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Monday 17th November 2014 – Saturday 29th November 2014

Took a week off after the World’s and have been easing back in since. I’m going to change from conventional squats and deadlifts to wide stance/sumo as recommended by my coach in order to increase weight lifted, which means dropping the weight down and practicing over and over!! I’m also throwing in a back workout every other session and reducing Bench sessions as it helps my shoulder and you can’t go wrong by increasing back size/strength!

17th Nov – 22nd Nov

Back session – DB Pullovers, Pulldowns (V Grip and wide), T Bar Rows, Straight Arm Pulldowns, Single Arm Lever Rows and Rack Pulls up to 140kg x10

Squats – Wide practice with Pembrokeshire Powerlifters up to 140kg for 5 sets of 3 – Gorila chins and Captains Chair knee Raises

Back session – As above, Rack Pulls 160kg for 3 sets of 8

Deadlifts – Sumo practice up to 140kg for 3 sets of 5, biceps (DeFrancos 3-6-12 routine) & ab slings

23rd Nov – 29th Nov

Back session – As above, Rack Pulls up to 180kg for 3 sets of 3, biceps (3-6-12)

Squats – Wide practice up to 140kg x8 with loose wraps, Leg Press & Ab Wheel

Back session – As above with Rack Pulls up to 180kg for 3 sets of 5, biceps (3-6-12)

Bench/Deadlifts with Pembs Powerlifters – Bench up to 150kg, Sumo Deadlifts up to 180kg, Ab work

Vids:

Squat 140kg x3, Squat 140kg x8, Rack Pull 180kg x5, Bench 150kg, Sumo Deadlift 180kg

 

 

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Sunday 19th October – Saturday 25th October 2014

3 Weeks to the World’s

Week 6 – Back to normal now and looking to get as much quality workouts in this week as I can, they will be my last heavy sessions before the meet. Weight is holding nicely at around 83kg so I will not need to cut this time which should hopefully translate to some better numbers on the platform. Just finalising all the details this week and looking forward to getting out there 🙂

Deadlift – Did some speed work with sets of 2 @ 157.5kg and minimal rest, assistance was some Defecit Deadlifts, Rack Pulls, Pulldowns, Barbell Shrugs, Farmers Walks and Chin-ups

Bench – Up to 125kg x2, then singles at 130kg and 135kg. Put on bench shirt and hit 150kg, 160kg and 165kg (?) chased it up with Pulldowns, DB Rear Raises & Chin-ups

Back/Shoulder Session – Pullovers, Viking Press, Chest Supported Plate Lever Rows, Wide Grip Pulldowns and Cable Reverse Flyes

Squat – Working out our openers and attempts. I worked up to 220kg again, much more comfortable in my suit now. I’ll be opening at 195kg, then 215kg, then 220kg+ depending how the last 2 felt!

Bench I’ll open at 155kg, then 160kg, then 165kg+ and Deadlift 190kg, 202.5kg and then 210kg+ – It’s only really my openers that will remain constant. The succeeding lifts will depend on how I’m feeling on the day but I’m hoping to get 9/9 lifts this time 😉

Vids:

Bench 135kg (unequipped)

Bench 165kg (equipped)


Saturday 4th October – Saturday 11th October 2014

5 Weeks to the Worlds!

Week 4 – Rather than deload with only 4 weeks of training left, I’m going to revert to the Mendelson routine I followed leading to the UK’s and whatever coach puts me through when we meet up! I wouldn’t normally advocate changing routines especially leading up to a meet, however it was successful for me and I need to work at certain parts of my lifts (i.e. lockout strength), which were included in this.

Deadlift – Worked up to 170kg x5, assistance was some Defecit Deadlifts, Rack Pulls, Pulldowns, Farmers Walks and Chin-ups.

Bench – Up to 110kg x8, then Close-Grip Bench, Pause Bench, Pulldowns, Lat Raises and Chin-ups

Squat – Up to 142.5kg x5, then a single at 150kg, 160kg and 170kg, then Front Squats, Pause Squats, Leg Press and Captains Chair Knee Raises

Back Session – Pullovers, V Grip Pulldowns, T Bar Rows, Wide Grip Pulldowns, Straight Arm Pulldowns, Power Cleans and DB Rows

A hard week this time, kids have been ill from early in the week so not slept as much as I’d like! Struggled a little on the heavy squats, although blasted the assistance work. It was also my weekend to work so couldn’t meet up with the Pembrokeshire Powerlifters for usual Saturday session so did a back session after work instead. Fell ill myself on Sunday so will see how I fare this week, it’s getting far too close to take time off!

Vids:

Deadlift 170kg x5

Bench 110kg x8

Squat 170kg

Leg Press 340kg x8


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)


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)


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)


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)


Saturday 22nd March 2014

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)


Monday 12th August 2013

Standing Cable Straight Arm Pulldown 40kg x12x12 (2 mins rest)
Wide Grip Pulldown 75kg x9, 65kg x12 (2 mins)
‘V’ Grip Cable Row 72kg x15x15x15 (60s)
Smith Rack Pull 165kg x7