Starting to get back into some semblance of a routine this week. Definitely had some high-quality, productive workouts.
Here’s a quick update, along with my thought process behind the various days/lifts.
Monday – Squat/Lower Body
Training Crew: Stevie, Lance, Allen Tucker
Back Squats, 225×3, 275×1, 315×3, 335×3 (Belt)
This was really hit or miss. Some reps felt awesome while others felt absolutely horrible.
After seeing some pictures, I think (for some unknown reason) I’ve moved my stance width in a bit. I need to move it back out, but more on this later.
Stevie got a set of briefs and was playing around with them. He hit 545 for a double, then 585 for a single. The 585 was his best rep of the day, and I figure he’s going to be good for a 700+ pound squat in his next meet.
Speed Pulls, 315×1, 365×2
I was supposed to do these against chains, but Lance was hogging them on the bench. Go figure 🙂
In other news, IFAST needs more chains. 4 isn’t going to cut it now.
Offset KB Split-Squats, 2×[email protected] kg
Glute-Hams, 2×8, 6 at Hole #3
Blast Strap Fallouts, 3×8
Tuesday – Bench/Upper Body
Training Crew: Stevie, Zach Moore
Bench Press, 2×225, 3×[email protected], 2×245
Wanted to hit doubles and really hammer technique. Focused on keeping my knuckles pointed up and controlling the bar in the bottom position.
It’s a work in progress, but 1/2 at 245 felt really strong.
DB Rows, 3×[email protected] – Need to go heavier next week
I superset those with:
DB Incline, 5×80, 2×[email protected]
Trying to hang with Lil’ Stevie – that’s got to be close to a PR for incline DB’s.
2-Rope Face Pulls, 3×[email protected]
KB Windmills, 3×[email protected] kg
Just for the record, my abz were sore for three days after the past two ab workouts!
Thursday – Lower Body Accessory
Training Crew: Stevie, Zach Moore, Allen Tucker
Speed/Technique Squats, 5×[email protected]
I had no preconceived notions or plans for this workout. All I wanted to do was get some quality work in and figure out my stance width, set-up, etc.
It took 2-3 sets, but the last two sets felt really good. I got my stance out a bit, forced my chest up, and technique was much better. I hope I can carry this over to Sunday’s big squat workout.
Conventional Deadlifts to Knee, 5×225, 275
ValSlide Leg Curls, 2×6
These are horrible, for the record.
Band Jackknifes, 2×8
In a bit of a hurry today as I had to report for Daddy Duty, thus the reduced volume on the accessory stuff.
In other news, Lance is officially scared to be strong. Notice how he only trained with us once out of the past 3 days!
Friday – Bench Assistance/Upper Body
Training Crew: Stevie, Zach Moore, IFAST client Rachelle C.
Had to get my accessory upper body stuff in today as next week is crazy. Charlie Weingroff is in town Monday, so my squat workout is getting pushed up a day to Sunday. I’m also supposed to have dinner with Joe Kenn sometime next week, who is now the head strength coach for the Carolina Panthers. Congrats Coach House!
Hey, if you can learn from and spend time with some of the best, you figure out a way make it happen!
Stevie’s been a huge help in cuing my squat and bench. I played around with different wrist wraps, along with HOW I wrap my wrists, and I feel like this could be a difference-maker.
Unfortunately, you can’t do a lot for 6 and 3/4″ wrists!
Prone “Y” on Incline, 2×8
Prone Row to External Rotation, 2×8
Thanks to Zach for cuing me on these – it helps to get some good feedback and cues. Dude can coach half-kneeling!
One side note – my elbows felt like they were going to explode today. I couldn’t figure out why, until I realize I broke one of the Cardinal Rules of powerlifting not once but twice this week.
The rule? NEVER bench the day after you squat.
I may have to consider moving our Tuesday bench workouts to Wednesday, in light of this revelation.
Big squat day tomorrow – wish me luck!
(Lead Photo Courtesy of THE Allen Tucker)