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Wednesday 13th August 2014

A little over 3 weeks to go, had a little time off recently due to illness but now all OK and starting to pyramid down training towards the meet.

Deadlift (max)

Deadlift 170kg x2 (2mins rest), 175kg x1, (2 mins), 180kg x2 (2 mins), 152.5kg x8

Lat Pulldowns (9) x15x15x15x11  (60s)

Shrugs 120kg x10x10x10 (60s)

DB Farmers Walk 40kg x35 secs x32 secs x 21 secs

Chins x12x9x7


Saturday 9th August 2014

Deadlift (Speed)

Deadlift 135kg x2x2x2x2x2x2 (30-60s rest)

Rack Pull 165kg x5x5 (30-60s)

2″ Defecit Deadlift 125kg x6x5 (60s)

Lat Pulldown 70kg x15x11, 60kg x11x10 (60s)

DB Shrugs 50kg x8x6x5 (60s)

DB Farmers Walk (34kg) x30s x30s x30s (60s)

Chins x8x6x5 (60s)

Week 6 – Current Weight 85kg


Friday 8th August 2014

Squat (Speed)

Squat 127.5kg x2x2x2x2x2x2 (60s rest)

Front Squat 97.5kg x5x5 (60s)

Pause Squat (belt) 117.5kg x8x8 (90s)

DB Farmers Walk 40kg x35s x35s x30s

Lying Leg Curl (4) x15x13 (3) x15 (superset with chins)

Chins x11x8x7 (superset with leg curls)


Wednesday 6th August 2014

Bench (Reps)

Competition Bench (Wide Grip) 115kg x6x5x4 (90s rest)

Close Grip Bench 105kg x3x3x3 (90s)

Pause Bench (1″ off chest) 107.5kg x6x4 (90s)

Pulldowns (9) x15x15x13x12 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 10kg x12x12x12 (superset with pulldowns)

Chin-ups x7x6x5 (60s)


Monday 4th August 2014

Deadlift (Max)

Deadlift 162.5kg x2x2x2 (2 mins rest)

Rack Pull (Beltless, from just below knee) 197.5kg x2x2 (2 mins rest)

2″ Defecit Deadlift 152.5kg x4x5 (2 mins)

Lat Pulldown (9) x15x15x12x11 (60s rest)

BB Shrug 100kg x10x10x10 (60s)

DB Farmers Walk 40kg x35secs x35s x30s (60s)

Chin-ups x12x8x7 (60s)

Week 5 – Current weight 85.3kg


Nailing The Overhead Press by Paul Carter

Christian-overhead-pressNailing the overhead press originally published on T-Nation by Paul Carter

Here’s what you need to know…

•  Using a thumbless grip on overhead pressing allows for a better path of the bar by bringing it in closer to the centerline of the body. It’s also easier on the shoulders and wrists.

•  Start with a shoulder-width grip. As a visual cue, rotate your hands back towards your delts. If your thumb grazes the outside of them, you’ve got it right.

•  Contract your glutes, abs, and quads when you press. The more tension you have throughout the body, the stronger you’ll be.

•  Activate the biceps on the eccentric portion of the press. When you lower the bar, think about doing a sort of hammer curl towards your face/ears.

•  Press with a purpose. That means press with violence and hate. Try to think about throwing it through the ceiling.

 

Lots of guys these days shit on any form of seated press, but I’m not sure why. The entire purpose of pressing overhead is simply to build bigger and stronger shoulders. Whether you’re seated or standing doesn’t really matter unless you’re a competitive strongman and … (read more here)


Thursday 31st July 2014

Squat (Max)

Squat 145kg x2x2x2 (belt)x2x2 (up to 2 mins rest)

Front Squat 110kg x3 (belt)x3 (up to 2 mins)

Pause Box Squat (belt) 135kg x4x4x4 (up to 2 mins)

Farmers Walk 40kg DB’s x35 secs x35 secs x30 secs (60s)

Lying Leg Curl (4) x15x11, (3) x13 (superset with chins)

Chins x11x8x6 (superset with leg curl)


Tuesday 29th July 2014

Took a week off for holiday, so repeated last session:

Bench (Speed)

Competition Bench (wide grip) 92.5kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 (60-90s rest)

Close Grip Bench 85kg x5x5 (60s)

Pause Bench (1″ off chest) 85kg x8x8x8 (60s)

Pulldowns (9) x15x14, (8) x10x9 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 12.5kg x10x10, 10kg x10 (superset with pulldowns)

Chin-ups x7x7x5 (60s)

Struggled a bit with assistance work but happy overall, weight still coming down slowly as planned and so far strength doesn’t seem to have taken a hit 😉

Week 4 – Current weight 85.8kg


Monday 21st July 2014

Bench (Speed)

Competition Bench (wide grip) 92.5kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 (60-90s rest)

Close Grip Bench 85kg x5x5 (60s)

Pause Bench (1″ off chest) 85kg x8x8x7 (60s)

Pulldowns (9) x15x15x14, (8) x12 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 12.5kg x10x10, 10kg x10 (superset with pulldowns)

Chin-ups x10x8x8 (60s)


Saturday 19th July 2014

Deadlift (Reps)

Deadlift 132.5kg x10 (no belt)x8 (belt) x7 (belt) (90 secs rest)

Rack Pull (Belt, from just below knee) 180kg x3x2 (90s rest)

2″ Defecit Deadlift 125kg x10x7x7 (90s)

Lat Pulldown 70kg x15x12 60kg x11, 50kg x12 (60s rest)

BB Shrug (straps) 130kg x10, 120kgx10x10 (60s)

DB Farmers Walk 34kg x30secs x30s x25s

Chin-ups x11x9x7 (60s)

Disappointed with todays session, bar felt really heavy and struggled with the Rack Pull – More sleep and more food needed!

Week 3 – Current weight 87.2kg


Wednesday 17th July 2014

Squat (Reps)

Squat (belt) 127.5kg x11x8x6 (90 secs rest)

Front Squat (belt) 97.5kg x5x5 (90s rest)

Pause Box Squat (belt) 117.5kg x8x5x6 (2 mins rest)

Farmers Walk 40kg DB’s x35 secs x35 secs x25 secs (60s rest)

Lying Leg Curl (4) x15x12, (3) x12 (60s)

Chins x13x10x8 (60s)

Bit tired from a poor nights sleep and squat was a bit sloppy so lower back took a beating – By the pause squats it was too much so eased off on reps on last two sets.


The Problem With ‘Exercise Science’

By Mark Rippetoe 

Exercise_Science

Here’s what you need to know…

•  Most university-level programs do not equip their graduates to function beyond the commercial gym pin-setter level.

•  Barbell training, the most basic and effective method for improving strength and conditioning, is either not taught in most programs or so poorly taught that it leaves students unable to get real results with their clients and athletes.

•  Many studies that make it into the hallowed “Literature” draw conclusions based on unrealistic, silly methodology and puny weights. It’s clear the “exercise scientists” conducting these studies do not use barbells beyond a novice level, if at all.

•  To get a real education, study a “hard” science, plan for much self-education, compete in your field of interest, and coach lots of other people… for years on end.

Read more here


Monday 14th July 2014

Bench (Max)

Competition Bench (wide grip) 115kg x2x2x2x2x5 (2 mins rest)

Close Grip Bench 105kg x5x6x6 (2 mins)

Pause Bench (1″ off chest) 107.5kg x5x4 (2 mins)

Pulldowns (9) x15x15x13, (8) x13 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 12kg x10, 10kg x10x10 (superset with pulldowns)

Chin-ups x11x7x6 (60s)


Saturday 12th July 2014

Deadlift (Speed)

Deadlift 125kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 (60-90s rest)

Rack Pull (Belt, from just below knee) 175kg x5x5 (2 mins rest)

2″ Defecit Deadlift 115kg x8x8x8 (90s)

Lat Pulldown 70kg x15, 60kg x15x14, 50kg x15 (60s rest)

DB Shrug (straps) 50kg x10x10x10 (60s)

DB Farmers Walk 42kg x20secs, 38kg x20s, 34kg x20s

Chin-ups x11x8x7 (60s)

Week 2 – Current weight 88.4kg


Wednesday 9th July 2014

Squat (Speed)

Squat (no belt) 117.5kg x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 (60-90 secs rest)

Front Squat (belt) 110kg x4, 100kg x5 (2 mins rest)

Pause Box Squat (belt) 107.5kg x8x8x8 (90 secs rest)

Farmers Walk 35kg DB’s x45 secs x30 secs x30 secs (60s rest)

Lying Leg Curl (4) x15x14, (3) x13 (60s)

Chins x12x9x7 (60s)


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Monday 7th July 2014

Bench (Reps)

Competition Bench (wide grip) 100kg x10x8x8 (90s rest)

Close Grip Bench 107.5kg x5x4x5 (90s)

Pause Bench (1″ off chest) 92.5kg x8x8x6 (2 mins)

Pulldowns (9) x15x15x12, (8) x11 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 10kg x10x10x10 (superset with pulldowns)

Chin-ups x10x8x7 (60s)


Friday 4th July 2014

Started a new wave of training to lead me up to the meet in September as advised by my coach – World Champion Paul Murphy – He has also advised I enter at 82.5kg instead of 90kg so going to have to drop a bit of weight! The program has hints of Westside training about it, with max, speed and reps days. It starts with Deadlift:

Deadlift (max)

Deadlift 160kg x2x2x2x2x5 (approx 2 mins rest)

Rack Pull (from knee) 187.5kg x3x3 (2 mins)

2″ Defecit Deadlift 127.5kg x6x6 (2 mins)

Lat Pulldown (10) x15, (9) x13, (8) x14x11 (60s rest)

BB Shrug 140kg x9, 130kg x10x10 (60s)

Chin-ups x10x9x8 (60s)

Bit of a change to what I’m used to! A lot more volume so found the assistance harder than usual but overall felt good! Bench next session 🙂

Week 1 – Current weight 90.4kg


Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Squat 130kg x5x5x5x5, 140kg x5

Good Mornings 50kg x10x10x8 (60s rest)

GHR (15kg on chest) x10x10x10x10 (superset with sit-ups)

Decline Sit-ups (15kg at arms length) x10x10x10x10 (superset with GHR)


Monday 30th June 2014

Press 70kg x5x5x5x5x7

Weighted Chins 24kg x5x5x5x5x6 (between press sets)

EZ Curls 30kg x10x10x10x10x10

Lat Raise 7.5kg x15x15x14 (superset with rear flyes)

Machine Rear Delt (5) x15x15x10+5 (superset with lat raise)


Sunday 29th June 2014

Deadlift Practice – Had a technique session with Paul today – Then did some bottom half deadlifts with a 3 second hold at knees – 100kg x5x5, 120kg x5x5, 140kg x5x5 followed by chin-ups and ab-sling knee raises for 4 sets


Friday 27th June 2014

V Pulldown (15) x9, (11) x12+4+4 RP (60 secs rest)

Shrugs (Explosive) 140kg x40 (In a rest pause style, no letting go of the bar), 105kg x35 (2 mins)

DB Shrugs (with 3s hold) 40kg x10x10 (60s rest)

Standing Calf Raise 130kg x12x9x7 (60s rest)

Leg Press Toe Press 240kg x12x10 (60s)

Seated Calf Raise 145kg x20, 167.5kg x10 (90s rest)


Wednesday 25th June 2014

Another training session with Paul Murphy, today was Pause Box Squats, Stiff-legged Good Mornings and Bench

Pause Box Squat onto 12″ box 120kg x3, 130kg x3x3x3x3, 135kg x3

Box Squats onto 12″ box 165kg x3 (knee wraps)

Stiff Legged Good Mornings (dead stop on pins at the bottom) 40kg x3, 60kg x3x3, 70kg x5

Bench 80kg x5, 100kg x5, 120kg x4x4, 100kg x5 – Shoulder tendonitis playing up today, starting the ‘Fix My Shoulder Pain by Rick Kaselj’ ASAP, only got 10 weeks till the meet :-/


Monday 23rd June 2014

Deadlift 127.5kg x5, 145kg x3, 162.5kg x8

Good Mornings 45kg x10x10x10x10 (60s rest)

Bent Over Row 75kg x10x10x8, 70kg x8 – Lower back shot from last 2 movements, may replace these with T-Bar or Cable Row next session.

Lying Leg Curl (5) x11, (4) x11, (3) x11x10 (Superset with Ab Wheel) – Machine needs oiling, although added resistance was a challenge!

Ab Wheel x12x12x10x9 (Superset with Leg Curls)