does now once you can accomplish this goal, assuming you are a ways off? I often tell beginner trainees desiring more upper body development that when they can bench press 100 pounds more than they can currently they will look like a guy who benches 100 pounds more than they do currently. The same goes here. Consistent effort towards the goal over time is hands down the most important variable in training as well as in many other aspects of life.

This challenge is an example of the villain mentality as it applies to training. Eat lots of good food, lift heavy weights, chin, dip, condition with calisthenics and other methods, and you will in time take on the appearance of a guy or gal who consistently does all of the above mentioned things. You do not have to be fat and sloppy to be strong. To quote my friend Anthony Roberts, we are about building “a nation of linebackers”.

So here’s the first challenge, 100 Burpees, five minutes. Get hot on it. Post your progress in the logs, ask questions if needed. Once you have it down, video it and submit it. Those completing the challenge will receive a reward as well as the intrinsic reward of knowing that you accomplished something that few will do.

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The Man JP


Monday 25th February 2013

Bench 95kg x5, 107.5kg x3, 120kg x7+1+1 RP Went for 8, but couldn’t quite lock it out 😦 followed up with 10kg DB Flyes x25

Face Pulls (9) x20x18 (between bench sets)

Machine Preacher Curls 17.5kg x10x8+3+3 RP

Weighted Dips 33kg x12+4+1 RP

Squat 127.5kg x5, 145kg x3, 162.5kg x5 – Just didn’t feel right today, racked it after 5 but I think I could have got another 2 or 3 on a good day – ah well! Still happy with getting 5 at that weight 🙂

 


Think You Have To Gain Mass Before You Can Add Lean Muscle? Think Again!

Click HERE to read a great nutrition article on EliteFTS by a good friend of mine Pete, my go-to-guy when it comes to anything to do with nutrition. Also click here if you missed his earlier article The Whole Foods Diet.

Pete Stables is a REPS accredited strength and conditioning coach from the United Kingdom, specializing in constructing nutrition plans for clients who want to lose weight, gain muscle, or excel in any given sport. For consultation inquiries, contact Pete at www.maximumuscle.com


Thursday 21st February 2013

Really cold at the gym today, struggled to warm-up (the bars were freezing!) and I think my Press really suffered for it. Either that or just a bad session 😦

Seated Press 53.5kg x3, 61kg x3, 68.5kg x7+1+1 RP followed with 7.5kg DB lat raises x16

Deadlift 160kg x3 (was supposed to be 2, but first rep didn’t feel right so did another on the end instead)

Speed Deadlift 130kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 (60s rest)

3 Circuits of Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 75kg, Bent Over Row 75kg, Reverse Grip Pulldown (10) and Good Mornings 50kg – 8 reps of each with 30-60 seconds between exercises and 30-60s rest after each circuit.


How To Press

  • Grip the bar so that your forearms are perpendicular to the ground and your wrists are straight (bar is in heel of hand, directly over forearm bones) not bent back. For most that will be just at the edge of the knurling. 

 Press - width

  • Take a deep breath, flex the chest and lats hard to create a shelf for your upper arms to rest on. Try to avoid the common ‘rack’ position (think Olympic lift, where the bar touches chest/collarbone and bar rests on shoulders) as this will cause you to lose tightness at the bottom of each rep.

                          Straight Wrists                                         Bent Wrists or ‘Rack’ Position

Press bent wrist

Press grip straight 

  • Drive the bar quickly overhead to lockout, bringing your head and chest through at the top of the movement (so bar is directly overhead), this reduces the stress on the anterior deltoid (front shoulder) and lumbar spine (lower back). You can then exhale before starting the next rep.

                        Bad Overhead Position                                           Good Overhead Position

 Press - bad overhead  Press - good overhead

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rep 2 begins at the top position, inhale and control the bar down to the start position to ‘bounce’ off the lat shelf and back to the top before you breathe out again to start next rep.
  • Keep your legs straight throughout with anywhere from deadlift to squat stance, squeeze glutes and abs hard throughout the lift.

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Finally got down The Shack for a good Bench/Squat session 🙂

Bench 87.5kg x3, 100kg x3, 112.5kg x10+2+1 RP followed by 10kg DB Flyes x20

Face pulls (9) x18x16  (between bench sets)

Machine Preacher Curls 15kg x15 x10+4+3 RP

Weighted Dips 33kg x10x6+2+1 RP

Squat 120kg x3, 137.5kg x3, 153.5kg x10

 


Monday 18th February 2013

Busy again! Another squeezed in session after work – Focused on back to stick with my current plan:

Cable Row 60kg x10x10x10x10 (60s rest between sets)

‘V’ Grip Pulldown 75kg x10x10, 70kg x9x7 (60s rest)

DB Pullover 42kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)

Rack Pull (smith) 150kg x7

Shrugs 100kg x8x7x7 (60s rest)

Alt. Single Arm Cable Curls 10kg x12x12 (60s)

DB Preacher 12kg x15x9 (no rest, just as long as it took each side)


Saturday 16th February 2013

Not going to get to The Shack till monday, so did a ‘commercial’ session at work during lunch ..

Decline 34kg DB Bench x12x10x8x6 (60s rest), followed up with 8kg DB Flyes x15x15 (60s)

Single Arm 42kg DB Row x12x10x8x6 (60s)

DB Pullover 34kg x12x12, followed up with straight arm pulldown 20kg x20

Leg Press 200kg x20

Seated Leg Curl 30kg x25x25x25


Thursday 14th February 2013

Seated Press 50kg x5, 57.5kg x5, 65kg x9+2+1 RP then 5kg DB Lateral Raises x20

The rest of the session was Deadlift & Back focus derived from Ed Coan’s programming. I’ll be doing this every other session for the next 7 weeks with the aim to hit 200kg at the end of the cycle. The alternate session will remain pretty much as it was previously.

Deadlift 150kg x2

Speed Deadlift 120kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 – 90s rest between sets

Circuit of Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 70kg, Bent Over Row 70kg, Reverse Grip Pulldown (10) and Good Mornings 50kg – 8 reps of each with 30 seconds between exercises and 2 mins rest after each circuit.