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Friday 20th June 2014

Press 57.5kg x5, 65kg x3, 72.5kg x7 then a drop set of 55kg x7 (60s rest)

DB Press 20kg x10x10x9x8x7

EZ Curls 30kg x10x10x10x10x8 (30s rest)

Machine Rear Delt (6) x10x10x10x10 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 7.5kg x10x10x10x10 (superset with rear delt) – 60s rest, stopwatch started at end of rear delt reps, but lat raise then performed so approx 30s between supersets


Wednesday 18th June 2014

Squat 120kg x5, 137.5kg x3, 152.5kg x8 – Happy with that 7.5kg increase from last week with same reps 🙂

45 Degree Leg Press 260kg x10x10x10x13 (60s rest)

Weighted GHR 10kg on chest x10x10x10x10x10 (30s rest)

Captains Chair Knee Raise (5kg plate between knees) x10x10x10x10x10 (30s)


Monday 16th June 2014

Bench 95kg x5, 107.5kg x3, 120kg x9 then a drop set of 90kg x8 (60s rest)

DB Bench 30kg x10x10x9x9x9 (60s rest)

Deadlift 120kg x3, 135kg x3, 155kg x9

Lever Row 75kg x12x12x12x12x11 (60s)

Pushdowns (5) x100 (70+30)

Face Pulls (5) x100 (60+20+20)


Friday 13th June 2014

Press 55kg x3, 62.5kg x3, 67.5kg x9 then drop set of 55kg x8 (60s rest)

DB Press 22.5kg x10x9, 20kg x10, 17.5kg x9x9 (60s)

EZ Curls 30kg x10x10x10 (60s)

DB Rear Raise 12.5kg x10x10x9 (superset with lat raise)

DB Lat Raise 10kg x10, 7.5kg x10x9 (superset with rear raise then 60s rest)


Wednesday 11th June 2014

Squat 115kg x3, 130kg x3, 145kg x8

45 Degree Leg Press 250kg x10x10x10x12

Glute/Ham Raise x10x10x10x10x10 (30s rest)

Captains Chair Knee Raise x10x10x10x10x10 (30s)


Monday 9th June 2014

13 Weeks out from meet – I’ll be using Wendlers 531 for powerlifting template. Following the Off-Season for mass template until 8 weeks out, then 8 weeks to prep!

Bench 90kg x3, 100kg x3, 122.5kg x7, followed by 90kg x9 (after 60 secs) – Was meant to be only 112.5kg on last set, but hadn’t realised I’d used 10’s instead of 5’s on the bar! though it felt heavy today:-)

DB Bench 30kg x10x10x10x9x9 (60s rest)

Lever Row 75kg x12x12x12x12x10 (60s)

Pushdowns (5) x100 (65+25+10 RP)

Face Pulls (5) x100 (56+17+15+12 RP)


Saturday 7th June 2014

Deadlift 140kg x5, 160kg x2, 180kg x1, 185kg x1, 190kg x1

Good Morning 40kg x10x10x10x10 (60s rest)

Yates Row 80kg x10x10x10x10 (30s)

Explosive Shrugs 130kg x40 (rest-pause in hang position) followed by DB Shrug & Hold 3 secs 42kg x10x10x8 (90s rest)

Seated Leg Curls 50kg x12, 45 x12x12, 40kg x12 (60s rest)

Ab Sling Knee to Elbows x12x12x12x12 (60s)


Friday 6th June 2014

Press 85kg x1, 70kg x6, 60kg x6 (60s rest)

DB Standing Overhead Press 25kg x10, 22.5kg x9, 20kg x9x8x7 (60s)

EZ Curls 25kg x10x10x10x10x10 (60s)

DB Rear Raise 10kg x10x10x10 (Superset with Lat Raise)

DB Lat Raise 10kg x10, 7.5kg x10x9 (Superset with Rear Raise)


Wednesday 4th June 2014

Squat 105kg x5, 120kg x5, 137.5kg x10

Leg Press 240kg x10x10x10x12 (60s rest)

Glute/Ham Raise x10x10x10x10x10x10 (Superset with Knee Raises)

Hanging Knee Raise x10x10x10x10x10 (Superset with GHR)


Monday 2nd June 2014

Bench 130kg x3x3x3, 60s rest then 100kg x10 – Went for an extra one but ended up leaving the bar on the pins, see vid! And that’s why I use the cage 🙂

DB Bench 30kg x10x10x10x9x8 (60s rest)

Lever Row 75kg x12x12x12x11x9 (60s)

Pushdowns (5) x100 (60+25+15)

Face Pulls (5) x100 (55+15+15+15)


Friday 30th May 2014

Deadlift 100kg x5, 120kg x5, 140kg x5, 150kg x2, 160kg x4 (2 mins)

Cable Row 75kg x12x12, 70kg x12, 60kg x12x9 (60s)

V Grip Pulldowns (10) x12x12x12x12x11 (Superset with Viking Press)

Viking Press 70kg x10x8, 60kg x9x7x7 (Superset with Pulldowns)

Explosive Shrugs 140kg x40


Wednesday 28th May

Bench 127.5kg x4x3x5 (2mins rest), followed by a dropset of 100kg x8 (60s)

DB Bench Press 30kg x10x10x10x10 (superset with Lever Row)

Lever Row 70kg x12x12x12x12 (superset with DB Bench)

Tricep Pushdowns (5) x100 (50+20+20+10)

Face Pulls (5) x100 (50+20+15+15)


Powerlifting.. It’s time to compete!

I’ve been toying with the idea of competing for a while but after getting ill in February it put a stop to any pipe dreams and up till now I’ve just been working back up to previous strength levels. However …

Had a great training session Saturday with the current World Champion and holder of several records Paul Murphy and the tank Aaron Hosking (who hit a massive 370kg squat – see vid). I squat up to 180kg with belt only, and then hit 190kg x2 and 200kg x1 with knee wraps – Paul was very encouraging and is convinced I have ‘a lot more in the tank’ and has offered to help coach me and to compete in September! What a result! I have decided to take him up on this and am now planning on entering that meet coming in just a few months.

A bit sore over Sunday and Monday so just enjoyed some time with the family over the bank holiday. This week I’ll be starting the shift in training over specifically to powerlifting, however my interests are still in strength and size so will continue to post as regularly as I can and get some more articles out there – click here to read previous articles.


Friday 23rd May 2014

DB Pullover 40kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)

Weighted Chins 28kg x7 (2 mins), 24kg x7 (60s), Bodyweight x11 followed by Reverse Grip Pulldown (8) x14x12 (60s)

T Bar Row 62.5kg x8x8x8, 40kg x10x9 (30s)

Deadlift & Sumo Deadlift up to 140kg – technique practice

Rack Pull 220kg x5


8 Week Back Focus Results

After 8 weeks the back focus is finished, I’m happy with the results as there has been some definite improvement both in strength and aesthetics.

Initial measurements on 24th March 2014 in black and final measurements on 19th May 2014 in red

Chest/Lats 43″ – 44″

Waist 36″ – 35½”

Hips 43″ – 42″

Thigh/Quads 24″ – 24½”

Calf 15¾ – 15¾

Bicep 15½ – 15¾

Weight 89.7kg – 88.1kg

So to summarise – Weight has stayed roughly the same, but inches have been gained or lost in all the right places! (except the good old calves which have remained stubbornly the same despite regular training that I wasn’t previously doing … grrrr!) Traps have become more pronounced as planned and also gained a ¼ inch on my arms – which is nice 😉

Comparison Rear Comparison Side


Wednesday 21st May 2014

Cable Row 90kg x10x10x10x10 (90secs rest)

Bench 125kg x4x3x5, 60s rest then 100kg x9

Face Pulls (7) x25x25 (between bench sets)

Seated Alt. DB Curl 15kg x12, 12.5kg x11 (between bench)

Viking Press 92.5kg x5, 60s rest then 40kg x15, 60s then Lat. Raise x7.5kg x17, 5kg x19 (60s)

Squat practice, heavy singles up to 170kg


Friday 16th May 2014

Lever Row 85kg x15x14x9x7 (90s rest)

Shrugs (Explosive) 132.5kg x40 (25 done, then the remainder in a rest pause style, no letting go of the bar), 105kg x40 (2 mins)

DB Shrugs (with 3s hold) 40kg x10x10 (90s rest)

Standing Calf Raise 130kg x11x8x8 (60s rest)

Leg Press Toe Press 230kg x12x10 (60s)

Seated Calf Raise 147.5kg x19, 167.5kg x9 (90s rest)


Wednesday 14th May 2014

Cable Row 90kg x10x10x9x8 (90s rest)

Bench 122.5kg x5x5x6, then 100kg x8

Seated Alt. DB Curls 15kg x11, 12.5kg x14 (After each bench set)

Face Pulls (7) x20x20 (After each bench set)

Viking Press 90kg x6, (60s rest) 40kg x14

Squat 165kg x4


Monday 12th May 2014 – Back Focus Week 8

T Bar Row 62.5kg x10x10x10x9 (60s rest)

Shrugs (Explosive) 130kg x40 (22 done, then the remainder in a rest pause style, no letting go of the bar), 105kg x40 (2 mins)

DB Shrugs (with 3s hold) 40kg x10x10 (90s rest)

Standing Calf Raise 127.5kg x12x10x8 (60s rest)

Leg Press Toe Press 230kg x12x10 (60s)

Seated Calf Raise 145kg x20, 165kg x10 (90s rest)


Saturday 10th May 2014

Bench 120kg x5x5x7, followed up with 100kg x7 (after 60s rest)

Seated Alt. DB Curls 15kg x10, 12.5kg x12 (between bench sets)

Face Pulls (6) x20x20 (between bench sets)

Viking Press 90kg x5, 40kg x13 (60s rest)

Squat up to 165kg x2

Trying a few different bicep exercises lately, still trying to find one I like, I’m just not a fan of curls! (weird, I know). Viking Press still going up and up even after benching, so happy with that! Squats felt OK today, hip getting better – suffered from yesterdays PR on Rack Pull though, lower back was too shot to get any more than 2 reps so racked it. 😦

 


Friday 9th May 2014

DB Pullover 40kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)

V Grip Pulldown (15) x9, (11) x12 (60s rest)

Bent Over Row 95kg x12, 80kg x11, 70kg x12x10 (30s)

Rack Pull 205kg x15

Standing 1-Arm DB External Rotation 7.5kg x20x17 (rest each side as long as it took to perform the set on opposite side)

Cuban Rotation 20kg EZ Bar x10, 10kg x15 (60s)

Pullovers feeling much better, slower and more controlled than with the 50’s last time. PR’d on the Rack Pull so a good day all round!

🙂 🙂 🙂


Wednesday 7th May 2014

Lever Row 80kg x15x14x10x9 (90s rest)

Shrugs (Explosive) 127.5kg x40 (25 done, then the remainder in a rest pause style, no letting go of the bar), 105kg x40 (2 mins)

DB Shrugs (with 3s hold) 40kg x10x10 (90s rest)

Standing Calf Raise 125kg x11x9x7 (60s rest)

Leg Press Toe Press 220kg x12x10 (60s)

Seated Calf Raise 145kg x20, 160kg x10 (90s rest)


Monday 5th May 2014 – Back Focus Week 7

Cable Row 90kg x9x9x8x8 (90s rest)

Bench 117.5kg x3x3x6, then 100kg x6

Machine Preacher Curl 20kg x10, 15kg x13x12 (After each bench set)

Viking Press 85kg x8, (60s rest) 40kg x13

Did a quick upper body session today, bit sore from yesterday and hip flexor really tight and painful when trying to squat so called it a day and will mobilise it over next few days


Sunday 4th May 2014

DB Pullover 50kg x10, 40kg x10 (2 mins rest) – reduced weight as technique suffering. I may drop again and slow reps down some more as still didn’t feel quite right

Weighted Chins 28kg x6, (2 mins)  24kg x7, (60s) BW x12

DB Row To Hip 35kg x15x13 (60s)

Deadlift 155kg x7

Lying Leg Curl (6) x9+4+2 RP