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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by S.O.Interceptor, Sep 29, 2011.
What kind of harness do you have for your sled?
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I was so sore going into this workout it was unreal. My legs were on fire, but somehow I managed 10 reps on all 3 sets. I had some slight knee soreness during set 1, but I worked it out and it felt fine afterward.
This was a horrible shaky session. After 170 I wasn't sure I could get more than 5 at 192.5. But I managed to get 11, which is what I had the last time I tried it. It wasn't as easy, smooth, or solid, and I probably should've stopped at 8 or 9, but I got them.
Dumbbell Press w/ Fat Gripz:
I hate Fat Gripz so much. And I love to hate them.
It's the one that came with it. It's a nylon strap, 10-12' long, with a carabiner on the end. It clips to the end of the sled. It has 2 adjustable shoulder straps and a chest strap. It's made to pull the sled for sprints, but sometimes I put it on backward and do drags with it.
My legs felt much better today, but I backed off a few reps so I would be well rested for deadlifts.
These did not go well. Every rep at every weight felt heavy as hell. I failed rep#7 badly.
I decided to try these again. It didn't go well. I really really wish I could sumo deadlift, but I can't. I suck at it. 350 nearly killed me. So I went back to.......
350 was much easier with the standard stance than sumo. So I got greedy and decided to try for a PR. Bad decision, I didn't get halfway up and it really frustrated me.
My deadlift sucks badly. Assuming I get through this cycle, I'm going to drop to 5lbs increment increases and add some extra volume each set.
I may also try doing a de-load deadlift earlier in the week just like I do for the squat and see what happens.
Dumbbell Bench w/ Fat Gripz:
55s - 15 x3
These went well. I decided to lower the sets and add more reps. Those 5 extra reps at the end really made a difference. I was going to try 60s or 65s for a few reps, but these wore me out.
Another crappy day in the gym. Once again I had a lot of work to do around the house and cars this weekend. I spent 8 hours under a car Sunday, in awkward positions and my back was killing me last night and this morning. I've also lost a few pounds lately(unintentionally). It showed.
These were crap. After feeling alright during warmups, the actual sets were garbage. By 255 I was squatting high and with terrible form. I was exhausted. I managed to pull it together for 285 and at least squat to depth, but every rep was ugly as hell. My form broke down badly. I was hoping to better my performance from the last time I tried 285, but barely got back to where I was.
That's not a typo, I did 157.5 twice. These were horrible too. Even the warmups were rough. By 157.5 I could barely budge it. I managed 4 weak, slow, grinding reps, and failed #5. I was so mad that a couple of minutes later I tried again, determined to better my performance. No amount of anger made the bar move any faster and I barely got 2.
These were the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak day. I widened my stance and grip some, and it really helped. My reps felt and looked much better.
Power Clean & Press:
145 - 1x2
I decided to try these. I had heard a lot of people say they press better after cleaning the weight due to the way they catch the bar. Apparently it prepares them to press better than taking it off a rack. Not for me. My grip has to be so much wider for the clean than for the press that it didn't work well. On the 1st try I pressed from the clean grip, and it barely moved. On the 2nd attempt I adjusted my grip on the chest, and it was slightly better, but not great.
In regards to your Sumo deads, you may want to give them a chance. Do they physically hurt you? Or are you just not as strong at them?
I originally pulled Conv, but soon went to sumo and stayed that way literally for years without ever trying conv again.
But sumo got stale after a while and i figured conv pulls would help in the long run.
Conv pulls were terrible at first. I had to drop the weights down and concentrate on form and swallow my pride. It sucked at first.
But now my conv pulls are almost on par with my old sumo records, and I never thought that was possible.
Today was a combined workout. The main 5/3/1 lifts from Wednesday and Friday with no accessory work. It's been a hectic week, it's going to get worse, and I had to squeeze in what I could.
These were much better than last week. I managed 5 good quality reps, and had some left in the tank for more, but was satisfied with meeting my goal, and called it quits.
As usual my bench started off shaky and then came together in the end. Again I could've gotten more reps but I met my goal and called it quits on a high note.
In the near future I may be going back to only 2 days per week due to work and family obligations. 3 and 4 days per week were okay part of the time, but missing a day really threw me off, and it happens too frequently. I figure on a 2 day schedule I can be a lot more flexible.(I can lift M/W, or M/Th, Tu/F, etc) I'll probably do squat/bench on day 1 and press/deads on day 2. Both days will hopefully be longer sessions that will allow me to throw some accessory work in at the end.
I guess they don't "hurt" per say, but they're definitely more stressful on the body to me. It's hard to explain. And they're definitely harder. A 300lbs sumo dead feels like a 400lbs dead. I may try to find a way to throw in some lighter weight sumo deads and try to work my way up.
I was in the same boat, just reverse of you.
Conv deads felt akward and very weak.
So I started working them in after my sumo pulls. I'd do my sumo pulls, then drop weight, and do some conv pulls.
If I recall, my conv deads were well over 100lbs under my sumo deads. Now they are almost on par.
So you just have to ease in to it very slowly.
Cycle 8 Week 3
A pretty good day, especially since I got pretty beat up this weekend grappling with friends. I cut my knee open and was worried about it while squatting, but I was able to survive it.
These went really well. I was sucking wind after warmups so I was a little concerned, but I nailed every rep of every set. I actually had 1 more rep in the gas tank at 302.5, but I met my goal, felt good doing it, so I called it quits.
45 -10 x2
These were going really well and should have gone better, but I hit my chin on rep#2 of 165 and it really threw me off badly. I lost balance and couldn't recover. I failed rep #3. I think I could've gotten it if I hadn't hit my chin.
Depending on how my schedule is coming up, I may add some sumo deads and see how they go.
These went alright. The first few sets were shaky which worried me. And 217.5 was shaky and slow as hell, but I managed 6 fairly good looking reps. I couldn't have gotten #7, but I met my goal.
45s -12, 12, 15
I realized lately that I have developed a bad habit on all of my presses of stopping short on the descents and short-stroking my reps. So lately I've been making sure to come all the way down on each rep. It made all the difference on Monday during my barbell press and today. It really hammered my shoulders and triceps, something that had been missing lately. I can't get as many reps in the press this way, but it's better in the long run.
FINALLY!!!! I FINISHED CYCLE 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it went great!!
My lower back was really sore today so I took it easy and only did 5 reps each set to save a little for deadlifting.
365 x3-REP PR!!!!!
385 x1 -10lbs PR!!!!!
Finally, deadlifting went the way I've been needing it to. All strong sets and reps. I went for 3 at 365 and got it. I could've gotten at least 1 more but I wanted to take a shot at a new PR so I saved a little gas. All 3 reps were decent speed. 385 felt like a grinder that took forever, but video shows that it was average speed. I probably could've pulled 405, but my recent failures taught me to be more conservative and be happy with any progress, so I went for 10lbs and now I'm happy.
55s -15, 13, 13
Much like my presses, I've noticed lately that I have the tendency to short stroke my dumbbell bench reps, so today I focused on going all the way down and taking a decent pause before pressing. It made a huge difference.
I think I'm going to up the weight 5lbs on all dumbbell exercises next cycle.
Now onto a much needed de-load (or maybe an un-load week, I haven't decided) before pressing on to all new PRs. Hopefully next cycle won't take 7 weeks to complete.
Way to go!
I'm confident you can pull 405, considering the work you did prior to your 385 PR.
Today I went to a gym full of hardcore lifters and joined. I loved the convenience of my garage but I wanted to give lifting with others a try.
Unfortunately I did not plan this very well. I was sunburned and exhausted from the weekend, so my workout was horrible. I got only the minimum prescribed reps and barely finished those.
FYI, I am going to give the 5/3/1 Full Body template a go again as long as my schedule allows it. I'll be lifting M/W/F.
These were horrible. I was sucking wind during warmups and it never got better. I wanted to hit 7 reps on the last set but it wasn't happening. I did 1 more rep after racking to check for depth on camera. There was some question at first.
Again, horrible. I struggled with 135 and barely for 150 up 5 times. I may need to test my max and go down in weight as I haven't done much pressing in a while.
I'll be updating my log more regularly now.
These did not go as well as I had hoped. I figured I'd easily get 10+ reps at 195, but I found a weakness at my new gym; narrow benches. It was hard keeping my shoulders on the 9.5-10" bench. I spent more energy balancing than lifting.
70s -5x5 per arm
These did not go as well as I had envisioned. I figured I'd easily get 10 per set, but it wasn't happening.
I've never had the opportunity to do these before. They killed me. Nothing else to say about them.
At this gym there is so much I can do that I've never had the chance to do, that I find myself wanting to experiment with a lot of stuff between sets. I'm losing focus. So I'm going to rethink what I need to do, what will help, and the things I want to try, then prioritize them and fit them into my schedule.
I did not plan for this trip to the gym very well. I forgot my knee socks so their bar almost stripped my shins to the bone. Then my shorts were a horribly tacky material which caught the bar badly, making it hard to pull past the knee. I was lucky I was able to do 7. If I had been prepared I probably could've gotten 10.
These went really well. I was going to do 2 more sets with the 40s, but one of the "bros" in the gym grabbed them when I wasn't looking and took them over to where he was doing his "circuit training" that involved about 15 useless exercises.
Next week I am adjusting my lifts slightly.
These were horrible. I couldn't even get the prescribed minimum reps. Since my meet I've been working on keeping my back angle up and not letting my chest dip. The squats may have been USAPL legal, but there were ugly. I've been working with a very strong guy who is a pretty good coach at these things. He watched me spot and immediately spotted weaknesses. He said that my lower back appeared weak and that I tend to baby it. He's right since I hurt my back my form has changed a lot. He also noticed my lack of hamstring involvement while squatting. So I've widened my stance a little and am working on my hams and lower back. So far this has meant quite a drop in the weight I can handle. 290 felt like a max so I am going to adjust my training weight accordingly and work back up.
I did these just to get used to the motion and will be adding them in with heavier weight soon.
Ham Glute Raises:
By the time I got to these I wanted to die. My legs and ass were on fire.
Clean & Press:
160 x2 +1
These did not go as well as I had hoped, but I knew there was that chance. I haven't done much pressing in a while and I haven't done many cleans either. I failed rep #3 twice, put it down, took a minute, and struggled through 1 more rep.
40s - x10, 10, 10, 8, 6
These were obviously pretty tough.
SOI, you rock.
Yesterday: 3x 10 high burpees, pull ups, and air squat for warm up. (Over 50) 3x clean and jerk #165. (18) 3x deadlift #225.
Sweated as hell.
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These were okay. I'm still not used to these narrow little benches where my shoulder blades fight for dominance and push each other off the side every rep. I wanted 6+ at 210, but the 5 I got were decent.
These did not go so well. It all felt much heavier than it should've. I wanted 6 reps at 355 but my form was horrible and each pull was twice as hard as it should've been. Afterward I recorded 375 and it looked real good. I took a lot more time to set up and it was how I wanted my set to be.
I've been in kind of a funk lately squatting. My work/sleep/food schedule has been crazy lately and my lifting schedule and effectiveness have suffered. So I decided to start over on a new cycle of 5/3/1 in my squats.
This wasn't a true max. I can and have done more, but I didn't like how ugly my form had gotten. This was all I think I could've done with my chest up properly without a lot of form breakdown and good-mornings.
So I started a new cycle :
These almost killed me. On rep#4 I was hoping to get 5. On 10 I was hoping I didn't have a heart attack. These should not have been this hard but they were. I was completely spent afterward.
sled + 90lbs x10
sled + 180lbs -10x3
These should have been a warmup but I was too tired to add any. By the time I got to 180 it felt like 480.
Glute Ham Raises:
What can I say? They're GHRs. They suck massively.
Wednesday I will test my clean&press and bench to see where they sit.