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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 15 of 24

Another great work out. I was working nights last night so I didn't have time to enter a post. Here is how Friday's work out went.

Warm Up
Squats - 5 sets, 1 rep, 375/385/385/385/405lbs.
Lying Leg Curls - 3 sets, 6 reps, 100/110/120lbs.
Sit Ups - 3 sets, 20 reps.
Adductor Machine - 3 sets, 8 reps, 160/175/190lbs.
Abductor Machine - 3 sets, 8 reps, 160/175/190lbs.
Bench Press - 5 sets, 4 reps, 245lbs.
Deadlifts - 3 sets, 3/3/5 reps, 405lbs.

I'm feeling even stronger. 405lbs squat after the first 4 sets still felt quite easy and well in control. Seeing as it was Friday and I have the week end to rest I decided to go all out on the last set of deadlifts. 5 reps is pretty good. Next week I take it to the next level.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Day 14 of 24

Went for a good walk this morning with the wife and I felt way better for it. Here's how the work out today went.

Warm Up
Squats - 3 reps/325lbs, 3 reps/325lbs, 3 reps/335lbs.
Bench Press - 5 sets, 1 rep, 275lbs.
Dips - 4 sets, 6 reps, 50/30/0/0lbs assistance. (last two body weight)
Barbell Curls - 4 sets, 8 reps, 80/90/100/100lbs.
Deadlifts - 3 sets, 3 reps, 405lbs.

I was supposed to do Supported Rows and I forgot. I was very surprised and pleased at how easy the dips were. I'll be doing free dips and weighted dips from now on. The heavier squats are also feeling very good. More productive. I'll also be walking more often which I'm sure will help with the Wilks calculation (ie my body weight).


Monday, May 26, 2008

Day 13 of 24

The first day of the pre-contest phase of my training was good, heavy but good. I spent the week end eating lots of hamburgers and hot dogs. I could really feel all the shit I ate while training today. Hopefully the junk food has worked it's way through my system and I can get back to normal. Or as normal as I usually am. Oh ya, I'm sure the beer and wine consumption this week end didn't help either. Here's how today went.

Warm Up
Squats - 3 sets, 3 reps, 325lbs.
Bench Press - 5 sets, 4 reps, 245lbs.
Deadlifts - 5 sets, 1 rep, 465lbs.
Pull Ups - 3 sets, 6 reps, 100lbs assistance.
Sit Ups - 3 sets, 20 reps, all me.
Below Knee Rack Pulls - 3 sets, 1 rep, 585lbs.

Lots less volume than the four weeks before but massively more intense. Tomorrow is off and I'm back at it with Heavy Bench and assistance exercises on Wednesday. See you then.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 12 of 24

Well I finished up the Volume portion of my training and I did it with some style. Check this out.

Squats - (no belt)135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/3 reps, (put on belt)405lbs/2 reps, 455lbs/1 rep.
Bench Press - 135lbs/20 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 275lbs/4 reps, 295lbs/3 reps, 315lbs/2 reps, 335lbs/2 reps.
Deadlifts - (no belt)405lbs/1 rep, (put on loose belt)495lbs/1 rep, 555lbs/1 rep.

All PB's!!! I wanted to get an idea of what my opening lifts might be for the up coming competition. These lifts help me to determine my "openers". I feel great and I'll be more than ready to compete June 22nd.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

10 and 11 of 24

I missed work out 10 and 11 of 24 because of an exciting family addition. Yesterday I trained with my protege and did some light weights just to get the blood flowing. Tomorrow I plan on doing a very intense work out. I can hardly wait. Here's what happened yesterday.

Box Squats - 135lbs/6 reps, 225lbs/6 reps, 315lbs/6 reps.
Bench Press - 165lbs/6 reps, 185lbs/6 reps, 185lbs/6 reps.
Deadlifts - 135lbs/6 reps, 315lbs/6 reps, 405lbs/3 reps.

Tomorrow is going to be fun.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Day 9 of 24

Wow what a week! the end of week three and I feel better than ever. Here's how today went.

*Super set repeat 3 times*
Squats - 2 sets/2 reps/385lbs (last set two singles 405lbs and 425lbs).
Lying Leg Curls - 1 set, 12 reps, 100lbs.
Adductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 175lbs.
Abductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 175lbs.

Bench Press - 8 sets, 3 reps, 225lbs (speed work).
Deadlifts - 3 sets, 4 reps, 405lbs.

Next week is the last week of volume training then its on to pre contest for 4 more weeks. I can hardly wait.


Day 8 of 24

Wednesday's work out kinda got out of control. I was supposed to focus on bench press and it's supporting exercises but I managed some impressive lifts from squats and deadlift. Here's how it went.

Squats - 295lbs/4 reps (no belt), 295lbs/4 reps (no belt), 315lbs/4 reps (no belt), 315lbs/4 reps (belt), 325lbs/4 reps (belt), 325lbs/4 reps (belt).

*super set 4 times*
Bench Press - [225lbs/8 reps, 245lbs/7 reps] [255lbs/6 reps, 265lbs/5 reps] [275lbs/4 reps, 285lbs/3 reps] [295lbs/2 reps, 315lbs/1 rep].
Sit Ups - 4x1 sets, 20 reps.
Machine Triceps Extensions - 4x1 sets, 12 reps, 90/100/110/110lbs.
Machine Biceps Extensions - 4x1 sets, 12 reps, 90/100/100/100lbs.

Deadlifts - 3 reps/405lbs, 2 reps/455lbs, 1 rep/495lbs.

The work out took me around 2 hours to finish and I was spent at the end. The squats are getting much easier so I went up. I was pleasantly surprised with the 315lbs bench press and the how easy the 495lbs deadlift was. I'm sure I could have pulled 550lbs. Maybe next time.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Day 7 of 24

Another great work out. I feel stronger and stronger every work out. Here's how yesterday went.

Squats - 6 sets, 4 reps, 295lbs.
Bench Press - 8 sets, 3 reps, 225lbs.
*super set repeat 4 times*
Deadlifts (loose belt) - 1 set, 3 reps, 405lbs.
Pull Ups - 1 set, 6 reps, 100lbs assistance.
Barbell Shrugs - 1 set, 6 reps, 365, 415, 435, 435lbs.

I'm pleased with my progress and I'm sure my raw records will fall this meet.


Friday, May 09, 2008

Day 6 of 24

Today was an awesome work out. Once again I'm feeling stronger and more ready to compete. Here's todays work out.

*super set repeat 3 times*
Raw Squats (belt only) - 2 sets, 2 reps, 365lbs.
Lying Leg Curls - 1 set, 12 reps, 90/100/110lbs.
Adductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 145/160/175lbs.
Abductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 145/160/175lbs.

Bench Press - 8 sets, 3 reps, 225lbs.
Deadlifts (loose belt) - 3 sets, 4 reps, 385/385/405lbs.

I'm very pleased with the progress. Two months ago I had surgery to my right hand and I could bearly use it. Now I'm deadlifting 405lbs for 4 reps. I love it! Now I'm going to enjoy my week end then get ready for next week's training.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

300 POSTS!!!

Wow!!! Where has the time gone? 300 POSTS!!! Today was day 5 of 24 and I was completely not ready for this work out. Work was crazy busy as it tends to be most days and I was late getting to the gym. Here's what I managed to accomplish.

Squats - 6 sets, 5 reps, 285lbs.
*super set the following 4 times*
Bench Press - 2 sets, 8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 reps, 225lbs (+10lbs every set).
Supported Rows - 1 set, 8 reps, 135/160/185/210lbs.
Machine Preacher Curls - 1 set, 12 reps, 45/55/65/70lbs.
Machine Triceps Extensions - 1 set, 12 reps, 90/100/100/100lbs.
Sit Ups - 1 set 20 reps.

I missed deadlifts but I'm sure it'll be alright because of the day I had. My squats are getting much easier. Even though I'm up 10lbs over last week the squats feel easier. Tomorrow is a much needed day of rest then Friday is Deadlift Squat support day. See you then.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Day 4 of 24

Yesterday was a bit crazy. I went to a Dr. appointment first thing in the morning then went to work. After work I went to the gym where on completion of my last set the desk guy at my gym came running over to the power rack with a phone. "You have to call home right away. Your wife phoned and she says she's in labour". Isn't that funny, I've now been at the gym for 3 out of my 4 kids. If that ain't dedicated I don't know what is. Here's how the work out went.

Squats - 6 sets, 5 reps, 285lbs.
Bench Press - 8 sets, 3 reps, 215lbs.
*super set 4 times*
Deadlifts - 3 reps, 385lbs (no belt).
Pull Ups - 6 reps, 110/100/90/100lbs assistance.
Barbell Shrugs - 6 reps, 365/385/405/425lbs.

Another good work out. The squats are performed with a belt and no other support gear. I use wrist wraps every second set of bench because my hand is not quite at 100% yet. Deadlifts I use no supportive gear only chalk. For pull ups and shrugs I wear straps.


Friday, May 02, 2008

Day 3 of 24

I managed to finish week one. here's how day 3 went.

*super set 3 times*
-Squats - 2 sets, 2 reps, 345lbs.
-Lying Leg Curls - 1 set, 12 reps, 90-100lbs.
-Abductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 130/145/160lbs.
-Adductor Machine - 1 set, 12 reps, 130/145/160lbs.
-Sit-Ups - 1 set, 20 reps.

Bench Press - 8 sets, 3 reps, 205lbs.
Deadlifts - 12 sets, 1 rep, 365lbs.

A very good work out. The first week is always the hardest. Now for a relaxing week end.