Thursday, June 21, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2529

AM WORKOUT

GIANT SETS

Axle bench press
5xAxle
5x136
5x185
5x226
5x256
11x291
19x226

GB lat pulldown 90
2x20
2x18
2x16
1x20

Band pull aparts
7x20


GIANT SETS

Axle strict press 136
5x8

250+lb sandbag bearhug and carry
5 rounds

DB lateral raise 25
5x12

Notes: This actually happened  yesterday, but been without computer access for 24 hours.  The bench was decent, but real victory was the sandbag.  Far less drama getting set-up: just ducked down, swept it up and went.  Bodes well for a more solid object.  Strict press continues to improve at a gradual rate.

Woke up at 197.0 that morning. No weigh in today.  Got some new weightlifting shoes (Adidas Powerlift 3.1s) that I'll try out for some front squatting tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2528

AM WORKOUT

SUPERSETS

Buffalo Bar Squats 260
10x10

Set 1: Dips 1x34
Set 2: Band pull aparts 1x20
Set 3: Log clean 1x1x200lbs
rotate

Notes: I seem to have adjusted to this stimulus.  Not nearly as awful as it was the past few times.  Part of that is switching to a lighter/more dynamic approach to the cleans I imagine, but part of it is just getting more accustomed to the workload and degree of suck.  Still sticking with sub 2 minute rest periods.  I'm getting closer and closer to RX weight with the lowest rest periods, which will mean moving on to fewer sets for the same rep total soon.

Woke up at 197.8.  Am already getting fed up with how much I have to eat.  Re-living my "Building the Monolith" experience.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2527

AM WORKOUT

GIANT SETS

Log viper and press away
5xLog
5x145
5x170
11x195
1x265(strict, lifetime PR)
15x150

Reverse hypers 230
6x14

Band pull aparts
6x20

GIANT SETS

Log clean and push press 225
4x3

Reverse hyper 230
4x14

Hammer curls 45
4x10

Notes: I took some video of the 265 set that I'll upload later, but it was a total beast of an effort.  Definite "standing bench press" moment, where the weight and shape of the log definitely overtook my body and I was just holding on.  Pressing it, it wanted to go everywhere but up, and ended up traveling in front, behind, and to the side before eventually moving all the way up.  I was afraid of either dumping the log or dislocating my shoulder at one point.  All of this just makes the victory sweeter though.  This is the weight I'll use in competition, and if I can hit it for a strict press first thing in the morning under significant fatigue, I feel confident for the day of, to say nothing of if I end up in the lower weight class.

Thought I went for a 5lb increase on the push presses, but turns out it was 15.  Hit triples as well as I can.  Leg drive still rough, but I'll take it.

Woke up at 198.2.  I'll see how much of that I keep through the week, but things keep trending up.

Mrs. gave me a massage last night for Father's day and remarked that my back had "more muscles" than she remembered being there since the last time she gave me a massage.  I think that's a good sign for this hypertrophy phase.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2526

PM WORKOUT

Stone of steel over bar (20)
3xStone
3x+50
3x+75
2x+100 (rep PR)
9x+50

Notes: Came into this workout feeling like I was going to puke.  Most likely the result of the approximately 3lbs of bacon I had at breakfast that morning for Father's Day.  The first 2 rounds were basically me hitting the reps and then feeling sorry for myself, but after that it seemed like I had sweat out the grease and was ready to play.  Got smarter about loading the stone, and instead of going 2 25s, then 2 35s and then 2 45s, realized I could just keep slapping 25s in there.  Technique was feeling strong and I'm still learning stuff.  Did a better job of really squatting down to the stone to start the rep, and my lapping felt more natural and secure.

Woke up at 197.2.  Bought a weightgainer while I was out, since I had a good discount on it.  Figured it'd help make morning workouts faster, as I plan to just slam it and go.  Muscletech's "Masstech".  Seemed one of the few massgainers on the market that wasn't just maltodextrin and protein powder.  I really miss the old recipe "Up Your Mass", but it seems that is completely off the market now.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2525

AM WORKOUT

(4) Texas deadlift bar touch and go mat pulls
5x135+chains
5x225+chains
3x315+chains
1x405+chains

DROPSET w/rest pause
7+3+3x505+chains
6+3+3x415+chains

Standing ab wheel
4x8

Car deadlift simulator
8x6plates
7x6plates

DROPSET
6x6plates
5x6plates
4x6plates

Dips
3x32

Notes: Playing around some more.  Someone asked me the other day "Hey, if your dropset/rest pause works so well for squats, why don't you do it for deadlifts?"  And since deads have been pretty bad, I figured why not?  It's another version of awful for sure.  My glute/hip is still in a bad way.  I've taken a week to let it heal on it's own, so now it's time to do some rehab.  I've been through this before, so it should go well.

Car deadlift keeps getting better, so I can't get too upset.  I keep hitting it under worse fatigue and it keeps growing.  Also, I switched back to iron plates on the deadlift and it feels slightly better, so I'm just gonna ride that out.

Woke up at 197.4, but had some real bad GI issues in the morning before training.  Lots of bloating through the night as well.  Have a Father's day breakfast buffet scheduled for tomorrow, so it'll be a good weekend for weight gain.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2524

LATE AM WORKOUT

Front squats
5xBar
3x95
1x135
1x185
1x225

RESTPAUSE (12 deep breaths between reps)
5x275
3x275
2x275
1x275
4x225
3x225
2x225
1x225

Notes: I'm completely running myself into the ground, and I plan to just keep doing it until something breaks.  Wanted to go a little higher on reps today, but that topset of 5 proved to be very substantial.  Knees on both sides feeling pretty mad, but muscles are in a much better state than last time. I figure I'll keep pushing through fatigue and come out stronger on the other side once I allow myself to recover.

Woke up at 194.8.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Training Log: Entry 2523

AM WORKOUT

GIANT SETS

Axle bench press
5xAxle
5x136
5x186
5x256
3x286
5x321
12x256

T-bar rows
20x1plate
20x2plates
20x3plates
3x20x4plates

Band pull aparts
6x20

GIANT SETS

Axle strict press 128
3x10
1x9
1x8

250+lb sandbag bear hug and carry
5 rounds

Lateral raises 25
5x10

Notes: Benching just isn't in a good way.  Contributing factors are fluctuating bodyweight and most likely my daily dip regimen I've employed affecting fatigue and recovery.  That said, contemplating switching from flat bench to a low-moderate incline for the sake of variety.  Apparently that's what all the strongman are doing.  Could also do close grip.  Also could switch to a different programming style within 5/3/1, but as part of contest prep, this is about as many sets of benching as I'm comfortable with.  We'll see how that pans out. 

Otherwise, everything is moving pretty well as far as contest lifts go.  Sandbag is becoming more and more familiar, and today I accidentally set it up for a lower pick than I intended and managed just fine. 

Woke up at 194.2.  Work got a little crazy yesterday, eating schedule affected.  Taking the kid out to McDonalds tonight, and got a coupon for "Buy one Double Quarter pounder get another for free", so I'm planning on enjoying that at least.