Took a week off after the Welsh Championships and now started the next 8 weeks training leading to the BPO British. Still trying to train with The Pembrokeshire Powerlifters where I can as I get more from the sessions than when I’m on my own, but training almost always has to fit around my work & family commitments. For the next 8 weeks at least I’m loosely following Wendlers 5/3/1 for Powerlifting, with the last deload week leading to the British.
Got in a couple of sessions before starting the 8 week plan, Deadlifts with the Pembs boys with Chiropractors Nightmares, Bench session up to 120kg x5 and 140kg x4 (equipped) and Squats up to 200kg x3 (equipped), then backed off to 180 x6 (equipped, straps down). Then began with 3’s week + equipped singles.
Deadlift up to 170kg x3, then a single at 182.5kg – Was supposed to pull 197.5kg as well, but just wasn’t up to it and form was breaking down so left it and chased up with Good Mornings, Bent Over Rows and some abs
Bench up to 125kg x4 (raw), then equipped 140kg x4, and 152.5kg x3 (Was only supposed to be a single but was feeling strong so went for it!) – followed up with DB Bench, Press-ups, Chest Supported Rows and Rear Raises
Squats up to 170kg x3, then equipped 195kg and 215kg – Then Leg Press, Glute/Ham Raises and Captains Chair Knee Raises
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!
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Cable Row 90kg x8x8x8x7 (90s rest)
V Grip Pulldown To Chest (15) x8, (11) x12 (60s rest)
Bent Over Row 92.5kg x14, 80kg x10, 70kg x11x8 (30s)
Shrugs (Explosive) 125kg x40 (20 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 x10x9 (90s rest)
Standing Calf Raise 120kg x11x8x8 (60s rest)
Leg Press Toe Press 210kg x12x11 (60s)
Seated Calf Raise 140kg x20, 160kg x10 (90s rest)
Squeezed in some extra things today as I won’t be back in the gym till Monday. Was a tough slog especially with yesterdays DOMS! I’m teaching Spin later as well so going to pay for it tomorrow! 😉
DB Pullover 45kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)
V Grip Pulldown (14) x9, (11) x11 (60s rest)
Bent Over Row 92.5kg x12, 62.5kg x12x12x12 (30s)
Rack Pull (below knee) 160kg x11 – Felt really heavy again today, I think I’ve been doing too much recently, including my spin I trained 6 days last week. With a focus on back training I think it’s just taking it’s toll, so will ease back a bit and see if that helps.
G Row 47.5kg x5x3 (90s) – Bit weak from rack pulls and lower back was tight as hell so gave up on second set. Will drop back down to 40kg next time and try and focus on technique.
DB Pullover 45kg x12x9 (2 mins rest)
V Grip Pulldown (13) x9, (11) x11 (60s rest)
Bent Over Row 90kg x10, 60kg x12x12x12 (30s)
Power Cleans up to 100kg
Deadlift – Went for 160kg but it felt really heavy, think I overdid it on the leg press yesterday! dropped to 120kg and did 6 good reps instead.
G Row 42.5kg x5x5 (60s)
Still struggling on both Squat and Deadlift since coming back from illness, Bench is coming back nicely thankfully! This is partly due to lack of sleep recently, got a lot on at home, moving house etc, so I will keep it up best I can for now and just try and get to bed earlier!!!
DB Pullover 42kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)
V Grip Pulldown 90kg x8, 75kg x8 (30s rest)
Bent Over Row 90kg x8, 60kg x12x12x8 (30s)
Power Cleans up to 100kg
Deadlift 160kg x3
DB Bench 38kg x10x8x6x5 (60s rest)
Bent Over Row 60kg x12x12x12x12x12x12 (60s)
Cable Flyes 12.5kg x12x10x9x9 (60s)
Wide Grip Pulldown 60kg x12x10x7x7 (60s)
EZ Cable Curl 25kg x10x10, 20kg x10x10 – superset with Pushdowns 35kg x10x10x9, 30kg x7 (30s between supersets)
Bench 120kg x5x5x6, then 100kg x5 (60s rest)
Chins x16x12x8 (after each bench set)
Machine Preacher Curls 20kg x7+3+1 RP (30s after last chin set)
Bent Over Row 80kg x12x11x9x7 (60s rest)
Squat 140kg x9
Press 55kg x3, 62.5kg x3, 70kg x8+1+1 RP followed up with 10kg DB Lat Raises x12
Deadlift 160kg x3x3x3 – Form a little better than last week, lower back still rounding a little on the pull but felt better overall.
Speed Deadlift 130kg x3x3x3
Power Shrugs 102.5kg x5x5x5
Reverse-Grip Pulldown (14) x5x5x5
Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 120kg x5x5x5
Bent Over Row 90kg x5x5x5
Arched back Good Mornings 75kg x5x5x5
Press 51kg x5, 60kg x5, 67.5kg x11+2+1 RP
Deadlift 180kg x2 – Still shitty form, bit of a rounded back on the pull. Slowly improving though, much better at lower weights, so going to continue anyway – Only got a couple of weeks left of this particular deadlift program and I want to pull 200kg by the end of it!
Deadlift 150kg x3x3x3x3x3
3 Circuits of Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 110kg, Bent Over Row 80kg, Reverse-Grip Pulldown (10) – 8 reps of each with 60s rest between exercises and each circuit.
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.
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.
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.
Random surprise visit to Bath today, squeezed in a session down at CrossFit Bath – Nice to train at the old haunt again!
Bench 90kg x5, 102.5kg x3, 115kg x7, 90kg x15+3+2 RP
Bent-Over-Row 65kg x5, 80kg x15
Close-Grip Bench 80kg x5, 97.5kg x9+2+1 RP
Reverse Grip Curl 27.5kg x5, 32.5kg x6+4+3 RP
Squat 117.5kg x5, 132.5kg x3, 150kg x8 – Great squat session today, thanks Pete for the encouragement!
No frequency sets today as two back to back strength sessions are quite enough!
Thought I’d share my bench press set-up with you, basically the bench is too high for me (or I’m too short for it!), so I have to put 2 steps either side to put my feet on!
As the smallest plate is 1.25kg, I can only increase by 2.5kg minimum so I’m going for sets of 3 today and will repeat weight next time for 5 (hopefully!)
Bench 117.5kg x3x3x4 – struggled a bit with this, probably due to doing press yesterday!
Bent over row 80kg x8x8x8x8
Squat 142.5kg x5x5x5
Not too bad considering I was hungover and only got about 4 hours sleep total (darn thunderstorm at 2am, thought the roof was gonna cave in!)