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
– Been a bit of a crazy time since the meet, so website been a little ignored recently. Back up to speed again now so will be posting regularly again.
8 Weeks to the World’s! For my training leading up to it, I’ll be following Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 for Powerlifting with some customisation.
Week 1 – 3’s week with Heavy singles
Bench – Shirted up for the Bench after my 3’s and got up to 150kg. That’s up 15kg from the meet. Not bad for first time in a shirt! Did some assistance work, machine incline press, abs & rear delts
Deadlift – I don’t have a suit as yet so just did my 3’s and went for a couple of heavy singles and managed to pull 202.5kg (ugly as hell!) so again a PR of 2.5kg. Assistance was some Good Mornings, Ab wheel and chin-ups
Squat – Now the fun begins! After my 3’s and finally getting into the squat suit (ha ha), I went up to 200kg for 2, then my coach spurred me on to make 210kg. Best increase yet of 25kg on my meet PR .. could get used to this ‘geared’ lifting thing!
Bench/Board Press – On my own today so instead of board press I used Dead Bench to increase strength in the bottom of the lift up to 100kg x9 and then Rows, Dips, Curls and Rear Raises to finish
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)
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
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)
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 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.
EZ Curl 30kg x15+4+3RP
DB Hammers 12.5kg x10
Leg Press Toe Press 110kg x10
Good Mornings 35kg x20+9+7RP
Hack Squat 120kg x6, 103.5kg x20
Had some time to waste so threw in:
‘V’ pulldown to chest (level 10) x10+4+3RP
Dips (unweighted) x20x13 (60s rest)